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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Whether you’re jetting off to a luxury, sun-soaked Caribbean island, an adventure-packed city break or a business trip, it is always wise to invest in a stylish yet comfortable outfit to travel in. Celebrities seem to have mastered the art of dressing for hours of travel whilst still looking like they stepped off the latest casual wear catwalk. From luxe bomber jackets to limited edition trainers, men’s athleisure clothing has taken off in recent years and has become a vital part of the modern man’s wardrobe. The growth in this movement has seen streetwear and gym wear weave itself into fashion shows and become centerpieces for fashionable outfits for everyday wear, travel or even a night out.
A top tip for creating a stylish travel get-up is to choose garments that you can layer, not only is this tactic very on-trend but it means that you can add another layer if the aeroplane air con gets too cold or remove layers when you reach your final destination, depending on how hot it is.
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Many years ago, sweatpants were usually associated with baggy, unflattering, marl grey jogging bottoms which you would only see on the likes of construction workers in an attempt to stay warm and keep their movement unrestricted or whose wear was strictly restricted to a Sunday evening in winter. However, in this modern day, a slim sweatpant can form the basis of a stylish travel outfit. Tapered sweatpants boast an extended cuff bottom around the ankle to give them a better, more flattering fit. Team with high-tops for an effortless, trendy look.
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The women’s co-ord has seen a rise in popularity over the last couple of years and now it’s time for the men’s twin set to burst onto the scene. A wardrobe staple for summer and autumn, the comfortable loungewear sets make easy work of looking effortlessly stylish whilst being practical and cozy, ideal for relaxing in on a long journey.
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As mentioned above, it is always wise to layer garments for travel so you can add or remove as appropriate and achieve an effortlessly stylish look. A classic example being to wear a plain crew neck t-shirt, a shirt worn open and trendy bomber jacket to finish off the outfit. But the timeless denim jacket can work just as well and is a versatile, easy addition to a travel outfit that provides an outer layer which strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style.
A Loose Tee
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There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable on stuffy train journey or a long flight. For travel, it is always wise to choose a tee that is light and breathable. Stick to a neutral colour palette such as white, black or grey with a relaxed fit for added comfort.
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We all know that travel means having to be responsible for a lot of important documents, such as our passport, boarding passes or money. Therefore, it is essential to carry a holdall or backpack to store all of your essentials. Always ensure that your bag is small enough to be able to be taken on an aeroplane as hand luggage but big enough if you decide to treat yourself in the duty free. Opt for a statement piece that will tie your outfit together. Leather holdalls in a bold colour block work well and will always act as a stylish accessory to pull your travel outfit together and complete your look.
Written by James Flynn