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The Awkward Winter-Spring Transition

March 25th, 2012

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It’s that awkward time in-between Winter & Spring seasons right now. Still cold, but not enough for big winter coats.

The way I see it, you got two options: a lightweight coat with a scarf, or a heavyweight suit with a scarf.

I did both this week.

1. Lightweight Topcoat

An unlined cotton topcoat is one of my go-tos between seasons. In fact, I have this same one by Theory in navy as well. The shape and fit make the jacket “dressy” but the cotton fabric gives it a casual feel as well. This jacket can easily be dressed down.

Paired with a scarf it’s just enough to break the chill, but not enough to get overheated. Think of a cotton topcoat as a windbreaker, for whenever you’re not doing something athletic.

As I’ve mentioned, I like fur in small doses. This black/grey rabbit fur scarf ads a soft touch of luxury and sophistication.

Carrying a bag, especially for us city folk, makes life much easier when the weather is unpredictable. You can swap out layers and accessories and carry them on the go.

I like a leather duffle because, like a cotton topcoat, it can also be dressed up or down. Look for something big enough to carry your daily belongings but small enough that it’s easy to handle – but not so small that it gets confused for a purse.

Not sure what bag is right for you? Check out my top five suggestions.

White USA Oxford Shirt

Mid Gray Flannel Trouser
  • Rabbit fur scarf from Flea Market in Canada ·
  • Black leather duffle by Kenneth Cole ·
  • Black leather tassel loafers by Allen Edmonds ·
  • Black unlined cotton topcoat by Theory

2. Heavyweight Suit

I’ve already put my heavy winter overcoats in storage (space is gold in NYC!).

To fight off the evening chill, all you need is a heavier suiting fabric (like this wide wale corduroy) and a good scarf.

The beauty of a dark navy suit is that it’s appropriate for daytime business and a great option for nightlife events and semi-formal  occasions (not “black tie”).

With a white shirt, dark tie and sharp black shoes, this look can easily take you from the office to a fancy cocktail party.

White USA Oxford Shirt
  • Rabbit fur scarf from Flea Market in Canada ·
  • Black leather/suede spectator wingtip shoes by Barker Black

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Treapanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.