In our weekly series, TOPMAN Wears, we look at current trends and best-sellers and explore ways that Top Men can (and do) wear them.
This week – the piece that is autumn all over. The Lumberjack Shirt is recognisable by its bold checks and tartan printed fabric, slightly oversized fit, and all-over laidback vibe.
While traditionally made from heavier fabrics like wool, these lighter cotton iterations are suited better to a life not on the farm. While they’re not warm enough for winter on their own, they’re good for late-summer evenings and provide a much-needed extra piece when the weather gets cooler – layering easily over and under tees and jackets.
By their nature, these are a casual option only but that doesn’t mean they’re not versatile. Get one in every colour.
Shades like stone and ecru are having their moment in 2019 and lumberjack shirts are no exception. When it comes to styling this particular shade, think of the look you’re going for.
If you want the shirt to be the focus of the look, pair with all dark everything else. Black or navy jeans, tee, and sneakers and your shirt over the top with the buttons undone.
For an all-over lighter look, try matching with a pair of light blue or stone jeans and nude sneakers. If you don’t want to layer over a white or light tee, keep the buttons done up and roll-cuff the sleeves.
Autumn-appropriate shades like oranges and greens are more versatile than you think. Probably the more classic looking lumberjack shirt, these colours will take you right on through to winter.
For days you want to embrace the cooler weather, match your shirt with dark chinos and heavy black boots. When you venture outside, layer over a borg-lined jacket or puffer.
If you want to add a little light to dreary days, try a lighter shade of trouser – a blowout mid-wash blue jean or stone chinos. Keeping the bottom-half light, your shirt will make an impact and for on-trend autumnal colours, that can only be a good thing. Wear with your favourite pair of sneakers.
Everyone can always do with a dark patterned overshirt – it never goes out of style. Given the subtle look of the check for darker fabrics, it’s a little more versatile than lighter shades.
Because of that, you can stand to get a little more adventurous. Try wearing buttoned all the way to the top with a layered necklace, some shades, and some of your favourite rings. Keep the rest of the look minimal with dark jeans or trousers and black boots. For a more laidback look, try an original or straight cut for trousers so the boots don’t look oversized.
If opting for tried-and-true favourites, a skinny jean and a pair of slim sneakers easily complement the darker shades of a lumberjack shirt and with a sleeve rolled to the mid-forearm and the buttons undone, you’ve got one easy-wearing street style look.