With fall officially here, you might hear sentimentalists bemoaning summer’s end. The barbecues, the concerts, the bikinis—all on hold ’til next year. For our part, we welcome this brisk and soggy new situation. Attacking your closet with wit and creativity each morning is so much easier when you don’t have to worry about sweating through your shirt.
With that spirit of sartorial enthusiasm in mind, we invite you to peruse the hardy fabrics, heritage patterns and rich details that compose our 10 Fall Essentials guide.
Keep reading for tips and picks regarding the first five items you should ensure are in your arsenal for the season ahead—from tweed coats to textured ties.
1) TWEED OVERCOAT
Buy the Right Size. As always, you want a trim, tailored appearance—but bear in mind that the purpose of this garment is to pile it on as your last layer of weather-defying protection. Accordingly, wear a sport coat, jean jacket or your favorite chunky sweater to the store—and leave it on as you test-drive new topcoats. [Pictured: Billy Reid]
Rugged by Association. Why add buttons to a T-shirt? Because this deceptively simple design detail allows you to instantly channel grizzled lumberjacks and/or ’90s grunge musicians (dependent on your respective beard and haircut situations at the given time). Either way, it’s a good thing. Bonus: Raglan sleeves, which many henleys have, make your shoulders look broader than they are. [Pictured: Vince]
3) CLASSIC OXFORD SHOES
The Time is Now. Break in a new pair of wingtips or cap-toes now, during autumn’s unequivocal sock weather, and you’ll be ready to go bare-ankles come summer. Friendly reminder: As illustrated above, good shoes aren’t just for the board room. [Pictured: Allen Edmonds]
4) PLAID SPORT COAT
Notice a Pattern. Solid-colored sport coats can start to feel so…one-dimensional this time of year. Connect the dots with a gridded version—and don’t be afraid to match it up with other patterns, plaid or otherwise. As with your summer shirt-and-tie combos, the only rule is to vary the scale. Windowpane plaid on your coat? Keep your shirt checks micro. [Pictured: Hart Schaffner Marx]
5) TEXTURED WOOL TIE
Check Your Neck. A skinny wisp of a necktie just doesn’t stack up to fall’s meaty tweed coats and thick-knit cardigans. Push your silk and cotton guys to the back of the closet for now, and bulk up with a few of these heavy-gauge varieties. Our knot of choice remains a simple four-in-hand; pull it tight to avoid a giant lump at your throat. [Pictured: John W. Nordstrom]
SHOP ALL: 10 FALL ESSENTIALS