Light layering is your best friend for fall because, and as you’re probably aware, weather is complicated. While you may consult your favorite weather app each morning in an attempt to plan for any meteorological mishaps, know this: things can often and unpredictably heat-up come noon (which is to say that new three-quarter length cashmere blend coat you wore in anticipation there being a crisp bite in the air will quickly become redundant and bulky – the latter being the greater of the two evils, especially on a muggy afternoon).
Enter light layering, an approach to dressing that marks a slight departure from typical layering paradigms. The point is to avoid being encumbered by heavy, sweat-inducing layers by creating a malleable, breathable outfit that evolves with the weather – not in spite of it. Think light yet insulating: leather, cashmere and denim. Start with a Reiss leather bomber jacket, basic black Acne jeans and your favorite boots, all paired with a white oversized Alexander Wang tee and a Ralph Lauren denim shirt (which can be worn open or closed depending on 1) the vibe and 2) temperature). Finish by adding a retro touch with Cutler and Gross’ acetate and metal square-framed sunglasses. The result? Prepare to make casually luxe, buttoned-down impression.
– Light layers are essential for fall. Shop a wide selection of GQ-curated essentials here. Photographs by Izzy Tuason.