Adapting to changing seasons is no easy task when trying to balance appropriate clothing and keeping up with fashion trends. As seasons and trends change, so does the relevance of certain items in your wardrobe and your favourite, go-to garment of choice last Autumn may no longer be “on-trend” or looking in great condition. The key to creating a wardrobe that can be easily adapted to seasonal trends is to mix staple, timeless and versatile pieces with trend-led statement items so that you won’t have to completely overhaul your wardrobe every time a new season rolls around. Just because the leaves are starting to turn brown and shrivel up, doesn’t mean your sense of style has to as well. We’ve rounded up five essentials that every man needs in their wardrobe to keep them looking sharp this autumn.
Streetwear is a trend that is currently taking the fashion industry by storm and it shows no signs of slowing down. Bulk your autumn wardrobe up with some staple streetwear basics that can be layered under trendy jackets or jumpers. Whether you’re relaxing at home or layering your basics and using them as an undershirt on colder days, having a plain crew neck t-shirt in simple colours such as white, grey or black is a must-have for any man’s wardrobe this autumn.
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In the past year or so, we’ve seen shearling coats in multiple colours for women and now it’s time for the men’s shearling jacket to burst onto the scene. If there’s anything you should do this autumn, it’s to invest in a quality shearling overcoat that will keep you warm during the cold months. Leather is also a huge trend this autumn, therefore, you could even mix the two trends and by purchasing a shearling lined jacket with an outer layer crafted from a mix of leather and suede to add texture and detail and be bang on-trend.
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A quick browse through the “new in” section of many fashion websites and it will soon become clear that checks are a huge trend this autumn. The catwalks have embraced this trend and models have been seen dressed from head to toe in bold and bright checked patterns. If all over check isn’t your thing, then we suggest teaming a checked shirt under a double-breasted jacket (also on-trend this autumn) to create the perfect subtle outfit, suitable for work or casual drinks. If you want to take check to the next stage and make a statement, invest in an overcoat with oversized tartan or plaid check print to transform your autumn look.
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Gone are the days when a men’s knitted jumper or cardigan is associated with the older generation. The fashion world has taken the autumn/winter staple and injected style into it. It goes without saying that knits are a go-to for most during colder months. However, this year, not only will a staple knit keep you warm but you’ll be creating a stylish autumn look too. Try to stick to timeless bold colours for an effortless, clean look.
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There was a time when sturdy boots were only seen on the feet of hardcore hikers who spend their weekends walking for miles over the hills of the countryside. However, this year, walking-style boots have been adorning the catwalks of major fashion shows, with Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani even getting in on the action. Not only will a pair of sturdy lace up boots transform your footwear into a head-turning, fashion statement this autumn, but they are also extremely practical and comfortable to wear if you do find yourself on a long walk or caught in the unpredictable autumn weather.
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Written by guest blogger James Flynn