Autumn’s arrival heralds the opportunity for a new season refresh. As temperatures drop in October, and the trees lining the streets and parks turn that rustic shade of golden brown, we naturally reach for warmer layers from our wardrobes, gravitating towards woollens and cosy textures for the first time in months. Here at Trunk, the emerging chill is a happy reminder that our favourite season has arrived, for now is the time to start layering your favourite cold weather clothing.
Perhaps more than any other season, autumn offers the opportunity for a formulaic approach to dressing. Crew neck sweaters can be worn under blazers, trench coats or, on colder days, more formal overcoats — layering a shirt under the sweater will not only add extra warmth, but will look smart, too. Pair with either chino trousers or jeans, sneakers or sturdy leather boots — these key items in your closet are interchangeable with one another, acting as building blocks to form a modular wardrobe.
But beyond autumn, this mix and match approach to style is how we curate our buy every season at Trunk. Rather than following trends, we select specific types of garments, fabrics and colourways that create a cohesive look to make it easier for our customers — all of our new season garments are designed to be seamlessly paired with pieces you already own.
Simply adding a few key wardrobe essentials will freshen up your closet for the forthcoming winter. Here, we decode the investment pieces to look out for this season — and how exactly to wear them.
Not quite a shirt and yet not quite a jacket, the overshirt — which is sometimes referred to as a shacket — has become a go-to over the last few seasons, thanks to its smart utilitarian style and everyday versatility. An ideal companion for trans-seasonal dressing, this wardrobe staple is designed to be layered, worn over lightweight roll-neck sweaters on cooler days, or styled as a lightweight jacket underneath a coat. The overshirt is also easy to pack away and store in your tote bag lest the weather turn especially chilly — the lightweight fabrication of the shacket means it’s easier than carrying a jacket or a bulky sweater around.
This Aspesi overshirt is an ideal choice for such occasions; in a dark forest green hue, it’s crafted from a technical fabric that will resist creases, and has a Thermore lining that lends it the warmth of a proper jacket. We suggest wearing it on more casual, off-duty days — pair with jeans and sneakers, or a pair of suede chukka boots for a smarter look. Out of office style never looked so good.
At Trunk, we have a colour palette that we very much like to stick to — think easy-wearing greys, navys and neutrals. Marigold, then, might at first thought seem a surprising choice, but this golden hue is one to try this season. In an earthy yellow that feels suitably autumnal, this colour pairs well with khaki greens and midnight blues — and the best way to try shades you aren’t used to wearing is by incorporating them into your accessories, from hats to bags and even your socks.
Our top pick is this woollen deck hat from Heimat Textil; the rolled cuff can be worn up or down to protect your ears on colder days. We paired it with a chestnut brown corduroy jacket from Barena and and our classic Trunk Welbeck chino in navy, showing that a pop of colour isn’t something to be afraid of.
Corduroy has long been a staple in menswear. First introduced in Britain in the 18th century, it has latterly been associated with both sharp three-piece suits and clothing to wear in the countryside. This season, designers are exploring new ways to use the textured cloth. From jogging trousers to relaxed jackets, corduroy has broken free from its formal restraints to reinvent the casualwear wardrobe.
Italian label Barena has updated the classic corduroy suit with an easy flair; in a chocolate hue, the tailored trousers — with a high rise, elasticated waistline and a tapered fit — combine the soft lustre of corduroy with the relaxed fit of jogging slacks. (The matching overshirt is a stylish alternative to a cotton jacket.) Pair with a textured crew neck sweater and an overshirt — we suggest our Berwick jumper, which is hand-knit in Scotland, in a pale ecru, and this overshirt from East Harbour Surplus. Don't forget the Ichizawa Hanpu tote bag for that all-important pop of colour on your trip to the farmers market.
From bomber jackets to trench coats and sleeveless body-warmer vests, it’s no secret that almost every piece of men’s outerwear today is based on a military-issue pattern. But while varsity-style zip-ups have a casual air, and the trench comes with its own brand of gentlemanly formality, here at Trunk we believe the M-65 jacket is the most versatile silhouette of them all. First created in 1965 for the US military, the casual coat with combat-style pockets is unique in its ability to feel simultaneously casual and smart.
For our own Trunk label, we refined the M-65; it’s a key piece of outerwear for us for this season. Crafted from a waterproof Loden cloth, we added an internal drawstring, epaulets and sleek flap pockets — it’s an ideal choice to wear over business suits as it is to a weekend spent walking in the country. For an off-duty look, we suggest pairing it with our Trunk Welbeck chinos in olive and a pale cream merino sweater.
Crisp whites, pale ecrus and neutrals might at first feel more suitable for a summer spent by the beach, but off-whites are great for winter, too. Lightweight linen and cotton are replaced by sturdier textures like structured denim, twill and chunky-knit wools; paired with a rich autumnal colour palette, off-whites and pale creams can be the new season refresh your outfit needs.
Our tailored Welbeck trousers in a pale beige are just as appropriate for autumn as they are come spring; paired with a simple navy polo shirt, this look can be sharpened up with smart shoes or dressed down with sneakers, making it a versatile outfit to pack for a weekend away. Wear with a soft-shouldered blazer in an earthy-toned check, like our Trunk Wigmore jacket, which is crafted from Scottish tweed. Crockett & Jones’ Grasmere derbies add the finishing smart-casual touch — with a non-slip rubber Dainite sole, they’re also storm welted for added water resistance. Don’t forget to pack your waterproofs in this Felisi holdall if you do decide to escape to the country.