Although temperatures are still peaking, I’d suggest you start thinking about your fall wardrobe. Gentlemen, after all, are known to prefer fall. Fall offers a slight chill and provides the perfect opportunity for layered looks that will prove your ability to subtly flex your rugged style. At this time of year, when I’m sweating and avoiding the outdoors, I start thinking about how, in just a few short months, I will avoid the chill of fall and winter while flexing my sartorial strengths. I start thinking about muted colors--about shades of brown, red, yellow, orange, green and blue. I start thinking of all the ways I will mix those colors and the texture different fabrics can add to the mix. Then, I start to think about jackets, overcoats, gloves, etc. About what I have and what I need. I start by reorganizing my closet. Properly, visually organizing your wardrobe by season is fundamental in seeing what you can do with what you have and what colors, patterns, and textures you’re lacking. Let’s discuss a few of my favorite fall garments, what they are, why I like them, and a few best practices when it comes to fabric and color.

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Jackets Many of your four-season jackets will work here with some smart layering: add a vest, a scarf, or sweater. It’s pretty easy. But, fall offers you a real chance to mix things up, and for that we start thinking separates. A blazer is aptly named. It should be blazing. If you’re looking for a loud piece, look for something in a heftier fabric--300 grams or more. Increase the weight for garments that you want to wear deeper into winter. For most of this season, I like sportscoats. A sportscoat is a jacket originally created for the sportsmen of the English country. Think patch pockets to carry shells for pheasant hunting and elbow pads for added resilience to deal with the sporting life. This might not be what you’ll use it for, but it shows the pedigree, and that pedigree is born of heavy, quality wool and careful design meant to keep the most rugged of wearers safe and warm, even in the damp, cold of a long field day. To have even more fun, ask you fitter to design with textures from tweeds and flannels and with patterns: windowpane, glen check, or houndstooth with an overplaid.

Peacoat A peacoat is intended to be worn in place of a jacket, so make sure your fitter fits it much like you’d fit your regular jackets, so the peacoat can retain its trademark silhouette. There really should only be a little allowance added to allow for the heavier woolen fabrics used in the construction of this style. If you ask me--which you kinda are--I’d say the only acceptable colors are navy and shades of black, which will allow you to upgrade even your casual fall style.

Overcoat During this transitional season trench coats will likely be one of your most valuable companions. They offer several classic style elements, a sleek silhouette, and trench coats accent most any other garment. Before that slight chill turns to the brisk wind of winter (assuming you live where winter happens like we do in Utah), you’ll want to make sure you order an overcoat. We’re talking knee length and longer. I like to get one or two for late spring and fall of a heavy-wool with a silk liner and one or two for winter with a flannel liner. Stick with woolen wools--350 grams and up--in earth tones and shades of black. If you plan to wear the overcoat over another jacket (and you will in the colder months), ask your fitter to add a little fabric in the chest and sleeve diameters to ensure proper fit. But, you should feel comfortable using your overcoat in place of a jacket in early fall, so get it cut close for a sleek silhouette.

SHIRTS With exception to those nearly translucent linens you’ve probably been stocking up on during summer, most shirting fabrics, weaves, and weights will serve you well through fall. But if you really want to sport the fall look, consider investing in the prominent twill texture of denim for a simple and slightly casual suited look in the fall. Or the softer, lighter chambray fabric could be your secret to layering and still getting that thick, rugged fall look.

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Wool Trousers should not steal the show, but they should have interest, and as our jackets get thicker and more interesting we need to make sure our trousers keep up. For cold-weather trousers, I like plain flannels, basic tweeds, and herringbone. Keep them thick for drape and warmth. Color can vary, but dark earth tones and shades of black seem to work best. Although corduroy has proven less popular, this fabric can be used carefully to upgrade your cold-weather wear (that is true for jackets and trousers). With trousers, the secret is to keep the ribbing shallow and close, so the fabric shows interest close but doesn’t beg for attention from afar.

Cotton As the months grow darker, so too should your fabrics. Darker shades of the earth tones you’re used to with chinos will ground you in the colors of the season--red, orange and brown--and offer a pleasing respite from the typical tan, blue, and black most people will be wearing come fall. Just make sure the material used is thicker--like a khaki. If you must stray away from the warmth and hydrophobic qualities of wool during the colder wetter months, I’d suggest, in this case, staying with a thicker denim in standard colors. In fact a well fitted, dark blue jean might be all you need to make it through a cold, casual setting, but a one or two dark blue, deep green, and burnt orange jeans will ensure a classic, ever-changing ensemble all fall and winter long.

ACCESSORIES As temps get cooler, you’d be a fool to ignore worming accessories. Scarves Even with a slightly subpar jacket, a scarf can keep you warm in some frigid temps. Although you want to stick to wool and cashmere scarves in the winter, you could get by pleasantly with a double sided silk scarf during fall. That being said, I am pretty utilitarian; thus, I tend to get wool and cashmere scarves that communicate in both fall and winter; I just tie them differently for cool , cold, and freezing temperatures.

Gloves Unlined in early fall and cashmere or alpaca lined as temperatures decline, Gloves are a must. Not only do they feel like they complete a uniform work against the harshness of the coming dark and cold, they are cozy and stylish. I have a pair in black and a pair in tobacco brown, and they go with almost any outfit I have.

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