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Transitional Style

James Andrew

James Andrew

This time of year finds many in a bit of a fashion quandary; summer is officially over, the autumn season has begun, and we’re faced with a few weeks of warm and often wildly humid weather.

I cope with this transition by retiring my linen, pale pastels, and other wholly summer wear. Still, though, it’s not quite time to bring out the tweeds, heavy wools or velvet. Instead, I opt for light weight wools, light weight suede and other leathers, cottons and silks, and I choose a color palette that starts to reference the autumn season. For Black Tie evening occasions, I retire my pastels and pales, selecting darker color wool and silk dinner jackets. I save velvet for a bit later in the Autumn/Winter season—in any case, a few shifts in this direction can keep one looking super stylish and quite comfortable despite the weather.

It’s also a bit about savoring each season. Why not extend that feeling of Summer a bit longer while enjoying a little change in wardrobe? There’ll be plenty to look forward to as we anticipate full autumn!

I’m pictured here in what I think is a terrific transitional look, worn on a rather humid and potentially rainy early autumn day in New York City. Tom Ford era white black, and saddle leather Gucci jacket(I love how the white just brightens this whole ensemble), Paul Smith light weight gray wool pant, Tom Ford gray cotton window pane plaid shirt with French cuffs and solid black silk tie, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Gucci patent leather belt and saddle leather tasseled loafers, Swaine Adney Brigg “Whangee” umbrella and my cologne is my new favorite Creed Original Cologne.


  1. Brunathacliath says:

    The combination shirt/tie with a casual jacket reminds me of Francois Truffaut, for instance in “Day for night” (La nuit Americaine)

  2. Marc de Paris says:

    Congratulations for this wonderful transitional style.

    I am still waiting for your answer to confirm your organization

    Looking forward to talking with you

  3. Leo says:

    I agree, those lightweight wool or cashmere sweaters is just perfect.

  4. Nick Zantop says:

    dapper as always, rain or shine, hot or cold. You can always count on James to be dressed to impress. Sadly, it’s been a bit difficult for me to dress stylishly during much of the camping trip I’ve been on for the past month.

  5. Dean Farris says:


    You always look great. This shot has a sort of Prada vibe to it…


  6. James Andrew says:

    Hello Brunathacliath,

    Thank You!

    I loved your comparing of me to Truffaut and his great style.



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