Style Edit: Survive Autumn 2020 in Style

Slip on a Shacket

For days when it’s too sunny for a coat but too cold for just a jumper, you need to get into this hybrid. The lovechild of a shirt and a jacket, it retains the casual feel and cut of your favourite button-up, but is either cut from a thicker fabric (corduroy, heavy linen, wool) or is lined with something cosy to give it added chill-beating capabilities. Wear in the autumn as an outer layer in its own right, then subtly transition it into an extra insulating layer under your coat come the winter.

A Day’s March Patch Pocket Overshirt

A Day’s March Lana Cotta wool jacket

With winter temperatures averaging in the minus double digits in Sweden, the Swedes know a thing or two about wrapping up as the temperature drops – and this heavy Lana Cotta wool jacket from Stockholm-based brand A Day’s March proves it.

£165, available at A Day’s March.

Marks & Spencer Borg Lined Corduroy Overshirt

Marks & Spencer Relaxed Fit Borg Lined Corduroy Overshirt

Lined with a cotton blend fleece, this deep green corduroy shacket has a relaxed cut and poppers down the front, making it perfect for throwing over any knit you already own, no matter how chunky.

£49.50, available at Marks & Spencer.

Carhartt WIP Whitsome Shirt Jacket

Carhartt Wip Whitsome Shirt

The colour might have drained from the sky at this time of year, but that’s no reason it should do the same in your wardrobe – as demonstrated by this zingy, deep purple corduroy jacket, lined in taffeta for added warmth.

£135, available at Carhartt-WIP.

Anglo-Italian Wool & Charcoal Field Shirt

Anglo-Italian Field Shirt Wool Charcoal

Made in Italy and cut from English wool, this shacket from cool Marylebone tailoring house Anglo-Italian in charcoal houndstooth is just begging to be worn slightly oversized with dark flannel trousers, a thick rollneck and a pair of sleek black Chelseas.

£250, available at Anglo Italian.

Wax London Whiting Overshirt

Wax London Whiting Overshirt Mustard Beatnik

Jazzy, heavyweight cotton shackets have become something of a signature for Wax London, and this new edition in a bold mustard, navy, claret and white blanket-style check – finished with natural Corozo nut buttons – is an exceptional example.

£120, available at Wax London.

Be More Adventurous With Your Knits

The trees are making an effort with colour out there, so what’s your excuse to be wearing the same plain, old crew neck every day? This autumn, get out of your comfort zone and go for something a little braver. Whether it’s an eye-catching pattern or a zingy colour, this season your new jumper should be anything but neutral.

John Lewis & Partners Argyle Crew Neck Jumper

John Lewis & Partners Argyle Crew Neck JumpeR

If you’re the kind of guy who thinks Argyll is just for golf courses and grandpas, we present this new-season take on the pattern from John Lewis & Partners. With a laid-back kinda fit, it’s far more suited to wearing with a pair of slim cords than plus fours on the fairway.

£60, available at John Lewis.

Drake’s Primary Colour Block Brushed Lambswool Jumper

Drake’s Primary Colour Block Brushed Lambswool Jumper

The world looks like an impressionist painting out there right now – so why not be a walking Mondrian instead? This season, Drake’s are giving you the opportunity to make that a reality with this bold, blocky lambswool crew neck.

£395, available at Drake’s.

Mackintosh Hutchins Pink Wool Crew Neck Jumper

Mackintosh Hutchins Pink Wool Crew Neck Sweater

Made right here in the UK using wool from the Scottish Highlands, coat-maker Mackintosh’s new foray into knitwear is available in a series of snappy shades (we like the pink) and the fabric has a shaggy, supersoft feel that can’t help but make you feel all warm and fuzzy when you slide into it.

£160, available at Mackintosh.

Kent & Curwen Wool Fairisle Jumper

Kent & Curwen Wool Fairisle Sweater

Fairisle is one of the most traditional patterns you’ll find on a winter jumper – which is why we like that the folks at Kent & Curwen have turned it on its head with this cool deconstructed version, which looks like the design is fading into the sands of time.

£235, available at Kent & Curwen.

Saint James Matelot 1 R Jumper

Saint James MATELOT 1 R

The Breton pattern has become something of a summer staple for men – but there are plenty of cold-weather-ready versions out there. We particularly like this ecru wool version from traditional French ‘Mariniere’-maker Saint James, with natty nautical shoulder buttons.

£139, available at Saint James.

Hike Into Town

With things the way they are right now, you’ve probably been doing a lot more walking over the past few months – and, if that continues into the autumn, you’re going to need some kit that’s ready to take on slippy pavements and cooler temperatures. Hiking boots are the answer: study but sleek, there are plenty of smarter options out there that are far more Duke of Windsor than Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award.

GANT Diemme x GANT Roccia Vet Boots

Gant X Diemme

We’re big fans of a curveball collaboration. This one between Swedish prepmaster GANT and storied Italian bootmaker Diemme is one of our 2020 highlights, thanks to its lavish splashes of bold colour. Three models are available – the yellow is a particular highlight.

£360, available at GANT.

Herring Trekker Boots

Herring Trekker Shoe

For the more minimally minded, Herring’s ‘Trekker’ in all-black is the kind of hiking boot that is perfectly adapted to life in the city. Made in Northampton and finished with a lightweight Solovair air sole, these blend traditional craftsmanship with bang-up-to-date tech for maximum comfort.

£225, available at Herring Shoes.

Velasca Resegott Boots

Velasca Resegott

Italian shoemaker Velasca was founded in 2014 on the belief that Italian craftsmanship shouldn’t come with an exorbitant price tag. These ‘Resegott’ hiking boots exemplify the vision: superb quality with that quintessentially slick Italian sensibility.

£280, available at Velasca.

Sorel Mac Hill™ Mid Leather Waterproof Boots

Sorel sneakerboot

If full-on hikers are a little too serious for your wardrobe, how about this hybrid? Sorel has fused a trainer and a hiker to create the Mac Hill ‘sneakerboot’, featuring waterproof full-grain leather-suede and a springy moulded footbed for all-day comfort.

£160, available at Sorel Footwear.

Fracap M127 Roccia Vibram Sole Scarponcino Boots

Fracap M127

Fracap has been making boots in its hometown of Monteroni in Puglia for over a century now. Of the company’s extensive range, it’s hard to beat the look and durability of the M127 boots, crafted from soft leather inside and out, and kitted out with a Vibram Vi-Lite sole that provides all of the shock absorption of a traditional Vibram sole with less of the weight.

£229, available at End Clothing.

Get Your Grooming Routine in Order

As we verge from autumn into winter it’s not just your clothes that you should be changing out for something that’s more seasonally appropriate. A combination of chilly winds and central heating means your skin will feel drier at this time of year, and while we don’t have tanning temperatures, the low winter sun in a crisp cloudless sky still means your face is being pummelled by UV on a daily basis. Get ahead of Mother Nature with this selection of grooming essentials for the season…

AKT SC.01 Ext. Orange Grove Deodorant

AKT deodorant balm

With toastier temperatures inside and crisper ones outside, your body gets shocked when you transition between the two – this means sweat. Traditional deodorant is often packed with chemicals and packaged in plastic, so do better for both your body and the environment by going for a tube of AKT’s deodorant balm instead (out of the three scents offered, we particularly like SC.01 EXT. ORANGE GROVE with zesty notes of mandarin and juniper). A non-sticky cream that glides on under your arms (or wherever), it’s fully vegan and comes in a recyclable tube – helping you feel both smug and confident all day long.

£18, available at AKT London.

Thomas Clipper Mountain Luxury Body Scrub Bar

Thomas Clipper Luxury Body Scrub Bar

One of our favourite bathroom-centric British brands has just released its first soaps. At this time of year the new Luxury Body Scrub Bar is an essential for sloughing off dead skin cells, and its scent (using the smoky, spicy basenotes of the company’s Mountain cologne) will transport you from your morning shower to a campfire in the forest.

£19, available at Thomas Clipper.

Tom Ford Energy ScrubTom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub

Sometimes it’s hard to feel particularly peppy when you wake up to increasingly long, dark mornings. Tom Ford’s Exfoliating Energy Scrub is here to help. Not only will it buff away dead skin to leave your face feeling bright and fresh, but its perky, crisp, green scent will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

£40, available at Tom Ford.

Aesop Protective Facial Lotion

Aesop Protective Facial Lotion SPF25

You might think that SPF is something you only need to worry about in the summer, but UV exposure – which causes premature aging of the skin – is a year-round reality whatever the season. Protect against it by applying a moisturiser with SPF every day when you get ready. In our experience, there are fewer finer than Aesop’s Protective Facial Lotion SPF25, a hydrating, super-lightweight liquid which sinks satisfyingly quickly into your skin.

£39, available at Aesop.

The Other Saint Purifying Gel Face Mask

The Other Saint Purifying Gel Face Mask

This Purifying Gel Face Mask from new British men’s skincare brand The Other Saint contains antioxidant pineapple extract, anti-aging green tea extract and healing Gotu Kola to help soothe and hydrate your element-exposed face. The best part? It only needs five minutes of your time to work its magic, leaving your skin feeling fresh and springy all day long.

£21.50 (inc. UK delivery), available at The Other Saint.

Your New Work Suit is a Tracksuit

Jheez Black Cargo Tracksuit

It looks as though working from home is here to stay – meaning that our tailoring is going to remain firmly in our wardrobes for the foreseeable future. However, if you still want to feel smart on your Zoom calls at your end-of-dining-table office, now’s the time to invest in the ‘other’ type of suit: a tracksuit. Rather than those colour burst Eighties monstrosities, ensure your colleagues don’t clock your sweats by keeping things sleek and minimal in a dark colour, like the tracksuit above. Shop Jheez here.

About the author

Nick Carvell

Nick Carvell

A lifelong fan of double denim (even triple on occasion), Nick started his career as Social Media Editor of before working as Associate Style Editor at British GQ then Editor of The Jackal. He is now a freelance menswear editor – as well as Oracle Time’s Style Editor-at-Large – writing from lockdown at his kitchen table in South London.

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