With the arrival of warm weather and warmer temperatures at last, there is an appetite for lightness, even when it comes to spring men’s fashion. The must-have menswear items for this period? Comfortable and versatile garments that do not sacrifice elegance. Starting with the jackets, a perfect mix of tailoring and sportswear. In closets, unlined blazers, aviator jackets, leather jackets and jackets in technical leisure fabrics take the place of coats and down jackets. Soft and space-saving, they are ideal to fit in your suitcase or travel duffel bag for trips and weekends away. One of the must-have must-haves for this season is the blouson, a unisex leather or fabric jacket. Short, wide, zippered or concealed buttoned, lined or padded, this outerwear has a shirt collar and welt pockets. The blouson, or Harrington, became established in men’s clothing around the 1960s, thanks in part to movie and rock icons such as James Dean and Elvis Prestley. Originally, however, he was born in England, in Manchester, in 1937, created by brothers John and Isaac Miller. Initial designs were cotton jackets with raised collars, stretch knit band and cuffs, raglan sleeves, and bias pockets with flaps. The inner lining was Fraser tartan (red, green and black). Today, among the most popular and popular fabrics for this garment is jersey, which is lightweight, soft and stretchy, characteristics that make it especially suitable for hot days, thanks to its breathability. It fits perfectly to the body shape, does not crease and is easy to wash. Leather blousons are also suggested for leisure, simple, essential, with an equally vintage feel.
On less formal occasions in spring, the aviator jacket is also in vogue, ideal for wearing over lighter garments suitable for less severe weather, but not yet summer. The bomber jacket originated during World War I for American Air Force pilots who flew aircraft with uncovered cockpits. Early types featured a high, wrap-around collar as well as sleeves and waist, edged or lined with fur, a front zipper closure with windproof flaps. The bomber jackets popular in the present day are inspired by those classic designs, made famous in more recent times by cult movies such as “Indiana Jones” and “Top Gun,” and reinterpret them in a contemporary way. In a casual version, the aviator jacket can be paired with a pair of jeans or sporty 5-pocket pants, a polo shirt or shirt whose colors pick up ton on ton or by contrast the details of the bomber jacket. On the feet leather or navy blue lace-up shoes. For a more formal occasion, an idea might be to pair the garment with chinos, a solid-color shirt and suede loafers in the same shade as the jacket.
The military origins of the men’s field jacket
Another must-have in midseason clothing is the men’s field jacket, which, like many other men’s outerwear, comes from the military. The minimal and functional design, featuring double chest pockets and double hip pockets with flap closures, and the durable but lightweight material made it ideal for British soldiers who, in the early decades of the twentieth century, had to cope with India’s monsoon climate. Later it was the same for American ones in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s. Most popular at the time were the olive green models of the men’s field jacket, with elongated front pockets and a hood. Those in earth and camel tones, however, became a garment of choice for hunters and travelers engaged in African safaris. In the 1960s, the men’s field jacket became a glamorous garment thanks to designer Yves Saint Laurent and, in the movies, to the James Bond character in the “007” saga. How to choose it today for one’s wardrobe? First, attention should be paid to the fit: it should be close enough to the body, but not overly tight when closed nor too loose and bulky. Besides the great classics olive green, camel and sand, versions in beige and blue are also available. For a casual yet flawless look this garment could be paired with a light-toned shirt, blue navy slim fit pants, dark brown tie and leather loafers in the same color as the accessory. Whether for more formal or leisure occasions, Mandelli’s collections offer blousons, aviator jackets, field jackets and many timeless garments in which the company’s tradition of craftsmanship is combined with a modern, dynamic style, without ever sacrificing class and sophistication. You can contact us here.