Transitional Jackets for Summer
4 sure-fire jackets for in-between weather
Words— Frank And Oak staff
May can be a difficult month to get dressed in. It’s cold in the morning then balmy in the afternoon; it’s humid, but it’s pouring rain; and in certain parts of the country it might even snow. From a satrorial perspective, it can be difficult to navigate. Your heavy down-filled coat that you wore every day through the freezing winter needs to rest, and it's far too early to go with just a t-shirt. It’s in these unpredictable months we recommend lightweight yet hard-wearing jackets for whatever weather you may encounter.
Here are four of our favourite light transitional jackets from classic denim to retro track that will serve you well through the summer and into the fall.
Confident and cool, a classic varsity style bomber jacket is reminiscent of something the players might have worn way back when. This varsity-style bomber jacket is cut from soft cotton-poplin and features snap buttons and two very practical side pockets.
If you don’t have a denim jacket by now, stop playing yourself! There are a lot of alleged “must-haves” out there but a denim jacket is the real deal. It’s a style that goes with nearly everything and will grow with you, looking better with age. Wrinkles, creases, breaks criss-crossing across the inside of the arms? More, we say! Holes in the elbows after years of wear? Hell yeah! It’s a satisfying thing to break in a jacket that is personal to you and no one else.
Our Rufus Denim Jacket will start you off right with a slight vintage wash that won’t take months to work in but isn’t so faded it removes all the fun.
When thinking about spring outerwear, the overshirt is often overlooked. A shirt, but also sort of a jacket, the overshirt is an ideal piece of spring layering. Toss it on in the morning on your walk to work, and when the temperature climbs in the afternoon, well, you’ve got a fresh tee on underneath to get your arms some colour.
This particular overshirt is made from soft, breezy Tencel that will give you cover but won’t have you overheating.
Retro sportswear is having a moment, none more so than the classic zip-up track jacket. What started as pure warm-up gear for tennis stars of the 70s turned into the preferred layer of English soccer hooligans. But years later – it’s back, and you don’t even need to smash anyone over the head with a pint glass. In a neutral navy sans flashy branding or logos, it’s an ideal layering piece to wear over a t-shirt or even zipped to the top under a blazer or topcoat on colder spring days.