You Can’t Do Colour
When it’s dark, so is your outfit. But spring presents a quandary; it’s not sunny enough for brights, but keeping to all-black errrthing seems a touch Gothic when beer gardens are calling.
So you fudge the compromise and juxtapose bold shades against a dark background that only makes them seem even brighter. Where’d those sunglasses get to?
You’re right to compromise, but wrong in its execution. For in-between weather, you want in-between shades; khakis, tans, forest greens and rusts should be your go-to tones, licks of colour at the subtle end of the spectrum.
Tonal outfits are as valid now as they were three months ago, if you lighten up – think a beige bomber over a white tee, with camel chinos. Just keep everything neutral and step into the light.
Showcasing Skin Too Early
We get the urge to strip off after six months in wool. We understand that your vitamin D stores are depleted and every cell in your body wants to bathe in sunshine. But you live at a latitude where double-digit temperatures aren’t guaranteed until the solstice.
That raw chicken skin looks best covered up.
To be finally free from coats, learn to layer. Build from fine fabrics near your skin to heavier jerseys and knits as you move out, and you’ll be warm enough to leave your parka on its hangar.
Then you can push your sleeves up to feel the sun on your forearms or, if the weather does surprise you, roll up those heavier outer layers and stow them in your bag.
Besides that, just wait. And be happy when you’re the only one not shivering at the year’s first barbecue.
What Skin You Do Show Isn’t Protected
Blame parents who smothered you in Piz Buin, but men tend to swerve the sunscreen until their skin’s already blistered. But you don’t need to burn to do damage.
Even when it’s heating your skin, UV rays can damage it, causing discolouration, premature ageing and more concerning things like cancer.
You don’t need to cover your whole body in sunblock, but a moisturiser with built-in SPF, like Lab Series Daily Moisture Defence Lotion, outflanks your skin’s biggest enemy.
It’s also worth adding a pair of sunglasses to your arsenal – low-lying sun gets in your eyes, which can cause cataracts down the line. Look for a pair with 100 per cent UV protection, like Carhatt’s new collab with RETROSUPERFUTURE. They mean you look good now, and can look better later.
You Mistime Your Lunch Break
The joys of spring showers – water glistening on grass, the smell of thirsty soil sated – pale when you step out for a sandwich and come back de-quiffed and mourning your suede jacket.
Beyond carrying an umbrella every time you step outside, you need to accept the idea that rain will fall. Which means picking pieces that have a duck’s back approach to precipitation.
For your hair, adopt a low-maintenance cut – a French crop, or slicked back styles, can be quickly reset after a dousing if you carry a comb.
Lower down, you need fabrics that play well in the rain. So lose suede, cashmere – anything that doubles up as a sponge – and swap in quick-drying cottons and linens, as well as breathable waterproof materials like gabardine.
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