Fall is here fellas and you know what that means. Time to say farewell to loafers and boat shoes, shorts and linen. Summer, we hardly knew ya. Early fall style, here we come.
This is Vol. 4 of Stylin’ Out, a series featuring my style, what I’m wearing from season to season or for a particular event, and various menswear trends.
If you’d rather watch, hit the play button below for the video and bonus lookbook.
It’s early autumn. The beginning of horror movie marathons, premature pumpkin spiced lattes and of course, sartorial mastery. It’s a bittersweet time for me because I love the simplicity of summer time, yet fall remains my favorite season for style.
Though I’m excited for layers on layers, scarves and all of that, it’s early fall which means it’s still fairly warm across the United States, especially down south. Personally, I think early fall is a time to keep things light and minimal. The bells and whistles can wait for later in the autumn season when the temperature really starts to dip.
We shot at the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). Known for its famed ‘Rocky Steps‘ and statue that everyone and their mom needs a photo with.
It’s a beautiful area that overlooks Boathouse Row, a scenic riverside site of historic boathouses for rowing clubs dating back to 1853. It also has one of the best views of the city skyline to boot.
As we make the summer to fall transition, it’s a good idea to keep certain key pieces around such as the staple t-shirt, then you can build around that. Keep the t-shirt a neutral shade. I opted for a classic crewneck in charcoal gray and paired the shirt with slim fitting dark wash jeans for a streamlined look. Since it’s fall, I’m going with darker shades.
A smart move is to come equipped with your best flannel shirt for when the temperatures dive towards the evening hours as it often does here in Philadelphia region. Not only will you keep comfortable and warm, but look stylish as well. The flannel shirt is surely an early fall style staple. It also never hurts to let a lady friend or the one you’re crushing on borrow your extra layers.
A man of style always comes prepared. [tweet this]
An alternative to the t-shirt and flannel option is a long sleeved henley. A henley is one of my favorite shirts to wear because it’s casual, yet a cut above a basic tee. Basically, you will look like you know a thing or two about style by rocking a well-fitted henley.
They’re stylish, fall appropriate and best of all, perfect for men with a lean muscular build, which means I’ve gotta get back to the gym, asap.
Can’t forget the accessories. I kept it minimal with a pair of cognac matte sunglasses with green-brown gradient lenses laying on top of a classic brown leather messenger bag to carry my laptop and other daily essentials.
In addition to introducing a fall element of the gray check flannel into my look, what better way to welcome the fall season than by lacing up with a fresh pair of boots. I feel like the light brown helps to liven up the overall look.
I went with casual lace up ankle boots in a versatile shade of brown. The leather is vegetable tanned, the sole is extra lightweight, and insole is super comfortable. It’s got a rugged work boot vibe, but its slimmer silhouette makes it ruggedly refined. This aligns with my personal style and is more suitable shorter guys (I’m around 5’5″).
Thats it for Stylin’ Out Vol. 4. I hope enjoyed reading and hopefully got some insight on my thinking behind a minimalist summer to early fall style transition.
All photos are courtesy of Erica Torres, Founder of Erica Torres Photography.
On to you. How are you going to transition your summer to early fall style? I’d love to hear!
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