Things to Consider for fall. Welcome to the best time of year to get dressed.
This feels like one of those times when it’s hard not to do a bit of shopping. Maybe you’re switching over your closet for winter and getting inspired for cold weather. Maybe you’ve been good all summer and are ready to loosen up a bit. Typically I try to avoid shopping for boredom, but that’s not very fun when the weather changes and you love clothes. The fall is unquestionably the best time to shop for new clothes and the most enjoyable time to wear them. This is the moment for those of us who like getting dressed.
I’m just back from a few weeks in New York, Connecticut, Boston and Maine and I feel emboldened to consider some new fall clothes. It’s a moral imperative! (Who can name the movie?)
A newsletter idea like this could go in any direction and could cover seemingly every aspect of your wardrobe. I decided to highlight some things I already own and some of the more casual layers I am most likely to acquire.
The highlights below are from brands like Purdey and shops like Trunk and Sid Mashburn which boast great brand rosters and a refined selection of menswear. As always, there’s no affiliate or monetary coercion involved in these selections. I choose this stuff because I like it and feel comfortable recommending it to you all. Also, please allow an additional friendly reminder to support your local independent stores. Tabor, Harrison Limited, Portland Dry Goods, Berkeley Supply, General Quarters, Portland Trading Company, Cuffs Clothing or Indigo & Cotton to name a few. There’s a lot of good shops out there to visit in person.
Outerwear & Layers
This is the time of year when the good knits, outerwear and overshirts in wool take center stage. Varying degrees of down are also in play as temperatures continue lower. Wool stands out to me as perhaps the world’s first technical clothing. I love that it holds its shape well and works well on its own or under other layers. The UK brands and factories excel at knits so that’s where I buy most of my sweaters from.
This is Alex Mill’s take on the classic barn coat. These are the best pockets ever imagined for a lightweight jacket. There’s something great about a good barn coat — it’s the quintessential fall outerwear piece.
This is a brand that I really like. The shirt jackets they make are excellent and well made. The jackets fit well and everything ships quickly. I don’t want to wear the same fleece as everyone else and this jacket works well for fall and basically all winter in SoCal.
These sweaters are some of the most special that Sunspel has ever made. The British Brand calls out the local nature of the entire process of these knits with farm to factory all within 150 miles of each other. “The wool comes from rare Bluefaced Leicester sheep, which yield the finest fleece of any sheep in England,” Says Sunspel. Now I’m on YouTube looking at Bluefaced sheep. I love the gauge of this jumper. The chunkier the better as far as I am concerned.