During the Fall, darker colors and layers thrive. Here’s a list of men’s fall style essentials to look stylish during the change of season.
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- Fall style for men
- Colors to wear for the season
- Best shirt styles
- Best pants
- Fall outerwear
- Fall footwear
- Best accessories
Fall style for men
During the fall, it’s essential to learn how to layer well. Layering is the key because it’s how you’ll stay warm and look great at the same time.
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When you’re layering your clothes, always begin with a thin base layer and end with a thicker coat or jacket. Going from thin to thick will keep you warm and feel the most comfortable.
You’ll also be able to take off the heaviest layer first if the temperature increases or you go indoors.
Colors to wear for the season
The change in season also means a change in the color of your clothes. Darker colors look great for fall and winter. However, this doesn’t mean you should wear black all of the time.
Fall Colors: Black, brown, navy, olive, burnt orange, mustard yellow, burgundy, and grey.
Darker tones and earthy colors look best during the fall.
Best shirt styles
Put away the short sleeves and bring out the long sleeves. From crewneck to button-down shirts, here are the shirts you need for the fall.
A brushed shirt is a men’s fall style essential because it’s heavier than the cotton shirt. Brushed shirts are found in solid colors and patterns, which means they’re easy to find.
The Henley shirt is a step up from the simple t-shirt when it comes to formality and the attraction factor. It’s a shirt that looks great with many different outfits and its v-neck shape adds masculinity.
Long sleeve t-shirt
The long sleeve t-shirt is more casual than the henley. However, it’s important to wear a mid to heavyweight long-sleeve t-shirt during colder temperatures.
You can wear the long sleeve tee as a base layer with a coat or jacket on top.
Sweaters offer a simple look while staying warm – making this a key part of your Fall style essentials.
Some sweaters, such as the v-neck sweater, are worn with a button-up underneath. Others are worn with an undershirt or with no shirt.
The turtleneck sweater looks fashionable but it’s also functional. This type of sweater covers your neck which will protect you from cold winds and keep you warm.
Turtlenecks look great under a jacket and to dress it up, you can wear a sport coat or overcoat on top of a turtleneck.
Earthy tones and darker colors look the best during the fall, here are the pants you need to be stylish and warm.
Chinos are a great pair of lightweight pants that come in many colors. The dark-colored chinos are perfect for fall and can be worn with a sweater or overcoat.
Corduroy pants are warm and comfortable. The ridges in these pants also add texture to your outfit, which makes your outfit look more interesting.
You probably have a couple of jeans in your closet but make sure you have well-fitting dark jeans.
When you hear wool, you might automatically think hot and itchy. However, that’s not the case. Wool trousers are great because they’re warm, comfortable and will last longer than cotton pants.
Jackets and coats are essential during the fall. From lightweight to heavyweight outerwear, here are the best jackets and coats for men’s fall fashion.
The chore jacket is well-known for its patch pockets. They aren’t just for looks, the patch pockets are large enough to fit a wallet, small notebook, or large phone.
When it’s not too cold outside, the denim jacket is a great top layer to wear. The denim jacket is a casual jacket so it’s great for everyday wear.
The overcoat is a must-have coat for Fall style. You can wear it over a suit, a sweater or a tee shirt. This depends on the weather and how dressed up you want to be.
This type of coat gives you a more sophisticated look, which can also help people who are younger and want to be taken more seriously.
Boots dominate when it comes to fall footwear. Although boots are great for the change of season, there are other shoes that look great during the fall.
Chukka boots are classic ankle-high boots that look amazing in the fall. They’re distinct by their two or three eyelets (small holes for the laces) along with thin laces.
The lace-up boot is traditional and timeless. They’re comfortable boots that immediately enhance your outfit. Lace-up boots typically go up to the ankles and have a snug fit. When it comes to colors, brown and black look best and are also the most versatile.
Sneakers are one of the best shoes for men. When you’re purchasing sneakers, simple styles in neutral colors are the way to go. A nice pair of sneakers can be worn casually and for smart-casual attire.
Wingtip dress shoes
The Wingtip dress shoe is known as a more casual dress shoe due to it’s “busy” design. This is perfect for smart-casual and business casual occasions. You can pair these with chinos or a suit without a tie.
These are the best fall accessories to complete your outfits and keep you warm.
The cold wind blowing on your head isn’t a good feeling. By wearing a beanie, you’ll be able to keep your head and ears warm. Choose a neutral color when you’re buying a beanie so that you can wear it with different outfits.
For days that aren’t as cold, a cap is the perfect go-to. A cap will keep your head warm but not as much as a beanie would. To maximize the number of outfits you can wear a cap with, stick with neutral colors and avoid logos.
Gloves will keep your hands warm when it’s cold. Whether you have wool, polyester, or leather gloves, wearing them will ensure you don’t lose feeling in your hands.
There are also gloves that work with touchscreen phones, this is a great feature to have because you won’t have to take off your gloves to use your phone.
Scarves do a great job at protecting your neck and you can also use it to cover your mouth. When you’re out in the cold, covering your mouth can ensure you’re not breathing in the harsh winter air.
When it’s cold out, your feet will be warm in wool socks. Wool is great because it can absorb more moisture than cotton and if they get wet, they won’t lose their insulating properties.
These men’s fall style essentials will keep you warm and stylish. Remember, neutral, dark, and earthy colors look best during the fall.
These items are versatile and timeless which means you don’t have to worry about trends, you’ll always be in style.
Additional style resources
Want to learn more about Fall style, or want outfit inspiration? Here are a few additional resources:
Featured photo by David Em/Next Level Gents.