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    44 Menswear Basics You'll Probably Want This Fall

    Practical pieces you'll wear over and over and over again.

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    1. A rugged sweater to quickly add some style and warmth to a white button down or chambray shirt.

    Model wearing J.Crew rugged merino crewneck sweater in heather squash
    J. Crew

    Promising Review: "I wore to a dinner at a steakhouse with friends and it was comfortable and not too hot for indoors and kept me warm on the walk from the car. Looking to get additional colors." —Mayor

    Get it from J.Crew for $79.50+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 11 colors/patterns).

    2. A set of reusable face masks in low-key colors and patterns because you're ready to experiment with fashion masks but aren't really sure where to start.

    Con.Struct gray and blue print non-surgical face masks (one dark charcoal, one charcoal with white dots, and another with a light blue floral design)
    Men's Wearhouse

    These masks feature a contoured, snug fit and are made from 100% cotton. Each mask is also designed with an inner pocket to insert replaceable filters, as well as a flexible wire at the nose bridge and adjustable ear straps.

    Promising review: "These masks are much better than the one I've been using since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shape fits my face nicely and the materials are very comfortable. The ear straps are adjustable and don't dig into the back of my ears. I can breathe much better in this mask and don't feel overheated and suffocated like I did in my old mask. I highly recommend." —BrainFo

    Get a three-pack from Men's Wearhouse for $20 (available in four colors/pattern sets).

    3. A Levi's western shirt so versatile, I'm yeehawing just thinking about all the different ways to wear it.

    Model wearing Levi's barstow western shirt

    Get it from Amazon for $62.55+ (available in sizes S-XXL and three washes).

    4. A corduroy baseball cap that might be the only accessory you need this fall. It goes with everything and makes bad hair days a thing of the past.


    Get it from Madewell for $32 (available in four colors).

    5. A premium-weight long-sleeve crew from Everlane with raglan sleeves that make this base layer equally cool and collected all on its own.

    Model wearing Everlane premium-weight long-sleeve crew in washed ink gray

    Promising review: "Love the weight of the fabric...feels super durable and suitable for all-purpose wear. Especially perfect for transitional seasons. I can wear this long-sleeve solo or under a jacket and be perfectly comfortable." —wingman11

    Get it from Everlane for $34 (available in sizes XS-XXL and 11 colors).

    6. A Carhartt pocket T-shirt to round out the workwear-inspired wardrobe you've been curating over the past few months.

    Model wearing Carhartt workwear pocket tee shirt in

    These t-shirts are high quality and ultra-durable; they're literally made for people working in the toughest conditions. Even if you're not getting your hands dirty, these tees make for a great fall staple. I like to layer mine over a waffle knit or even a hoodie.

    Promising review: "These shirts are perfect! Great quality for a great price and are also shipped well. I’ve bought several of these and will continue to buy more. They also are very durable and last for a long time. Great working shirts or just nice T-shirts." —Kristenw329

    Get one from Amazon for $13+ (available in sizes S-5X, including tall sizes, and 24 colors).

    7. Dress socks in spunky colors and patterns that pair just as well with suits as they do sweatpants and sandals.

    Men's Wearhouse

    Get them from Men's Wearhouse for $14.99.

    8. A felted chore coat from Buck Mason in a soft, boiled-wool fabric that'll make the perfect top layer for all your WFH fits.

    Model wearing Buck Mason felted wool chore coat in charcoal
    Buck Mason

    I purchased this chore coat a few weeks ago and I can't say enough about it. I wanted something soft and cozy to wear while working from home in the tundra that is northern Michigan, but also wanted to feel a tad more sophisticated than the shorts and T-shirts I've been sporting all summer. Now, I slip this on every morning over my pajamas and consider it my way of 'getting dressed' for work. Sometimes wool can irritate my neck and wrists, but this boiled Merino is so incredibly soft and hasn't given me any skin irritation at all. The best way I can describe this chore coat is that it combines all the best things about your favorite warm sweater, the ease and simplicity of a cardigan, combined with the versatility of a neutral jacket. It's quickly become the centerpiece of my fall uniform.

    Get it from Buck Mason for $225 (available in three colors).

    9. A pair of Nice Laundry pocket lounge shorts that, and I am not exaggerating, you will never want to take off. Period.

    Nice Laundry

    I own several pairs of these shorts and they are hands-down the most comfortable lounge shorts of all time. They somehow have the breathability of nylon basketball shorts, but also have a just-warm-enough fleece-like lining that sets them apart from other athletic shorts. I am unashamed in admitting that I live in mine. You can also have them personalized with a letter or symbol of your choice (and believe me, you'll need to do this because everyone in your household is going to end up purchasing multiple pairs and you'll need to be able to differentiate who's whose).

    Promising review: "These shorts are absolutely incredible! I wear mine almost everyday when after I get home from work. They are so beyond comfortable. They fit true to size, are the perfect length and will be the best decision you’ve ever made to buy them. I would rate them 10 stars if I could. I have since bought two pairs of every color since my first purchase!!" —Levi V.

    Get them from Nice Laundry for $42 or $49 for the personalized and customized pairs (available in sizes S-XL and four colors).

    10. A cardigan sweater with a shawl lapel and warm, textured knit you can wear literally anywhere (think sweatpants on the couch, or with jeans and a flannel when you're apple-picking with your in-laws).

    Reserve collection shawl cardigan sweater in rust
    Jos. A. Bank

    Get it from Jos. A. Bank for $59 (available in sizes S-XL, including big & tall sizes).

    11. A pair of black sneakers that do it all: they're simple, stylish and sophisticated.

    Kenneth Cole Reecepod black sneakers
    Men's Wearhouse

    Get them from Men's Wearhouse for $99.99 (available in sizes 8-12).

    12. A pair of cutoff cargo pants that offer up a relaxed fit and cropped ankle, hitting at just the right length to show off your new high-tops.

    Model wearing Dickies cutoff cargo pants in grey
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "These pants are awesome, they are my new favorite pair of pants! I haven't used Dickies since I was a kid in the early 2000s. I am buying these again, without a doubt. Sizing was perfect." —vibrantkiss
    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes 30-36 and five colors).

    13. Darn Tough boot socks to keep your feet warm and dry without the bulkiness and irritation of standard wool socks.

    Model wearing boots with Darn Tough boot cushion socks in black
    Darn Tough

    Promising review: "These are simply the best socks my feet have had the fortune to be in. The padding on the underside and the complete lack of seams make them the most comfortable socks I've ever found. I do a lot of walking and hiking so good socks are imperative. I've bought merino wool socks before and I thought that they couldn't be bettered, but I was mistaken." —sonicscot

    Get a pair from Amazon for $24.94+ (available in seven colors).

    14. A timeless turtleneck sweater that'll always be appropriate whenever you can't decide what to wear.

    Jos. A. Bank traveler collection turtleneck sweater in grey
    Jos. A. Bank

    Promising review: "Having dressed in button-down shirts — for business, work, and casual occasions — for so long, choosing to break my mold by pairing a wool turtleneck and mock neck sweaters with suit and suit separates was worth the change. These sweaters are very comfortable and warm. With this sweater and my sport coat, I didn't even need an overcoat, at least in mild winter weather." —Martin

    Get it from Jos. A. Bank for $45 (available in sizes S-XL, including big & tall sizes, and two colors).

    15. A Ben Davis beanie because keeping your head and ears warm isn't that deep — this one's soft, affordable, and comes in a handful of cool colors.

    Product photo showing Ben Davis beanie in safety yellow
    Ben Davis

    Promising review: "Favorite piece. Ben Davis is high quality and strong. You can feel the toughness. Practically feels premium." —David

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in eight colors).

    16. A Levi's sherpa-lined trucker jacket for a cold-weather take on the classic denim jacket.


    Promising review: "Good Jacket for fall/winter. I would say this is an essential piece for any wardrobe. Not too heavy, not too light. Good for everyday use especially in the colder months. You can easily put this jacket on over a hoodie, no worries and it still won’t add too much weight like some jackets. The only thing is that it restricts your movement around the arms a little bit but I understand it has to be worn in so it will fit much looser. Overall a solid piece. Can’t go wrong with Levi’s." —Wayne De Leon

    Get it from Amazon for $58+ (available in sizes XS-3X, including big & tall sizes, and 13 washes).

    17. A tailored-fit sportcoat because fall is a great time to update the "dressier" pieces hanging in your closet.

    Model wearing Traveler Collection check sportcoat in blue
    Jos. A. Bank

    Get it from Jos. A. Bank for $129 (available in sizes 38S-46L, including big and tall sizes).

    18. A Noah rugby shirt in a heavyweight jersey knit that's a bit of a splurge but is sure to win the praise of all your buddies.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $168 (available in sizes S-XL).

    19. A lightweight, laid-back scarf that'll make you look like you put a lot of thought into your outfits without putting in any at all.

    Product photo showing Banana Republic wide stripe scarf in blue shadow
    Banana Republic

    Promising review: "Great light-weight scarf. Perfect for those early morning spring/fall walks. A definite must-have!" —Stephen C.

    Get it from Banana Republic for $59.50.

    20. A crewneck sweatshirt for an effortless staple you can easily accessorize to make it your own.

    Model wearing ASOS crewneck sweatshirt in navy

    Get it from ASOS for $13.60 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

    21. A pair of high-top Vans to instantly add a pop of color to all your cool-weather looks.

    Product photo showing Vans SK8-Hi in olive oil/white

    Promising review: "Seriously a great shoe. Just started wearing high-tops and these by far are my favorite. Not only do they look great but they feel good too. —SM

    Get them from Vans for $65 (available in sizes 6.5-13 and 11 colors).

    22. A full-zip hoodie made in a micro-ribbed cotton twill that's sure to set it apart from those ratty sweatshirts currently shoved in your dresser drawers.

    Model wearing the twill full-zip hoodie in light sage

    Get it from Everlane for $60 (available in sizes XS-XXL and four colors).

    23. An Alex Mill garment-dyed work jacket to layer over button downs, hoodies, and graphic tees.

    Model wearing Alex Mill garment-dyed work jacket in toffee
    Alex Mill

    Get it from Alex Mill for $135 (available in sizes XS-XXL and three colors).

    24. A pair of Madewell jeans that've been garment-dyed to spice up your current denim rotation without having to sacrifice fit or comfort.

    Model wearing Madewell garment-dyed athletic slim jean everyday flex jeans in deep green

    Madewell has been making womens jeans for a while now, so it's no surprise that their mens denim is equally as soft, flexible, and comfortable. I own several pairs myself, and particularly love the cut on these — the Athletic Slim — because they're just roomy enough through the seat and leg that they feel breathable, but the slightly tapered leg gives them a clean, tailored look.

    Get them from Madewell for $118 (available in sizes 28x30-36x34 and two colors).

    25. A windbreaker from The North Face to make harsh weather as bearable as possible.

    Model wearing The North Face HMLYN wind breaker in evergreen

    Get it from Nordstrom for $85 (available in sizes S-XXL and two colors).

    26. A pair of Blundstone boots you'll want to wear year-round because of how easy they are to slide on and off while still being incredibly weatherpoof.

    Model wearing Blundstone unisex chelsea boots in walnut brown

    Promising review: "I was a bit suspicious of the hype around there, but decided to try them after all. I needed a pair of everyday fall-winter-spring boots, so I liked the idea of extra lining because my feet are always cold. I do find them surprisingly warm. Also very comfortable, and no stress on my back or knees at all. I think if you live in a warmer climate or want more of a year-round boot, I would go with the unlined 500 version, but for me, this is precisely the kind of boot I needed. We'll see how they hold up, but so far I like them a lot." —D. West

    Get them from Amazon for $121.63+ (available in sizes 5.5-13 and 18 colors).

    27. A Carhartt Detroit jacket featuring a blanket lining and a corduroy-trimmed collar equally suitable for the garage as it is for the street.

    Product photo showing Carhartt Detroit jacket

    Promising review: "I have purchased this same Detroit Jacket from Carhartt several times over the years because it is a really tough work jacket with with a warm blanket lining, and it’s a nice jacket length for working in the shop or for driving. The heavy canvas material cuts the wind nicely on cold days. I love this coat. You can’t beat it for the price and it is one tough work jacket." —MJ Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and two colors).

    28. A double-brushed flannel that'll have you looking as cool and crisp as the days ahead.

    Model wearing Madewell double-brushed flannel perfect shirt in peretz plaid

    Get it from Madewell for $88 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    29. A lightweight bomber jacket to polish off everything from a button down and chinos to sweatpants and sneakers.


    Promising review: "Clean and simple lightweight bomber. Good to throw on for a night out at the bar or a restaurant with friends. —Amazon Customer
    Get one from Amazon for $40.50 (available in sizes S-XXL and four colors).

    30. A twill pocket shirt for a modern, more casual take on the quintessential white button-down.

    Model wearing Buck Mason natural draped twill one pocket button down shirt in natural
    Buck Mason

    This lightweight, silky shirt hangs loosely from the body and a mid-length hem that looks great untucked.

    Get it from Buck Mason for $105 (available in sizes XS-XXL and five colors).

    31. A Patagonia fleece zip-up that's sure to be the wind-blocking, heat-trapping, show-stopping number you've been looking for.

    Model wearing Patagonia classic retro zip fleece

    Promising review: "If you are looking for a solid fleece to rep when going out on cold nights, driving back from the slopes, or just for walking the dog, look no further. This thing is toasty! Super high quality fleece with a solid internal backing to make it windproof. Fits true to size, and of course the zippers and overall construction are top notch. Just might have to buy another!" —Pete

    Get it from Patagonia for $199 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and six colors).

    32. Champion jersey sweatpants, a lighter-weight alternative to their classic closed-bottom sweats that are frankly just a tad too toasty to lounge in.

    Model wearing Champion jersey sweatpants in grey

    Promising review: "I've tried several different sweatpants over the years and having used them at the gym, for playing badminton, as sleep/daily wear etc. etc. I've come down to some key requirements. These are probably the only sweatpants that fit all of them." —Rohit Khapare

    Get them from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in sizes S-5XL and four colors).

    33. Or, a splurge-worthy sleep pant from Marine Layer, made from the same fabric as their bestselling boxers and briefs.

    Model wearing Marine Layer best sleep pant in grey
    Marine Layer

    Get them from Marine Layer for $78 (available in sizes S-XL and two colors).

    34. And a pair of memory-foam slippers to pair with your new lounge pants — they're cozy enough to wear around the house, but durable enough to withstand the elements when you run out to grab the mail or walk the dog.

    Reviewer photo showing person wearing the Acorn Men's slippers in navy tweed

    Promising review: "I wanted some new slippers for around the house (and occasionally a short trip outside) and looked at quite a few options on Amazon. After looking at options two to three times more expensive I decided to give these a try, due to the mostly positive reviews and I think I made the right choice. I've had my pair for a couple months and wear them regularly. The memory foam insole is comfortable and provides some support on my mostly wood and tile floors. I usually wear them with socks to avoid getting sweaty feet, but the woven fabric is pretty breathable (one of the reasons I bought them). —Matt

    Get a pair from Amazon for $32.84+ (available in sizes 7.5-15 and 13 colors).

    35. A pair of pinstripe sweatpants that totally don't look like sweatpants, so you can feel dressed up with actually being dressed up.


    Get them from ASOS for $33.60 (available in sizes XXXL-XXXXL).

    36. A collapsible tote because you suddenly have a lot more things to carry with you: extra face masks, hand sanitizer, head phones, mints, lip balm, gloves...

    Product photo showing Carhartt WIP tote bag in camo
    Carhartt WIP

    Get one from Carhartt WIP for $35 (available in five colors/patterns).

    37. A breathable performance henley from Bonobos that, with its luxurious cotton blend and moisture-wicking fabric, you'll definitely want in every color.


    Get one from Bonobos for $68 (available in sizes XS-XXL and six colors).

    38. A pair of pleated corduroys with a relaxed fit and cropped inseam guaranteed to be the coolest pants you've had in a while.

    Model wearing Alex Mill rugged cord pleated pant in dark olive
    Alex Mill

    Be sure to check out the matching Mill Blazer!

    Get them from Alex Mill for $125 (available in inseams 28-38, including long sizes, and three colors).

    39. A full-zip fleece vest you can wear as a top layer when it's just a little chilly outside, or as a base layer when the time comes to truly bundle up.

    Model wearing Amazon Essentials full zip fleece vest in brown geo

    Promising review: "Wore out my old fleece vest (8+ years) and needed to find one to replace it so onto Amazon I go. This vest popped up and for the price and ability to try it and return it if I don't like it, what the heck, $20 is worth at least a try. Well, I have to say I was surprised at the quality of the material, the quality of the construction and the fit. They had the color I wanted (Forest Green) in stock and the color matched what I thought it would be. I've been wearing the vest since it arrived a couple of days ago and so far, it's comfortable and warm." —Trebor

    Get it from Amazon for $8.18+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 19 colors/patterns).

    40. Dickies work pants, the classic pair-with-anything trousers that are wrinkle and stain resistant — need I say more?

    Model wearing Dickie's original 874 work pant in brown

    Promising review: "Bought these for use at work. I work in a hospital environment where I have to look professional but can get messy at times. I spent $ 25 on each pair of pants and they look like more expensive pants. They feel a little funny at first. Very stiff the first time you wear them. Belt loops just barely fit my belt. The front pockets are somewhat smaller than my jeans pockets. But they are very durable and easy to clean when you get into a mess. They definitely fit the "office casual" dress code. Perfect for my job. I'd assume they'd be good for many applications. Car repair, pest control, restaurant or other jobs where there is a need to look decent but not worry so much about your clothes getting dirty. Two thumbs up!!! Highly recommended." —Beth Reynolds

    Get them from Amazon for $17+ (available in sizes 28x32-48x37 and 18 colors).

    41. A pair of Clark's Wallabees made with 100% leather and a crepe soul that work together to form one beautiful, highly-durable, ultra-comfortable pair of boots you'll never want to take off.

    Model wearing Clark's Wallabee boots in grey

    Promising review: "This is my third pair of Clark's Wallabee Chukkas. They quickly become my go-to shoe and get a lot of use. On average I'm getting about five to six years out of each pair I've owned, wearing them I'd say four to five times per week during that time period. I live in a large city as well so I do quite a bit of walking." —Brian

    Get them from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in sizes 7.5-13 and nine colors).

    42. A long-sleeve waffle knit with elastic cuffs and a straight hem that make it perfect for layering under a vest or flannel.

    Reviewer wearing Amazon Essentials waffle knit long sleeve crew in charcoal

    Promising review: "These are great waffle-knit shirts. Fit is as expected. Have held up to all washes. I wear the sleeves pushed up frequently and the cuffs have even resisted stretching out so far." —sp1D55

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and five colors).

    43. A nylon rain jacket because there are definitely autumn days when it rains or snows but it's not quite cold enough yet to sport your winter parka.

    Model wearing Corridor natural dye nylon rainjacket in orange

    Get it from Corridor for $325 (available in sizes XS-XXL and three colors).

    44. And a cashmere sweatshirt that's lightweight and bulk-free while also being incredibly warm, making it great for everything from layering to lounging.


    Promising review: "Great lightweight sweatshirt/sweater but because it's cashmere it's warm. Really really soft and I think it's the perfect fit. With care this guy will age well." —DerekNYLA

    Get it from Madewell for $128 (available in sizes XS-XXL and five colors).

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