There was a time when I would count down the days to see new season lookbooks from my favorite brands, sometimes it was more exciting than Christmas, but sadly with the over saturation and sheer volume of brands vying for attention its become tougher and tougher to get even a little excited about the current output, that coupled with the fact that I’m a decade older/wiser and take way more consideration over any wardrobe additions. With all that said, there are examples of exceptions to this, and a very good is anytime Nepenthes family member Engineered Garmentswho have begun to drop their upcoming season.
I feel like with age comes an elevated desire for consistency in all aspects of life and the jawnz rotation is no exception. Nothing gives me more pleasure than discovering a brand that I could literally wear head to toe for the vast majority of the year and many years to come, and EG is fast becoming exactly that. Wave after wave of high quality, U.S.A-made, vintage-inspired timeless pieces, adapted subtly with modern twists and always in a seasonally on-point material/color palette. FW22 is another shining piece of evidence for this, and I’ve picked out my standouts from each category for your perusing pleasure.
Starting with outerwear and a silhouette making its debut this season- the Oversized Fireman Duffle Coat. A hybrid of sorts with the overall shape and fit taken from a classic duffle coat but with the addition of a firemen buckle closure on the front and snap button back closure system on the back allowing the jacket to be made even wider, you can house multiple layers underneath. These additions just make total sense and make me wonder why I’ve never seen them before, the cotton double cloth and polyester fake melton iterations are real standouts.
Next up is the Loiter Jacket, a familiar piece for all you EG fiends out there, but for those that aren’t, I’d say the best way to describe this would be a shirt/jacket/blazer combo. The simple and unlined construction gives it a relaxed fit throughout but with the option to cinch in at both sides, this could be worn stand-alone over a white tee, or even as a mid-layer, and this whimsical navy 8 wale Corduroy option is the winner for us.
Time for the mid-layers — a real strong suit of Engineered Garments. Kicking off with the Explorer Shirt Jacket, similar to the Loiter Jacket, this has become a mainstay in EG collections and somewhat of a synonymous piece for the brand. A no-nonsense relaxed over shirt with that added EG flair with the addition of more pockets you can shake a stick at (7 in total — tell me you’re an EG piece without telling me you’re an EG piece), once again the options are plentiful here and just like the Loiter jacket, the standout iteration is once again the Navy 8 wale Corduroy.
Rounding off the top half portion with a bit of an outlier in the collection but definitely something that embodies the quirkiness of Nepenthes that we know and love — The Button Shawl Sweater Knit in Heather Navy. Now, this won’t be for everyone, but I bet there are a few out there who can pull this beauty off with ease. The button closure gives you the option of the cape look, open it up for a drapey shawl or have it half open to expose the layers underneath.
Rounding off this EG appreciation post with some pants, and boy oh boy what a pant we have here. First of all, I’d just like to dedicate this last section to the FA Pant (RIP) a true pioneer that will be missed. Its successor, the Deck Pant is a more than worthy replacement, however, what it lacks in pockets — just the one additional flap pocket on the front left alongside seam and rear pockets — it more than makes up for in versatility with the relaxed straight fit throughout and twill tape tie hems. There’s two solid cotton double cloth options for the season in the form of Black and Olive.
You can shop the Engineered Garments FW22 collection over at Lost & Found