The leaves softly dropping from the trees may make little in the way of sound, but it should set off alarm bells in your wardrobe.
Are you ready for days when it’s not quite cold enough for a zipped-up-to-the-eyeballs winter jacket, or too hot for chunky wool sweater? Could you find a strong look for any short notice smart casual invites as we move into party season?
All challenges, but far from insurmountable, thanks to our GJ x Bicester Village edit of the best and most essential items for our favourite time of year…
Add colour with a mid-weight knit
Your swim shorts have most likely been relegated to the back of a drawer for another year, but that shouldn’t mean you do away with the bright hues and interesting patterns too. Bring a pop of colour to overcast, blustery days with a mid-weight knit, like this fine pattern jump from Acne Studios.
Keep it classic with a suede jacket
Some men’s style items come and go but the suede jacket is a true stalwart. From Steve McQueen in the 1970s to Brad Pitt and Daniel Craig today, it’s a must-have for any gent but Autumn/Winter is when it comes into its own. Pair with a crisp white chino or smart denim.
Channel your inner biker with some leather
Join David Beckham and Justin Theroux in bringing some biker style to your wardrobe. Opt for the best of British brands, like a Belstaff leather jacket, keep your hues dark, and you can’t put a foot wrong. Instead put it to the metal and disappear into the sunset on your Triumph Scrambler.
Straddle the seasons with a long jacket
It’s tough finding a jacket that can look as good with a t-shirt as it does tailoring, but this lightweight coat from Acne Studios does it with aplomb. What’s more it’s transeasonal – good for winter and those autumn and spring days when the weather can’t make up its mind.
Go casual with your tailoring
It may seem like an oxymoron, but tailoring doesn’t always have to be staid – you can add casual elements and retain just enough smartness, for the office or important night out. Any man’s autumn wardrobe will benefit from a colorless shirt, and structured light-coloured jacket, such as this number from Sandro.
Get to work with an inspired ensemble
Tailored trousers and workwear inspired jacket are an ever-reliable combination for this time of year. Now it’s up to you… keep it classy and smart with a shirt and derby shoes, or go smart casual as we’ve done here with spotless trainers, and a fresh white tee.