If you ask a well-dressed man what his favorite season is, and there’s a good chance he’ll say fall.
And for good reason. Fall means wearing rich autumn-inspired colors like burgundy, green and brown, and interesting textures like flannel, corduroy and suede.
But best of all, autumn temperatures mean you get to layer up, which is one of the best ways to look effortlessly sharp every day.
Here at Peter Manning NYC, we love fall, and we always make sure to have our guys covered with everything they need to look and feel great as the weather cools down.
Here are 5 autumn style essentials we think every man should have.
#1: The Middle Layer
A lightweight middle layer helps you stay warm without overheating. Some of our favorite middle layering pieces are sweaters and vests.
For example, our quarter zip cotton sweater looks great over a button up shirt with almost any type of pants.
The v-neck version is also an extremely versatile option.
For a more casual and rugged look, the lightweight quilted vest is perfect. Wear it over a Henley or flannel shirt jacket for a laid back, comfortable look and feel.
A pair of fitted corduroys is one of the best alternatives to jeans and chinos when the temperature starts to drop.
They can be worn casually with sneakers or boots, or dressed up with loafers and your favorite sport coat.
Look for corduroys that are cut slim-but-not-skinny for a modern silhouette that won’t go out of style anytime soon.
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with brown or navy.
#3: Versatile Button Up
A versatile button up shirt, like the Peter Manning Everyday Shirt, is one that can be worn tucked in or untucked.
This is your go-to shirt - the one can take you from Monday morning meetings all the way through to casual Friday and happy hour.
You wear these shirts year round, but it’s nice to have some seasonally appropriate colors and patterns in your closet.
Whether you’re wearing solids, checks, gingham or plaid, colors like green, burgundy, navy, grey and brown are all great choices for fall.
While boots are great for any weather, they might just be the perfect footwear for the autumn season.
For example, we’re loving these Thursday Boot Company dark olive suede Chelseas. They pair especially well with our slim fit black jeans.
Another quintessential fall boot is the brown suede chukka. These work with jeans, chinos or corduroys, and they’re just perfect for fall weather.
#5: Fall Jackets
Last but definitely not least, every guy needs a couple go-to fall jackets.
When it’s not quite cold enough for puffer coats and parkas, reach for medium weight options like the quilted jacket.
Perfect as a second or third layer, the quilted jacket is rugged and comfortable, and it's always been a customer favorite.
For a different look, a brown or black leather jacket is also an excellent choice.
As winter approaches, the topcoat is a warmer option that can be dressed up or down as needed.
Don’t be afraid to wear your topcoat casually, with jeans and a t-shirt.
You can also layer it over a hoodie for extra warmth and style points.
We hope this guide helps you transition from spring to fall in comfort and in style.
If you’re missing any of these fall essentials, be sure to check out our current collection.