Fall is here and winter is coming. Since we’re now in the thick of it, I figure it’s a good time to talk fall style essentials. We’ll talk winter next week.
Here’s what I consider men’s fall style essentials worth picking up. It’s a collection of some of my favorite pieces in menswear over the past few years. All inspiration is taken from my Gentleman Within Instagram account as well as my personal Insta.
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Let’s get right to it, starting with fall first.
THE ELEMENTS OF FALL STYLE
Mid-layers, top-layers, attention to fabric and warm yet subdued colors.
THE 5 ESSENTIAL JACKETS
First up is the fall jacket, an essential layering piece or standalone garment. I want to go over top-layer options, a mid-layer option and jackets that are good on their own.
1) Field Jacket (Top-Layer)
SHOP THE JACKET—Field Jacket: Peter Manning
A good field jacket has weight to it, but not so much that you can’t layer with it. It should have a light lining with ample utility pockets. Typically it’s going to be an outer layer. Opt for the most versatile colors of either navy, tan or olive.
2) Leather Jacket (Top-Layer)
Admit it, you’ve always wanted one. A high quality leather jacket will make you feel badass. Just make sure it’s real leather and not low-quality, fake pleather. Go with a motorcycle (biker) jacket or go with a more versatile racer jacket, go black or brown—whichever aligns with your current aesthetic. Either way, a high-quality leather jacket is essential for any modern-day gent.
3) Denim Jacket (Mid-Layer/Top-Layer)
Perfect as a top layer in early fall and as a mid-layer when the temperature starts to dip. The denim jacket is my favorite mid-layer jacket. You can rock it with a t-shirt, you can rock it with a necktie. Wear it under a blazer or over a light padded vest. It’s quite versatile. I like a lighter wash for warmer weather and a darker wash for later in the fall season when it’s colder.
Keep in mind if you’re going for a denim on denim look, it can work, just make sure there’s enough contrast between the shades to avoid Canadian tuxedo vibes.
4) Harrington Jacket (Standalone)
A good early-fall jacket option. The Harrington jacket is elevated yet still casual. I love the detail of a Harrington jacket’s tartan lining. It has a classic collar, kind of like an extended racer jacket collar. This jacket is a great standalone piece. Layer it over top of a standard flannel button down or long sleeve henley.
5) Bomber Jacket (Standalone)
SHOP THIS LOOK—Jacket: Alpha Industries (on a budget) | Shirt: Tailor Store | Shoes: J. Crew | Chinos: Uniqlo | Watch: Timex | Watch Strap: Cheapest Nato Straps | Sunglasses: Sunny Rebel via Gentleman’s Box | Bracelet: Taft
Whether you go with a more casual Alpha Industries style bomber or a more refined suede bomber, this jacket is a great standalone statement garment. I love that a bomber can be worn both casually and dressed up. There’s plenty of history behind the classic bomber. It’s a heritage piece that’s sure to leave a lasting statement.
6) Flannel Shirts
It isn’t fall until flannels emerge. The flannel shirt’s warmth, colors and patterns make it a stylish fall staple and layering piece. They can be worn tucked, untucked or my favorite, front tucked. Wear it with a vest, a field jacket
Flannel shirts are inherently more casual due their fabric, color and pattern. And since they’re more casual it’s okay if they’re a bit longer, looser and worn unbuttoned. In fact I love the unbuttoned look of a flannel shirt layered overtop of a waffle knit henley or t-shirt.
7) Tweed Blazer
Tweed is a rough surfaced woolen cloth. A unique characteristic of tweed is little flecks of color that can be seen along the fabric. Tweed provides warmth when the weather dips. The strands of tweed fabric are tightly woven to provide insulation for the body.
It’s one of my favorite cold weather fabrics to wear. The tweed blazer being a great option for starters.
8) Corduroy Blazer/Sport Coat
SHOP THE BLAZER—Corduroy Blazer: Knot Standard
Not into tweed? You can opt for the less popular, yet still stylish corduroy blazer. I love this option for the warmth, but also the style. It’s one of my favorite cold weather fabrics. I like for a corduroy blazer to fit more loosely so that you can layer a denim jacket or thicker sweater underneath.
Both tweed and corduroy may give off professorial vibes and that’s not a bad thing so long as you keep things super casual.
9) Corduroy Pants
SHOP THE CORDS—Corduroy Pants: Levi’s
SHOP THE CORDS—Corduroy Pants (Stretch Slim): GAP
SHOP THE CORDS—Corduroy Pants (Stretch Straight): GAP
Corduroy gets a bad rep. It’s the quintessential ‘old man’ choice fabric. But if you find cords with a more modern fit, you can avoid looking like an older gent. I wouldn’t recommend skinny fit corduroy pants, however slim or straight can work well. I like brighter colors like a mustard yellow or earthy colors like brown, green and navy.
10) Light Padded Vest
Perfect as a layering piece, the light padded vest looks great over waffle knit henley or flannel shirt. It provides stylish insulation to keep you warm. One of my favorite fall outfits is a flannel shirt layered under a light padded vest with a field jacket as a top layer, and finished off with a pair of rugged work boots.
Remember to ensure enough room between the vest and top-layer. You don’t want to appear too puffy up top. (spring essentials card)
11) Lightweight Scarf
Scarves are an excellent way to add a dash of style to any fall getup. Keep it lightweight in the fall. For colors stick with the colors of nature around you, I’m talking hues of yellow, burnt orange, red and brown.
IN THE END
There you have it, 11 awesome fall essentials. I’m not saying you need to have every single one of these pieces right now, but it wouldn’t hurt to build up these essentials overtime. They are pieces that can go a long way in taking you from fall and into the winter season.
ON TO YOU. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE FALL WARDROBE PIECES?
Let’s continue the discussion over in the Gentlemen Within Private Facebook Community.
Looking forward to seeing you in there.
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