The leaves have yet to turn, but you can already feel the subtle changes happening...
Fall is nigh. And your secret weapon in the cool-but-not-yet-cold interim is something we like to call “the shacket.” An overshirt that’s substantial enough to be worn as a jacket in early fall and can transition into a middle layer as it gets colder. The majority are still your traditional thick wool numbers, but a few labels have gotten more adventurous, throwing down-filled nylon and suede into the mix.
And since then, it would seem that menswear has begun to really embrace the tropical-friendly shirt usually relegated to cruise ships and Nick Nolte mug shots. In fact, a few of our favorite labels have been turning out some pretty handsome stuff recently.
We know. It’s summer. Your mind is a veritable View-Master of barbecues, long-weekend sojourns and scantily clad beach flings. But eventually, after the sand settles, and Mandy heads back to Vassar, it’ll be fall. And from what we’ve seen, you’re going to look fantastic.
Herewith, the definitive list of must-have sartorial trappings from our favorite Fall/Winter ’13 lookbooks.
Blame it on spring fever, but we’re feeling for prints today.
So we couldn’t resist mentioning this floral popover from Engineered Garments. It’s just landed at Odin as one of two exclusive patterns from the label. Here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: The popover style of shirt has been gaining favor in menswear circles—bridging the gap between a leisurely button-down and a long-sleeved polo shirt—and going short-sleeve with this one manages to up the summery ante.
Who to Channel: A 21st-century Magnum, P.I.; a sport fisherman enjoying a post-catch daiquiri in the Keys (mustache optional on both accounts).
When to Wear It: On days as bright as the shirt—and not with a pair of these patterned shorts. One loud pattern is already pushing it.
Degree of Difficulty: Somewhat high. This shirt should be strictly reserved for the beach or places that unironically serve drinks with umbrellas.
On the heels of our Friday post on Ian Velardi’s robe-style outerwear, it seem the gents over at Four Pins managed to dig up another equally handsome robe: this polka-dotted flannel number from Engineered Garments. And we’re inclined to call two a trend on this one. Unlike the down-filled parka-robe, this one doesn’t quite have the outerwear chops—most likely to become the extra layer to your game-day sweats and morning patio-wear. The fact that it’s cropped above the knee might give you a bit of leeway in the not-accidentally-dapper-coffee-run department, but proceed with extreme caution.
Steven Alan has quietly launched an online sample sale with up to 70% off a good chunk of the tailored bohemianism you’ve come to expect. His signature single-needle shirts are always a strong bet, though we’d also like to point out a few non-Alan offerings going for a steal, like this Engineered Garments blazer and this Batten Sportswear anorak. Happy hunting.
Circa 2007, they were one of the coolest brands there was—a playful riff on the workwear obsession that was only beginning to show its teeth—but as the flood of Barbours and Red Wings gave way to Isaia and double-monks, Daiki Suzuki’s brand of well-tailored woodsiness hasn’t been quite as much in demand.
So how does one of the best designers in the business respond to a sea change? Let’s just say it gets interesting...