Yes, we may be in the dead of summer now, but fall is just around the corner. So don't procrastinate and get ready for the cool weather with these staple mens pieces that are both functional and on trend.
Gloves are usually thought of as a winter necessity rather than a fashion accessory. But thanks to Karl Lagerfeld and Christopher Bailey, gloves have become the hot new menswear accessory. Known for his signature fingerless leather gloves, Karl Lagerfeld has finally made this look accessible to the general public with his Karl line. For his Burberry Fall 2012 show, Christopher Bailey showed studded men’s gloves that are one of the most coveted Fall 2012 accessories. Other brands who showcased this must have accessory were Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton and Salvatore Ferragamo. No matter what your style, owning a pair of gloves is essential this fall/winter season.
Burberry Spiked Leather Gloves, $650 at luisaviaroma.com
Karl Lagerfeld Paris Studded Nappa Leather Gloves, $383; available at luisaviaroma.com
Boots are a fall staple but keep in mind that not every style is made the same. For Fall 2012 it’s important to invest in a good pair of lace up boots. Not necessarily a combat boot but more a brogue-esque boot. It’s difficult to describe but once you see an image, we’re sure you’ll understand what we mean. You can go super high end and buy the beaded Givenchy lace up boots from the Fall 2012 runway show or you can keep it a bit more financially safe with the less pricey but still amazing lace up boots from Alejandro Ingelmo. Ingelmo is a hot new accessories designer who has only been in business for six short years but has already established a devoted clientele.
Alejandro Ingelmo Wooster Boot, $129; available at alejandroingelmo.com
Givenchy Sneaker Style Low Boots, $967; available at luisaviaroma.com
A Stylish Umbrella
As we learned last year, winter isn’t always a snow-covered wonderland, often it’s more of a gloomy rain filled few months. Make sure you’re prepared for anything Mother Nature can throw your way this fall/winter and invest in a good umbrella. It may seem frivolous to spend more than $20 on an umbrella, but given the number of times you use it in a year, this is one of your most logical investments. Not only is it important to consider its value for keeping you dry, but also its sartorial value and how it can add to your style. On a cold and rainy day your umbrella is often the first and only part of you that people see, so why not take this opportunity to make a bold, intriguing statement.
Swaine Adeney Brigg Golfing Umbrella, $165; available at mrporter.com
Burberry Owl Handle Striped Walking Umbrella, $850; available at burberry.com
The Man Bag
And of course, you'll need a roomy bag to carry all your stuff around. The "murse" has hit the mainstream, so whether you're looking for a basic messenger bag or something sleek to carry your laptop around, a manbag is the perfect way of keeping it all together in style.
Jack Spade Work Twill Swiss Brief w/ Flap Bag, $375, revolveclothing.com