With the changing of the weather comes the turning over of the wardrobe.
From cozy sweaters to sharp flannels, you only need a few items for a compete fall wardrobe – but it’s important to have them all.
Keep in mind that these are only the basics. If you don’t have all of these, we suggest filling the holes in your closet quickly.
You’re going to need them.
A seasonally appropriate tweed sport coat.
Fall and tweed go hand in hand, making a tweed sport coat an absolute necessity.
You don’t have to go for a classic brown or tan, either. This smart gray blazer from J.Crew is perfect for a night on the town, when you need an extra layer.
A denim jacket will become your weekend go-to.
For the early days of fall, a casual-cool denim jacket is all you need. Later on it will become an essential layering piece for tons of outfits.
The Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket is the indisputable icon in this segment.
A fleece jacket for days when the leaves and the mercury fall.
Fleece jackets are that perfect transitional layer for gray mornings. The heavy down insulation keeps you warm without adding the bulk of a full parka or winter coat.
Patagonia’s Better Sweater jacket is a great option that comes in a variety of colors.
A patterned sweater adds personality.
- Mr. Porter
This Fair Isle Mélange Wool Sweater by Howlin’ is fantastic, but if it’s not up your alley, find one that speaks to you.
Go anywhere with a chunky wool sweater.
A chunky cardigan will be your best friend this fall. It’s versatile and, as an outer layer, it can keep you warm well into November.
This chunky knit cardigan from Bonobos perfectly fits the bill.
A trendy turtleneck.
- Mr. Porter
Drake blew the turtleneck trend wide open when he wore a chunky sweater in his video for “Hotline Bling.”
It’s now a certified must-have, and can be thrown over anything or worn under a blazer. This one by Copenhagen-based NN07 adds interest with a honeycomb knit.
A pair of darker pants.
- Club Monaco
The days of bright colors are over, and it’s time to resign yourself to wearing darker colors. Pants are a great opportunity to do this, and a pair of dark olive or brown chinos is essential.
We like these Club Monaco chinos in “surplus green,” for example.
A workman’s denim shirt adds a masculine vibe.
- Mr. Porter
There’s no better time to show off your work-inspired wardrobe than the fall.
This one from Steven Alan is the perfect candidate. It mixes well with black denim, spicy pumpkin drinks, and colorful foliage.
A warm and cozy flannel will be the most comfortable item in your closet.
If you think flannels are just for lumberjacks, you might want to think again.
This Uniqlo flannel is beautiful and minimalist. It goes equally well under a blazer or a denim jacket.
A dependable wool suit that fits like a glove.
We probably don’t need to tell you this, but you should have at least one suit you feel amazing in for fall and winter.
This Ludlow suit in Italian wool by J.Crew is a winner by our standards, but suit shopping is a personal thing, so find a brand or tailor that fits with your style and body type.
An on-trend but not ostentatious knit tie.
- The Tie Bar
Though more casual than a traditional tie, knit neckwear is now a cold-weather staple.
The Tie Bar makes a great knit tie for a reasonable $25.
A chukka-style boot for your weekend wardrobe.
Loafers and moccasins are great, but eventually you’re going to want to cover your ankles.
Brogues for the modern gentleman.
- Jack Erwin
Something about perforated leather and the crunch of freshly fallen leaves just screams autumn.
This model, the Hubert by Jack Erwin, is a longwing blucher that puts a modern spin on the classic brogue.
A solid-colored wool scarf goes with everything.
This is the accessory everyone forgets about until they need it. Keep your neck warm this winter with a soft, neck-hugging accessory.
This simple one from Everlane will do the trick.
Colorful wool socks just for fun.
- Brooks Brothers
We’re big fans of wool, but for fall, you don’t have to think that warm yet.
This geometric Fair Isle design from Brooks Brothers is a great choice, but like we said about the patterned sweater, it’s all about personal style here.