20 Fall Wardrobe Essentials to Add to Your Closet Right Now

Most people don’t, ah, exactly look forward to the end of summer. But the arrival of fall also brings with it opportunities to really start dressin’ in a way you couldn’t during the warmer weather. You can do a lot more style-wise with a great pair of cords or a sleek jacket than you can with, like, a bathing suit. So, yes, it’s finally time to store away your short-sleeve shirts for good and lean all the way into layering. To help make the transition slightly easier, we tracked down some of the best offerings via our favorite brands this season—from boots to bombers and everything in between—to help you update your autumnal wardrobe in style. So hop on board, pal. The train for fall is leaving now, and trust me: It’s gonna be a hell of a ride.

Taller Peralta Union Beanie

PERALTA PROJECT peraltaproject.com

$25.00

No fall wardrobe would be complete without the requisite beanie. Taller Peralta’s style, named after the flagship store and studio of contemporary artist M. Tony Peralta, comes done up in the artist’s signature vibrant orange. Peralta is known for his “Rolos and Icons” paintings, consisting of famous Latinas (including Frida Kahlo, Selena Quintanilla, and even Dora The Explorer) rocking a set of rolos. (If that’s not enough to get excited about, earlier this year, Peralta made headlines when he reprised the series with “Enfermera Con Rolos,” depicting health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic.) 

Turtleneck Sweater

TOPMAN Nordstrom

$55.00

You need a sweater. You just do. Instead of wringing your hands endlessly over the sea of options out there, take our word for it and go with this budget-friendly staple from Topman. It’ll definitely keep you warm—it has a chunky ribbed turtleneck collar, cuffs and hem—but it’s also made out of a medium-weight knit that’s sleek but still breathable. This one’s a winner—we promise. 

Striped Cotton Rugby Crew

BUCK MASON buckmason.com

$45.00

Much like an overshirt, the rugby crewneck is a layering man’s dream come true. Buck Mason’s pullover is a modern take on the otherwise collared rugby, complete with the style’s signature beefy stripes. This guy comes in a heavyweight cotton, so it’ll be warmer than any other standard polo—the perfect base layer for those chilly days ahead. Now this and an overshirt, worn together? Thank us later. 

Relaxed Long Sleeve Polo

RICHER POORER richer-poorer.com

$56.00

This fall is a little (er, a lot) different than most. Many of us are still working from home, but by now we’ve all realized that sweats and pajamas aren’t exactly the key to hitting peak productivity on the daily. This relaxed polo represents a happy medium: the oversized fit, droopy shoulders, and ribbed cuffs make it just as cozy as your favorite tee or sweater, but it’s still a polo, so it feels like you’re dressed for, y’know, actually getting things done. 

Cashmere Turtleneck Long-Sleeve Sweater

UNIQLO uniqlo.com

$79.90

ICYMI: Uniqlo has come through yet again with a line of cashmere that doesn’t compromise on quality or the brand’s always-affordable prices. The retailer’s turtleneck is light enough for layering, but durable enough to last season after season of heavy wear. (It’s even machine-washable!) You can’t quite beat a value proposition like that.  

Old Skool

VANS toddsnyder.com

$85.00

*Bullhorn noise* It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that “No white after Labor Day” is a serious myth. But let’s be honest, if you’re sporting a pair of Vans Old Skools, you probably wouldn’t have cared anyway. The classic sneaker style is perfect for every season and can be styled with anything in your wardrobe, adding an effortless sense of ease to any fall fit.  

Bordeaux Tape Logo Track Pants

DAILY PAPER dailypaperclothing.com

€95.00

By now must of us have upgraded our collection of sweatpants, and in a big way. Even if you were one of the guys who insisted on “waiting this out” with your old faithfuls, you’ve probably succumbed to copping a pair (or two!) at this point. If, somehow, you’re still clinging to your pre-lockdown loungewear, do yourself a favor and come over to the comfier side. There is truly no time like the present to splurge on luxury sweatpants, like these sharp bordeaux trackies from the Amsterdam-based label Daily Paper. 

Russell Slim Straight Leg Jeans

DL1961 Nordstrom

$125.00

DL1961 makes some of the best damn denim on the market. The brand’s pants are soft and comfortable and their manufacturing process is entirely sustainable. What’s more, the label’s signature bottoms now come in a subdued khaki colorway, so you can get away with wearing ’em literally anywhere you go (or don’t go) this season. 

Wallace & Barnes Naval Workshirt

J.CREW jcrew.com

$138.00

A rugged overshirt (or workshirt) might be less obvious than a sweater, but it’s an equally essential addition to a complete fall wardrobe. This selvedge chambray option, complete with two button pockets and double-needle topstitching, is the ultimate layering piece. It’s weighty enough to be worn as a top layer on those still-warm, early-fall days but trim enough to throw on under a fleece or denim jacket before puffer season really sets in. 

Pleated Stretch Corduroy Trousers

BONOBOS bonobos.com

$148.00

Corduroy is fall’s favorite fabric. Bonobos’ pants rise above the pack, thanks to their sophisticated tailoring and crispy pleats. (A standout burnt orange color that’ll look bomb on the ‘Gram definitely doesn’t hurt, either.)

Midnight Studios X Aphex M-Flow Logo Hoodie

MIDNIGHT STUDIOS midnightstudios.live

$165.00

Like sweatpants, hoodies have enjoyed a hell of a renaissance as of late. Indie designers and contemporary brands alike, including L.A.-based label Midnight Studios, are giving the WFH staple a major facelift. The brand built a cult following by way of high-profile collaborations with brands like Converse and Off-White, and its latest tie-up, dubbed Aphex M-Flow, features the brand’s logo reimagined by Aphex Twin typography designer Paul Nicholson. 

Soft-Flex Knit Blazer

FAHERTY fahertybrand.com

$198.00

If there was an award for “Blazer of the Year,” this would be a serious contender. Faherty’s slim-fitting sport coat is made from flex cotton and triple-washed to feel like a sweatshirt. (Mind = blown.) We’re not sure if this sort of hybrid style should’ve rightfully existed before this year, but right now, we’re just thankful that it does. Zoom meeting, adjourned. 

Starter Logo Sweatshirt

DANIEL PATRICK farfetch.com

$200.00

Is Starter cool again? If Daniel Patrick says so. The designer updated Starter’s classic black sweatshirt with modern details like a slouchy fit, loose rounded neck, and side slits at the hem to give it a slight streetwear-leaning edge. The big-ass logo, though? That’s straight out of the ’90s—in the best way possible. 

Javier Chelsea Boot

NISOLO nisolo.com

$230.00

The Chelsea boot is like your go-to sweater—a fall essential. Pair them with anything that’s already in your closet (including any of the bottoms on this list) and you’re guaranteed an instant autumnal upgrade. This one, from sustainably minded footwear brand Nisolo, combines form and function with a durable rubber lug sole and and a water-resistant leather upper.

Fleece-Lined Trucker Jacket

SCOTCH & SODA scotch-soda.com

$265.00

Fleece has been around for a while, but these days it seems like it’s everywhere. And we ain’t mad at it! We just tend to prefer it in its most Platonic form, i.e., as a lining in this retro wool trucker jacket from Scotch & Soda. 

GD211 Slim Trucker Jacket

GLENN’S DENIM glennsdenim.com

$410.00

Behold, a made-to-order denim jacket. It bears repeating: a made-to-order denim jacket! This handsome trucker is the fine work of master craftsman Glenn Liburd of Glenn’s Denim in NYC. Liburd uses American-made selvedge denim woven on a vintage shuttle loom, making his jackets, jeans, and jean jackets damn-near indestructible. The GD211 trucker comes in a slim fit, with a snug body and sleeves, narrow shoulders, and short length that hits just at the waistline. The classic indigo dye gives the denim a rich, deep hue that’ll only look better the more it breaks in. 

Triple Black Bomber Varsity

THE BROOKLYN CIRCUS thebkcircus.com

$550.00

The Brooklyn Circus is a brand that at this point could plausibly be considered an NYC institution. The label’s main calling card? Old-school varsity jackets. This season’s newcomer, the Triple Black Bomber, sports (heh) every single detail in the book—leather sleeves, melton wool body, and chenille patch—all done up in (you guessed it) black. The jacket even comes with BKC’s signature pins, which you can apply to your liking. 

Waihe’e Ridge Sunglasses

MAUI JIM sunglasshut.com

$299.99

Whichever marketing executive came up with the notion that sunglasses are exclusively a summer accessory has some explaining to do. The sun shines all year round, and eye protection is always paramount. These streamlined aviators from Maui Jim aren’t just the perfect amber hue for fall, they’re flattering enough to compliment any and every face shape. 

The Scent of Peace for Him

Bond No. 9 amazon.com

$191.37

It doesn’t matter how long you’re stuck indoors this season, you’re going to want to smell halfway decent. Bond No. 9 has reformulated its bestselling Scent of Peace perfume into a men’s cologne, and the result—a cedarwood fragrance with notes of patchouli and juniper —is just as intoxicating as you’d expect. 

Huge/Genius Checked Wool Suit

HUGO BOSS Mr. Porter

$795.00

If you haven’t pulled a suit out of your closet since early March (guilty!), it’s probably time for a bit of a refresh. Ensure you’ll look the part at your first post-lockdown event in this blue checked variation from Hugo Boss’ Huge/Genius collection. The classic all-season suit is cut sharp for a slim silhouette, complete with lightly padded shoulders and a clean, two-button closure. Worried about the pants? Don’t be. The brand offers complimentary alterations at any Hugo Boss location.

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