As winter turns to spring, and the temps start to spike, you'll start to reach for your lightweight jackets and begin cycling your heavier coats to the back of your closet, and while your Canada Goose down-filled mega-coat won't do you much good come April, your topcoats deserve better than being neglected for 9 months out of the year. Since most overcoats are unlined, they can accommodate various layers underneath, from heavy sweaters to t-shirts, and come in particularly handy in the spring, before the summer humidity rolls in.
For this look, I wanted something that was formal enough for the office, but still rough enough around the edges to wear in the streets, so I decided to layer a simple blue dress shirt and knit black tie under a distressed denim jacket. This look alone is great for summer, but until the temperature hits 65-70 consistently you'll need an added layer over the top, and that's where the grey overcoat comes into play. Perfect for protection from the annoyingly chilly spring mornings, take it off during the warmer daylight hours, and when the sun begins to set for your trek home you'll be perfectly prepared. Blue jeans would be awkward here, as the color of the denim jacket is a little too similar, so I opted for a a slim pair of black jeans that double down by complementing the black tie - creating a structured look from top to bottom. I happily ditched my wool winter socks and threw on my favorite oxfords, which can finally be worn without worrying about those dreaded chalky winter salt stains, for a touch of stability and professionalism.