Work to weekend. Cool mornings to warm nights. Great light outerwear is the essential new element to build on—and launch your next look.
John Mather 1 / 10
At Work—The Trench
Tommy Hilfiger Modern Trench
This lightweight trench from Tommy Hilfiger is no stuffed coat: it’s got a trim, modern fit—no stiff lining—and a protective layer made from a paperthin yet durable waterproof nylon. But what truly sets it apart from your classic trench: It’s formalwear cut at a shorter, more casual length.
A spread collar like this one, from Bonobos, used to be shorthand for “corporate raider.” Today, it’s a hip sartorial touch. Pair it with a beefierthan-skinny tie with a subtle pattern, like this micro-polka-dot number from Nordstrom Men’s Shop.
The easiest way to freshen up aspring look is with crisp, white pants, like these from Express. But hem them slightly shorter than usual—the only thing worse than fabric puddles around your ankles is white fabric puddles around your ankles.
If you go with white pants, be sure to ground them with black loafers (because white pants + white shoes = male nurse). These slip-ons from Johnston & Murphy are also very flexible, which lend them perfectly to the no-sock look.
This Nautica jacket merges the light-shell technology of a modern trench with the trendy style of a peacoat. Constructed from a strong, water-repellent nylon and equipped with a back vent for ventilation, it’s also ideal for warm, muggy weather.
It’s fine to throw on your favorite tee or polo on weekends. But when you want something dressier than your favorite Metallica shirt and less staid than your golf shirt, try this prewashed cotton Henley from Buffalo David Bitton.
Where else can you buy a pair of expertly distressed, stylish jeans right off the shelf, then discover they’re so wildly comfortable it’s as if you’ve owned them for eons? Sometimes nothing beats a pair of Levi’s, like these 522 Slim Tapers.
Polish up your casual look with clean white sneakers, like these Washburns from K-Swiss (above), or this leather Armani Exchange pair, which are actually supercomfortable slip-ons with faux laces (aka the perfect shoe for any warm-weather travel).