Universal Works SS16
When gets warmer you desire to be able to dress freely and comfortably – with loose fitting clothes that let you breathe and not be to encumber-some. Universal Works has, for a while now, been champions of a casual tailoring that I admire and get continually drawn to. This season is no exception, with related fit trousers supplemented with workwear inspired outerwear.
The collection mixes influences of both the classic and the contemporary and as diverse as Wes Anderson films, mid-20th century textile design and Edwardian floor tiles. True to the Universal Works spirit the range exemplifies an honest approach to simple and timeless clothing with soul.
Loose tapered trousers sit alongside jackets that carry Universal Works’ continued interest in blue-collar workwear. I’m a big fan of workwear and love to mix it up with smart and casual. Unstructured tailoring is matched with comfortable, washed luxury jersey and fine knits. I love the loose and contemporary silhouette with subtle military detailing.
I’m especially partial to Universal Works’ trousers that are loose and well fitted – well fitted in the sense that they fit well round the waist and seat area. Some have lovely pleating and cuff detailing ideal for smart and casual dressing. You want a trouser that allows you to move freely and comfortably during the warmer months, allowing for ease of movability as well as a good drape over the leg and shoes.
One of my favourite items is the MA1 nylon bomber which is UW’s take on the classic 1950’s MA-1 flight jacket created to keep fighter jet pilots safe and warm at altitude. This version however is slimmed down and has a lightweight insulation and has concealed in-seam hand pockets.