Editor’s note: Expect these posts with some regularity detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here.
So there you have it — that’s what a $150 spring jacket looks like above, courtesy of the excellent San Francisco fashion and lifestyle boutique Welcome Stranger (spring will be here soon enough, mark my words!). The Welcome Stranger Web shop alone is worth drooling over, with a nice mix of heritage brands and trendier offerings like button-down shirts from Saturdays Surf NYC and of-the-moment grooming products. It’s worth a mention that none of these items are cheap or budget-friendly — so the jacket above definitely qualifies as aspirational thinking.
But it’s a piece worth aspiring to — a cotton-poly blend that combines a very springlike heather grey fabric with a silhouette that echoes the iconic MA-1 jacket (note the ribbed collar, cuffs and waist). It also looks to be a trimmer fit. Keep in mind that the higher price tag goes toward covering the cost of production right here in the States, too. This piece would work exceptionally on top of some dark denim, a navy polo, white sneakers and maybe a patterned watch strap on spring weekends. I also see it meshing well over a blue OCBD, navy chinos and some unique shoes (maybe some dark olive oxfords?) in a crisp Casual Friday setting. A guy can dream, right?
What’s one splurge purchase you’re aiming for right now? Would you snap up this jacket?