pring. It is a time of characteristic renewal and (enriching) regeneration when our thoughts routinely veer to returning to the outdoors, to that of Mother Nature's resplendent rebirth and her beautiful seasonal bounty, and too enjoying the sunny days ahead; a time when we will experience that first seasonal gust of warmth and flash of blossoming colour that collectively enliven our creative spirits and carry us into summer; it is, in other words, the perfect occasion to steady our wills to the task of freshening up (or perhaps simply further refining upon) both our signature looks and seasonal wears to not only best reflect the changing environment but to properly ready them for the sartorial transitions awaiting on the horizon.
Just ponder, if you will, the irrefutable psychological power of waking to budding bouquets of flowers and prolonged sunshine (that simply beg for our attention and more lively dressage) rather then to rainy/snowy, drab affairs (that often have us retreating indoors) and how that (natural) first impression plays a strong hand in regards to how we settle our resolve while setting out to attire ourselves to best suit the ever-evolving conditions.
In matters purely sartorial, I tend to believe that a Mother Nature-like form of (initial and lasting) impressionable power is strictly contained within our (seasonal) outerwear of choice as there is indeed no other article of clothing that speaks more immediately (upon first take as well as on a routine basis) or prominently (let alone as loudly) of our implied character, intentions and tastes then that of our preferred protective outer shell.
For you see, your outerwear is often tasked with not only safeguarding you from the seasonal deluge of unpredictable elements but with helping you make that ever important first (and lasting) impression that is carried with you wherever life leads you.
In that manner, it can be said that a lot can be gleaned from it at simple glance, details that range from that of your innate taste in style (i.e. traditional vs. trendy) and seriousness of (professional) intent through perhaps your very destination or even the underlying nature of the event or social affair that you are venturing towards — think over/topcoats of all sorts for businessmen and anything from denim jackets through bombers for those whose are sauntering about town at their leisure.
My point being is that when considering what outerwear to settle upon this season its best to keep in mind that when you purchase a jacket you are not only acquiring a protective shell that is tasked with making the first impression but are moreover buying into its connotative spirit, cultural cache, and implied lifestyle aesthetics.
Arriving fashioned in everything from muted seasonal neutrals (such as green, the defining colour of the season) and crisp whites (with a modern take on the classic denim jacket being of note) through playful artwork designs and heritage tartans, it is an all-encompassing outerwear buffet replete with tasteful offerings that characteristically impart style and substance in equal spades.
All eminently practical yet stylish (to differing breeds of discerning eye that is), this is spring outerwear that you can find comforting solace within all spring (and summer) long whether beset with rain or shine, bundles of bountiful bouquets or dreaded downpours…
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Whether you fancy yourself a military aficionado who cannot fathom parting with his traditional overcoat or bomber, see yourself as an avant-garde trendsetter, are in need of a casual utilitarian powerhouse that can work in a variety of situations, or perhaps are simply a staunch advocate of traditional elegance who prefers his habiliments be of the truly timeless evergreen wardrobe ilk (those with built-in charm and enduring character), this spring outerwear primer is seething with tasteful picks that are sure to please and ensure — no matter your signature style or destination — that you are properly equipped to tackle the fickle ebbs-and-flows of the season in sheer comfort and elevated style.
So, here's to cutting a dash, fashioning a first impression that is remembered for all the right reasons, and too making your biggest style investment your smartest (and most versatile) this season.
: To Parka Or Not To Parka? :
(NN07 — Fishtail Rain Parka)
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Also, if you are looking for inspiration as to how to wear any of the above selections then here are a few discerning inspirational guides on the trench as well as field jackets, leather moto jackets and the quintessential bomber.
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