It may be a First World problem, but the interseasonal clothing struggle is real. It’s difficult to know what to wear in this limbo period between summer and autumn, when you might only need a t-shirt at lunchtime but you’re shivering cold come the evening. The answer, of course, is to wear everything at once AKA layering. And in case you’re stuck for inspiration, we’ve cast an autumnal eye over the latest offerings from menswear mainstay MR PORTER and picked out a selection of classic seasonal essentials that can be mixed and matched, added or subtracted according to the weather. Take a look at our autumn layering edit below and click on the banners to shop each item directly.
J.CREW FIELD MECHANIC GARMENT-DYED COTTON JACKET
A military-inspired field jacket is a strong choice for your outer layer, because scientists have proven that the more pockets a jacket has, the better it is. This one from J. Crew has been garment dyed to achieve the coveted vintage look of an army surplus jacket without the strange smell.
REMI RELIEF LOOPBACK COTTON-JERSEY HOODIE
You already have a hoodie. But it’s a new season now, so you have an excuse to buy another one. Inspired by Californian skate and surf culture and made in Japan, this off-white version boasts superior construction and a broken-in feel courtesy of Remi Relief’s signature washing techniques.
STUSSY SLIM-FIT CHECKED COTTON HALF-ZIP OVERSHIRT
An overshirt can add warmth under a jacket or stand on its own as a lightweight outer layer. This unusual take on the style updates a classic autumnal check with a half-zip fastening and pullover construction. No half-stepping, just half-zipping.
JOHN ELLIOTT MERCER COTTON-JERSEY T-SHIRT
The long-sleeve tee is your best friend at this time of year, acting as a base layer or a light sweatshirt depending on the temperature. This one features an elongated split hem for great reverse layering potential (when your base layer hangs out slightly underneath a jacket or sweat). Don’t go too far with this idea.
TODD SNYDER + CHAMPION SLUB COTTON-JERSEY T-SHIRT
The ultimate sweatshirt brand collaborates once again with the eminent New York designer for a heavyweight take on the humble t-shirt. Layered looks sometimes tend towards the monochrome ‘street goth’ side of style, but this bright red slub cotton beauty is ideal for adding a pop of colour.
AMI SLIM-FIT COTTON-GABARDINE CARGO TROUSERS
Cargo pants are an ideal match for the utilitarian feel of cold weather layering. Designed exclusively for Mr Porter, this cotton-gabardine pair from French brand AMI provides an elevated take on ‘90s skate style with its streamlined pockets and modernised fit. Combine it with next-level Inception-like multiple jacket layering as shown in the image above, and you’re good to go for the new season.
FRAGMENT DESIGN X NIKELAB AIR MAX LD-ZERO
Lastly, don’t forget the shoes – you’ll be wearing them over socks, so it still counts as layering. Neutral colours will complement any wintry outfit, and this collaborative pair from NikeLab and Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Design ticks all the boxes with its minimalist greyscale colourway and cushioned sole unit. And in case you need any further inspiration for your autumn essentials, click on the banner below to browse all the latest releases with Mr Porter.