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Transitional Styling Inspiration from Menswear Icons

Introduction

Introduction

With September upon us, our wardrobes begin to shift towards a new direction. Not quite autumn, yet not quite the height of summer, transitional dressing is the key to navigating the next few weeks of ‘in-between’ weather in style.

Undoubtedly a skill to be mastered, transitional styling is all about choosing your pieces wisely and layering them artfully. To offer some sartorial inspiration, we’ve curated a selection of menswear icons who are perfectly placed to provide a style roadmap for September.

With September upon us, our wardrobes begin to shift towards a new direction. Not quite autumn, yet not quite the height of summer, transitional dressing is the key to navigating the next few weeks of ‘in-between’ weather in style.  

Undoubtedly a skill to be mastered, transitional styling is all about choosing your pieces wisely and layering them artfully. To offer some sartorial inspiration, we’ve curated a selection of menswear icons who are perfectly placed to provide a style roadmap for September.

Andrea Pirlo: The Brera Polo

Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo is as adept at dressing as he was on the pitch. A master of effortless style with a pinch of Italian refinement, this look is the epitome of understatement. Capture the same mood and layer our Oatmeal Brera Polo Shirt under a blazer when temperatures dips.

Andrea Pirlo: The Brera Polo

Andrea Pirlo: The Brera Polo

Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo is as adept at dressing as he was on the pitch. A master of effortless style with a pinch of Italian refinement, this look is the epitome of understatement. Capture the same mood and layer our Oatmeal Brera Polo Shirt under a blazer when temperatures dips.


Jean-Paul Belmondo, pictured in Venice in 1960

Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Oxford Shirt

Star of the iconic film Breathless, Jean-Paul Belmondo had impeccable style, notable for his flair for layering. Seen here in Venice in 1960, his use of block colours and print and the casually rolled sleeves elevate the classic combination of a v neck, shirt and chinos.

Take your cues from his easy layering and infuse some refinement into your transitional ensembles with our Oxford Cotton Shirts. Layer it under a knit to emulate Belmondo or, when the late summer sun makes an appearance, lose the jumper let the slick silhouette take centre stage.


Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Oxford Shirt

Jean-Paul Belmondo, pictured in Venice in 1960

Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Oxford Shirt

Star of the iconic film Breathless, Jean-Paul Belmondo had impeccable style, notable for his flair for layering. Seen here in Venice in 1960, his use of block colours and print and the casually rolled sleeves elevate the classic combination of a v neck, shirt and chinos.

Take your cues from his easy layering and infuse some refinement into your transitional ensembles with our Oxford Cotton Shirts. Layer it under a knit to emulate Belmondo or, when the late summer sun makes an appearance, lose the jumper let the slick silhouette take centre stage.


Richard Avedon: The Casual Shirt

While he spent most of his life behind the camera, when he was caught in front of the lens, his style was unmistakable. Rugged, yet always elegant.
His formula? A beautifully made shirt and a pair of jeans with his trademark glasses.
It’s a simple combination but the refinement of a shirt and jeans (or chinos, if you prefer) shouldn’t be overlooked. To mirror Avedon’s look, opt for the soft lines and relaxed appeal of our Chambray Blue Brushed Cotton Shirt.

Richard Avedon:
The Casual Shirt

While he spent most of his life behind the camera, when he was caught in front of the lens, his style was unmistakable. Rugged, yet always elegant.
His formula? A beautifully made shirt and a pair of jeans with his trademark glasses.
It’s a simple combination but the refinement of a shirt and jeans (or chinos, if you prefer) shouldn’t be overlooked. To mirror Avedon’s look, opt for the soft lines and relaxed appeal of our Chambray Blue Brushed Cotton Shirt.


Miles Davis rehearsing with the Metronome Jazz All-Stars in 1951, New York City

Mile Davis: The V Neck Knit

Miles Davis was an expert at treading the line between artistic casual and razor sharp, and his studio looks offer ample transitional inspiration for hitting that mark.

This v- neck knit, is the perfect choice for a casual September ensemble, easily layered over a polo, a simple t-shirt or a roll neck.

Emulate the look by opting for our Charcoal Grey Pure Cashmere V Neck. The open neckline provides multiple layering opportunities while two-ply pure cashmere, sourced from the Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection, provides a luxurious twist.

Mile Davis: The V Neck Knit

Miles Davis rehearsing with the Metronome Jazz All-Stars in 1951, New York City

Miles Davis was an expert at treading the line between artistic casual and razor sharp, and his studio looks offer ample transitional inspiration for hitting that mark.
This v- neck knit, is the perfect choice for a casual September ensemble, easily layered over a polo, a simple t-shirt or a roll neck.

Emulate the look by opting for our Charcoal Grey Pure Cashmere V Neck. The open neckline provides multiple layering opportunities while two-ply pure cashmere, sourced from the Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection, provides a luxurious twist.


Steve McQueen: The Cable Knit

Captured in 1968 on the set of The Thomas Crown Affair, Steve McQueen wears a cable knit sweater with the kind of nonchalance only he could master.

Known for his knitwear looks, this one is successful in its simplicity. Easily paired with chinos, jeans or even linen shorts on warmer days, it’s the texture here which offers a nod to the autumnal, thus making it a transitional staple. The sunglasses, of course, add an extra element of cool.

Turn to our Marine Green Pure Cashmere Cable Knit to echo the look and inject a dash of seasonal colour.

Steve McQueen:
The Cable Knit

Captured in 1968 on the set of The Thomas Crown Affair, Steve McQueen wears a cable knit sweater with the kind of nonchalance only he could master.

Known for his knitwear looks, this one is successful in its simplicity. Easily paired with chinos, jeans or even linen shorts on warmer days, it’s the texture here which offers a nod to the autumnal, thus making it a transitional staple. The sunglasses, of course, add an extra element of cool.

Turn to our Marine Green Pure Cashmere Cable Knit to echo the look and inject a dash of seasonal colour.



Paul Newman: The Polo

Paul Newman sporting a knitted polo shirt in the 1960s

Paul Newman: The Polo

Paul Newman is an endless source of inspiration for sleek menswear dressing. This snap of him in the 1960s sporting a polo shirt is one of many examples of his style fluency; a thought out look that oozes effortlessness. Unbuttoned for a laidback look, the weightier fabric makes it an excellent choice for cooler September days. Invite our Fine Silk Cashmere Polo into your line-up to emulate Newman’s classically casual style.


France

Megève has made a name as one of the most sophisticated resorts in the world, and it’s not hard to see why when you delve a little deeper into its pedigree. In 1914, the Baroness Noémie Rothschild of the famous banking dynasty decided she wanted to create a resort worthy of rivalling the über-chic St Moritz, in neighbouring Switzerland. She set about transforming the picturesque farming village into a louche, playground for the well-heeled and by the 1920s, it was the place for European aristocracy to be seen. And this blue-blood heritage is evident in the town’s atmosphere – whilst part of the draw is the winter sport, Megève is as much about indulgence and civility, with the village boasting some of the region’s best Michelin Star restaurants and five-star hotels.

 

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