The amount of wool in your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that should change as the nights get longer. Plunging mercury also offers the chance to switch up your accessories, ensuring you outflank the forecast and keep your look seasonal.
Here are six accents every man should have in his autumn arsenal.
That’s A Wrap
Autumn weather is tricky to predict. Despite visible breath when you leave the house, the sun’s still strong enough to have you sweating by the time you hit your desk. A lightweight scarf lets you layer up against the chill but stows easily in your bag if things heat up.
Cashmere or fine cotton ensure your neck can still breathe on warmer days, but retain heat when it’s chilly. A plain textured style offers some contrast to your tailoring, or reach for a scarf with an eye-catching print or vivid hue for a personality injection. Just keep what’s around it muted to make sure it’s the piece that stands out.
Take The Weather In Your Stride
There’s a reason we Brits have enough words for rain to rival the Inuits and snow. The end of summer signals the time to swap your leather-soled brogues for something slightly sturdier underfoot, to get you through wetter days in style.
A rubber commando sole provides the best protection, but for offices where such military flourishes don’t fit the uniform, pick Dainite soles. This studded rubber is slimmer and, from the side, almost imperceptible from leather. The only giveaway is that you won’t be squelching around in wet socks.
Weekly polishing is your best protection against the elements, and spraying your shoes with leather protector once a fortnight will double your defences. But avoid overuse. Wet leather damages more easily, so stuff with newspaper and leave for at least 24 hours between wears to keep your shoes in prime condition.
END x Tricker’s Club Sole Stow Boot, available at END Clothing, priced £390.
One To Watch
British Summer Time officially ends this month, and a new watch ensures you’ve actually got something on your wrist to put back an hour. As foul weather makes pulling on your trainers that much less appealing, opt for one that will chide you into swerving that winter paunch.
At first glance, you’d never clock the Withings’ Activité for a fitness tracker. But the French-designed case, stamped with that all-important ‘Swiss Made’ quality guarantee, hides technology that will keep track of your activity levels, to ensure the rain doesn’t encourage you into another night of Netflix and pizza.
Activité Watch, available at withings.com, priced £320.
A Hat Trick
You may boast a drawer full of beanies, but it’s the lazy man’s way to tackle winter. For a better way to keep your head dry, reach instead for a fedora. A wide-brimmed style in a black or navy felt will keep you both warm and on trend.
If you want to avoid looking like a Mad Men extra (and we’d advise it) then Parisian brand Larose crafts modern headwear using classic millinery techniques. The milliner’s rabbit felt fedora (£250) fuses classic and contemporary with an edgy-yet-subtle zip detail, adding a touch of attitude to your autumn ensembles.
If you want to test the waters with less outlay, Topman’s got you covered. For just £22 you can get your hands on a rainbow of wide-brimmed felt fedoras.
Pick up a couple in autumnal hues – think military green and burgundy – to ensure you’ve got the finishing touch to any cold-weather look.
Get A Brand New Bag
On top of all those extra layers, your backpack just means more bulk. To slim down your torso, shift the weight to something with a handle, which will leave the other fist free to port your umbrella.
Totes were a fixture on AW15 runways, and ensure you’ve got enough space to stow your work kit plus any layers you need to jettison when the sun comes out. Avoid anything boxy and look instead for something in a waterproof material like nylon, which can be folded down when you’re travelling light or expand when you’ve got more to carry.
Go Under Cover
Relying on a cheap pop-up brollie when rain rolls in is a false economy. Not only will you chuck it the minute an unexpected gust flips it inside out, but carrying flimsy steel and plastic above your head undoes the effort you’ve put into the rest of your look.
Invest instead in something sturdier and with more personality than your corner shop’s got on offer. London Undercover’s solid stick umbrellas are a refined option – just avoid the more outré colours and stick to black or navy to ensure that what’s in your hand works with whatever you’re wearing.
London Undercover Contour Map Maple-Wood Umbrella, available at Mr Porter, priced £165.