Fall is here, which means it's (say it with us now) time to really start dressin'! Of course, this comes on the heels of many months squirreled away indoors, swaddled in sweats and, perhaps, feeling the appeal of putting on proper clothes start to slip away. Don't give in to that impulse. There's no better season than the current one to fall back in love with getting dressed. And couldn't we all use a little more love in our lives right now?
In case you need a little extra convincing, here are 18 reasons to keep the faith—and keep your closet on-point. Enjoy.
Small but not exactly subtle accessories, from statement-making necklaces to avant-garde earrings to intricately detailed rings worn by the bunch.
The release of American, Also, a documentary chronicling the two-year lead-up to the stunning spring/summer 2020 Pyer Moss fashion show honoring sister Rosetta Tharpe, the inventor of rock 'n' roll.
Raf at Prada.
Enjoying knitwear at its most functional. Let there be cold, and not just that of the air conditioner. Bring on the big sweaters.
Martine Rose’s impeccably executed gun-check topcoat.
Cuban-heeled boots, for a little more height and a lot more vibe.
Contentious Proposition No. 1: Wear a tie to your job. It will confuse everyone, but it’s so alien that it might just work.
Contentious Proposition No. 2: Pop your collar. What once said “pretentious” now says “easygoing”—or at least “artfully audacious”—if deployed correctly.
Vintage-inspired jeans from Glenn’s Denim, which combine Glenn Liburd’s mastery of denim construction with fits that pay homage to NYC’s subcultural heyday of the '70s and '80s.
Simple, monochromatic dressing. The look—easier said than done—telegraphs a less conspicuous kind of luxury that favors texture and proportion over big, brash logos.
The new vintage boom, which is turning real rarity—not just manufactured scarcity—into clout.
Vintage Barbour jacket from The Rag Parade
Organizations like the Black In Fashion Council—led by Sandrine Charles (bottom right) and Lindsay Peoples Wagner (center)—and efforts like the Fifteen Percent Pledge—led by Aurora James (top left)—which aim to address systemic racism in fashion and get more shelf space devoted to Black-owned brands.
Going DIY by chopping the collar off a denim shirt or distressing the cuffs and hem of a lightweight sweater. It’ll give new life to stuff you might have forgotten was even in your closet.
Carrying a bag. Because you’re going somewhere, and you need the stuff—from your laptop to your hand sanitizer—inside of it. (Doesn’t hurt if the bag itself looks pretty great, too.)
Just-right, high-end workwear from the eponymous label of Toledo-born Darryl Brown, who logged time as a steelworker and a railroad engineer before launching his own brand.
The jersey suit, a transition item that bridges the gap from summer to fall and the move from indoor comfort to outdoor style.
Wearing an automatic watch regularly enough that it tells the correct time and date again.
London-based designer Nicholas Daley’s ability to take elements of the abstract and the familiar—like a hand- drawn, nigh-psychedelic riff on classic camo—and make them feel right at home together.
A version of this story appears in the September 2020 issue of Esquire magazine
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