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The Lightweight Jackets And Outerwear You Need For Spring 2019
Eight effortless items from Mr P. guaranteed to make the most of the new season
In MR PORTER’s opinion, spring is one of the most gratifying times of the year to get dressed. It’s warm, but not too warm. Sunny, but not too sunny. And you have to pile on a few layers of clothing, but not too many. Of course, this can also be a problem. With versatility comes choice; with choice comes indecision; with indecision… mistakes. Yes, it sounds like the tagline for a Marvel movie, but actually, it’s just life.
Naturally, then, we tried to keep things as simple and mix-and-match-able as possible when developing the April drop from our own in-house label, Mr P., a range of clothing we created to combine ease and comfort with sartorial sharpness. This is a good way, in general, to think about how to dress in spring: you want everything to look considered and put together, but also rather breezy, as if you’ve not really thought about it all that much.
This collection, therefore, is all about convenient layering. That subtle art of placing one thing on top of the other so that you can dress yourself up or down according to the whims of the sunshine and whatever air-conditioning unit you happen to be in front of. As such, the core of this particular drop has to be the wide selection of lightweight outerwear pieces, at least one of which we would recommend as a constant companion at this time of the year. But we didn’t stop there, of course. Our top-to-toe investigation into the best things to have right now includes a new version of the classic linen trousers, lightweight knitwear pieces that will become fail-safes on your next city break. We’ve even added some beach-appropriate pieces – after all, that most pleasant and sandcastle-filled time of the year is now imminent. Within this collection, though, there are a few pieces we think are worth special notice. Read on to learn more about them.
01. THE STREAMLINED DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKET
The double-breasted blazer is a flattering silhouette for many body types. It broadens the shoulders, pulls in the waist, and generally tends to give an effect of elongation in the torso, which is particularly helpful if your legs are on the long and spindly side. The only downside to the shape is that it can sometimes come across as rather stiff and staid, which is exactly why we set ourselves the challenge of creating a version that’s quite the opposite. This is light, flexible and modern, and in a linen-blend fabric that looks even better when it’s slightly creased.
02. THE BOUCLÉ JACKET
This tactile piece – rendered in a loop-yarn fabric that has an almost terry-cotton feel – can be considered the missing link between your favourite checked shirt and your favourite zip-up bomber. Just heavyweight enough to earn the name “jacket”, it’s an eye-catching way to pep-up your downtime wardrobe and will look as good with jeans as it will a sharp pair of chinos.
03. THE RAILROAD CHORE JACKET
The shape of this pieces is reminiscent of the traditional French “bleu de travail” chore jacket. But in a railroad-striped slub-cotton fabric that lends it more of a Japanese workwear feel, this jacket is designed to merge seamlessly with the rest of your spring wardrobe. The neutral shade means it couldn’t be easier to mix and match; just throw it on over a linen shirt and striped tee, and off you go.
04. THE CAMP-COLLAR SHIRT
The camp-collar shirt has become a men’s wardrobe staple over the past few years, and that looks set to continue well into 2019 and beyond. Mr P.’s take on this modern classic comes in an painterly floral and polka-dot print with a squared-off hem that means it looks great untucked, unbuttoned over a T-shirt or, if you’re feeling adventurous, worn underneath a pastel-pink suede biker jacket. Go on. You know you want to.
05. THE KNITTED T-SHIRT
Warmer than a T-shirt, cooler than a sweater and in a naturally breathable, fine-gauge merino wool fabric that keeps you from feeling either too hot or too cold, this Italian-made knitted T-shirt isn’t just a smart choice for the changeable spring weather. It’s also a refined, grown-up alternative to your everyday cotton tee. The contrasting stripe on the sleeve features a racked ribbing pattern, which adds a subtle hint of texture.
06. COLOURFUL SHOES
Winter’s over, isn’t it time you put a spring in your step? And there are few easier ways of introducing a little colour into your outfit than via your feet. Highlights of Mr P.’s new-season footwear range include a two-tone boat shoe in saffron and navy-blue suede and a new version of our Larry sneakers in mint-green suede. We’ve styled the latter with a pair of white and pale-pink hoop socks for a double shot of this season’s trend for all things pastel-coloured.
07. THE OVERSIZED RUGBY SHIRT
A rugby shirt in name, yes, but this one’s rather more suited to leisure pursuits than contact sports. Throw it over a T-shirt before heading to the park with friends. If the sun comes out you can always drape it over your shoulders or tie it around your waist. Embrace the relaxed fit and go one size up if you feel like it; it’s designed to be worn a little oversized. Comfort is the goal here.
08. THE SEERSUCKER SHACKET
Mr P. Seersucker Camp-Collar Hip-Pocket Shirt Coming soon
Adaptability is the name of the game when dressing for spring’s capricious conditions. Take Mr P.’s emerald-green seersucker jacket, which functions as a smart outer layer in breezier weather, but is breathable enough that it won’t leave you feeling stifled when the sun peeks out from behind the clouds. This is all thanks to the fabric. Seersucker is a classic summer cloth, its puckered texture lifting it away from the surface of your skin and creating a natural breeziness.