The Best Transitional Menswear Styles

As we head into the new year and the promise of spring is only a couple of months away, it’s time to think about transitioning your wardrobe to match the season. While it’s definitely still chilly outside, spring is a matter of weeks away and it’s in your best interest to get some transitional styles ready for milder weather.

From smart men’s shirts to versatile polos, it’s the perfect time to start investing in next season’s fashion. Here we take a look at some of the best styles to have in your wardrobe right now.


One of the most popular upcoming trends in the menswear industry is the overshirt. Possibly the most versatile item you will buy this year, men’s overshirts are great for transitional seasons and created a layered look.

Often worn open over a t-shirt, overshirts can be buttoned up or left undone depending on the weather. Perfectly styled with a simple pair of jeans or chinos, it creates a balance between smart and casual for any springtime occasion.

You will usually find overshirts designed in check prints and utility styles, making them a statement piece over a plain tee.

Lightweight jackets

When the chill of winter finally starts to ease off, you need the right jacket for the weather. After all, your heavyweight padded winter coat might start to become a bit much! Lightweight jackets are ideal for transition periods, offering just the right amount of warmth while maintaining style.

Some of the best examples of lightweight jackets include macs, Harrington jackets and even some parkas that haven’t been made with heavy padding. You might want to consider hooded styles for the impending spring showers, as well as thinking about a casual jacket and smarter choice so you have something for every occasion.


Part of the charm of transitional seasons is that you can layer a number of styles and have a different look depending on what the weather decides to do. This is where sweatshirts can come in very handy. Simply wear over a t-shirt and underneath a jacket, and you have the perfect top-half combination no matter whether it rains or shines.

Choose classic slogan sweatshirts in traditional colours like grey, black or navy, or perhaps opt for something patterned, such as stripes, depending on your personal style. Great for taking off or putting on according to the chill outside, it’s the ultimate transitional style.

Long sleeve polos

For days when you’re not brave enough to wear just a t-shirt, but it’s not cold enough for a jumper, you can’t beat a long sleeve polo. Smart, casual and stylish all in one, a long sleeve polo is a timeless design. It can be paired with jeans or chinos, and smart shoes or trainers, to create your desired look.

Layered perfectly under a jacket or coat, it offers just the right protection from the elements without overheating or freezing. Look for heritage striped styles with smart collars and a fitted silhouette for a great addition to your wardrobe for the transitional seasons ahead.