By Charlie Gstalder & Gus Nations | Staff Writer & Guest Writer
Before we begin, here are a few general notes:
As has been said time and time again, layering is crucial to dressing in the fall — it keeps you warm and stylish.
Equally as important is contrast, not in color, but in cut. Fall is a sort of in-between season, so feel free to style yourself as an in-between as well. Don’t be afraid to wear shorts with a long sleeve tee or a hoodie/jacket. The weather can’t decide if it’s hot or cold, so why should you?
As the leaves change and the days get darker, it’s time to start darkening up your looks, but don’t let that discourage you from wearing patterns, just keep the coloration muted or traditional.
To simplify matters, we’ll be breaking this down into three sections: Tops, bottoms and shoes.
While you don’t have to stop wearing t-shirts, experiment with long sleeves. Try solid colors or keep the t-shirt vibes going with a graphic design.
In the fall, button-up shirts can function either as a shirt or a jacket. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out shirts that have multiple types of plaid stitched together.
This season, corduroy has begun to make a resurgence. It has been most notably utilized in pants. Look for a button-up shirt made of the same material. It’s both warm and eye-catching.
Just be sure to keep the bottoms lowkey. We don’t want a corduroy version of a Canadian Tuxedo, do we?
Just wear your favorite hoodie, it’s that simple. If you want to be adventurous, Champion has begun making hoodies out of corduroy… we really love that fabric!
Keep your crewnecks solid. A nice gray/blue crew neck goes a long way under a quarter-zip or other pullover, bringing out the style on the outside while complimenting it on the inside.
Don’t settle for classic blue jeans, explore! Look into gray and black denim, and try out different cuts. Feeling adventurous? Custom denim is in right now — make them yourself or pay an Instagram dude to do it for you.
Khakis give you a little bit more freedom of expression, and with a quarter zip or fleece, can still look very sharp while keeping a lower profile. Like jeans, don’t settle for the khaki-colored khakis. Try out some greens, blues and reds. Rolled cuffs are welcomed with funky socks or a higher cut boot.
Have we said to wear shorts with long-sleeve shirts yet? We have? Good. Don’t be afraid to show off some thigh; look for shorts with an inseam of 7 inches or less.
We’ll be honest, we’re not sneakerheads, but here’s some general advice: leather boots such as chukkas and Chelseas are great for the fall but cannot be worn with shorts. Simple, low top sneakers, however, can be worn with anything.