With fall straight ahead, it’s a good idea to analyze your wardrobe and make sure you have the right articles and fabrics to look your best and feel comfortable as chill weather blows into town. Certain fabrics are much better suited for fall menswear than others – you don’t want to be caught in a seersucker suit in autumn, for example.
Let’s take a closer look at the best fabrics for men to wear in the fall.
Wait, you might ask – isn’t linen a spring and summer fabric? Not exclusively. After all, linen is lightweight and comfortable, and it’s perfect for wicking away sweat. Thus, it’s appropriate for fall if – depending on where you live or the average temperatures of your neck of the woods – fall can still be quite hot and sweltering from time to time.
Linen shirts and trousers can, therefore, be good options for fall wardrobes. It all depends on your local weather! However, because fall weather can be a little more variable and have a broader range compared to summer, it may be wise to pair a linen undershirt with a thicker overshirt, like a flannel shirt. That way, you can add or remove layers and warmth quickly and easily as needed.
That said, there are plenty of more fall-themed fabrics to consider. Silk is one of them. Silk is one of the strongest natural textiles found in the world, but it also has pretty good insulating properties that make it a stellar base layer to combine with other clothes during the fall months.
Why layering? Simply put, silk feels extremely comfortable and cool on your skin, so it's perfect as the base or underlayer to wear while you stack heavier fabrics on top. For example, consider a silk shirt and a thicker jacket or overshirt. You'll be comfortable, warm, and stylish all at the same time. Just remember that silk can make certain colors look a little different compared to other fabrics, so your favorite fall shades might look a bit distinct in silk as opposed to a fabric like cotton.
Cotton, of course, is another popular fall fabric for men. It might not be the thickest or warmest fabric option, but it’s another good choice for layering.
Compared to many other fabrics, cotton has good heat retention, so a cotton shirt under a flannel overshirt or another jacket is perfect. Like with linen or silk, you can strip away outer layers in the hottest part of the day, then put those layers back on as the temperature drops come nighttime.
In addition to those benefits, cotton is strong, so it will stand up to repeated washing and use without getting damaged or showing a lot of color fading (assuming that you wash your clothes properly, of course). Furthermore, cotton is soft, breathable, and a decent heat conductor. This essentially means that cotton is an all-around good fabric for practically any season, including fall.
Don't forget corduroy, a popular fabric made of pile-cut yarn. The yarn is then woven into cords, which are used to create trousers, jackets, and other articles. Regardless, corduroy is soft, durable, and feels great, and its distinct texture is characterized by ridges that run up and down the length of the fabric.
It's one of the most popular choices for men's jackets and trousers throughout the fall and winter seasons, partially because it keeps you warm and because it's thick enough to look stylish and formal for fall social occasions. For example, these 8 Wale Luxury Italian Corduroy Pleated Pants are good enough for formal dinners, plus will keep you warm outside.
Last but not least, don’t forget wool. Wool might be thought of as more of a winter fabric, but it’s also a popular fall fabric since it’ll keep you warm and comfortable, even when the temperature dips. Even better, wool is fairly lightweight, and it’s strong enough to stay fitted and comfortable even if you wear wool articles again and again.
You can find wool jackets, shirts, and even trousers. For example, these Worsted Wool Gabardine Trousers are ideal for guys who need new workplace pants or men who want something to wear to a semi-formal get-together, like a wedding reception.
Ultimately, any and all of these fabric choices could be just what you need to revitalize your wardrobe or select new articles to upgrade your ensembles. Berle can help you find excellent-looking, tailored trousers in many of these fabric types, so check out our selection today!