While we’ve had a beautiful summer, in case you have forgotten, we live in Chicago where the weather can change from 85° to 45° overnight. With the weather gradually cooling off, it’s time to start thinking about your fall wardrobe. Fall is the perfect time to reintroduce heavy textures, worsted wools and flannels into your everyday attire. Here are 5 wardrobe essentials that are must-haves for this fall.
Adding a sport coat over your shirt and slacks is the easiest way to transition your outfit from summer to fall. Worn with either slacks or a pair of dark denim jeans, these three sport coat options are great for kicking up your wardrobe throughout the fall and winter
- Chocolate brown with a blue windowpane- Great with a light blue button down and a navy sweater over it.
- Gray and black micro-houndstooth – Perfect for wearing out at night
- Solid gray, textured, heavyweight fabric – Extremely versatile and will match almost everything in your wardrobe.
The fitted three-piece suit is one of this season’s hottest trends. Think Rodger Sterling from Mad Men. Whether a classic navy or bold glen plaid, the addition of a vest, gives you a sophisticated and timeless look for fall - not to mention a little extra warmth. Texture is a great way to get a fresh fall look, pair your three-piece suit with either a knit or textured wool tie.
A classic overcoat is a must-have for every Chicagoan. Texture and color are the two key elements to consider when purchasing an overcoat. Instead of going with a basic black, opt for a dark charcoal. Charcoal is extremely versatile and works well regardless if you’re wearing brown, navy, or black. The weave of a fabric can change the entire look of an overcoat. For a classic look, a heavy twill fabric is perfect. For something more modern, go for a bold houndstooth or a plaid.
Swap out your lightweight wool slacks for a warmer pair of gray, navy or charcoal brown flannel slacks. Flannel is woven wool that is finished by the napping process. Napping raises the fibers of the fabric, giving it a brushed feel, allowing it to retain warmth better than a basic twill. The brushed textured of flannel will guarantee you stay warmer throughout the cooler months.
A cashmere scarf is a great way to add color and texture to your wardrobe. It’s also one of the most functional accessories that a man can own. Whether you prefer stripes, plaids, or something a little bolder, a scarf can change the whole dynamic of your outfit.