Posted on September 26 2019
Autumn can be a difficult time of year. The weather is variable, some days the sun can shine with real purpose and other days a winter chill runs through the air.
This can make dressing for the period a bit difficult. Do you risk being too warm or ending up looking under-dressed?
Well, smart casual may well be the answer. You can still appear well turned out, without being too stuffy on those warmer days. The art of layering will also help you stay adaptable for the unpredictable weather, which can change several times within a single day.
Follow the tips below for perfect results.
They’re often an overlooked part of an outfit so we’re placing them firmly at the top of our list to bring them back in to your thinking.
Summer shoes are on their way out but the winter boots might be a bit heavy. There is, however, one rule of thumb that should be followed: no flip-flops. It might be a nice thought, letting your feet breathe on a warmer day but these are too casual to keep up the smarter side of the look.
You’ll need something smart but not too formal, trainers – but not white ones – are a good option. A Chelsea boot is a stylish alternative for those that want to avoid sportswear altogether. Just make sure they’re properly protected from the elements!
Blazers are something of a godsend! They’re smart enough to help you look the part when you need to be a bit more formal but not so much so that you feel over dressed, restricted and suffocated.
With the weather being unpredictable they also offer insulation from the cold but can be taken off when inside or in the sun. By layering them with a t-shirt or jumper you can dress them down, whilst staying warm.
Go for something bright that shows your personality and helps keep the summer vibe going that little bit longer!
The great thing about the smart casual look is you don’t have to match the jacket with the trousers. In fact, avoid doing so; matching would look too formal and not miss what you’re trying to achieve.
A good pair of chinos will stand you in good stead. Opt for something high quality and made from cotton. The fabric will breathe in the warmer weather but keep the legs protected from the chill.
This is where you can add your personality in to the outfit. You shouldn’t overdo it by adding too many flourishes. Limit yourself to two or three accents that will complement the overall feel.
A hat can be a trendy option as well as practical, keeping you warm when the temperature drops or drier in the autumn showers. Pocket squares are a subtle way to add pattern and colour if the outfit is otherwise lacking in those areas.
As we move toward the back end of autumn, practicality may become more of a concern but that’s no reason to compromise on style. Gloves and scarf should be as well considered as any other part of the outfit.