Live Action Getup: The Spring Weekend Adventurer

When it's time for a break, being stylish and comfortable shouldn't be hard work - you work hard enough as it is. Keep things simple with classic, easy layers for those crisper days and nights. Here, we show you a way to do this with lighter spring-appropriate colors while staying heavy-duty and rugged.

The Getup, spring outfit inspiration with tan coat gray henley, jeans, and desert boots

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The Getup: Spring Adventure Weekend

Chore Coat

A timeless, reliable style stretching back well over a century, rooted in the tough workwear worn by laborers, miners, and industrial workers. Usually made from denim or heavy canvas, the chore coat is not only for the working man, but also a great look for after-hours or weekends when we want both functionality and style. Like a good pair of old boots, once you break in your chore coat, you'll never want to take it off. And since it's in a neutral color, you won't have to.


Lighter colored denim is always a great casual look for when the sun comes out, but together with the lighter neutral hues of the shirt, jacket, and shoes, we retain that low-contrast color combination to stay earthy and spring-toned. Don't be afraid of lighter denim: These aren't your 90s jeans. Lighter jeans make a ton of sense for the warmer months; just imagine wearing thick raw selvedge when it's 90 degrees. Denim that is slightly worn or faded adds to the ruggedness of the outfit. And a flattering slim taper with a cuff shows off the boots.

chore coat and gray henley

Shown: Chore coat, previous season clearance, American Eagle / Henley, previous season Gap


Light gray complements the tans and lighter hues of the outfit, whereas a darker shirt would contrast and compete with this palette, not to mention lack that “light” spring feel. This shirt doesn't have to be fancy – the plainer the better (this is workwear, after all). Keep it partially unbuttoned for that nonchalant, action-ready look. I chose a thermal henley here for a little added texture.

Clarks Desert Boots Bushacre


A comfortable pair of suede walking chukkas are ideal here, and choosing a lighter color like this sandy taupe keeps the whole getup low-contrast. Desert boots have a long history – you can opt for the original crepe sole version or these rubber soled alternatives.

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Andrew Snavely

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.