Smythe wool blazer, less expensive here. Lightweight versions here, here, here / Barbour wax jacket, less expensive here / Gingham button-down (old), similar here / 525 america sweater / Rag & Bone jeans / Gucci loafers, less expensive here / Mulberry bag, less expensive here / Robert Marc sunglasses (old)
As much as I would love to store my jackets for the season, spring weather is notoriously temperamental. So, when the season turns on you and it feels more like fall than spring (ahem – today in New York), it’s time to break out the layers. Some people are perfectly comfortable wearing less in 50-degree weather – more power to them! I, on the other hand, live firmly at other end of the spectrum, where more is definitely more when dressing for a chilly day.
Here, a gingham button down shirt works well under a cotton v-neck sweater. I like this sweater in particular because the sleeves don’t bunch up when layered over a button down, a major pet peeve. Next, I chose my favorite tailored blazer in navy. A less traditional blazer in a fun pattern or color like pink, chambray or polka dots works equally well – it is spring after all! Jeans and classic loafers finish the look.
Also, I always carry my favorite “does everything, goes everywhere” handbag when layering. It’s enormous so any layers that come off go right into the bag. Easy as can be!
On those days when the wind just won’t quit, I grab a lightweight jacket too – usually this J.Crew trench coat if I’m in the city or my wax jacket anywhere else (including my Upper West Side neighborhood, where the vague suburban vibe means the rules of city dressing don’t apply – at least in my mind.) The extra layer also does double duty if (when) you get caught in a spring shower.
If it heats up as the day progresses, just lose the layers and cuff your jeans. You’ll look fresh and put together when the look is pared back to a tucked-in button down, jeans and loafers.
If you are impervious to the cold but like the layered look, try working with different fabrics – think linen blazers like this one and spring-weight quilted jackets. (Barbour makes a particularly nice one.) As a bonus, you can wear these picks in the summer months ahead too.
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Smythe wool blazer, less expensive here. Lightweight blazers here, here, here / Barbour wax jacket, less expensive here / Gingham button-down (old), similar here / 525 america sweater / Rag & Bone jeans / Gucci loafers, less expensive here / Mulberry bag, less expensive here / Robert Marc sunglasses (old)