Saying goodbye to summer is never easy, but we promise these autumn-approved menswear trends will have you looking your best yet. From check overcoats and colored suits to cozy sweaters and statement bags, we’ve rounded up the latest looks straight off the runway for your fall style inspo.
Checks are to fall like Hawaiian prints are to summer—simply a must. You’ll see this classic British pattern commonly executed on outerwear designs, but don’t count out a checkered scarf, pant, blazer or collared shirt. This well-known fall favorite can even be layered amongst fabrics of a similar geometric application. Think plaids, tartan or gingham with contrasting widths, colors and spacing. Advice for a less adventurous dresser is to choose a secondary color from the check pattern and use that as a guide for color-blocking the rest of your outfit.
Let’s be clear, this is not your father’s suit. Designers have taken blasé workwear to a bold new place this season, turning to pastel shades and striking patterns for inspiration. Stars such as Rami Malek, John Legend and Jared Leto have been known to rock a colorful ensemble or two on the red carpet—but don’t let the starpower of this experimental trend intimidate you. For a more subtle transition, think colors like olive, sage or a non-navy blue. For those who like to live out loud, jump right into world of blush tones, violet and lavender.
For lovers of khaki and cargo, listen up. Functionality is everything when it comes to fashion in the 21st century. From the invention of waterproof fabrics to reflective accents, exposed zippers and a plethora of pockets, there’s no telling the limits of the utilitarian trend. The luxe-tactical aesthetic applies to armor-like vests, combat boots, roomy jumpsuits and extends to the infamous “harness,” as seen on Timothée Chalamet and Michael B. Jordan. To wear it, look for military-esque garments that take on earthy color palettes and oversized silhouettes.
The solution to fall’s gray skies is a splash of color, and it just so happens that tie-dye is back in a big way. Separated from its rebellious, Woodstock roots—albeit not entirely—we’ve spotted men sporting tie-dye from head-to-toe, as well as a means of jazzing up a minimalist outfit. While the technique remains the same, options for the technicolor print include streetwear offerings such as sweatshirts, hoodies, hats and socks. However, not all of this season’s garments are as trippy, with some designers taking a more muted and subdued approach.
In The Bag
The idea of a man holding anything that even resembled a purse used to be taboo. Zach Galifianakis’ character in “The Hangover” definitely didn’t do the accessory any favors. But these days, it’s not uncommon to see modern men rocking everything from a crossbody bag to backpacks, belt bags or sporty totes—and not just for matters of business. Luxury labels such as Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Todd Snyder sent menswear looks down the runway this season with bags that were quick to rival that of any woman’s.
Leather’s New Look
The timeless quality of leather makes it more than just an autumnal trend. However, this season’s offerings mark a new era of creativity and innovation. Aside from the usual motorcycle jacket and boots—essentially any man’s fall uniform—designers have expanded the horizon to include ultra-long coats, leather trousers, button-up shirts and sneakers. Whether you want to sport a full-on rock ‘n’ roll vibe or go all in with a “Matrix” look, each piece will be worth the investment.
Cozy & Cool Sweaters
Nothing feels quite as comfortable (and familiar) as a knit sweater. The varietes, for one, are endless whether you’re a crewneck kind of guy or prefer a pull-over or classic cardigan. The traditionalists can cozy up with neutral-toned cashmere and wool turtlenecks while statement-makers can trade in the basics for graphic prints, artistic motifs and rainbow stripes. Think of them as this season’s secret weapon when it comes to layering.