Fall fashion preview: A first look at the season’s must-have styles
A versatile overcoat
There's no bigger decision than what to wear over your suit, Monday through Friday. The updated single-breasted overcoat just happens to work on the weekends, too.
1. Even without the chic leather detailing, this trim navy overcoat would be the kind of approachable, high-fashion piece you can throw on with a pair of sweats and sneakers and still look dressed—as opposed to dressed for the gym.
2. The beauty of a well-tailored gray peak-collar overcoat like this Paul Smith version is that it will never feel dated or out of place. Wear it with blue jeans and a sweater (like this guy) or just about anything else in your closet.
3. If you're going to wear a suit, cover it with a top layer that's just as sharp—and well-fitted. This classic charcoal version falls perfectly: The hem hits mid-thigh and the overall silhouette is slim.
From left: Coat ($4,980) by Valentino, shirt ($200) by Acne Studios, T-shirt ($25) by J.Crew, sweatpants ($185) by T by Alexander Wang, shoes ($150) by New Balance. Coat ($795) by P.S. Paul Smith, sweater ($108) by J.Crew, jeans ($390) by Public School, shoes ($545) by Armando Cabral. Coat ($498) by Kenneth Cole, suit ($3,150) and shirt ($360) by Bottega Veneta, tie ($195) by Burberry London, shoes ($1,000) by Hermès.
No longer a gym staple, the classic sweatshirt makes for an indispensable layer when the weather cools off.
Clockwise from top left: Shipley & Halmos ($165). Ami ($210). Reigning Champ ($130). 3.1 Phillip Lim ($295). Todd Snyder ($175). Stone Island Shadow Project ($310).
The essential sweater
There are wardrobe basics, and then there are those lust-worthy staples that make the transition from the depths of summer to fall's crisper months seamless. This Prada sweater is one of them, made of Shetland wool and cut narrower than more classic crewnecks. It's another reason to root for the mercury to drop.
Sweater ($480) by Prada.
Grunge makes a comeback
The flannel shirt—cut trimmer and made to be worn, not tied around your waist—gets an update from designers with a soft spot for nineties-era grunge.
"Flannel shirts never truly go out of style. They just keep being reinterpreted over and over again. Ours is overdyed, then sprayed, and then baked to give it a harder edge."—Public School designer Dao-Yi Chow
From left: Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane ($890). Rag & Bone ($290). A.P.C. ($235). Public School ($325). A|X Armani Exchange ($88). Band of Outsiders ($295).
Don't be afraid of the dark-wash denim
No denim packs more attitude and effortless cool than a pair of black jeans. Light or midnight, this season they're the only ones that matter.
Why, When, and How to Clean Your JeansFrank Pizzurro, owner of Brooklyn Denim Co., weighs in: "We are not big fans of never washing your jeans. When they're caked with dirt, the fibers break down, which causes the fabric to rip easier. Our suggestion is to wear them three to six months—this will maximize the fades without destroying the fabric. At that point, wash in cold water, inside out with a small amount of mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, and hang dry."
From top: Levi's ($58), Surface to Air ($210), Simon Miller ($265), Acne Studios ($350), Dior Homme ($790), Jean Machine ($190)