Put away your polos and T-shirts… it’s fall — the best season (in my opinion) for menswear. It’s the time of year when layered looks and textured fabrics come into play. Below is a list of the nine things every man should wear this fall. It’s basically Men’s Fall Fashion For Dummies.

  1. Crew neck sweatshirts. Ditch the hoodie and slip on this classic by itself or over a button-down.
  2. Dark denim jeans. You can even go black. Dark denim is easier to dress up than distressed denim, and you’ll get way more wear out of it. They can be worn with a sports coat, polo or your favorite shirt. Remember jeans are an investment piece, so don’t skimp. 
  3. Corduroy pants. Sometimes your legs just need to get dressed up. That’s where cords come in. They’ve been around forever, available in just about every color, and besides, no one can wear jeans all the time.
  4. Flannel. When it’s not quite sweater weather, it’s flannel weather. Layer it over a sweater or under a sport jacket for an effortless look.
  5. Oxford button down. This is a no-brainer, as there’s very little that won’t go with a button down shirt. It’s the go-to layer for your suit, with or without the tie. It also can be worn under a sweater or with jeans.
  6. Layers. Fall weather is inherently changeable (especially in northwest Louisiana). You should layer with light clothing that you can add and take off as the weather changes (which it often does).
  7. Tweed sport jacket. No matter how old you are or what your style is, there is a tweed sports jacket that suits you perfectly. Casual touches like elbow patches and ticket pockets are perfect. It’s been every man’s go-to sport jacket since before the days of Fred Astaire and Clark Gable.
  8. Cashmere sweaters. Crewneck, v-neck or cardigan, they’re fantastic pieces of clothing. And, just so you know, cashmere wool comes from the under hairs of goats that live in very dry, rugged regions.
  9. Chukka boots. These boots are a classic suede option: ankle-high with two or three holes for laces. Not only are they stylish enough for a date, they look great with khakis or jeans in an office environment.