Battling the cold and rain, James Dean (above) strolls through Times Square in 1955
With the elements still playing havoc in the mid-season change over, it is important that we do not neglect the requirement for optimum warmth whilst keeping one eye on the rising mercury. Hence the reason why this edition of The Rail utilises the capacity of an ultra light, showerproof raincoat as its main point of call for smart-causal mid-season warmth. Teamed with a sturdy pair of boots, thick denim and an easily removed layer of crew neck sweater. This ensemble reflects not only the erratic nature of the corresponding climate, but also the need to be one step ahead.
Choose a tailored single breasted cut with concealed button fastenings for an updated version of the classic British raincoat. The modern version of the traditional trench coat should be showerproof, and most likely crafted in a cotton-blend. It will ensure protection against the elements including wind and rain, and be cooler if worn alone with a shirt or warmer if layered with a merino crew neck.
Aquascutum Broadgate Raincoat in Camel, £550
Here is the crux of mid-season layering – underneath your raincoat pair a cotton Oxford shirt with a fine quality crew neck sweater. This way, if the weather leans to warm you can easily remove the crew neck layer and conversely, if the temperatures drop, slip the crew neck over the Oxford for added insulation. This approach also benefits those who are inside and out throughout the day, traversing through the fluctuating temperatures of your morning commute and the central heating warming up the office.
Uniqlo Slim Oxford Shirt in White, £19.90
John Smedley Theon Cashmere and Cotton Crew Neck in Grey, £160
Trousers and Footwear
A heavy-weight Japanese selvedge denim is the best option here. I’d suggest not washing them for a while so they break in nicely. Unfussy, classic detailing and easy-to-wear slim fit make them a casual cornerstone, and they’ll look great with or without the raincoat and or crew neck. Pair with a rugged yet crucially; smart pair of derby boots – they’ll offer protection against the elements but also provide a smart or casual look should either situation present itself.
A.P.C. Petit New Standard Slim-Fit Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans in Black, £145
Crockett & Jones Coniston Derby Boot in Dark Brown, £440