Between Seasons: The Lightweight Jacket

April 9th, 2013

Nothing will give your wardrobe a boost quite like a lightweight jacket for those transitional times between seasons. Here’s some ideas.

Sleek Varsity

A simple leather varsity-style jacket is perfect for a casual night out. It’s casual and sporty without looking like athletic attire.

  • Grey leather baseball jacket by Hugo Boss ·
  • Navy pullover hoody by Club Monaco ·
  • Red plaid shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren ·
  • Faded Black boots by Brooklyn Bootworks ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker ·
  • Raw denim jeans by APC

Cotton Bomber

You can’t go wrong with a lightweight baseball jacket.

Also, wap your boring traditional button-down shirt for a band collar shirt. It’s much less “office” looking and has plenty more swagger. I actually cut the beat-up collar off of this old Brooks Brothers shirt (that I had tailored a couple years ago) and replaced it with a simple white band collar. If you know your way around a sewing machine (or have a relationship with a decent tailor) t’s a simple alteration that can bring new life to the old shirts collecting dust at the back of your closet.

  • Khaki cotton bomber jacket by Helmut Lang ·
  • Blue striped shirt by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Indigo denim jeans by JBrand ·
  • Beeswax desert boots by Clarks ·
  • Waxed cotton braided belt by Martin Dingman ·
  • Black aviator shades by Persol ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker

Denim Trucker

The perfect complement to finish-off a simple shirt & tie “business casual” look.

This marled sweater, which has a tweed-like texture, works great with classic menswear fabrics like denim and chino.

  • Denim jacket by Levi’s ·
  • Flannel herringbone shirt ·
  • Brown socks by Smart Turnout ·
  • Silver belt buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Wooden shades by Shwood ·
  • Marled V-neck Sweater by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Red rep tie Vintage ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker ·
  • Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Burgundy penny loafers by Bass ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc
  • · Khaki chinos by Polo Ralph Lauren

Khaki Cotton Trouser

Washed Leather


Nothing says “Fall Weekend Getaway” like a leather bomber, carry-on duffle bag, and ruggedly-refined moc toe boots.

As I’ve mentioned recently, my trouser silhouette has been getting a little wider, and pleatier, lately. Not everything has to be super slim to look sharp. There’s an old-school charm in fuller pants, like these off-white pleated chinos.


  • Brown felt hat by Borsalino ·
  • Navy Striped henley by Levi’s ·
  • Men’s Earthkeepers® Tenon Bomber Jacket ·
  • Beige pleated high-waisted chinos by Helmut Lang ·
  • Braided leather belt by Trafalgar ·
  • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks ·
  • Men’s Earthkeepers® Rugged LT Moc Toe Waterproof Boots

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford