Get ready for shorter and
colder days in these classic pieces

Written
by RJ Firchau
For better or for worse, fall
officially begins next week and we can’t deny the inevitable any longer: cold
weather is coming… and soon. So as you spend this last weekend of summer BBQing
outdoors, excitedly (begrudgingly?) sipping a nice cold scotch, and saying your
goodbyes to hot (sometimes too hot) weather, know that come next week, it’s
time to start mentally preparing for fall. Arguably the best season of the year
when it comes to style, fall is all about warm, rich colors, chunky textures,
and lots of versatile layers. So gents, it’s time to make some necessary fall
acquisitions to ready yourself for the coming season, and we’re here to help.
We’ve curated a list of ten fall-friendly wardrobe pieces that you’ll want to
be adding to your closets, stat. With these 10 versatile pieces in tow, you’ll
be nailing fall style with ease.
1.
Turtleneck

Flip open the September issue
of GQ or take a peek at any fall ‘15 menswear runway collection and you’ll see
one commonality that can’t be missed: turtlenecks. Turtlenecks everywhere.
Turtlenecks are extremely versatile–stock up and wear them on their own or
under a suit in place of a standard button-up.
Our
Pick:
Men’s Extra Fine
Merino Turtleneck Sweater, Uniqlo, $40
2.
Shawl-Collar Cardigan

Characterized by a collar that
folds back onto itself in a continuous and tapering line along the neckline,
shawl-collar cardigans are a unique, yet classic, fall necessity. Perfect for
those days that the weather seems a bit unpredictable, the shawl-collar
cardigan lends itself nicely to layering and completing any look. They are a
cool substitute for a bomber jacket or sweatshirt. Pair yours with a laidback
t-shirt and tailored trousers for a dynamic look.
Our
Pick:
Cable Knit Shawl
Collar Cashmere Cardigan, Norstrom, $298
3.
Denim Jacket

It’s often said that nothing
fills the void between seasons better than a trusty denim jacket. Classic and
always in style, the denim jacket is a must for fall. You can wear yours with
anything from a casual white t-shirt to suit trousers and a button-up and still
look pulled together. Also, throwing on extra layers under or over your denim
jacket always (somehow) manages to look effortless.
Our
Pick:
The Jean Jacket,
Bonobos, $128
4.
Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots are clean,
comfortable, easy to put on, and a great alternative to more heavy-duty cold
weather footwear. We recommend having multiple pairs in various colors, but if
you can only swing one pair, go for black. Black leather chelsea boots are
polished and can be worn with suits, whereas tan or brown suede chelsea boots
will work best with jeans or chinos.
Our
Pick:
Standard Fortyfive
Leather Chelsea Boots, Asos, $125
5.
Chunky Knits

Sweaters this fall are leaning
toward the chunkier side. Textured knits of varying styles–waffle, cable knit,
honeycomb, you name it–are great staples for fall. Monochromes are great, but
you can take this piece one step further this season by trying some
multi-colored knits in cool geometric patterns, if you’re feeling so inclined.
Our
Pick:
Structured Sweater,
Zara, $50
6.
Trousers (Cuffed, Please)

Don’t roll down the cuffs of
your chinos just yet. This look is sticking around for fall 2015. Incorporate
some darker hues into the mix for fall, like marsala, olive green, and
charcoal.
Our
Pick:
Men Slim Fit Chino
Flat Front Pants (in Dark Green), Uniqlo, $40
7.
Rain Sneakers

A reliable, stylishly-inclined
pair of water-resistant sneakers is a great alternative to your normal footwear
for those awkward fall days that it’s somewhat warm but pouring out. Rain
sneakers are fully waterproof and lightweight to trudge around in. And, they
look pretty stylish, too.
Our
Pick:
Men’s Strala Rain
Boot, Trentorn, $70
8.
Long Cardigan

An nice alternative to your
traditional jackets and cardigans, a longer variety is essential for fall.
Throw one on to look instantly studious (and instantly warm). It’s as simple as
that.
Our
Pick:
Shawl-Collar Long
Cardigan, Banana Republic, $140
9.
Patterned Socks

Because we’d wager that
cropped trousers might get a little chilly once the weather cools down,
throwing some conversational socks into the mix is a great way to add another
dimension of style and personality into your look.
Our
Pick:
Cypress Stripe Sock,
Ties.com,$10
10.
Plaid and Checked Anything

Anything plaid or
checked–especially in rich fall colors–is a key look for fall 2015. A little
lumberjack, a little grunge, injecting this pattern into your look by way of
scarf, button-up, peacoat, or blazer is a great way to liven up an otherwise
dark cold weather ensemble.
Our
Pick:
Slim Secret Wash Shirt
in Heather Dark Green Plaid, J. Crew, $70
RJ
Firchau
SOURCE:
THE GENTLEMANUAL
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.