The Big Closet Changeover

Autumn is officially upon us; if you go by the meteorological calendar that is. The age old debate of when the season officially begins pits the Met Office – the 1st September – against Astronomers who determine the start by the autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal in length, and which normally takes place around September 21.

Another talking point at this time of year centres on our fashion choices and what to wear for the shift from the summer into the winter months. It’s colder certainly (more dramatically so, given our long, hot Summer), but it’s not quite wrap up and weep weather just yet. So, when is the right time to pack away the polo shirts in favour of the pullovers?

This year, with all of the promise of an Indian Summer, it’s even more disconcerting for our dressing needs. The best way to tackle the tricky transition period is to stick to a comfortable, signature style and build your wardrobe around it.

For starters, finding the pair of perfect trousers is essential to mastering your dressing dilemmas. Once the bottom half is decent, you’ll find it much easier to run an efficient wardrobe. Generally, if you’re comfortable in a pair of trousers that suit you, you’ll be able to chop and change tops to match.

If it’s jeans that make you feel most at ease, then both Farah Jeans and Meyer jeans offer an incredible fit. The Farah Darwood Jean is a classic, casual denim option and both the indigo and stone blue are shades that won’t date, making them exceptional value for money at £29.99. The Meyer Jeans are a slightly dearer alternative, but the premium quality and detail on a Meyer Trouser stands Meyer apart from other manufacturers. Impeccable styling and exclusive details and fittings make each style unique, and for supreme comfort, every pair of Meyer Trousers has an adjustable waistband; look out for Meyer Arizona and Meyer Dublin Jeans.

For those of us more partial to a chino trouser, then both brands also offer some of the best trousers on the market. The Farah Roachman 4 Way Stretch Trouser is an incredibly popular product due again to the comfort fit and classic styling; it’s worth noting that a regular leg length is 31” on Farah Trousers. This style comes in a wide range of colours, so you can stock up for autumn. Meyer trousers can be a minefield, as there are so many variants, but each style does offer something different. The Meyer Chicago and Meyer New York ranges are a good place to start for an elegant, flat fronted chino. Also, worth a look are the Meyer Roma Fine Tropical Trousers for dressier, smarter slacks.

So, now you’ve ironed out the legs of your outfit, you should be able to manage your Autumn closet more easily. For this season, layering is key. A few good quality, mid weight jumpers will see you through into the Winter; pop a shirt or t-shirt underneath, or layer under a gilet or jacket. Black, Navy and Charcoal should be your basics and then you can add in some seasonal colour. For AW18, shades of brown and beige are key. Peter Gribby Cotton Knitwear or Peter Gribby Merino offer a good spectrum of colours in both a v-neck and crew neck at reasonable prices. It’s also worth upgrading (in weight) to a Peter Gribby Lambswool, when the temperature really drops. The Farah Stern Crew Neck is another solid sweater choice, and the Joules Jarvis Crew Neck Jumper offers a slightly more modern twist on a basic.

Shirts wise, Ben Sherman long sleeve check styles have always been a great option for layering under jumpers. The Ben Sherman Classic Gingham and Ben Sherman End to End Check shirts are two of this season’s best offerings. If you’re wanting a more classic country look, then consider Peter Gribby check shirts; the Peter Gribby Super Soft Country Check Shirt has been produced in a number of variations for the 2018 season. For a definitive AW shirt, I would highly recommend the Joules Buchanan Shirt. The brushed cotton fabric and the muted blue and orange tones are perfect for the season ahead and the styling and detail on this shirt are worth the investment.

So whilst Autumn rolls on, and the clouds roll in with it, now is the time to start saying goodbye to the shorts (for those of us still clinging on to the last rays of Summer) and start welcoming the opportunity to cover up once more. In other words, shop now >>