Now that the weather is finally cooling down, it is time to add some stylish layers to keep cool as the leaves start to fall and the days start to get a little shorter.
Jason Smith, VP of Products and Merchandising for Trunk Club, the online men’s clothing service that provides personalized styling and hand-picked trunks of high-end clothes shipped straight to your door nationwide at no charge, is offering men the top 10 essential 'must have's' for fall.
“We are moving towards a real ruggedness for this upcoming fall season. The colors are getting richer and earthier, and the materials are getting heavier. As you can see with all the pieces outlined below, there's a real sense of substance and weight.”
Leather Jacket– Theory Skyward Leather Zip Jacket
Leather is one of those rare materials that improves with age. A leather jacket is a true investment piece because it will stand the test of time, becoming a storyboard for your life throughout the years. While a number of brands we work with are doing leather coats and jackets for the fall season, I especially love the fit and the price of this Theory jacket.
Boots – J Shoes Fellow Lace-Up Boot
I always feel like I'm ready for anything when I wear my lace-up boots. When the weather starts turning and the wind picks up, these are the boots I want on my feet.
Oxblood (color) – Life After Denim Tournament V-Neck
We're seeing oxblood everywhere this fall, from shoes and coats to sweaters and vests. With its deep, rich look, oxblood is the quintessential autumnal color and deserves a place in every guy's closet.
Shawl collar sweaters – Vince Shawl Pullover
Wearing a shawl collar sweater is an advanced move, but it serves an important purpose. When a guy doesn’t want to wear a blazer or jacket, but is still looking for a more elevated look, leave the v-neck sweater behind and level up to the shawl collar.
Peacoat – Billy Reid Bond Peacoat
The quintessential rugged outerwear piece, the pea coat is an icon. When I start to see guys break the peacoats out, I know it is truly fall.
Navy hopsack blazer – Sand Sherman 4 Season Blazer
This is the first blazer a man should own. The color is perfect for a multitude of occasions given that it can be dressed up or down, and the hopsack fabric also makes this blazer easy to wear with denim or trousers. It's most versatile blazer there is.
Flannel shirt – Gant Trunk Club Twill
After fit, comfort is my most important standard for clothing. If you select the right flannel shirt, you can get both of those core attributes in one great piece. This is the shirt I run around in on the weekends.
Vest – Vince Down-Filled Quilted Vest
I forgot about the vest through my 20’s, but rediscovered it when I started traveling 90 percent of the time for work. It was my favorite layering item to travel with because it always provided the right amount of warmth when I was either on a plane, or out and about in a new city.
Oxford Shirt – Culturata Thomas Mason Oxford
Hands down my favorite shirt. There is a nod to ruggedness, but this classic is also comfortable. If I have to own one shirt for the rest of my life it will be a white oxford.
Travel Duffle - Ghurka Cavalier II Duffle
Just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean that the traveling has come to an end. I prefer to travel with a sharp duffle instead of a roller-bag. Whereas the roller-bag screams "work trip," the duffle sets the tone for fun and adventure.