Everyone looks forward to that dramatic transition from summer to autumn—and autumn to winter. Sure, that transition lets us sip hot drinks on cold nights and spend time with friends and family in cozy places, but it also offers us the chance to break from the seasonal status quo. Like the changing color of the leaves, we can reinvent ourselves in autumn and break away from the shorts, polo shirts, and sandals look we developed for spring and summer.
Most guys put on a jacket and some jeans and leave it there—probably thinking that cold-wear fashion is a woman’s game. Yes, women get more options than men do, with coats, dresses, skirts, scarves, gloves, and more, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get creative too. Cold weather gives us layering opportunities with things like jackets, suits, vests, and sweaters. That means you can experiment with color and texture combinations. So get classy. Even if you’re going casual. Here are some wardrobe elements that can spruce up your look—and won’t end up spending most of their time hibernating in your closet.
A blazer: Rushing out the door to meet up with friends? Feeling a little boring always wearing a t-shirt and jeans? Or maybe you forgot to run your laundry, so you’re hoping to sneak the same outfit past the friends you saw yesterday (don’t worry, your secret’s safe). Grabbing a blazer instantly solves all these problems. They’re versatile i.e., they go with everything from jeans and sneakers to dress pants and brogues. They also bump up your look from haphazard casual to sophisticated casual. And if it’s a little cold out, a blazer will keep you warm without weighing you down. Check out this Black 1 Button Skinny Suit Jacket from Topman for a prime example...
You can leave the blazer open and proudly display a graphic tee like the ones from community art driven Shirt.Woot.com. Or button it up half way and display a little bit of the shirt’s color.
While you’re at it, try out a pair of slim-fit jeans like the 511s from Levi. Slim-fit is in right now (ladies are loving the Joseph Gordon-Levitt look).
A three piece suit: Going all out on a formal outfit might sound crazy at first (or crazy expensive). But spending a little extra can go a long way to optimizing your wardrobe. Think of a three piece suit as a Swiss Army knife. Along with the benefit of having formal wear ready to go (for an interview or a date in the city), you can take mix and match the vest, dress pants, and suit jacket for a range of looks ranging from the aforementioned casual jeans and t-shirt look to full-on dapper. Topman has you covered here as well. Grab this three piece charcoal slim suit for just $350, plus use the code 000110204242314 to get 10% off your order.
Top any of these styles with a nice pair of dress shoes like the Bed Stu Cosburn Oxford Shoe from Urban Outfitters and hit the town.
Bryan Filipelli, CouponWinner.com Contributor