As you know, I have a great working relationship with my friends over at Lands' End. When they asked me if I wanted to participate in trying some new outerwear for Fall, I was game. By far, outerwear ranks top 3 things I love to wear right up there next to shoes and pants. I've lived in NY since 2008 and as I continue to spend so much time upstate and traveling for nature experiences, my tolerance for the cold just keeps getting pushed. The older I get, the more I also take functionality as a priority. I used to suffer through fashion. You know, like wearing a pair of dope shoes even if they hurt like hell. Now, I want nothing to do with that. When I wear a coat, if it's supposed to keep me warm and can't even cut it in early Fall temperatures, I probably won't want anything to do it with. Which is why, I like turning to a company like Lands' End because they've got that real world experience and know how to put together a garment that does as described.
I decided to try out the Classic Squall Jacket. I was really drawn to it because it has very active design inclinations. Meaning....I could toss it on for my 7 mile bike ride to the gym and it would breathe while still keeping me insulated. While not being water proof it is water resistant; the fabric can take some punishment and shake it off. I really love the zippered pockets...this is going to sound so old man, but when I'm riding my bike I'm always worried something will fall out of a pocket and I'll never notice it until it's too late - problem eliminated. And you still definitely have the style component. You'll notice, while it's a very classic style jacket, it can be styled many different ways. I tend to swing back in forth between that utilitarian style look of a chamois overshirt with jeans and boots and then my more fashion looks with drapey pants or asymmetrical cut shirts. And, a lot of the time, I just blend both styles together. The jacket easily merged into one of those blended ideas with the more authentic style sweater and a watchcap but with a more aggressive cropped pant and Dr Marten oxfords.
You can cop yourself one of these jackets, or check out more of the outerwear on their site!
All photos by Minnow Park.