Get Ready for Fall Fashion Tips
All the adages about changing seasons always neglect to mention how fashions tend to change right along with them. Even if you don’t really care about the latest new fads in men’s style, you can’t deny that the way you dress radically changes when March turns to April or August becomes September. If you’re yet to update your wardrobe for the next season, here are a few reminders about what you’ll wear once the leaves turn.
Ready Those Layers
You can always count on colder days when fall starts to creep in, and layering is the best way to deal with weather that can get unpredictable at times. It takes a little more thought to dress up each morning. You’ll be thankful you made the effort, though, when you get an unexpectedly sunny day and you’re left with more options than just a top coat.
The standard components of layering are more or less the same, whether you work at an office or attend community college. There’s the wool or knit layer, which can be done with a cardigan, sweater vest or full-on sweater. On top of that is a waterproof layer, and you can wear a pea coat, car coat or trench depending on the temperature outside and the kind of length you prefer.
Variety is the key factor if you want to layer and look sharp at the same time. You don’t have to clean out the entire department store, but you’ll want to own several different styles of layering pieces so that you’ll always have options in the morning. Have pieces in varying thicknesses, and the weather will never be able to catch you off guard.
There’s always a certain ‘vibe’ or feel to each season. Spring is fresh and vibrant, while summer is bold and energetic. Fall fashions, meanwhile, tend to have a very different personality: they’re much more grown-up and have a more sober quality to them.
Bring your fall wardrobe in the same direction by taking a similarly mature approach to your clothes. The cold will have you bundling up anyway, so you may as well look sharp while you’re at it. Lose the cargo shorts and the Hawaiian print tees behind; switch up to sleek flat-front pants, a proper shirt and a full-on silk necktie. A bold color somewhere in your outfit should keep you from looking like you’re always headed for the office.
Fall is also a great time to return to the classics of men’s fashion. Spring and summer are great for trying out new things – novel fabrics, deconstruction and maybe even the odd Ed Hardy tee. Autumn is for going back to the kind of clothes your dad would’ve worn: clean-cut trench coats, simple shirts and solid silk neck ties.
The new season is a great season to streamline your look. Reduce the pockets, piping and contrast stitching. Simplicity can speak volumes, and you should let those plain lines and classic contours make all the statements for you.
Let your accessories speak all about your newfound maturity. Fabrics like canvas and nylon are big during summer because they stand up to the elements pretty well. For fall, the less sweaty season could do with leathers and metals, which will always be the most grown-up of accessories. Whether it’s your shoes or your belt, it’s time to grow up.
Dig out last winter’s wing tips and oxfords because fall is prime time to wear them. If you’re still hanging on to last season’s canvas and nylon accessories, don’t. Make the most out of the sweat-free clime by stepping out with more leather accessories like belts and bags. Are you up for an extra sartorial challenge? Try brown instead of black for your shoes and belt; it’s a very classic combo for navy or gray suits.
Fall is a whole new season, and a whole new ball game as well in terms of style. There’s a completely new aesthetic for the colder months; do try to keep up.
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