The British autumn season is as beautiful as it is unpredictable. The summer sun is waning, and cooler weather awaits as the nights begin to draw in.
Autumn is a transitional season that requires a versatile and purpose-suited wardrobe to take full advantage of. With the dipping temperatures comes thicker and warmer fabrics in muted autumnal tones, layered over a T-shirt for those unforeseeable moments when the heat of summer returns full force.
What are the latest autumn trends for men? What fabrics should you wear during autumn and how should you layer them? We answer all these questions and more in our comprehensive men’s autumn style guide below.
Whether unseasonably warm or unseasonably cool, autumn is rarely predictable. When the day can be spent soaking up the sun in the park and the same evening huddled around the fireplace, this poses a challenge for the fashionable gentleman. The secret to a stylish and comfortable autumn outfit for men is simple – layering.
Consider starting with a form-fitting casual T-shirt to avoid bulk or unwanted bunching and layer with a loose sweater in soft virgin wool or cashmere. Contrast the baggy silhouette of your knitwear with a pair of slim-cut denim jeans paired up with formal business shoes or down with designer trainers.
Layering is also an opportunity to play with complementary and contrasting textures. Try pairing a textured herringbone wool jacket with a classic turtleneck sweater in knitted jacquard with an understated stretch-wool blazer. That way, you can create a look that is both of the season and distinctly your own.
A traditional autumn style for men is typically associated with muted earthy tones such as browns, oranges and dark yellows that are effortlessly pairable and styled together. For that reason, this is an opportunity to bolster your roster of trusty jeans and trousers with a smart pair of chinos or on-trend cargo pants.
A slim fit pair of blue jeans can be paired with everything from a blazer to a graphic tee, making it a one-stop-shop for all your autumn outfits. Adding a rustic checked flannel overshirt in a light colour over a muted beige or black turtleneck jumper is an easy way to incorporate complementary colours. If you prefer accents and want to stand out from the crowd, then try fancy print motifs or polo shirts in bold statement colours like yellow or orange.
No material is quite as suited to those unpredictable autumn months as corduroy. Heavier than other cotton blends yet still lightweight enough to provide breathability on warmer days, this immediately eye-catching fabric has long been an autumn outfit favourite for men.
Lean into the bulkier quality of the material and its industrial roots with a corduroy overshirt in a relaxed fit. On cooler days, wear it layered over a simple knit sweater or on warmer days, a lightweight cotton T-shirt. This is a true autumn look for men who know how to take full advantage of the season.
Autumn marks the return of the coat into a man’s regular rotation. With modern tailoring and materials, layering up warm no longer means you have to sacrifice a sleek silhouette. The trench coat has been through a much-welcomed revival and now features as a staple autumn style for men.
Soft cotton or wool blends keep the cold at bay without diminishing sharp tailoring, making options like the tweed jacket another great choice for formal occasions in the autumnal season. Virgin wool, in particular, is both temperature-regulating and breathable and is easy to care for thanks to its dirt-repellent and self-cleaning properties.
For suits, partial lining and cotton fabrics are likely to be the most suitable and you may wish to consider a performance blend to maintain comfort and freedom of movement. Classic neutral tones of grey and navy are ideal for the office, though richer greens and deeper burgundies would not look out of place at an autumn wedding. Combine with a cotton shirt on cooler days or a linen shirt for more temperate climates.
There’s nothing quite like a crisp autumn morning for an endorphin-inducing nature walk. For relaxed, streetwear styles, try a baggy and extra cosy overlayer with a cotton-blend men’s tracksuit.
A knitted cardigan is a particularly on-trend autumn fashion choice for men; try a cotton-rich or virgin-wool blend in a relaxed fit and a zip-up finish for the ultimate in comfort, hot or cool. Match with a pair of relaxed-fit cargo trousers or go minimal with a trusty pair of slim-fit jeans in a dark wash. The perfect casual autumn look for men is all about marrying style with comfort; dress for you and dress like a BOSS.
TRANSITION IN STYLE WITH THE RIGHT AUTUMN COAT
The right coat can elevate just about any look. It’s still warm enough for an authentic denim jacket and increasingly cool enough for full-length trench coats that add a cut of refined tailoring to an outfit. For a great transitional piece, an authentic bomber jacket with a water-repellent coating offers a little extra warmth and ruggedness compared to other shorter-length jackets.
Whatever your preference, it’s the details that count. Elbow patches, contrasting accents and oversized logos are ideal touches of autumn style for men who like to do things different. Meanwhile, tailored collaring, ivory-nut buttoning and double-breasted finishes offer the final word in sophistication.
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD WITH AUTUMNAL FOOTWEAR
There’s no denying it, autumn is the season of the boot, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. With crisp, wet leaves underfoot and thicker socks making a welcome return, what’s needed is footwear with a little more robustness and room to move.
The classic ankle or Chelsea boot with thick rubber soles in rich suede or leather are particularly suitable for the changing autumn weather. For more casual affairs, thick leather boots with equally chunky outsoles or high-top trainers with rubberised detailing can add personality and versatility to any outfit.
Tip: Remember to waterproof your new leather shoes immediately after purchase to protect them from dirt and prevent moisture from penetrating.
THE FINISHING TOUCH: AUTUMN ACCESSORIES
Layering is more than pairing the right cardigan with your overcoat. Now is the time to go all out with those little accompaniments that truly define a man’s style. Ribbed beanies in the softest cashmere, leather gloves with monogrammed trim, and confidently oversized scarves with jacquard details. Even subtle details, like the right watch can add weight to an outfit. Check out the Hugo Boss watch guide to find the right one for you.
Of course, no man’s autumn style is complete without a signature fragrance. Encapsulate the majesty of the season with natural tones of vanilla, masculine notes of musk and full-bodied hearts of cedar wood.
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