Four Style Tips From Mr P. For The Sartorial Transition Into Autumn
Once a concept used by fashion industry insiders to indicate the tricky months between seasons, a “transitional wardrobe” remains something of an enigma. What do you wear when it’s 20 degrees at noon but chilly in the evening? And what about when you need an outfit to take you from work, to dinner, to an after-dark do?
Fear not, because MR PORTER’s own label, Mr P., is here to show you that you can indeed nail transitional style with just a few good additions to your wardrobe. The brand’s latest collection is packed with timeless everyday staples – such as polo shirts, ultra-fine merino knits and garmet-dyed chinos – that form the foundation of every man’s wardrobe, as well as eveningwear and masterfully crafted tailoring for your return to the daily grind. In line with our sustainability strategy, each ready-to-wear item from the line-up comes with its own Digital ID – scan the QR code on the care label to have access to information on the product’s provenance, styling tips as well as care and repair information. Don’t miss the accessories, which span from year-round sunglasses, designed in collaboration with Cubitts, to understated sneakers made from regenerated suede or grape leather and plenty more.
Comprising a new permanent collection, available year-round, and seasonal additions, the autumn/winter 2023 lineup (which has just landed on the MR PORTER shelves) is inspired by artists and creatives of the 1960s. These include Messrs David Bailey and Kenneth Noland, who were not only pioneers in their fields, but also confident and bold dressers in the everyday. Need some inspiration to channel your inner style style maverick? Just read on.
01. Invest in a good jacket
As you prepare for the colder months, having a solid jacket in your sartorial arsenal is paramount. It can take some trial and error to pick the right one; we’d suggest going for something that can be dressed up or down with ease – but that can equally be the focal point of an outfit – like the leather coach style shown here. The relaxed silhouette leaves room for other layers underneath, while the streamlined design will ensure it complements both formal and casual outfits.
02. Find your footing
September is inevitably known as the back-to-work month, so sharpen your pencils and polish your shoes… it’s time to think a little smarter style-wise. Wondering how to get away with casual trousers – or even jeans – in the office or how to modernise your suit? A good pair of dress shoes is the answer. Consider Mr P.’s Jacques Derby pair – the brown leather has been buffed to a high shine, which will look even better with frequent wear.
03. Elevate your everyday
Confused about what “smart-casual” even means anymore? You’re not alone. Forget the working week, but if you’re wondering what to wear to, ehm, anywhere, a casual shirt might just be your port of call. It’s always good practice to have a couple versatile ones in your closet – this blue herringbone style from Mr P.’s new collection complements jeans and tailored trousers nicely. The half-placket allows you to layer it beneath a sweater or even over a rollneck.
04. Switch up your sneakers
A pair of understated sneakers will take you from casual Fridays at the office to any weekend adventure, so don’t hesitate to stock up on these Mr P.’s, which come in a couple of versatile colourways. Albeit inspired by traditional running silhouettes, they have a distinctively smart feel thanks to the regenerated suede uppers, which have been made by a carbon neutral and LWG Gold-certificated Italian tannery. Style yours with tailored trousers in the work-week and jeans on the weekend.