Fall is here, and fashionable guys know that the cooler temperatures of autumn give them the opportunity to add on the layers and textures that show off their sense of style. We wanted to put together a small preview of what’s hot in men’s fashion right now. Here are the items that every made man should have in his closet this fall.
The Fall Suit
The tailored navy blue suit is a staple item for fall fashion. Black, navy blue and charcoal gray are the tried-and-true fall suit colors. But as many guys are embracing more color in their look, expect to see this classic professional look in new hues - like this suit by Moods of Norway in violet blue.
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t wear color. Colored cords like these from The West is Dead are a great way to shake things up a bit.
This year, the bigger the scarf the better. Oversized scarves like the one above from Theory are gracing the pages of men’s fashion catalogues everywhere.
For shoes, brown is the color of choice. Brown Oxfords or wingtip boots have a better chance of complimenting the color in your fall wardrobe than the traditional black.
Brown is replacing black as the color of choice to complete the authentic fall look. Wingtip boots, like these Andrew 2 Boot by J Shoes, are a fresh new combination of the classic winter work boot and the traditional low-heeled brogue.
Baseball jackets are a nice comfortable choice when it’s time to dress down a bit. This casual yet versatile look has been a preferred choice in retail this year. The one pictured above is by Olivia Spencer.
For warmth on a brisk evening, a wool sweater like this one by Superdry never disappoints. This wool sweater with a shawl collar is a stylish alternative to a bulky winter coat.
The retro inspired knit wool tie is reemerging as a men’s favorite. Not only for hipsters, this is the perfect tie for the not-so-corporate guy who means business. This one is by Hugo B.
For the men who want to combine style and comfort, designer athletics like Yves Saint Laurent Court Classic High Top are the perfect choice. These sporty kicks will be hitting the streets in new fall colors.
The “slouchy” can be spotted at late breakfast meetings on Melrose in LA and in Soho in New York. This skypiece is the hat of choice for low-profile outings.
There’s nothing better than tailored clothes that fit you well. To create a more polished, well put together look, many men are exchanging the traditional peacoat for a sharper, more form-fitted look.
Wristwear is an accessory that fashionable men use to experiment. Though puzzling on the surface, watches like these turn timepieces to instant conversation pieces.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a great bag is worth a weekend vacation. Well traveled gentleman can be identified by a handsome weekender duffle like this one from Ugg.
Fall is my favorite time of year when it comes to fashion. I love all of the jewel colors, warm knits and bold jackets that come with the cooler weather. There is nothing like pulling on a cute pair of wedge booties and a light, cozy scarf to head out the door! I also find that fall is one of the easiest seasons to transition into because you can use a lot of summer trends and balance them out with a classic fall item. For example, you can pair that super cute pastel shift dress with a camel coat and tights and it’s perfect for autumn leaves!
This fall, there are a few items that should be on everyone’s fall wardrobe update list. Here are 5 of my favorites!
I have never been a fan of the harem pant look so I am beyond excited that this fall’s comfy pant has more of a structure and less of a baggy behind! Slouchy pants can work great as a substitute for masculine trousers for work or can be dressed down with a T-shirt for the weekends. Plus, I am always down for a trend that make me feel like I’m in my pajamas all day! These are only $24.95 from H&M.
Leather is always a great material to have in your closet no matter what the season, but I feel that with fall there are more options. (Leather and 100-degree weather don’t mix!). This fall, find a great leather pencil skirt for work or a pair of shiny leather pants for a night out. If you can afford to splurge, this skirt from Net-A-Porter looks great! *Remember: faux leather works just as well and costs a fraction of the price (and is animal-friendly).
Green is one of the go-to colors for this fall and I love it because it will transition well into the winter season. Try carrying a structured green tote for the office or an emerald green pea coat for those chilly nights. The tote pictured here is on sale now at ASOS.com.
Biker boots are one of my favorite ways to add a little edge to your wardrobe without overdoing it. I wouldn’t suggest that you wear these to the office unless casual attire is acceptable, but these boots are great for fall walks and running errands. They also will transition with you all the way through summer into next fall without losing their appeal. Try a crisp white dress and biker boots for the spring/summer seasons. These cute boots are $190 at Top Shop.
The great thing about a classic structured bag is that they never go out of style. This is one of the pieces I would say to invest in because you will be able to wear it for years to come (in a neutral color). If you want to try something more bold this fall, get one in a fun pattern or texture and make any outfit pop! Try this bold bowling bag from Zara or this shoulder bag by Alexander Wang.
Adding some of these pieces to your collection will help you transition to fall without breaking the bank. Keep classic pieces in mind and add some longevity to your wardrobe.
Ah, yes... We all get a little sad as the heat from the summer sun fades. But fear not, Made Women, that stunning summer wardrobe you purchased doesn’t have to sit in the closet for a whole year. Here are some easy ways to smartly transition summer staples into your fall wardrobe:
Neons & Colors
Brights were in this year, so maybe you bought neon clothes or bright jewelry. Instead of color blocking them for maximum summer impact, pair a bright with a neutral for fall perfection. I love this look:
Instead of wearing sandals everywhere, wear ankle boots or even your rain boots with shorter skirts and dresses.
To the Max-i
Maxi dresses are essential for summer, but you can easily work them into your fall wardrobe by throwing a jacket and scarf over them.
If you have a favorite summer tunic or short dress, you can get more wear out of it by throwing it over jeans or leggings and adding other fall accessories like a great hat. Layering is perfect for tops, too. Add a summer tank under a new fall sweater to keep warm and create visual interest.
If you love the look and feel of holey jeans for summer, consider wearing tights under them for fall. Not only will your legs be warmer, but there will be a cool pop of color or a pattern underneath your denim.
Dress it Up
I love this year’s Alice + Olivia fall campaign. They feature a bunch of dresses that could be good for any season and simply added berets and boots or tights or high socks. Buy a hat and some hosiery and you can transition that favorite summer dress in an unexpected way. Here are some examples:
Going from summer to fall doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be dull. Try these tips and add some longevity to the summer items you love.