We are happy to introduce the first article in an ongoing series with our friends at Beckett & Robb. This month Alan Maramag of Beckett & Robb chimes on picking the right tones and textures for the cooler weather. Enjoy.
For most men, fall is the best season for dressing well. During the spring and summer months we are given very little opportunity to accessorize with scarves, hats and gloves, while having to limit ourselves our options to create interesting layered looks. But with the arrival of cooler temperatures come softer, richer textures and colors as an alternative to the usual comfort zone of 4 season fabrics that most guys routinely default to. While seasonal attire has been a cornerstone for stylish men’s wardrobes for decades, there are still plenty of guys who do not think to consider its significance.
The first step of building a strong seasonal wardrobe is to know what fabrics work for the season. Of all the factors that affect choice in a seasonal cloth, the weight should be the primary focus. Look for cloth of 270 grams or greater as a starting point, then consider the weave and composition of the cloth. Some examples of key fabrics for the fall and winter are:
- Flannel – A soft, lightly napped wool that is arguably the foundation cloth for the colder months.
- Tweed – A hardwearing, coarse wool cloth in a variety of weaves and colors, usually handspun and hand-woven in Scotland.
- Donegal – A tweed fabric with colored slubs. Typically lighter in weight and softer than twill and herringbone tweeds.
- Cotton – Available in a wide variety of weights, and especially useful for winter weight trousers. Cavalry twill, moleskin, and corduroy are popular choices in cotton for colder months.
- Cashmere – One of the most luxurious cloths available for any season, cashmere is exceptionally soft and perfect for jackets and coats.
The next factor to consider is color. Blues, grays, and browns are always strong mainstays, but can also but mixed in with touches of greens, purples, dark reds and other warm tones that reflect the colors of the season. Tweed fabrics typically incorporate several colors into one cloth, making it easy to pair with many different trousers or denim.
Patterns are another important factor to consider for your seasonal wardrobe building. Some essential fall patterns include herringbone, houndstooth, glen check, windowpane, plaid and chalk stripe. Patterned cloths, especially the bolder ones, are typically used for sport coats and can easily be paired with casual pants.
With all these different elements to think about, it can be easy for one to get lost in an abundance of choices. Perhaps the best way to determine which fabrics work best for you is to visit a good custom clothier and examine the cloth first hand. But above all, the main idea to take away is that dressing in seasonally appropriate attire not only earns you major style points, but also helps moderate temperature better and in turn leaves you feeling much more comfortable. Looking great in comfortable, season appropriate clothing is the foundation for true mens style.