Autumnal Fabrics for the Finding
Ah, autumn. The weather is getting cooler and while it’s sad to see summer disappear into the rearview mirror, the fun of fall allows for layering tones and fabrics that are unwearable during the warmer months. Layering is a great way to mix and match colors, textures, and patterns to bring some vivacity and adventure into your overall look. In order to really know what we’re dealing with, lets take a look at some striking examples of combinations that can have you looking your absolute best this fall.
Dating all the way back to the 18th century, corduroy has long been a staple in a refined gentleman’s wardrobe. It’s durable and has a deep texture that can, with vertical pathways in the weave, create a lengthening effect. Topman’s Stone Faux Shearling Collar Corduroy Jacket is all about texture pairings. This creamy beige western-styled jacket is great for a chilly afternoon stroll through the park, and the u y faux shearling collar will keep your neck nice and warm.
If you’d rather experiment with corduroy on the bottom half, Levi’s Regular & Slim Fit Corduroy Pants are a handsome option. Available in a whopping seven different colors, you can go an adventurous route with the richness of red pomegranate or with the earthiness of griffin (akin to elephant ear gray) or tan. Whatever your preference, keep in mind that a little bit of this fabric can go a long way. You don’t need an entire outfot done up in cords. Stick to pants or a jacket, but not both at once. For a great pair of shoes to set against these pants, Abercrombie has partnered with Clark’s to unveil the Desert Boot, inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by officers in the English Army during WWII.
The term “suede” comes from the French “gants de Suède,” which translates to “gloves from Sweden.” Today, this version of leather is exquisite for the autumn months. You don’t yet have the concern of snowfall (keep suede away from water) and the payo is, if you’re rocking a suede jacket, that everyone will flock to you in the hopes of touching it. Reiss’ Connor Suede Button Jacket is just such a piece. Wearing it will immediately catapult you into a whole new highly posh stratosphere. Available in a head-turning stone color, the jacket’s standup collar creates a lengthening effect for your neck and torso. The two waist pockets have a fold-over flap closure and are adorned with large black buttons.
Reiss Connor Suede Button Jacket, $745
For your inner-teenager, throw on Whistles’ chocolatey brown Suede Varsity Bomber with cream-colored suede sleeves. This classic, athletic look is sophisticated and whimsical at the same time, allowing for you to take your casual look up a few major notches. Pair this, while the weather still allows for it, with a comfy pair of navy Sperry Slip-ons from Abercrombie.
Whistles Suede Varsity Bomber, €395
Knits are often at the epicenter of most people’s wardrobe. It’s an incredibly versatile fabric that lends itself to all seasons. Zara’s on-point with knits at the moment, exemplified by their Check Waistcoat Sweater Vest. A red and white plaid pull-over vest that is backed by a deep navy blue back and interior. Because of the explosiveness of the pattern, be sure to pair this one with more subdued pants and a solid button-down (white would be a good way to go).
Zara also, for those looking for a polo with a neat twist, has the mandarin collar version. With an ode to Chinese collars, these super comfy polos are available in red, white, navy and powder blue. Zara also has yet another twist on the traditional polo with their faux suede collar top. Also available in a variety of colors, each one has a band of faux suede atop the closure, adding a sexy touch of something extra to what could be otherwise predictable. Furthermore, polos can sometimes be boxy and stodgy. The main thread of continuity amidst all of these shirts is that the knit fabric that constitutes most of each piece is constructed with a fierce determination to keep you on-trend.
Sure, there is plenty to miss about the glory days of summer. But as the days get colder and the leaves begin to change color, there is the added fun and coziness of warmer fabrics like wool. Surely something every man’s wardrobe needs is an expertly-constructed suit. J.Crew’s Ludlow Italian Wool Suit is just such an asset, whether in geyser gray, deep navy, or black, it’s a jacket and slacks pairing for the ages. Indeed, this suit has been a classic and timeless part of J.Crew’s catalogue for a while and can be part of yours as well.
J.Crew Ludlow Italian Wool Suit Jacket, $398
The great thing about the weave of the wool is that it’s just light enough that it would be ideal all year long. For a more casual look, Pendleton’s Shetland Bear Sweater is an adorable homage to Native American folklore, showcasing two brown bears meeting nose-to-nose across the chest. Made from a hearty shetland wool, you’ll be kept toasty as you delight everyone who crosses your path.
Pendelton Shetland Bear Sweater, $129