If HBO’s wildly popular medieval fantasy epic was set anywhere in the northern hemisphere, it’s likely that Game of Thrones‘ most commonly cited catchphrase would more closely resemble something like: “Winter is coming. No, wait, it’s warm again. Never mind.”

While that may not be the case, the whole process of moving from one season to the next is no less a battle for the citizens of Westeros, Wolverhampton or Wisconsin.

To help you transition your wardrobe to the colder months seamlessly, here are 10 top tips for dealing with this awkward in-between period, and the style dilemmas it brings with it.

Your Outer Layer Should Be Weatherproof

Much like the Great British Summer, the autumnal days ahead are sure to bring their fair share of torrential downpours, punctuated by the occasional dry spell, which means you need to equip yourself accordingly.

Technical rain coats – think robust outerwear from brands such as Stutterheim, Rains and Barbour – should be high on your list of wardrobe priorities for the season ahead.

Mercifully, weatherproof top layers have undergone a serious image upgrade in recent years and now come in sharp, contemporary silhouettes that look less trainspotter and more trendsetter. If we can’t convert you to a hardy mac or fisherman’s jacket, then keep an eye out for bombers in water-repellent waxed or coated cottons.

how to wear stylish raincoats

wings & hornsdrykornreissnext

the best waterproof outerwear for men

Norwegian Rain Single-breasted technical-fabric coat - Click to buyRAINS CLASSIC JACKET - Click to buymango Water-repellent nylon trench - Click to buymango water-repellent bomber jacket - Click to buy

Invest In An Overshirt

Arguably one of the most important pieces of armour in any transitional season arsenal, a quality overshirt strikes the perfect balance between shirt and jacket. A shacket, if you will.

On warmer days, when a coat would be overkill, a well-cut example can be layered over a T-shirt for additional protection against the elements. When the mercury begins to drop, however, it works slotted underneath a coat as an insulating mid-layer.

It’s like a sartorial Swiss Army knife with versatility and adaptability at its core. This season’s best styles come in earthy hues or buffalo checks, constructed from wool, flannel or heavyweight cotton.

how to wear an overshirt

whistlesmango mannew lookj.crew

the best overshirts for men

topman Stone Herringbone Zip Through Overshirt - Click to buyALBAM Cotton-Moleskin Overshirt - Click to buyCOLUMBIA WINDWARD PLAID OVERSHIRT - Click to buyCARHARTT MASTER OVERSHIRT - Click to buy

Boots Are Your Friends

We all know the transition from summer to autumn is fraught with sartorial pitfalls up top, but Mother Nature can also cause issues in the footwear department, too.

Worker-style boots – from brands such as Red Wing and Timberland – are a solid way to stay afoot of the ever-changing climate when it comes to off-duty outfits. But if you’re in need of a style that keeps your hooves protected from the elements and can be dressed up, it’s a pair of leather Chelsea boots you need.

Able to sit just as comfortably with a suit as they are jeans and a leather jacket, Reiss, Kurt Geiger and H&M’s premium range all offer a wide selection of styles that will effortlessly adapt to any occasion.

how to wear boots in the autumn

reisswhistlesforever 21river island

the best autumn boots for men

reiss LEATHER CHELSEA BOOTS - Click to buyOffice Fahrenheit Desert Boot - Click to buyFRANK WRIGHT Birch Black Leather Boot - Click to buyRED WING 2931 HERITAGE WORK BOOT - Click to buy

Multiple Thin Layers > A Single Heavy Layer

There’s an old saying that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes. At no time is this more true than during the shift into autumn.

The key to outfoxing the sudden rise and fall in temperature is to keep your outfit as adaptable as possible, ideally using multiple, lightweight layers that can be thrown on and peeled off at a moment’s notice.

Crucially, each of these constituent pieces needs to work on its own as the outermost layer and should be made from natural, breathable fabrics, such as cotton or wool. Think denim shirts, lightweight jackets, cardigans or zip-up athleisure pieces.

how to layer your autumn wardrobe

olzenaquascutumriver islandriver island

Carry A (Practical) Bag

With so many eye-catching examples available this season (camouflage, in particular, is a great way to enlist the trend for green) it’s easy to forget that bags serve a practical purpose.

Not only does a sleek backpack have the power to tie a look together, it’s also essential for stowing those extra layers when darting between a hot office, cold street and stifling subway.

Naturally, you’ll need somewhere to store your compact umbrella and weather-defying hair products while you’re at it, so picking up a hardwearing, utilitarian design from a specialist such as Fjallraven, Herschel or Sandqvist makes total sense.

the most stylish and practical bags for men this autumn

SANDQVIST ROALD BACKPACK - Click to buyFjallraven Re-Kanken Slate Backpack - Click to buyHERSCHEL Settlement Backpack - Click to buyA.P.C. Canvas-Trimmed Shell Backpack - Click to buy

Swap Bold Brights For Richer, Deeper Hues

There are very few hard and fast rules to follow when it comes to colour during the cooler months (especially when you consider that near-neon yellow was all over this season’s runways).

However, if you want your wardrobe to look and feel seasonally-appropriate, then eschewing bright and bold hues in favour of richer, earthier tones is both safe and stylish.

Combine a palette of burnt orange, burgundy, mustard and bottle green with your staple indigo denim and dark leathers to form the building blocks of an on-point transitional wardrobe.

the best colours to wear in autumn

new lookzarathe koopleswindsornew lookmassimo dutti

Bulk Up

Sure, the weather is on the turn, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your signature style altogether.

Instead of flipping your sartorial vibe on its head, simply opt for heavyweight options of your current warm-weather staples. For example, lightweight stretch denim should give way to hardy raw or selvedge jeans, while cotton chinos can be substituted for twill versions.

Likewise, you can shake up your shirt collection by upgrading from no-frills cotton button-downs to thicker flannel or denim styles, or by exchanging summery T-shirts and polos for long-sleeved versions.

Essentially, you’re keeping your go-to outfit combinations the same, but reinforcing your defences against the elements to look like a sartorially-accomplished pro.

the best fabrics to wear in autumn

uniqlo DENIM WORK LONG SLEEVE SHIRT - Click to buyRed Long Sleeve Flannel Check Shirt - Click to buyj.crew 484 Slim-fit jean in raw selvedge - Click to buyNORSE PROJECTS AROS HEAVY CHINO - Click to buy

Keep On Top Of Your Cold-Weather Complexion

Granted, you may have only just returned from a summer sunning yourself on some Mediterranean rock, but it’s time to consider how your skincare regime needs to be adapted to deal with the onset of autumn.

Bracing winds and cold temperatures can play havoc with the skin, drying it out and causing all kinds of chaffed nastiness. Therefore, it’s important to use a daily moisturiser, to keep you looking and feeling fresh-faced.

Look for products infused with skin-repairing vitamin E, and don’t think that just because it’s winter that you don’t need SPF protection either. Although there may be clouds in the sky and puddles on the pavement, your skin is still prone to the sun’s rays, which can lead to premature ageing.

At this point it’s also worth introducing a replenishing night cream to your evening routine. Moisturising last thing before bed is always a good idea because the skin tends to absorb creams better at night, when it switches to repair mode.

the best grooming products for autumn

MALIN+GOETZ Vitamin E Face Moisturiser - Click to buykiehls Facial Fuel SPF 15 - Click to buyMURAD AGE REFORM PERFECTING NIGHT CREAM - Click to buyNivea Hydro Care Lip Protection - Click to buy

Invest In A Footwear Protector Spray

With unpredictable downpours a token part of the transitional season, it’s important to take preventative measures with your footwear. To keep your shoes looking their best and prevent lasting damage, treat them once every two weeks with a hydrophobic protection spray.

That said, if – or rather when – your shoes do get caught in a heavy shower, even this may not be enough to save them. To remedy the damage caused, it’s important that you let them dry naturally (heat can cause cracking and damage to the leather) and stuff them with newspaper to help maintain their shape and draw moisture from the upper.

It goes without saying that it might be time to retire your suede and canvas styles for a few months. But if you just can’t bring yourself to part with your suede desert boots, then at least check the weather forecast before you leave the house.

the best products to keep your footwear dry

Crep Protect Spray - Click to buyLIQUIPROOF PROTECTOR - Click to buycharles tyrwhitt Shoe care kit - Click to buyDie Schuhanzieher Shoetree - Click to buy

Get A Fuss-Free Haircut

When it comes to hair during the autumn/winter months, your caveman instincts would be forgiven for assuming that it’s a case of the more the better (insulation, right?). Well, yes, but those long locks are also just one temperature fluctuation from turning into a flaky, itchy, dry mess.

When the mercury reaches its lowest point, most barbers would recommend a short clippered-and-scissored cut. But in the meanwhile, ask for a medium-length hairstyle with added texture for a look that’s on-trend but doesn’t require much maintenance.

By avoiding anything too polished, you can style out gale force winds with little more than some salt spray, a matte paste or mousse and upkeep from a decent conditioner and six-weekly tidy-ups.

Fuss-Free Haircuts For Autumn

the best hair products for men's autumn hairstyles

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE SURF SPRAY - Click to buyAussie Miracle Styling Mousse - Click to buylabel.m Complete Matt Paste - Click to buykiehls Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Conditioner - Click to buy