Jackets & Fleeces - Autumn / Winter 2020
The season for transitional outerwear, lightweight insulation and versatile accessories, hints of autumn’s arrival have begun to show and the time has come to consider re-introducing jackets and fleeces into your daily ensemble. Oversized tailoring has made a comeback across coats as a nod to an underlying comeback for ‘80s influences, whilst in contrast more modern technical insulation jackets demonstrate a need for present-day updates for lightweight, packable warmth. Moving from its spotlight of the last few years, corduroy has been translated as more of a detail fabric across shirts and jackets as part of a ‘70s dad’ trend that has come to light, accompanied by plush fleece pullovers and zip-throughs. With the exception of bursts of purple, yellow and blue carried over from spring/summer, a rich earth-inspired autumnal colour palette brings a more low-key look to key weather resistant shell coats, shirt jackets and performance focused puffers.
Insulated jackets and quilted shirts remain a necessity for winter with packable and more oversized options on offer for AW20 built using sustainable insulation materials. Synthetic down is favoured for its quick-drying properties encased within a lightweight nylon shell which works well for unexpected downpours, and Pop Trading Company have opted for Dupont Sorona biodegradable down on their Alex Padded Jacket, but if you’re looking for a higher level of warmth the Patagonia Down Sweater Hooded Pullover Jacket features traceable feather-down within a quarter zip pullover design. Oversized finishes make for a statement look, especially if you go for a puffer jacket or shirt jacket with custom yoke and hem shaping, or a block colourway doubled up with colour block accessories such as a knitted beanie and a practical cross-body bag which can be styled inside for easy access to essentials.
Similarly, technical waterproof jackets utilise the best in lightweight, performance materials such as GORE-TEX alongside Patagonia’s custom 3-layer torrentshell jacket construction method which works to guarantee protection from heavy downpours. Standing out against wool variations which have taken a step back for the season, hard wearing nylon variations in military style khaki shades are key for seeing you through until spring whilst the Topo Designs Subalpine Jacket features ripstop panelling and pops of blue for anyone who is into the colour block trend. As seen on new season vests, multiple pocket detailing positioned at the waist and chest are popular, cut from matching protective materials such as GORE-TEX who have made a smooth transition from primarily serving serious outdoor brands into more contemporary streetwear collaborations.
In tune with ongoing talk of streetwear becoming more sophisticated, the same can be said for bomber jackets and tracksuits which reflect updates on classic styles from the likes of Nike SB and adidas. Modern fabrics and super lightweight finishes across jackets and matching trousers encourage layering whilst retaining their comfort-focused appeal. As most of us are spending more time working from home, a similar approach is apparent across casual go-to pieces such as sweatpants and sweatshirts which act as easy throw over essentials. Overtaking initial sweatpant combos for WFH comfort, even leisurewear has become more refined and cardigans are key instead of coats and pair well under waterproof jackets for extra warmth. Adidas and Nike SB have presented their own take with the inclusion of custom detailing which both have been built with a focus on skateboarding.
If you’re seeking styles that will see you through several winters, you can’t go wrong with a workwear jacket. Translated in pieces suited to everyday wear, Carhartt remains the forerunner in workwear jackets and offers the iconic Carhartt Detroit Jacket at the core of each seasonal release. Ensuring the best in longevity, style and comfort, sturdy duck canvas remains a distinctive material used by the brand to guarantee a robust finish with subtle touches of corduroy. It is best to style one with similar vintage-esc designs as opposed to sportswear, for example a patterned plaid shirt - Butter Goods and Jason Dill’s Fucking Awesome have released some good choices for the new season with smooth, brushed finishes in key primary colour tones of red and blue. When the temperature really drops, we always reach for a fine gauge fisherman beanie for extra wind chill protection.
Vests are a key layering look this autumn winter season, chosen for their versatility and their ability to be a transitional piece. Enhancing their adaptability further and simultaneously focusing on more conscious consumerism by offering multiple looks in one, a key trend we are seeing this year throughout vests is reversible functionality. Easily mixed and matched over the top of sweatshirts or as a mid-layer between a waterproof coat, look for vests cut from a combination of smooth nylon and soft fleece - the Pop Trading Company Harold Reversible Vest is a good example of this and is available in key autumnal shades such as green and dark charcoal grey. Hitting the puffer jacket trend but with the versatility a vest provides, Patagonia are strong contenders with their Reversible Bivy Down Vest as well as their padded Nano Puff Vest. On those warmer days, style your vest over a t-shirt and look for striped designs to add character to your outfit or hit the monochromatic trend and colour match your t-shirt to your vest.
Taking note from a resurgence in ‘dad-inspired styling’, fleeces provide the best in comfort during the colder months and varying thicknesses suit different indoor and outdoor activities. Kavu has introduced some bold, mulitcoloured fleeces for AW20 which are in tune with their energetic approach to providing gear for outdoor adventures whilst Patagonia remain the champions for sustainable variations. The Patagonia Retro-X and Carhartt Prentis Pullover are great examples of thicker designs which can take the place of coats during crisp, dry days and lighter weight editions such as the Synchilla Fleece are super versatile and suit wear below a waterproof shell for extra warmth. DIY fabric patch panelling and decoration is popular for the season, as a nod to a patchwork trend that is gaining momentum across t-shirts and sweatshirts and a selection of more minimal earth tone editions and brighter, stand-out designs means you are sure to find your ideal style.
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