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The Ultimate Style Guide to
Fall Fashion

Fall is upon us

Fall is upon us: the temperatures have begun to drop, the sun makes a quick appearance and an even quicker exit, and the leaves are falling in a rainbow of warm tones. As the season changes, so should your wardrobe – not just for fashion, but for function, as well. After all, those temperatures are indeed dropping. This guide will tell you exactly what you need to know about Fall fashion and dressing well for the season: colors, patterns, fabrics, and even footwear that will have you looking and feeling your best this Autumn.


In Fall, you will want your look to be made up of darker, warmer tones – much like the falling leaves. Mustard yellow, dusky orange, rich browns, and burgundies are all colors you can use to match the season. Colors that don’t quite go with this theme but can still work just as well are olive green and navy blue.

Typically, you will want your jacket and pants to match, as Fall fashion is typically more muted, but if you want to stand out a bit, wear a contrasting shirt and tie to spice up the look. Of course, you can mix and match, but you’ll want to keep within the general color guidelines we mentioned above.


Wool is the number one fabric for Fall styles, but it comes in a variety of knits and constructions. Most commonly used is worsted wool, which contains straight, parallel fibers that have been combed until even and smooth. It is what you will find on most traditional suits – it has a flat and even appearance due to the combing and positioning of the fibers, and creates a clean, tailored look. Another option is wool flannel. Wool flannels are made of worsted wool, but after weaving, they are brushed to create a raised texture, or a nap, resulting in a very soft-to-the-touch fabric. 

A classic fabric that is used in menswear and is especially suited for Fall fashion is tweed, which is made from carded wool as opposed to combed. In carding, two boards or plates, also known as cards, are covered with fine metal teeth. They are then run over and through the wool to separate the fibers, clean them, and disentangle them, until the material is a fine web. The web is then spun into a continuous strand, known as a sliver, which is then used to weave. Carded wool is bulkier, raised, and more flexible, as well as quite a bit warmer. Because the wool is first carded, tweed has bumps and a raised texture, creating a pliable surface that has a better drape.

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The most quintessential pattern for Fall fashion/wear is plaid, which is created by overlapping multiple bands of colors both horizontally and vertically. Plaid is a very versatile pattern: you can wear bright and contrasting colors with a wide-set plaid for a trendier look, or you can keep the color palette more monotone and keep the checks smaller for subtlety. Check out all of our HARTTER | MANLY Sports Jackets to get the perfect plaid jacket for this fall season.
Houndstooth is another common Fall pattern. Houndstooth patterns are two-toned and are made up of tessellated shapes: shapes that sit next to and around each other without overlap and without space in between. For an example of a tessellation, look no further than the works of M.C. Escher. The two tones used are typically similar shades and in more muted and dark colors, which makes it a perfect pattern for Fall.
A third frequently used Fall pattern is Herringbone, which looks much like the skeleton of a fish, hence its name. Herringbone is made up of parallel columns of chevrons placed in alternating directions. The detail of Herringbone is often so tiny that you can really only see the pattern up close – when standing further away, the pattern looks more like a solid, giving you a bit of subtle elegance and sophistication.


Boots are, of course, a staple for Fall wear. We’re not talking about Docs, though: the boots you see in fine menswear are often lower, sitting on the ankle as opposed to the shin, and not nearly as bulky. Examples of common Fall boots are the monkstrap, the leather chukka, and the brogue boot. With the monkstrap, you can use a single for a more subtle look or go a bit more bold with a double. Chukkas – ankle-high boots with open-lacing and two or three pairs of eyelets – can be worn almost any time of year, but to really fit in with the Fall aesthetic, you will want to go with a leather pair. Brogue is not a style of shoe, but a design style usually seen on oxfords. To play up the Fall vibe, wear a pair of oxford boots with a brogue pattern (the stylized perforations on the toe of the shoe). Of course, if you’re not a boot guy, some traditional low-rise oxfords work just as well for Fall. Check out our Leather Shop for fully customizable shoe styles for Fall.

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Fall is a fun season to dress for, with lots of options. These are guidelines to help you narrow it down a bit, but the possibilities are endless. With the tips in this guide, and the thousands of possible combinations you can achieve when building a custom look with us, you are now more than ready to step into Fall in looks that you can be proud of.

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Cait Lambert

Cait Lambert is a barber and freelance writer. In addition to her work in men’s grooming and lifestyle, she has also written numerous fiction pieces: two screenplays and a YA novel. She lives in San Diego, CA, with her dog, Toni. Follow her on Twitter - @caitwrites


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