We’re officially into the “odd uneven time” of seasonal transition—when a cloudy morning could just as easily mean rain or a balmy afternoon.
Our suggestion: look to the perennially underrated henley.
It splits the difference between a tee shirt and a rugby, which is ideal in casual layering situations, but it can hold its own when the temps unexpectedly rise and your collar needs loosening. (A nautical stripe helps with the latter.) Some might even be adventurous enough to slip it under a blazer (what helps here: being Ewan McGregor).
Sure, an old retired pair of jeans will do in a pinch, but there comes a point in the life of any piece of clothing when it’s been run too ragged to be of service (but hey, now you’ve got something authentically broken-in to wear fashionably).
The answer: something tougher than the workwear-inspired stuff that’s been floating around the Internet for the past few years now. We’re talking about real workwear. Stuff you don’t have to worry about beating up, because it was made for it—and because the price didn’t have the overseas shipping from a small artisan workshop in Japan built into it. We’re not guaranteeing all of this stuff will fit the same way, but you’ll be happy to have that extra give in your pants’ rise when kneeling down to change the spool in your edger.
The down vest has been experiencing a renaissance—in many forms—but we’re most interested in the old-fashioned armless outwear version. And this new waxed-cotton down vest from Archival Clothing is exactly that. Here’s what else you need to know about it.
The Story: The nostalgic outdoorsmen at Archival Clothing got together with Seattle’s coziness experts at Crescent Down Works to insulate this waxed-cotton vest—even the pockets are stuffed with down to keep your hands extra warm—and Centralia Knitting Mills for the worsted-wool rib collar.
Who to Channel: Steve McQueen dirt-biking on a crisp fall morning; Sidney Poitier in Shoot To Kill; Marty McFly; not the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
When to Wear It: Chopping firewood, on morning commutes that might require reaching for a subway straphanger or on trips back to the future.
Degree of Difficulty: Medium. If you’re feeling adventurous, layer it over a jean jacket—or, if you’re at Pitti Uomo, over your suit jacket—otherwise, throw it over a thick flannel shirt or sweater.
For anyone lucky enough to find themselves in Chicagoland tomorrow, the first Windy City installment of the men’s pop-up market NorthernGrade will be taking place. And it’s going to be a barn burner.
In the grand tradition of the Pop-Up Flea (co-helmed by our very own editorial director), the folks from Pierrepont Hicks and Well Spent are putting on a Midwestern fete of Americana. The daylong bazaar of selvage, duck canvas and other ruggedly made-in-America-only gear will be hosting 19 coast-to-coast brands, with a few local shops like Penelope’s and Haberdash on hand to help things along.
Here’s another update on the summer scarf front, this time from the old hands at Columbiaknit. They’re the Oregon shop that handled all the rugby shirts for L.L. Bean and Land’s End back in the good old days, and they’ve become a workwear favorite in the days since.
These scarves are literally cut from the same cloth, making them about as thick as, well, a rugby shirt—and the perfect guard against any summer chills. They’re also about a third the price of the designer options. As for how to work them into everyday wear, we direct you to the tale of the soporific scarf.
We usually favor chunky, nautical-style sweaters—but when your main priority is finding something that will play well with other layers, you may be better off with a slightly slimmer profile.
Archival Clothing unveiled their take on the shawl collar cardigan today, and it’s the opposite number of the loose-knit winterwear brands like Rogues Gallery and Oliver Spencer specialize in. And while it won’t fit quite as well with your watchcap and slicker, it should fit under a blazer with a lot less static.