If there’s one thing we can count on here in the UK, it’s that the weather between seasons is often completely unpredictable. The late winter and early spring periods will often throw a huge variety of mixed-up weather conditions at us in March, it’s not unusual to see warm sunshine one minute and hailstones the next.
When we’re experiencing multiple seasons all in the same day, it presents the stylish man with a difficult question: how do you dress for the weather and still look sophisticated? To help you plan your between-season wardrobe, we’ve shared four tips to help you figure out what to wear on those awkward days when the climate can’t seem to make up its mind. Just read on to find out more.
Stock Up On Some Clever Adaptable Fabrics
Chunky knitwear might be a dependable choice during the coldest winter months but, as we head towards the spring, it’s probably much too warm to wear all day. Instead, look for lightweight, finely knitted clothing in breathable, adaptable wools. Merino is a brilliantly insulative material that will keep you warm when it’s cool, and cool when it’s warm. It’s also very effective at wicking moisture away from the body, so will help to draw sweat away from your skin, too. You’ll want to stock up on a few jumpers, cardigans, vests and polo-necks in this versatile material.
Invest In A Pair Of Boots
Choosing the right footwear for transitional weather can be tricky. It’s too chilly for summery options like sandals, loafers or boat shoes, but sometimes trainers are just too casual. A pair of lace-up or Chelsea boots would make the perfect mid-season solution: they should be warm and comfortable on chilly days, but can still be worn on milder days, too.
Pritchards offers a huge choice of smart-casual boots, including styles crafted using high-quality genuine leather that will see you through all weathers in style. Try wearing yours with jeans or chinos, a long-sleeved polo shirt, and a jacket for a casual but stylish weekend look.
Carry A Pocket Waterproof
If it’s too warm outside to keep rocking your winter coat, but you need a waterproof layer in case of spring showers, a light, portable anorak will keep the rain off when you need it without being a burden during sunny spells.
If you thought that mac-in-a-sack style anoraks were just for school geography trips, then think again: there are now a number of innovatively designed versions on the market for fashion-conscious men, too. This selection of packable waterproof jackets from K-Way includes zip-up macs in a range of stylish colours, which can easily be stowed away in a bag or pocket during fine weather.
Layer Up For Maximum Versatility
One of the best ways to beat unpredictable weather is also the simplest. Layering clothing is a tried and trusty method of mid-season dressing, so you’ll want to plan outfits around wearing two or three layers. This way, you can take off items when the temperature rises and throw them back on if it gets chilly.
When layering clothing, try to keep each individual layer relatively thin and lightweight: this will stop your overall outfit from becoming too bulky or restrictive. It will also keep you warmer than wearing one single, thicker layer, as the air trapped between each item of clothing will act as insulation.
As winter gradually turns into spring, we Brits can look forward to a whole host of unusual weather conditions, and dressing for these can be a real challenge. But, as long as you take our advice on board, you’ll be set to look stylish come rain or shine.