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Sep 06, 2017

5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Summer to Fall

created at: 09/16/2014

This is the time of year when no one's ever quite sure what's best to wear on any given day. The nights are cool, but the days are still warm, especially in the sun, but then a breeze or the clouds hit and everything changes. Multiple layers are usually overkill, but the sandals are gone, and some flexibility is certainly required to not only look the season, but the feel prepared for the day.

Make it happen with these five summer-to-fall transition essentials.    

1. Heavy-duty cotton chinos - These fall (get it?) between your workaday denim and a full on pair of wool trousers. When its cool, they're warm, and when it's warm, they'll still breathe. The cotton twill doesn't help much in a fall drizzle, but either do your jeans (they're made of cotton too), and the warm, earth-y colors match the season. These are basically what have been colloquially come to be known as "khakis" but the color options extend much beyond desert explorer. 

Pictured: Bonobos Slim Tailored Bonobos Washed Chinos

2. A denim jacket - I'll admit that I've never been able to pull one of these off, but I still want to try. The weight and rugged texture here is perfect for fall. If you, like me, tend to give off a Vinnie Barbarino vibe, a canvas or duck cloth coat in the same cut and styling serves the same texture. Check out this ManMade guest post for ideas for getups that work: 5 Ways to Wear and Layer Denim Jackets for Fall

Pictured: Gap 1969 heritage denim jacket (dark tint wash)

created at: 09/16/2014

3. Long-sleeve henley - The shirt of fall Saturdays. It is, basically, a polo without a collar, so treat it as such. Wear it on its own with jeans, and push the sleeves up if you get too warm. Try placing the front behind your belt buckle for a semi-tucked in look, which can really dress things up. Or, build it into your layering system, try one over or under an oxford cloth button down for a little collegiate sporting look, which works well for bigger guys or athletic builds. 

Pictured: Target Merona Lightweight Henley

created at: 09/16/2014

4. Leather shoes or boots - No, don't jump from canvas sneakers or boat shoes to snow boots, but do realize that fall often brings unexpected weather, and you want your feet to stay warm and dry without overheating. Try heavier leather brogues, dessert boots, or work-style boots and wear with jeans or chinos. And to treat them for the season, check out our ManMade guide to Care for and Protect Your Leather Boots and ShoesFor a great boot option at several price points, check out the ManMade's Fall Boot Roundup: 5 Stylish Pairs for Any Budget

Pictured: Frye Logan Cap Toe

created at: 09/16/2014

5. Plaid button-down - It's not that plaid goes away in the spring and summer, but fall is the time for embracing the full-on Scottish Tartans, not just the small checks of warmer weather. Whether you go flannel, twill, or poplin depends on the day, but we say every fall should start with a new plaid shirt. Or three. 

Pictured: J. Crew Herringbone in River Valley Plaid

 

 

[Top photo: J. Crew Broadmoor Quilted Jacket]

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Fred on Sep 07, 2017:

Well, if it is hard for some to pull of the denim jacket, consider to wear something else than the classic jeans every other day.

However, we are men. Why shout we care about an 'outfit'? Just wear your clothes with confidence.


Rober on Aug 15, 2015:

How could you forget a light vest of either cloth or corderoy?


Chris on Oct 08, 2014:

@John -  J. Crew Broadmoor Quilted Jacket


John on Oct 08, 2014:

What brands are the quilted jacket, the sweater and the belt of the featured image?


Keith on Sep 18, 2014:

I concur as well - a denim jacket is attractive, but harder to pull off than one thinks. One main problem is you can't wear the same tone of denim with ubiquitous jeans. It will look some like strange form of denim leisure suit. I believe a denim jacket is one article of clothing that looks best when its cut fits nice and trim to your torso.


Marcus on Sep 17, 2014:

I was never able to pull off  the denim jacket either, especially since I wear jeans a lot already and end up with the Canadian tuxedo look. What I did was jacket in a similar cut and style, but in a khaki weight and color. Then to add some depth, I waxed it. Now it's both stylish and ready for the elements.