It’s always sad to see summer come to an end, but, as you put away your white linen and seersucker suits for next year, look on the bright side. Fall is officially here, and this season is, without a doubt, the best season for men’s suit styles.
Why, you might ask? Because autumn is a season of change and adaptability. It’s only right that your suits should remain versatile as you revamp your wardrobe for the fall.
From fall weddings to business meetings, casual date nights, and more, you need a few fall suits that can seamlessly transition for any occasion. Here are your must-have suits and menswear accessories for the year’s most stylish season.
Versatile Suit Fabrics for Fall
With the cold weather beginning to creep in, you may be wondering which suit fabrics are best for the fall season. Look for fabrics that are light enough for the early days of autumn but can keep you warm during the colder months.
You can’t beat wool when it comes to versatility and style. The most popular fabric choice for suits, wool can be worn during any season and at any time of day.
However, you need to choose the right type of wool to achieve the right level of versatility. Tweed, twill, flannel, worsted, and cashmere are just a handful of wools used for men’s suits.
To get the most mileage out of your wardrobe, choose a mid-weight fabric like worsted wool. This long-lasting fabric may be more expensive, but it is the preferred choice around the world for its durability and high quality.
Cotton is prized for its breathability, making it a popular choice for summer suits. However, cotton can also transition well into early fall and late spring.
The second most popular fabric for suits, cotton is a more casual option compared to wool. For a perfect style for fall, consider choosing a heavy cotton fabric or even a wool/cotton blend.
Timeless Suit Colors for Fall
After you have a fabric in mind, it’s time to choose the right colors that offer supreme versatility in the fall. If you want more room for flexibility in your wardrobe, opt for these popular hues this season.
Sophisticated Charcoal Gray Suit
If you are the type of man who has always gravitated toward black, try opting for a charcoal gray suit instead. Black suits can be stylish, but they are generally limited to evening occasions.
Charcoal gray looks sophisticated, elegant, and balanced for any occasion. It’s also, arguably, the most versatile suit color that can be dressed up or down for any situation, from weddings to a casual day at the office.
To dress up a gray suit, wear a classic white dress shirt and a black tie, and add a white pocket square in a straight fold style. Keep your suit jacket buttoned for a cleaner silhouette and pair with black leather derby shoes to complete the look.
To dress down a gray suit, take your style cues from Chris Hemsworth and Joe Manganiello and skip both the tie and belt. Keep your gray suit from looking too bland by wearing a solid color shirt. We think that dark purple and maroon pair nicely with gray and look great in the fall.
A Classic Navy-Blue Suit
The classic navy-blue suit will never steer you wrong, and it is a must-have in every modern gentleman’s closet. In fact, this suit is so flexible that it should never be dismissed as boring.
If you’re wondering how to spruce up a navy-blue suit, let’s provide you with a few pointers.
First, you can mix your patterns by wearing a blue checkered dress shirt and blue polka-dot tie. To pull off this stylish move with ease, remember to keep your fabrics in the same color family and mix prints of different sizes.
Another way to add some interest to your navy-blue suit this fall is to add a bold orange pocket square or fancy lapel pin to show off a bit of your personality. You could also enhance your fall layering by wearing a cozy cashmere sweater over your shirt.
Dress up your look with a fancy tie bar or rock a bow tie for formal events. If you need to dress down your suit, pair it with a polo shirt and white sneakers. The style possibilities are endless with this timeless classic.
Everyone looks good in navy blue, but it could feel like a safe color for that same reason. If you have enough blue in your closet and want to expand your fashion repertoire, then get yourself a dark green suit.
A dark green suit isn’t a bold color, by any means, but it is still considered a non-traditional color for men’s suits. As such, it is probably best suited for informal occasions. However, this doesn’t mean that the dark green isn’t versatile. It is an elegant color that lends itself well to fall, winter, and spring.
Additionally, it’s a fun suit color that can be worn in many ways. Try pairing it with a black shirt, navy-blue tie, light-blue pocket square, and a navy overcoat paired with your green suit. Add a touch of sophistication to your green suit with a brown wool waistcoat or keep it simple like Ryan Gosling and wear it with a white shirt and a pair of dark chinos.
A Dapper Brown Suit
If your grandpa comes to mind when you think of brown suits, then it’s time to change your mindset. With good tailoring and the right style, brown suits are incredibly modern-looking, and it is a classic color for every season.
While tan is ideal for the summer, a darker brown is more appropriate for fall and winter. Try on multiple shades of brown to find the hue that works best with your hair, eyes, and skin.
If you want to effortlessly nail a brown suit like Tom Hiddleston, then you also need the right menswear accessories to complete your look. Adding a dashing pocket square or trying a brown wool checkered suit can set your style leagues above the rest of your colleagues in an effortless way.
If your closet is full of solid-colored suits, then fall is the perfect time to usher in the season with some fun patterns. From plaid to checkers and stripes, patterned suits aren’t reserved for style veterans. Certain patterns are easy to pull off, and they are surprisingly versatile—especially micro-patterns.
Micro-patterns are exactly what they sound like. Rather than big and bold stripes or checks, micro-patterns are small yet distinct patterns that add some interest to your suit and give it a refined look. These patterns are subtle and classic, and the two colors are so close in tone that it is perfect for true beginners.
Low-contrast stripes and checks are also ideal for the office. If you don’t want to attract too much attention or risk overstepping your company’s dress code, micro-patterns are a great alternative to bigger, bolder patterns.
Additionally, wearing bold patterns can pose a significant challenge because most men won’t want to wear them too often. A bold pattern is memorable, but it might not be appropriate for every occasion.
On the other hand, micro-patterned suits will always ensure that you stand out from the rest of the crowd in the right way.
This isn’t to say that you can’t rock a versatile bold-patterned suit for the fall. However, it does take slightly more style experience to tap into the versatility of the bold pattern.
For example, you are free to mix patterns; you just need to know the rules. If you wear a bold plaid suit this fall, then your shirt should have a different print on a smaller scale. In other words, make your suit pattern the focal point.
Additionally, keep accessories to a minimum if you’re mixing patterns. Wearing a watch, cufflinks, and a lapel pin is overkill.
If you aren’t ready to mix patterns, then that’s fine, too. A gray-check suit can look effortlessly fresh in the fall with a solid color burgundy tie and white pocket square, while a blue tie and yellow pocket square will lighten your look for the spring.
Is the cold unbearable where you live? Layer a cozy gray turtleneck under a blue-check suit to keep you warm and stylish through fall and winter.
Essential Fall Staples and Menswear Accessories
A well-tailored suit can make you feel and look amazing, but your outfit isn’t truly complete until you have the right menswear accessories to complete the look.
It’s time to say goodbye to your favorite pair of white low-top sneakers and embrace some stylish footwear for the season. This year, chelsea boots are definitely popular, for good reason. They can be worn with your fanciest suits or casual denim, making them a must-have in any modern gentleman’s closet.
Complete your suit with a camel overcoat, and you will instantly elevate your style. A camel coat is timeless and adds a sophisticated and classy vibe to any ensemble.
Refresh Your Tie Collection
There is no easier way to liven up your closet than by sporting a new tie. Do yourself a favor this fall and sign up for a tie subscription box. Receiving a new tie each month will keep your collection fresh and add some color to your outfits during the bleak, colder months.
A good subscription box will also help you expand your seasonal tie wear. A striped wool tie can work with a variety of outfits and earn you extra style points for fall and winter.
A cashmere scarf will keep out the chill, and it will never clash with the aesthetic of your suit. If you need ideas, look to Jake Gyllenhaal for your style inspiration. The actor always manages to appear stylish yet cozy during the brisk fall days. Choose a scarf in plaid or tartan to polish off your look this fall.
A Transitional Sweater
The cold is beginning to creep in, especially in the mornings and evenings. You need a comfortable, lightweight sweater that will look good under your suit jacket. A breathable cotton cashmere sweater is perfect for transitioning from the hot days of summer to the colder months ahead.
When the wind begins picking up, you don’t want your tie flapping back into your face. A tie bar is a stylish way to keep your tie in place as you brave the cold this autumn. Choose a simple, sleek tie bar or have some fun and choose a tie bar that fits your personality.
Who says that you need to wait until spring to refresh your wardrobe? To nail your suit style for the fall, your closet should have classic, timeless suits that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Choosing the right fabrics, colors, and menswear accessories is the key to getting more mileage out of your suits this fall. Regardless of which suits you choose, be sure to get them tailored. A well-tailored suit will keep your style on point for every season.