If there's one season that requires a refreshed wardrobe it's spring. After the darkness of winter, spring arrives with new hope and a need for new foundations; it's away with the wool, and welcome to the lightweight cotton. When it comes to spring staples, you'd do worse than starting your search with Standard Cloth, the label designed exclusively for Urban Outfitters.
Standard Cloth is positioned somewhere between a purveyor of high-quality staples and an up-to-date, finger-on-the-pulse experimentation label. That’s a pretty useful niche to occupy. From classic flannels through to loud acid-wash and tie-dye sweats, the sub-label presents a budget-friendly way to stock your wardrobe with the season’s top silhouettes and styles with minimal fuss.
As many retailers look to snatch a piece of the market, Standard Cloth stands out as one of the more rounded, confident collections each season. So we thought it was high time we shone a light on the best bits.
Shop our favorite pieces from Standard Cloth below.
Open Hem Bomber Jacket
Crafted from pure cotton, this bomber is another example of a staple that brings something new to the table. Firstly, oversized flap pockets detail the waist, and secondly, an open hem makes for a bomber jacket that slides easily into layered fits.
Woven Dye Tech Jogger
Although the tie-dye wash effect takes center stage, we think that the true beauty of this pair of technical jogging bottoms lies in the details. Elastic toggles to the ankles offer a customizable fit while external slant pockets and a waist tie bring a workwear vibe.
Stripe Dye Sweat Short
Color palettes are the make or break of a garment and it’s impossible to go wrong with a classic dark navy and white combo. This pair features tie-dye detailing in indigo blue for an understated take on what’s usually an eye-catching pattern.
Surplus Pocket Crew Neck
Overdyed cotton always piques our interest, and this crewneck boasts a beautiful, faded khaki colorway compounded by the addition of a contrasting fabric pocket to the chest. Technical style with a vintage flavor.
Shrunken Cotton Bucket Hat
We’re thankfully moving into spring and summer, and after a locked-down, dark winter we’re going all-in with our accessories. The shrunken-cotton bucket hat from Standard Cloth is a complete staple in a range of block colors.
Technical Cargo Jogger
Cargos? In. Technical style? In. Technical cargos? Count us in. Taped zips and a sleek, tapered silhouette detailed with more pockets than you’d expect make this pair of cargos a nicely different option for the warmer months.
Arguably the perfect transition from the cozy track-pants lifestyle we’re now so used to and the freer spring styling that’s ahead of us, the Standard Cloth Foundation Shorts will be a go-to for us this season.
Textured Stitch Polo Shirt
Mid-century styles have always been on the cards, really, but recent seasons have seen a concrete resurgence. We’re pairing knitted polos like this one with a fresh pair of loafers this season, à la Tony Soprano.
Oliver Nylon Short
It’s still hard to believe that soon it’ll be possible to bear your pins on show again. This pair of lightweight shorts comes in a bold blue tone and is cut from technical nylon for a breezy spring and summer.
Foundation Jogger Pant
Come on, be honest, jogging bottoms now make up approximately 90% of your daily wear. Now that they’re an undisputed essential, we’re opting for these slim-fit grey track pants as they’re easy to style outside the house, too.
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