I've been on the look out for light weight cardigans lately as I could use a few more layering pieces as the cool weather sets in. Margaret Howell is usually a sure bet for the job and this fall is no different. Their cable knit cashmere cardigan is one of the nicest looking I've seen online. It comes in navy and grey and a regular fit body. There aren't many pairings that looks as good as an oxford and a cardigan in the fall, and these soft classic looking versions are as good as it gets. I'm not usually one to drop the money for cashmere, but the perfectly balanced design and general feeling of these sweaters make me consider otherwise.
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While Margaret Howell continues to be strong in Europe and is beginning to trickle in the US, it's biggest supporter is of course Japan. After a browse through their Japanese website, I found this wonderful grey Harris Tweed coat. I feel like a grey wool coat might be one of the best pieces of outerwear you could own come fall. While it may not be the best performer in the rain, the light or dark grey tones are often the perfect compliment to the red, orange and blue plaids that pop up in the cold weather. This piece looks to have just enough room for some layering underneath as well. The dark collar and simple 4 button front work nicely with the side cinches and low flap pockets. I wouldn't mind seeing a chest pocket on the left, but otherwise it's pretty close to perfect.
It's nice that a shop stateside has brought in the Margaret Howell label. I would also have a hard time thinking of a better fit than LA's South Willard. The sharply edited store carries one of the most focused mens selections in the Americas and I think Mr. Condor's first Margaret Howell buy was a nice one. With simple basics including cotton jackets, knitwear and shirting - the lone pant of the shipment is the one I want the most. The carbon color and straight leg cut are a great combination for fall and wearing with boots. The pants are nice and plain but little details like suspender buttons make them unique enough. I don't own a pair of pants with suspender buttons but it's something I would definitely consider giving a try. The rest of the MHL stock at South Willard is worth a look as well, but a visit to the shop is really necessary to feel and understand the brand.
The Bureau might be my favorite store these days, at least I know they are getting a fair share of my earnings lately. Their selection of Engineered Garments, Margaret Howell, S.N.S. and Gitman Vintage is right up my alley - and there are several other items and brands that could have made that list twice as long. One of the EG items they recently received caught my eye as I haven't seen it elsewhere this fall. The WA Field Jacket is a really ideal version of the classic military M-65 coat. The navy wool serge works really well with the cut and is a great weight for the piece. I picked up the Baker in the navy wool serge and OP has the WA Field Jacket from spring, so I can imagine the two combining for a really classic and easy to wear jacket. The lack of epaulets and addition of the button across neck is just the right combination to keep the jacket subtle and useful. I'll definitely be chalking this up on the list of things I'd love to have and wear but just can't pick up this season.
The duffle coat is another one of those items that are in fact a must have, at least for me. While there isn't a real rush to acquire one right now, it's something you can count on every year by traditional brands like Gloverall which allows a little more patient shopping experience. That said, when the right one comes along, there is no need to deny it as it's something you'd be sure to have in your closet for years to come. Margaret Howell's alter-name collection, MHL focuses more on utilitarian, simplistic design and basics. This fall they have cooked up a great looking and very ideal marl charcoal duffle coat that would exceed any demands of the piece. It's made of 80% wool, in the UK and has just enough going on to keep it function and little enough to have it looking just right. It's just arrived at The Bureau along with a couple other great Margaret Howell pieces worth checking out.
The Supreme Ripstop Parka I posted on Friday was a great waterproof jacket but it did have a particular aesthetic. For me, its bright shell and echoes of Patagonia were perfect but I also appreciate that may not be everyone. If you liked the reference but would prefer a more subdued option, Margaret Howell's Pioneer Jacket might be worth considering. It's inspired by similar technical garments but adopts a more neutral palette. In this instance, the resounding influence would seem to be Rohan. There's a similar spirit in the styling and choice of muted colours, and functionality has definitely been prioritized. Made from GORE-TEX, it features four well placed pockets, waterproof zips, a lined hood and classic drawcord waist. However, its technical features aren't overwhelming and it still has a very considered appearance. It's guaranteed to keep you dry but could also be combined with almost anything. The Pioneer Jacket is a prime example of what Margaret Howell does best and represents a timeless combination of fashion and function.
Thicker shirting may become more widely available during the winter but regular options shouldn't be overlooked. They still have an important part to play in layering and that's always worth considering during the colder months. Whether it's under a piece of knitwear, a jacket or even another shirt, a good selection can be useful all year round. At first glance this might seem like a routine choice but as with all Margaret Howell products, the appeal is in the overall quality and attention to detail. First and foremost, the colours are particularly good. There's certainly similar options available but a lot of them fall into the same trap - choosing a fabric with too many colours or ill-suited combinations. In this instance, however, the grey, red and yellow sit perfectly together. Combine that with a neat button down collar and a classic cut, and what appears to be a fairly simple shirt, will quietly outshine other versions every time.
As the title states, this is an essential belt. It's pretty much perfect for spring to keep up any of your denim or chinos and looking great. The colors available are really nice and compliment the soft brown leather quite well. I actually have something almost just like this and I really like it, nice and casual. I think the navy and khaki in particular are looking pretty good. A belt has to be nice on it's own, but it has to play the background and be sublte enough not to take any attention from the rest of your outfit. Accessories are just that. And these are just good, very affordable belts. Available at LL Bean for $30.