Spring is coming. We have to set our clocks forward on Saturday, which is typically the last sign of winter. It can’t come soon enough. The days are getting longer, the cherry trees are starting to bloom, and the Masters is right around the corner.
This time of year, layering is important. It’s still cool in the mornings and at night, and there are a few cold days scattered in what is about to be a pollen filled, hot and humid forecast. It’s time to put the down jackets and heavy Barbours into the back of the closet (begrudgingly) and opt for something a little more light weight. These options will still provide some needed warmth, but not too much. They are the perfect layer at night over anything from an oxford and sweater to a polo. Here’s what I like this spring:
From top left:
1. Orvis WWII Naval Deck Jacket: In keeping with the popular military theme, Orvis did is right with this one. I like the fasteners…a nice touch.
2. Penfield Rochester Jacket: Reminiscent of the old rain jackets we wore in elementary school, this hooded variety will protect you from the elements in a classic green color.
3. LL Bean Signature Flight Jacket: Probably the preppiest of the bunch, use this as a light topcoat over a bold plaid and a good pair of jeans and loafers. Sharp.
4. J.L. Powell Suede Bush Jacket: This isn’t your typical leather jacket – it has the bomber cuffs, an open bottom, and a cool collar. Remember the suede rules, though. Waterproof it before wearing.
5. Jack Spade Wilcox Jacket: More on the minimalist side, Jack Spade did a great job with the Wilcox – essentially an updated version of the iconic Barracuda.
6. Wallace & Barnes for J. Crew Northfield Jacket: J. Crew has been contracting Wallace & Barnes for a couple years, and they knocked this one out of the park. Plenty of pockets and a good fit.