Three essential spring coats
The outerwear options to take you from now until summer
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The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and you’re…shivering in a t-shirt. Understandable. At the first signs the world's defrosting, any man who's spent his winter bundled up has ample reason to embrace lighter layers. But when spring blows this hot and cold, it's a touch early to entirely abandon your winter wardrobe.
Your down jackets can probably go into storage. But everything below is about to take its place in the sun. “In spring, mid-layers become outer layers,” says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. “Then underneath those, you can start adding colours that still feel fresh for spring.”
A gilet goes under a coat in winter. "In spring, if you throw on a cotton jumper underneath, it immediately becomes outerwear,” says Freddie. “It’s warm, but not suffocating.”
See also: the denim jacket, heavy knits and the shacket (a cross between a shirt and a jacket). “The shirt here is cord, which is traditionally a winter fabric, but a lot of brands are starting to carry it over into spring collections,” says Freddie. “Rather than wearing it underneath a coat, it can just sit nicely over a bright t-shirt.”
“Not everything in winter has to be dull,” says Freddie. “If you want your winter pieces to be more year-round, don’t be afraid to invest in spring-like colours such as this baby blue jumper.”
Orange is also a surprisingly wearable colour and can do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to brightening up a wintry outfit.
If you bought a pair of heavy denim jeans at the start of winter, a season of wear will have softened them up into spring favourites. “They’ve become a nice year-round option," says Freddie, "rather than feeling confined to your winter wardrobe.”
As for accessories, scarves and beanies are always solid choices if the weather is looking unpredictable and they’re easy enough to pack away should the sun come out. Ditch the winter boots though and opt for something a bit more breathable, like leather trainers. As Freddie points out, they’re classics, so you can even wear them into summer.
Words: Theresa Harold
Photography: Chris Howlett
Styling: Freddie Kemp and Luke McDonald