35 Budget Autumn Menswear Pieces Worth Buying

It’s one thing getting excited about the prospect of adding layers for autumn, and another altogether finding and, y’know, layering them. You suddenly need to start getting a lot better at covering your skin, and you’re not sure which patch to start with. Sound familiar? We’re feeling generous and have taken (most of) the pain out of recalibrating your wardrobe for autumn. All essential and all wallet-friendly, here are 35 things that will help you leave the house a warmer and better-dressed man.

Chunky Cardigan

This autumn, getting chunky isn’t a bad thing. In fact, when it comes to cardigans, it’s a very good thing. Unlike fine gauge examples, which can (on occasion) add decades to your wardrobe, with a thicker version there’s no such danger. Simply throw one over a shirt or crew-neck T-shirt and, as well as switching it in for your blazer on dress-down days, you can go easy on the central heating until November. Next: £32.00

Next Rib Shawl Cardigan

  • M&s Collection Pure Cotton Cable Knit CardiganM&s Collection Pure Cotton Cable Knit Cardigan
  • He By Mango Cotton Chunky Knit CardiganHe By Mango Cotton Chunky Knit Cardigan
  • H&m V-neck CardiganH&m V-neck Cardigan

Wool Trousers

Dark indigo may be the de facto king of off-duty trousers, but before denim took over men’s wardrobes, wool held the fort during the colder months. Offering a smarter alternative to jeans, but a more textural take on classic suit kecks, this season the high street has plenty of luxury-looking pairs that don’t come with a matching price tag. Stick to neutral colours but look for subtle checks or lightly flecked patterns to stand out from the funeral procession of boring winter work wardrobes. Burton: £28.00

Brown And Blue Dogtooth Slim Fit Suit Trousers

  • Reiss Caruso Wool Slim Fit TrousersReiss Caruso Wool Slim Fit Trousers
  • M&s Collection Regular Fit Wool Rich Single Pleated TrousersM&s Collection Regular Fit Wool Rich Single Pleated Trousers
  • Ted Baker Tenetot Sterling Plain Wool Tailored Suit TrousersTed Baker Tenetot Sterling Plain Wool Tailored Suit Trousers

Chunky Trainers

Not only are swollen sneakers massively en vogue, but when you think about it, their semi-technical stylings are also incredibly well suited to autumn. Durable uppers are perfect for combating the elements, while thick sole units lend themselves nicely to protecting the ends of your trousers from puddles. However, for all their various plus points, styling can present a challenge. Avoid tailoring at all costs unless you want to look like a businessman on his morning commute and instead go for fitted cargos and an equally technical jacket to take on the wet weather in style. Zara: £59.99

Zara SNEAKERS WITH THICK SOLES

  • Topman Grey Leather Sollo TrainersTopman Grey Leather Sollo Trainers
  • H&m TrainersH&m Trainers
  • River Island Khaki Green Runner Lace-up TrainersRiver Island Khaki Green Runner Lace-up Trainers

Flannel Shirt

Designed by the Welsh as a means of protection against the country’s famously soggy weather, the flannel shirt is rooted in workwear but is ironically now an essential for days when you’re looking for maximum style with minimal effort. Whether thrown on open over a T-shirt or buttoned to the top, this genuine classic is hard to get wrong, which explains why it has graduated from the valleys and never once waned in popularity. Uniqlo: £24.90

Uniqlo Flannel Checked Long Sleeve Shirt

  • Next Long Sleeve Flannel Check ShirtNext Long Sleeve Flannel Check Shirt
  • H&m Flannel Shirt Regular FitH&m Flannel Shirt Regular Fit
  • Gap Standard Fit Shirt In Slub Cotton TwillGap Standard Fit Shirt In Slub Cotton Twill

Umbrella

Nobody likes bad weather. Not even those suspiciously chirpy fellows from Singin’ In The Rain. So, add an umbrella to your arsenal to keep looks high (style) and dry (well, just dry) during a downpour. Spending a few extra coins will deliver a brolly that lasts several rounds on the commute to and from work, all the while looking decidedly better than battling the elements with a paper-thin protector. Fulton: £22.00

Fulton Magnum Automatic Folding Umbrella

  • M&s Collection City Umbrella With Stormwear And WindtechM&s Collection City Umbrella With Stormwear And Windtech
  • He By Mango Print Folding UmbrellaHe By Mango Print Folding Umbrella
  • Next Black Textured UmbrellaNext Black Textured Umbrella

Sweatshirt

If you haven’t seen Paul Newman wearing a sweatshirt, look it up immediately. It’s all the reason you need for making sure that you’re never without one. To come off sports-inspired rather than slovenly, make sure yours fits like a glove (none of that oversized malarky, unless you want to start a hip-hop collective or don’t plan to leave the sofa). Pair with chinos and you’re ready to give the mid-century menswear icons a run for their money. ASOS: £16.00

ASOS DESIGN sweatshirt in charcoal

  • Topman Light Blue SweatshirtTopman Light Blue Sweatshirt
  • River Island Black Crew Neck Long Sleeve SweatshirtRiver Island Black Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweatshirt
  • H&m Relaxed-fit SweatshirtH&m Relaxed-fit Sweatshirt

Check Coat

Every year we’re told checks are back. Every year it proves to be true. We can deduce from this that checks never actually go away, making them one of the few patterns to never fall from grace and therefore an excellent choice for your next coat. Whether you’re wearing it over a suit through the week or as a top layer to a jeans and T-shirt combination at the weekend, stick to muted colours like greys or browns for best results. Topman: £95.00

Topman Navy Check Oversized Overcoat

  • Next Six Pocket Funnel CoatNext Six Pocket Funnel Coat
  • Zara Check Trench CoatZara Check Trench Coat
  • River Island Brown Check Smart OvercoatRiver Island Brown Check Smart Overcoat

Lace-Up Boots

The last time they were a ‘thing’ lace-up boots were hijacked by boybands, sending them nose-diving to a sartorial low point. Yes, they’re back (again), but before you run in the other direction there’s good news. This time they come under the guise of worker styles, complete with moc toe construction techniques and thick, textured treads. The perfect partner for your pin-rolled jeans. ASOS: £50.00

ASOS DESIGN lace up boots in grey suede with white wedge sole

  • Poste Giotto Brogue BootsPoste Giotto Brogue Boots
  • Brown Duane Milled Leather Lace Up BootBrown Duane Milled Leather Lace Up Boot
  • Siege WashedSiege Washed

Raincoat

It’s notoriously difficult to be prepared for autumn’s biblical downpours when most ‘proper’ coats are still too thick for the humid heat. That’s where a lightweight raincoat comes in. The best examples are waterproof (shockingly) and stripped-back enough in design that they offer a spin at the colour wheel, with oranges, blues and canary yellow all on display this season. Weekday: £55.00

Weekday Sune Raincoat

  • Uniqlo Men Blocktech ParkaUniqlo Men Blocktech Parka
  • Rains Classic JacketRains Classic Jacket
  • Kin Showerproof Padded Nylon JacketKin Showerproof Padded Nylon Jacket

Light Gauge Roll Neck

The last few seasons have seen the light gauge roll neck go from standard-issue nerd uniform to bonafide menswear power player. Good news too, as the garment is practically unrivalled in its ability to keep the chill out in the run-up to winter. Whether you stick yours under a tailored blazer or a leather jacket, there are few things not to love about something that performs well and looks good. Charles Tyrwhitt: £49.95

Charles Tyrwhitt Navy Merino Wool Roll Neck Jumper

  • Uniqlo Men Premium Lambswool Turtle Neck Long Sleeve SweaterUniqlo Men Premium Lambswool Turtle Neck Long Sleeve Sweater
  • H&m Merino Wool Polo-neck JumperH&m Merino Wool Polo-neck Jumper
  • Topman Mustard Ribbed High Neck JumperTopman Mustard Ribbed High Neck Jumper

Oxford Shirt

If you’re the kind of guy that just doesn’t really ‘do’ smart, allow the Oxford shirt to provide a less dressed-up alternative that’s a couple of notches down on the formality scale. Thanks to its fence-sitting appeal, cost-per-wear calculations are healthy too, as you’ll be able to wear it with everything from a casual suit to a sweatshirt. Uniqlo: £19.90

Uniqlo Men's Oxford Slim Fit Long Sleeve Shirt

  • H&m Oxford Shirt Regular FitH&m Oxford Shirt Regular Fit
  • Topman White Muscle Fit Oxford Long Sleeve ShirtTopman White Muscle Fit Oxford Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Reiss Ainslee Slim Fit ShirtReiss Ainslee Slim Fit Shirt

Dark Denim

Sometimes indecisiveness pays off. Take dark denim, for example, which is not entirely casual, but not really smart either. This is good news for your wardrobe, as it means you can get away with wearing indigo jeans for evening drinks while dark black versions can be used in place of smarter chinos on occasion. Up top, they work with everything – everything – except for a dinner jacket. Weekday: £30.00

Weekday Friday Black Jeans

  • Uniqlo Men Slim Fit Selvedge JeansUniqlo Men Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans
  • Edwin Ed-71 Slim Straight JeanEdwin Ed-71 Slim Straight Jean
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Dark Wash Patrick JeansHe By Mango Slim-fit Dark Wash Patrick Jeans

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots were initially created for Queen Victoria in the 1830s, but that hasn’t stopped everyone from Darth Vader to Kanye West from copping a pair. Examples in black or brown leather are incredibly popular (and for good reason), capable of dressing down tailored trousers and shirts with ease. Fit for a queen. Or a king. Next: £40.00

Next Chelsea Boot

  • River Island Chelsea Boots In BlackRiver Island Chelsea Boots In Black
  • M&s Collection Leather Chelsea BootsM&s Collection Leather Chelsea Boots
  • Asos Wide Fit Chelsea Boots In Brown LeatherAsos Wide Fit Chelsea Boots In Brown Leather

Field Jacket

As far as military coats go, the field jacket (also known as the M-65) may not come to mind as quickly as the bomber or peacoat, but it’s no less of a smart investment. Invented to help soldiers battle the extreme conditions in Vietnam, today it’s an all-season piece that works best in autumn. Wear it over a more tailored look for a modern edge. Mango Man: £49.99

Mango Cotton Field Jacket

  • City Edition Field JacketCity Edition Field Jacket
  • Cotton Ripstop M65 JacketCotton Ripstop M65 Jacket
  • River Island Jack & Jones Originals Stone Field JacketRiver Island Jack & Jones Originals Stone Field Jacket

Pleated Trousers

“Pleats sir, can we have some more?” Why yes you can, because — having been relegated to your grandad’s wardrobe since the 1980s — pleated trousers are back in a big way. It’s great news for anyone who enjoys being comfortable (i.e. everyone), especially since the slightly looser-fitted, cropped styles are currently dominating the world of menswear. Mango Man: £49.99

Mango Man Pleated crop trousers

  • Uniqlo Men Relaxed Ankle Length TrousersUniqlo Men Relaxed Ankle Length Trousers
  • M&s Collection Tailored Wool Blend Single Pleated Trousers

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