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MEN’S AUTUMN SEASON LAYERING INSPIRATION
Mid-season is fast approaching and with it comes a diverse list of weather-based challenges. Ranging from fluctuating temperatures to seemingly at random doses of sun, wind and rain. This increase in unpredictability calls for some clever outfitting to stay comfortable. Fortunately for us this is exactly the kind of conditions which layering thrives in. One of the earliest techniques in the fashion book, the age-old method of putting one thing on top of another, allows the wearer to amalgamate protective properties dependent on climate, whilst also adding lashings of depth to otherwise one-dimensional looks.
Incorporating a variety of pieces for an effortless mix of casual sophistication, this first outfit presents a well-rounded ensemble capable of both office and social wear. Starting with a luxurious button-down shirt curtesy of Vivienne Westwood, the shirt comes paired with Gramicci’s slim cut NN pants in a soft beige shade. Boasting a built-in nylon belt and gusset crotch construction for added ease of movement and comfort, the minimal Axel Arigato Clean 90 maintains the contemporary aesthetic below whilst a double-helping of outerwear, including a sturdy denim jacket and Ralph Lauren Pea coat, finishes things off nicely.
Adding a more subdued and accessible take on classic streetwear tropes, next up we focus on garments with a more utilitarian feel, such as the Canada Goose Hybridge Gilet. Constructed using the brand’s thermal mapping technology, it utilises both down filling to the front and a fine knit merino wool to the back, ensuring warmth without sacrificing on breathability. Paired up with Kenzo’s military green, loose fitting cargo trousers and a simple Norse Projects cotton sweat, throw on a waterproof, multi-carry tote bag for extra storage and you have yourself a winner.
Having been around for decades, not only are turtle necks an easy ticket to looking extremely suave, but they serve a pivotal role in any man’s winter wardrobe. Able to be worn solo or as seen here as a baselayer, this prime example from Stone Island comes bearing a warming wool construction and removable compass patch insignia. Concealed by a top-half option from Japanese brand Comme des Garçons that features both horizontal and vertical striping, a Graphic ladened side bag ensures personal possessions are close to hand, whilst sleek sock runners add contrasting themes with a touch of sporting ingenuity.
When the latter months roll around and conditions truly start to take a turn, much can be said for a reliable pair of winter boots. Providing a much-needed alternative to the mesh and suede of summer sneakers, boots offer up a diverse array of qualities suited to specific needs. This particular pair from Danner feature full grain leather uppers, GORE-TEX lining and supportive Vibram soles, making them a solid choice for those looking for something functional yet on-trend. Complimented by a textured Patagonia shearling gilet, a water-repellant Belstaff overshirt, and a vibrant burnt orange hood ushers in an eye-catching yet seasonal wave of colour.
Vacation shirts gathering dust this year? Despite their affinity with sunglasses, shorts and poolside escapades, the camp-collared short-sleeved shirt can easily be used to bulk up autumn fits. Unbuttoned and nonchalant, team with your most treasured print t-shirt and a pair of timeless denim for a well put together look dripping with an easy-going steadiness. On foot, the SL80 from three stripe maestros adidas supplies the goods when it comes to heritage charm, bringing corresponding pops of red to tie individual pieces into a singular collective. Add a heavyweight jacket where necessary and you should be good to go.