As Spring starts to dawn on our sporadically sunlit shores, men of Australia undergo a turbulent transition in tailored wear, as everyday, they are posed the: to bring or not to bring (a coat)? Made all the more difficult by the already unpredictable Australian environment (Melbourne we’re looking at you!), sartorial strategist’s look to employ a range of techniques to create a series of trans-seasonal styles to look good while weathering both sun and storm.
Picking the right fabric
Not just for the autumn aficionado - an important aspect to consider when dressing during the transitional period is the type of fabric used in the construction of your garment. While often overlooked, the weight, purity and type of the fabric can greatly impact the comfort of your clothes when temperatures begin to drop.
Nurtured by time and not technology, natural fabrics have a significant advantage over synthetic counterparts, especially when it comes to countering fluctuating climates and sporadic shifts in temperature.
Selected from the finest flocks of Australian Merino's, our AW18 tailored range is made almost exclusively from naturally resilient wool.
Sought after for suiting around the globe, the intelligent fibres in Merino wool work on a microscopic level to regulate air flow, with more air passing through when hot and less when cold. This creates a much more agile fabric that can quickly acclimatise to its surrounding environment, which if this summer has been anything to go by, is perfect for transitional tailoring in Australia.
Welcome autumn with open arms and set yourself up for seasonless style with our new range of pure merino suits.
Layering Like a Pro
Not just a functional feature of autumn and winter style, effective layering can help to introduce some interesting variables into your tailored combination.
While the basic principles of layering have become a well know staples of suiting, tailoring and even streetwear, this season takes on a more tactile approach, trading out heavy patterns and contrast palettes for texture-blocked combinations.
Start off easy with the introduction of a tailored vest with a textured melange or twill fabric. While a contrast colour (or pattern) can introduce a flash of fun into your office attire, this season's all about understated sophistication. Instead, stick to muted pairings and let the textured fabric do the talking.
For those looking to blend function and fashion, a sure investment for cutting down the cold is the V-neck knit. Not only a high-performance pullover, this versatile design offer a clean break between your jacket, shirt and tie, leaving you a little more wiggle room to play around with contrast patterns for powerful combinations.
Standing up to the Elements
When the winds begin to shift and the season starts to turn sour, it can be hard to find your balance between shoes built for work or weekends.
Rather than splurging on multiple shoes to cover every single occasion, the savvy sartorialist will always opt for understated styles that can walk the line between boardroom and bar.
If your Derby's have seen better days, be sure to check splits, cracks or holes in the sole - nothing puts a damper on your day quite like a wet sock.
If you're looking retire and reinvest in a more reliable shoe, opt for a full grain or calf leather shoe made with a Blake construction or Goodyear welt. Not only are these superior methods of construction to standard fusing, but it also gives you the option to resolve your shoes in the event of any serious damage.