10 Must-Have Fall Wardrobe Classics for Men
It's time to stack your closet—or your husband's.
There’s never been a better time to stack your fall closet, as masses of new clothes are hitting the stores. Where even to begin? Though many of these trends will be familiar, they’re anything but basic. Classic items like boots and blazers have new twists, and you’ve never seen tweed and corduroy looking so cool. Here’s my full breakdown of the best things happening in menswear right now.
Dark Green Accessories
Basket Classic Soft Sneaker, by Puma
$85; buy now at Amazon.com
This many not be a hue you have considered before but there is only so much navy and black anyone can handle. Here’s a quick way to inject some variety-add an eye catching accessory. Clearly sneakers are key to any look right now. This classic has a great retro vibe.
Faux-Shearling Trucker Jacket, by Levi’s
$37; buy now at Amazon.com
This supremely masculine jacket is a continuation of the “urban woodsman” trend that has caught on with guys for the last few seasons. Always practical and functional but now trimmed up and ready for the long haul. You can’t go wrong with Levi’s-they basically invented the trucker jacket. The faux-shearling collar and lining will keep you snug.
Turtleneck sweater, by Valentino
$125; buy now at Amazon.com
There haven’t been this many turtlenecks out there since the groovy 1960’s. Just omit the peace medallion, and make sure it’s not too bulky. A streamlined version makes it great on it’s own, or as a layering piece with a suit. Italian panache at a great price. It’s trim and tapered, and in a soft luxe wool.
Suede Crepe Sole Boots
Desert Chukka Boot, by Clark’s
$61; buy now at Amazon.com
You want new boots this fall. The problem is the time spent breaking them in. The suede version is instantly comfortable and ready to the pavement straight out of the box. The bonus of a cushiony crepe sole is the answer for guys who spend a lot of time on their feet. This is classic Clarks, comfortable and long lasting. Here in a great neutral color that pairs with almost everything, especially khakis.
Qynn Full-zip Sweater, by Spyder
$149: buy now at Amazon.com
This is a true style classic that has been around for decades. In a way, it’s new popularity is tied into the athleisure trend that has swept the culture. Regarding pattern, keep it fairly simple, or you vier into the ugly Christmas sweater category. In a merino wool blend, the Spyder Qynn Full Zip Sweater streamlined so no bulk and a great zipper to make this double as an outerwear piece.
O’Connor Peacoat, by Robert Graham
$314; buy now at Amazon.com
The new peacoat is now far from standard issue. These stylish numbers are a vast improvement on the stiff scratchy versions from army navy surplus stores. Designers have trimmed them up and are offering luxe fabrics and distinctive patterns. Here’s a great rift on the usual black or navy, a great updated subtle charcoal stripe.
Wool double breasted blazer, by Maison Margiela
$499: buy now at Amazon.com
European men have embraced the for years. American men are starting to see how some distinctive continental flare can up their game. Stay with four or six button versions. Two button can look cheesy. Also, not having a double breasted jacket fitted through the waist instantly disqualifies you. Here in lightweight cotton and wool blend, this is a great example of how versatile it is. Pair it with your favorite jeans to contrast the formality. The result is instant style.
Streamlined puffer vests
Autumn vertical collar slim fit vest, by Doufine
$21; buy now at Amazon.com
Recently outerwear companies woke up to the fact that while men wanted the puffer vest, they do not want all that puffer bulk, so they slimmed them up. The result? One of the most versatile and practical items you can own. Wear it alone or under a coat, or even a suit jacket for a great athletic vibe. This is a sleek as it gets and you can’t beat the great value for a down vest. It’s very lightweight and the on-trend camel color packs a punch.
Tweed double monk, by Herring Cranmere
$415; buy now at Amazon.com
This heritage fabric is a major player every fall. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Think out of the box and opt for a tweed detail to rev up a classic accessory. Double monk strap dress shoes are the choice of today’s well dressed man. Here is how to distinguish yourself in a subtle yet highly effective way.
Long sleeve corduroy, by Original Penguin
$89; buy now at Amazon.com
Another heritage fabric that is making the rounds. Corduroy is revived every few seasons. What makes it a great option right now is the dose of cool it just got. Pre-washing eliminates the stiffness and the slimmer shapes take it away from the traditional and make it modern. This next generation of corduroy is lightweight and fitted so it’s less thick and bulky ensuring it’s the perfect option for the fit guy. Versatile enough to be dressed up or down, but it’s a natural untucked, paired with jeans.
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