The summer sales are on. In fact, they’re almost over. So shop rails are gradually being replenished with autumn stock. Jumpers, jackets, trousers… Suddenly, the focus has shifted from light fabrics and short sleeves to chunky knits, warm jumpers, thick vests and long trousers.
But how does one choose what to buy from such a vast selection of stylish autumn menswear? Read on to find out about the fashion must-haves any chap should have in his wardrobe to see him through that in-between season.
A proper autumn jacket should be wind and waterproof to survive the season’s surprise showers, gusts and storms. It should be constructed in a fabric that allows movement and lets your skin breathe.
The ultimate autumn jacket needs to look good because it’s the part of an outfit that’s always on show.
Snap up one of the season’s must-have styles: a wick jacket in olive green, a long, camel coloured parka, or a belted trench coat.
For men the summer to autumn transition isn’t major in the trouser department. But one thing’s certain – you’ll have to put those shorts away until next spring.
Many guys just assume jeans are the way to go but actually during wet weather, they’re not the best idea. Denim is a heavy fabric and so takes a long time to get dry after being caught in the rain.
Your best bet is a pair of chinos or tailored trousers in a loose fit. The loose fit means the fabric won’t cling to your body if wet, and will dry faster.
Both styles can be worn to offices. Tailored trousers can see you through any occasion.
In autumn, T-shirts are often seen as just a base layer to wear under a jumper. Change this perception by investing in a few quality polo shirts. These look great paired with chinos or tailored trousers for a smart casual look. Their thick material also gives warmth.
Long sleeved shirts are obviously also the perfect choice. To brighten up your wardrobe, why not choose ones in unusual colours and patterns? A trendy style is the classic button front shirt in a block colour with a different coloured collar, cuffs and button panel.
A jumper is key to keeping warm in the autumn months. They are the ultimate protective layer that you can slip on or off according to the weather.
Fabrics like merino wool are made for unpredictable temperatures. A mens merino jumper may seem thin but keeps you so snug, and the fabric absorbs any perspiration without getting smelly.
Cashmere is also a good, smart choice.