INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
8 EARLY-AUTUMN ESSENTIALS
By Style Feed Staff, 24 September 2017
Let's face it – summer is over, which may be a shame for your social life but it's great news for your wardrobe. Suddenly, all those jumpers and jackets you’ve been resting can come back into play and you can finally start to layer once again. Here are eight great options to restock your transitional arsenal.
A mac gives you the wind and rain protection of a proper overcoat while being almost as light to wear as a windbreaker. In other words: it was made for getting you from summer to winter in one piece. Beige and navy are the classic shades, but a block colour like burgundy or olive green can transform an otherwise muted everyday outfit into something of a statement. A mac can be worn open or loosely belted for a flattering V-shape silhouette.
Puffer jackets are an ultra-cosy cold weather essential that feel especially right for AW17. But rely on one of these duvet-like cover-ups for the transitional months and you’ll be gasping for air at the first hint of a balmy afternoon, never mind an Indian summer. Solution? Ditch the sleeves. Padded gilets offer the same snug casing for your core, but are light and airy enough to see you through the milder days of autumn. They’re also perfect for layering, AKA the key to successful in-between dressing. Throw one over a tracksuit for a street-ready take, or an oversized workshirt for a preppier vibe.
With dadcore a permanent fixture in streetwear over the past few seasons, there’s been an unlikely new addition to the interseasonal footwear arsenal. If your summer kick of choice has been a chunky, 90s-style trainer, meet its equally practical wet weather cousin: the hybrid, hiking-style boot. While the new street-ready takes on ultra-functional outdoorswear won’t feature much in the way of heel lugs or crampon compatibility, they’ll do you right for an autumnal yomp across the local park, and match right up with a cuffed pair of straight-leg jeans and an anorak for a bang-on-trend autumn hanging-out getup your old man could get behind.
After three months strolling around in the sunshine, admiring the boxfresh sneakers on the end of your feet, the thought of putting them into hibernation is a difficult one to come to terms with. The solution? Get a high-top pair, like the classic Vans Sk8 Hi, that’ll enable you to continue rocking your kicks but keep the cold and wet outside where they belong. Summer’s over when you say it is.
Wide-leg wool trousers
Your chinos feel a bit lightweight – and anyway, the puddles keep ruining them. At the same time, those selvedge jeans have come out a tad too early and are making you sweat where a man shouldn’t. Not only will wool trousers insulate your skin, or let it breath depending on the weather outside, a wide-leg pair will look as sharp with a T-shirt and trainers as it will with an Oxford shirt.
A perfect switch in for your go-to summer tee when the sun begins to fade, a crew-neck sweatshirt is an easy and versatile way to nail a number of off-duty styles. Wear a plain one with joggers and a smart bomber to hit that athleisure sweet spot, or, if streetwear is more your vibe, buy a print or graphic sweat and let it speak for itself by keeping the rest of your outfit muted.
Merino-wool crew-neck sweater
The reason we specify a fabric within a fabric here is that, when it comes to knitwear in autumn, Merino wool is the only choice that makes sense. Anything else knitted is probably going to leave you either shivering or sweating in the transitional mouths. The ultimate middle layer, you can use a Merino-wool crew-neck to add a punch of colour to your shirt and blazer combo, or to add a casual break between a contrasting tee and jacket. It’s breathable, beautiful to touch and – providing it's the right fit – snug and flattering to your overall shape. God bless those sheep.
The fashion world loves a portmanteau, so as you retire your mankles at the end of summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace a shacket for autumn. Cut like a shirt but generally made from jacket materials, a shacket is smart in both senses of the word. Designed to be a light outer layer, shackets are best worn over a plain tee or sweatshirt – though, if you’re feeling bold, the ‘double collar’ is achievable with a button-down Oxford.