For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, Fall is upon us. This means colder weather and overcast days with chances of rain. Layering is a quintessential way to add more dimension and utility to your outfit. Have fun with it!
Here’s my list of essential items for this Fall season. Take it with a grain of salt. I’ve chosen some pretty versatile items that span various price ranges, but don’t think of them as absolute must-haves. Use this as a shopping list for finding similar items that fit your lifestyle and budget. This guide does not include links to basic items like v-necks and cardigans, you can refer to the Basic Wardrobe Guide for that.
Aim to have at least 2-3 casual jackets since you’ll probably be wearing these the most. Navy, brown, gray, and olive will be your most verstile colors.
- Harrington Jacket
- Field/M65 Jacket
- Leather Jacket
- Plain Varsity Jacket
- Rain Jacket / Parka
- Car Coat
- Duffle Coat
- Quilted Jacket
Dressy Jacket (Optional)
Think texture. Tweed, corduroy, camel hair, etc. If it’s too smooth or shiny, it’s probably too formal.
Colors should contrast well with the aforementioned jackets. You should have at least 1-2 of each. Tans, navys, greens, burgandies, and grays are pretty safe.
- V-Necks Sweaters
- Crew/Cable Knit Sweaters
- Hoodies (avoid looking like a kid by pairing this with a casual jacket)
- Waffle Shirts
Colors should be subtle: White, light blue, gray, dark browns, burgandy. Avoid vivid colors (red, bright purple/blues, black). There are tons of options for tops, but aim to at least have something similar to these:
- Blue Work Shirt The most versatile piece of your wardrobe. Wear it with anything.
- Dark flannels Pair this with other dark colors, but make sure there is still a noticable contrast with your pants and layers.
- Grey Work Shirt Slightly less versatile than your light blue shirt. Wear this with other shades of grey.
- Henleys If your outfit needs a little more “down-to-earth”, swap out that v-neck shirt for a henley.
Think richer earth tones in terms of color and texture. These can be paired with almost any colored top. You should have 1 pair of each that fit you perfectly. Not going to link any because fits are pretty subjective.
- Indigo Jeans (always in style)
- Brown/Olive Corduroy pants
- Charcoal pants/jeans
- Brown chinos
- Black/Brown Leather Boots (Rubber/Vibram soled) Keep it simple and utilitarian. A nice pair of leather boots will keep you stylish in most weather conditions. See the Boot Guide for recommendations.
- Bean Boots or Rain Boots Bean boots (sometimes called duck boots) are all-weather boots. Pretty much impermeable to rain, snow, and mud. They’re kind of weird looking, but actually look nice when paired with indigo jeans or brown chinos. Classic rain boots (or Wellingtons) are also nice but somewhat less fashionable.
- Belt that matches the color of your boots If your boots have any silver details (eyelets, grommets) on them, get a silver belt buckle. If they have brown/gold details, get a brown/gold belt buckle. See the Belt Guide for more info.
- Woolen Socks Most people won’t see your socks this season so put away your Happy Socks and get some comfy wool ones. They’re more durable, insulate heat, and keep your feet dry.
- Watch Keep it simple and casual. Ditch the blue and white NATO strap for a brown leather one or a muted color like olive.
- Knit Ties If you’re going to be wearing a tie casually, opt for a knit/woolen tie. Again, texture and a sort of dullish sheen are key here.
- Scarves The easiest way to add a splash of color to an otherwise monochrome outfit. Start with solid charcoal and tan, then expand to other colors and patterns.
- Gloves Get a pair in black and a light brown. Choose the type that fits your climate. Driving gloves are the sartorial equivelent to fingerless gloves. Opt for something shearling lined for colder weather.
source : http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice/comments/l3lft/a_basic_fall_wardrobe_guide/