Though the seasonal weather is rarely predictable, staying armed for it is the surest way to combat the conditions. Following winter is a mid-season of sorts. It’s not quite spring, but it’s no longer frigid. Whereas heavy overcoats have long been put at the back of a closet, linen jackets are not yet the norm.
Transitional dressing has been covered before, no doubt. Lightweight spring jackets, perhaps layering, are both fixes to this in-between season. With that, my best weapon during this period has been a series of thin scarves: silk, silk/wool or silk/cashmere blend.
Worn with a sport coat, they provide just enough warmth for the brisk mornings, and coverage from the whipping winds. To be clear, these aren't winter scarves. I'd be a fool to opt for one of these during a sub 20 degree day. A good friend of mine refers to them as the 'non-functional' scarves; since they provide little substantial warmth. To my point, they're ideal for these more mild days.
Silk and wool/silk blends work well due to the relative fineness of both. They're both soft in addition to being a stylish element to an otherwise muted ensemble. I look for a strong contrast when pairing mine with sport coats. Since every other component is toned down, the scarf is given greater emphasis; standing in for a tie or a pocket square.
New York certainly takes her time, tip toeing into Spring but these additions make it a bit more doable. Soon enough, though, it'll be linen season.
All photos by Bevin Elias