The farewell to summer is often tinged with the dread that winter is genuinely coming, but we can take solace in the fact our wardrobe is about to be upgraded. As we make way for tailored coats and knitted wears, the options certainly increase.
But layering to balance the cooling outdoor air with the heat of public transport (not to mention a truly wild office heating system) can seem like menswear's very own Enigma code. So, in pursuit of answers, we caught up with stylist Zak Maoui to find out the professional way to tackle layering this season.
Grab a hoodie
The days when a hoodie was consigned to your gym bag or the street corner are long gone. The wardrobe staple has made it back to the forefront of your layering toolkit.
"Layer a hoodie under a trench coat or a lightweight mac this autumn - it's the ideal combination to hit the sweet spot between formal and informal," says Maoui.
Be smart (casual) about it
On the topic of formal and informal garms, the new styling rules are that they are made to be broken. "A formal overcoat paired with some joggers and a t-shirt may have appeared quite unusual in the past, but today it's the norm," says Maoui.
Breaking down fashion barriers and mixing both styles is the way forward when it comes to hitting the seasonal nail. "For Autumn/Winter '17 this has become a failsafe ensemble for any man, especially now that joggers are accepted as everyday-wear," he adds.
Get hot on the collar
While a classic crew neck jumper is a necessary purchase for the modern wardrobe, it's always been a safe item – this season it's all about mixing lines in your wardrobe. "Layer a roll neck jumper under a bomber to add some character to whatever you're wearing. Plus, roll neck jumpers are an autumn must-have if the catwalk shows are anything to go by," says Maoui.
Cotton texture knit jacket, £150, GANT; Cropped technical trousers, £25.99, Zara; Neil Barrett urban low-top leather trainers, £420, Matches Fashion; Faux leather backpack with pockets, £29.99, Pull&Bear; Black jersey mock neck long-sleeve t-shirt, £25, Urban Outfitters.
Don't find 'The One'
Jackets were obviously made to be layered, but cast your mind away from the standard jumper-jacket combo and delve into Instagram territory by layering your outerwear. Maoui suggests "throwing on a denim jacket, then adding a longer overcoat on top of this. It's a look that's already been seen outside all the major fashion week shows recently."
Bring back the cardigan
The cyclical tendencies of fashion should no longer surprise you, though you may regret dropping those early 2000s cardigans off at the charity shop in a past clear-out. Thanks to some of the fashion world's biggest names, they have been resurrected.
"Burberry, Raf Simons and Gucci have all triumphed and supported their return, and it looks as if they aren't going anywhere", says Maoui. "Grab a cardigan rather than a basic jumper whenever you want to layer over your shirt and step out like it's 2005."
Extra fine merino v-neck cardigan, £34.90, Uniqlo; Les basics le long sleeve tee, £59, End; Slim straight fit jeans, £95, GANT; Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket, £109, End; Common Projects retro leather low-top trainers, £340, Selfridges
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