11 Men’s Fall Style Essentials

With the sun disappearing behind the clouds, the temperature suddenly dropping, the leaves starting to change color, and the days of shorts and t-shirts are gone, fall is finally here. But fear not, because fall is the season of boots, leathers, and sweaters. Man’s favorite fashion and style season is quickly approaching, and here are 11 essential items for every stylish man!

1) Boots

Mens Chukka Fall Boots

The temperature is dropping, and your feet are starting to become cold in those lightweight sneakers and loafers. It’s finally time to take your boots out of the closet or pick up a new pair at the store! Boots come in all kinds of varieties, from dressier Allen Edmonds all the way to rugged Timberland work boots. Picking the right boot for you depends entirely on your job and daily activities, but a pair of suede or leather Chukka boots will fit in everyone’s fall wardrobe.

2) Sweaters

Sweaters are everyone’s favorite layering item. Lightweight crew or V-neck sweaters are a staple in men’s fall style. Nothing beats layering a great sweater over a dress shirt for a warm business casual look. And layering a sweater underneath a denim or leather jacket creates the ultimate fall outdoor look. Choose a lightweight sweater if you’re planning to layer and look for a more fashionable sweater if you’re choosing to go casual with just a sweater and jeans.

3) Dark Jeans

Mens Fall Dark Jeans

While summer is all about lighter colors, such as blue and white, fall is all about the dark colors. When picking up a pair of jeans, choose colors such as grey, black, and navy. These darker colors pair wonderfully with sweaters and boots, as well as accentuating leathers and accessories. When picking out a pair of jeans, look for slim fit, or a tapered fit. Nothing can destroy an outfit faster than big baggy jeans.

4) Denim Jacket

The denim jacket has gained tremendous popularity over recent years, and for good reason. Denim jackets are an absolute staple in every stylish man’s wardrobe. They can be layered with anything from t-shirts to sweaters depending on the temperature, plus they work well with both jeans and chinos. For an extra style upgrade, throw in a pair of suede or leather boots!

5) Leather Jacket

Mens Fall Leather Jackets

Here it is, the absolute number one in men’s fall outdoor wear, the leather jacket. Popularized by Hollywood and perfected by every fashionable and stylish man in the world, the black or brown leather jacket is a timeless and great option for fall. Leather jackets pair beautifully with the fall colors and are a ton of fun to layer with. When purchasing a leather jacket, make sure to size down if possible. A leather jacket should fit snug and become a little looser over time, as is true with all leathers. Nothing looks worse than a cheap box-fitted leather jacket!

6) Hoodies

While hoodies aren’t always the most stylish, they work very well during the fall. Hoodies can easily be layered underneath denim or leather jackets for a warm outdoor casual outfit. When shopping for hoodies, look for a lightweight zip-up hoodie. These are the easiest to layer, and they don’t require you to size up on the jackets you choose to layer over top!

7) Leather Belt

Mens Fall Leather Belt

While canvas and fabric belts are still a great option, the fall season brings the leather belt back into rotation. All belts are not made for the same purpose, so make sure you purchase the right belt for the right occasion. While thin belts are perfect for professional or business casual outfits, thicker belts are great for a more casual and outdoorsy look. Just remember to always match your belt to your shoes!

8) Scarves

There is nothing more fashionable than accessorizing, and the best fall accessory, without a doubt, is the lightweight scarf. Not only does it upgrade your outfit instantly, it also keeps your neck nice and warm. During the fall season you don’t want to go with thick wool scarves because these are reserved for the freezing cold days of winter. A thin lightweight scarf worn overtop a thicker sweater looks absolutely phenomenal!

9) Leather Watch

Mens Fall Leather Watch

Watches are the perfect way to accessorize any outfit, and as mentioned before, leather is autumn’s best friend. Purchase watchstraps that match or accentuate your existing outfits. This way you don’t have to build an outfit around a watch, but you use the watch as an accessory. This makes it a lot easier to wear and costs a whole lot less money in the long run. I recommend sticking with black and brown leathers in a variety of finishes to match any occasion!

10) Long Sleeve Henley

Here it is again, the Henley. During the summer it’s best to stick with short sleeve Henley shirts, but now that the sun doesn’t shine as bright, it’s time to bring out those long sleeve Henley shirts. They are great for layering, as well as just lounging about at home. Don’t forget to roll up your sleeves to show off a little forearm, the ladies love it!

11) Blazer or Sport Coat

Mens Fall Blazer Jacket

While wearing a blazer during the summer is possible, you will often choose to take it off and just walk or sit around in a shirt or dress shirt. It simply gets too hot to wander around in a jacket all day. Fortunately for every stylish man, the temperature drops just enough during the fall that your favorite blazer is the perfect jacket to wear during your day-to-day activities. Sport coats are also a great option during the fall, they are a little less formal but work remarkably well in dressing up some of your more casual fall outfits!

Men’s fall style is all about natural colors, layering, and leathers. Whether you’re rocking a leather jacket over a sweater, a blazer over a Henley, or a scarf over a denim jacket, you’re going to look phenomenal in the fall with any of these 11 items!

If you’re just starting off on your style journey, check out my article on items every man needs in his wardrobe. Also check out my article on fashion items that you shouldn’t spend excessive amounts of money on!

With fall quickly approaching, what are you most excited about wearing? Let me hear it in the comments!

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7 Men’s Fashion Items Better Bought Cheap

There are men’s fashion items that look and fit better when bought luxury. Items such as watches, dress shoes, and suits are great examples of what you should never skimp on. But then there are items that you simply shouldn’t waste your hard-earned money on. These items either aren’t much better than their luxury counter-parts, break or wear easily, or just aren’t worth the extra money.

Here are 7 men’s fashion items that you should NEVER buy luxury!

1) Socks

Never buy Luxury Socks

Socks are a great way to express yourself, especially when having to wear professional or business casual outfits. Unfortunately, your socks are hidden by your shoes and your pants about 90 percent of the time, and they wear easily when worn all day.

While having proper socks for specific occasions is important, no one needs to spend upwards of $40 for a single pair of socks. You can easily find single pairs for less than $10 at discount stores, or variety packs at any department store for less than $30, that will get the job done. Now of course there is such a thing as going too cheap on socks: you don’t want to purchase super thin socks simply because they’re cheap. These provide no support for your feet and could cause issues over time. Striking a balance between cost and quality is perfect!

2) Under-shirts

Never Buy Luxury White Under Shirts

Let’s face it, the only reason you buy under-shirts is to protect your expensive dress shirts from sweat stains. As a result, your under-shirts will absorb the majority of sweat and will start forming sweat stains extremely quickly, especially if you’ve chosen to wear white under-shirts.

Knowing all of this, there is absolutely no reason to spend upwards of $50 on a single under-shirt. When I got my first office job, I would go to Costco to buy multiple sets of 3-pack under-shirts. Those 3-pack shirts ran me about $6 per shirt and protected my dress shirts just fine! Luxury plain under-shirts are no better at absorbing sweat than the $5 Costco shirts, and they wear out just as fast.

3) Tank Tops

Never Buy Luxury Tank Tops

Tank tops literally consist of two small pieces of fabric sewn together front to back. The materials are usually the same, and the only differences tend to be the design, and whether it has a chest pocket or not. Paying upwards of $60 for a designer tank top is simply outrageous.

Hopping into Target or your local department store gives you plenty of cheap options for great tank tops, all of which will show off your hard work in the gym just fine. The only exception to the rule would be tank tops with designs from your favorite movies, video games or designs by internet celebrities. These tend to be a little pricier, around the $15-$25 range, yet are still miles below a $60 designer tank top.

4) Denim Jackets

Never Buy Luxury Denim Jackets

While you can easily spot a cheap pair of denim jeans, the quality of cheap denim jackets is a lot harder to spot. Cheap jeans will wear and tear quickly due to the poor quality and the stress of daily leg movements. But relatively cheap denim jackets don’t have to endure quite as much stress or tension throughout the day.

The differences between a $70-$100 denim jacket from J.Crew or the GAP, and a $300-$400 jacket from Ralph Lauren are so slight, that it simply isn’t worth the money. Oftentimes, the luxury jackets will have scuffs or wear and tear designs on them, but honestly these little marks just aren’t worth paying $200 more.

5) Hats

Never Buy Luxury Hates or Baseball Caps

When I say hats, I mean all types of hats. From baseball caps to beanies, there is no reason to spend upwards of $150 for a designer beanie. Hats are there to protect you from the elements, such as harsh sunrays, rain and snow. As a result, they wear out quickly by either losing their form, discoloring, or simply causing tears in the fabric.

If you want to rep your favorite sports team or brand you can easily find hats in the $20-$30-dollar range at dedicated hat stores or online. And if you don’t care much about sports or a logo on your hat, you can easily find generic hats online or in department stores for less than $10 a pop.

If you’re looking for something other than a baseball cap or beanie, the same principle applies, but the price ranges are a bit higher. The only exceptions are cowboy, or western hats. Authentic western hats are made from fur felt and cheap models just don’t cut it and may end up looking tacky.

6) Belts

Never Buy Luxury Belts

Just like hats, under-shirts, and socks, belts are made to be worn. Whether the belt is made from leather, fabric, or something else entirely, it is generally worn to keep your pants up. Your pants are being pulled down by gravity and held up by the belt causing the belt to deform at the loops and tear at the holes. Over time, the belt will stop functioning optimally and is better off trashed.

When wearing the same belt daily, this wear and tear occurs extremely quickly, especially when more stress is put on the belt by phones, wallets, or keys in the pockets. Because of this it’s very cost prohibitive to spend upwards of $300 for a designer belt at Nordstrom’s. It is much better to spend about $30-$50 on a few different belts. This allows you to rotate them out and gives them all a much longer lifespan!

7) Athletic Clothes

Never Buy Luxury Gym Clothes or Athletic Gear

Last but certainly not least, we have athletic gear. Gym shorts, hoodies, sweatpants, it is all included here. Designer versions of these can reach ridiculous prices. Paying over $70 for gym shorts or over $150 for hoodies or sweatpants is outrageous! For that price I’d expect them to help me lift more or run a faster mile.

Going into your local department store or discount store you can find great athletic gear such as Nike, Puma or Adidas shorts for less than $20. The same goes for hoodies and other athletic clothes. You can easily find awesome deals if you are willing to wait for them. Deals such as $30 hoodies and pants at Gymshark, or anything from your favorite brands at Dick’s or your local department store!

Dressing well can get pricey and knowing what to spend your hard-earned money on is tough. Hopefully this list makes it a little bit easier to know where to save some money and where to spend the big bucks. If you’re looking to expand your current wardrobe or are just about to start creating your own stylish wardrobe, check out these 9 items every man should own!

Top 9 Things Every Man Needs in His Wardrobe

There are certain items that every single man is absolutely required to own. Whether it’s a dress shirt for a special occasion, or a baseball cap and shades for those times when the sun comes shining through.

Being a man means being prepared, and these 9 items are simply my top picks out of a large list of items every man needs in his wardrobe.

1) A Watch

Maurice Lacroix Wrist Watch

Nowadays everyone carries a cellphone around and men believe the need to wear a watch is quickly fading away. Realistically though, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. A wrist watch is a fantastic way to show off your accessory style game, and a great conversation starter.

When buying a watch, you need to know what occasion you’re buying the watch for first. Just like shoes, a watch is not a one-size-fits-all item. A sports watch does not fly in a business meeting, and you probably do not want to wear a high-end Rolex in the gym. A quick tip is to look at the shoes you’re wearing and find a watch to match that level of formality

2) Chinos

Originally used in the military during the Spanish-American War, the chinos were designed with tapered legs to conserve materials. Overtime the chino became even slimmer and the chino today has varying levels of fit to accommodate a large variety of people’s tastes.

Chinos also come in a variety of colors, the most versatile of which is tan (or light brown). These pair well with nearly anything, from t-shirts to dress shirts. But if you’re looking to raise your style game, grab a pair of sky blue chinos and match them with walnut oxfords and a white dress shirt for the ultimate business casual summer look!

If you’re looking for the best summer outfits and items, check out this men’s summer essentials article!

3) Sunglasses

Sunglasses on Desk

Not only a fantastic accessory, but also absolutely the most important item a man should wear when going out into the sun, a pair of stylish sunglasses. The sun sends out harmful Ultraviolet radiation which can cause severe damage to the eyes, luckily sunglasses helps to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

When shopping for sunglasses you need to find the best shades to accentuate and compliment your face shape and features. There are four main categories: Round, Oval, Square and Heart.

Oval faces can pull off nearly anything. With a round face you’ll want to stick with square edges. With a square face you should stick with rounded shades. And with a heart shaped face, you’ll want to find light and small frame sunglasses.

For a more in-depth look at face shape and sunglasses, check out Sunglasshut’s article here.

4) Jeans

Jeans have been on men’s required wardrobe list for decades. When they were invented in 1873 they were used as sturdy work pants for the everyday man, but as they evolved over the years jeans have become an absolute staple in every man’s wardrobe.

A classic pair of slim fit navy jeans is easily the most versatile option. You can dress it up with dress shoes and a dress shirt or dress it down with sneakers and a t-shirt. Just note that ripped jeans can absolutely not be dressed up in a professional setting.

5) Leather Jacket

Leather jackets

There is a time and place for peacoats and puffer jackets, but it’s always the right time for a black leather jacket. When buying a leather jacket, make sure the materials state natural and not synthetic. Synthetic leathers, or faux leathers, simply do not hold up as long as their natural counterparts do. Real leather also looks better as it ages, whereas synthetic leather starts to fade and tear after only a few months of use.

Popularized by Hollywood in the 40s and 50s, the leather jacket with its durable and sturdy material has stood the test of time and earned itself a prime spot in the must buy list for every single guy.

6) Baseball Cap

You probably didn’t expect baseball cap to be on this list. Everyone has those lazy days where you just toss on a hat and walk out the door. You don’t need to be attending a baseball game or playing sports to wear one either. Nowadays, everybody, from the ultra-rich to the average joe, is wearing a baseball cap.

Finding the right baseball cap is as simple as picking a color, choosing a brand, and finding the right size. Men simply look great in a baseball cap, so pick your favorite and don’t forget to throw on a great pair of shades too.

7) Dress shirt & 8) Dress Shoes

Dress shoes and dress shirt

These two basically go hand-in-hand. Regardless of your professional life, every man needs a dress shirt and dress shoes for the occasional wedding or job interview. If you’re not in a business profession you probably don’t need a variety of dress shoes and dress shirts, so look for something that can be mixed and matched with lots of different outfits.

When shopping for a dress shoe, stick with brown colors in a simple lace up design. Walnut or dark brown lace ups are the most versatile options because you can dress them up or down depending on the outfit.

If you don’t need multiple dress shirts and only need one or two for the special occasion, pick up a white or business blue dress shirt. These look great with any skin tone and can be worn with the brown dress shoes you just picked up, and a classic pair of chinos or jeans depending on the event.

9) Leather Belt

Finally, to tie it all together, a classic leather belt. If your pants have loops, wear a belt. Nothing makes an outfit go from a 10 to a 1 faster than forgetting to wear a belt. Belts come in all sorts of styles and sizes, but as a rule of thumb, slim belts are formal and big belts or belt buckles are casual.

When shopping for a belt you want to find a size where the belt will close around the middle hole. This will look the best and give you some wiggle room if your waistline happens to change. Final belt tip: always color match your shoes and belt.

Men should strive to have an outfit in their wardrobe for any occasion. You never know when your best friend is getting married, when your dream job is hiring, or when your girlfriend wants to take a stroll along the beach.

As a man you need to be prepared for anything, and your wardrobe is a fantastic place to start!

What is your wardrobe missing? Let me know in the comments.