The styles every man needs in his wardrobe for the in-between months.
It’s that time of year again. You leave home with a coat on and end up hot and sweaty on your commute home. Or, you rush out the door without a jacket and end up shivering your way to work. The in-between months are often the hardest to dress for, which is why it’s so important to nail trans-seasonal style.
Fear not. We’re making it easy for you by taking a look at some essential men’s fall fashion items that will help you layer up and down accordingly. From bomber jackets and unstructured blazers to lightweight knits and accessories, here’s how to get your fall-to-winter look right.
Before we can start breaking down the essential styles to add to your wardrobe this fall, it’s important to have a good understanding of what trans-seasonal style is. A good way to describe trans-seasonal pieces is ‘the in-betweeners’. They’re those garments you throw on when the mornings and evenings are cooler, but are easy enough to take off if the weather warms up.
Trans-seasonal styles also make great investments when you opt for timeless, quality pieces, as they can be worn during both the spring and fall months, year after year.
We’ve all had those days where we get half way to work and wonder why we didn’t pack a jacket. We’ve also had those days where we’ve ended up sweating on the subway trying to weigh up whether it’s worth taking our overcoat off or not.
We can assure you that the solution to your weather-related style conundrums is to build up a collection of trans-seasonal styles. That way you’ll always be prepared to take on the day, no matter what the elements throw at you.
So now we know what trans-seasonal style is and why it’s important, it’s time to look at some of the most essential pieces that every man needs to add to his collection for the in-between months.
Perhaps one of the most classic jacket styles out there, there are very few looks you can’t finish off with a bomber jacket. With its history in military clothing, the bomber jacket evolved throughout many subcultures such as the punk movement and most recently into high fashion. These days it’s rare to turn a street corner and not see at least one guy sporting the military-inspired design.
Built with function in mind, a bomber jacket is the perfect piece to throw over anything from chunky knits to your favourite shirts and tees. Bombers come in all shapes and sizes, so we’d suggest opting for a more lightweight style that you can layer up but also wear over fewer pieces on warmer days. Black, grey or navy are hues that will go with anything and stand the tests of time.
The perfect accompaniment for travel, an unstructured blazer is ideal for slipping on during the transitional months. The cooler and more casual brother of the traditional suit jacket, an unstructured blazer is perfect for wearing alone with jeans in fall and for layering when the temperatures plummet in the winter months.
Unstructured jackets hold a less severe shape than the design you find in suits and formal separates, losing the padding and linings you find in structured blazers. This makes them perfect for rolling up and throwing in your travel bag, as well as slipping on and off as fall moves into winter. An absolute trans-seasonal staple.
When people think about knitwear, they usually think of the coldest weeks of winter. That time of the year we tend to hibernate and wrap ourselves up in chunky knits; or ugly Christmas jumpers when the season arrives. But let’s not forget the more lightweight styles of knitwear that are perfect for layering your way through the in-between months. Men’s fall fashion is built upon these stylish staples.
We recommend building up a collection of lightweight basic knits such as sweaters and roll necks. Perfect for wearing under your favourite jacket or solo with a pair of chinos or jeans, knits make the perfect addition to every trans-seasonal wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to inject some colour into your fall looks by opting for brightly-hued knitwear. Who said the colder months need to be a dreary affair?
Once reserved strictly for jogging and lounging around the house, sweatpants have been reinvented in recent years and given a more stylish update. With their relaxed leg-shape, tapered ankle and cosy fabric, sweatpants are perfect for lazy weekends round the city or winding down at home during the transitional months.
Grey sweatpants in lavish fabrics such as cashmere will ensure the style comes across more luxe than sporty. Whether you opt for wide-legged or super-slim or, stylish sweatpants look their best teamed with a box-fresh pair of sneakers.
As important as it is to get your clothing right as you stride stylishly from fall to winter, it’s also essential to invest in some timeless accessories that will add the finishing touches to all your looks. A lightweight scarf crafted from pure cotton or silk is a men’s fall fashion must-have; it’ll look great teamed with everything from neutral staples to sharp tailoring.
Hats are also a great trans-seasonal style solution, as well as giving a look an extra touch of debonair. We’re not talking about knitted beanies – they’re better for when the weather really turns. Try rocking a wide-brimmed fedora as the classic design has been trending for the past couple of seasons.
The transition from fall to winter is always a tricky time to dress for, but there are ways to make it far more effortless. Once you’ve invested in a few key trans-seasonal staples that will remain in your wardrobe for years to come, dressing for the in-between months will become a breeze.
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