You don’t have to tell us you’re tired of summer, we get it. We’re so ready for fall. Sure, it's only early August, but if you ask us, it's never too early to start thinking about what you'll be wearing come fall.
But that’s what makes this time so confusing. The calendar says it’s time to start thinking about fall, but the thermometer insists that summer isn’t quite over yet. To help you bridge the gap, we’ve pulled together a few stylish mid-weight fits that make perfect sense for right now—but that you’ll still wear a ton once autumn arrives in earnest. It’s time to get reacquainted with layers. Remember those? It’s been shorts and T-shirts for far too long.
Early autumn comes with all sorts of opportunities to pull on some hardy yet cozy combinations that will take you from warm days to cool, early nights. The great American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgeraland famously wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” And we’d have to agree. There's an inherent newness to autumn. Maybe the season will be perpetually tied to the start of a new school year—even long after we've graduated. I've always appreciated that "fresh start" feeling of fall. Way more than New Year's. Because the season feels like a time to get down to work. After a long, lazy summer, you're ready for change. You're prepared to try something new, both mentally and physically.
It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind. But when the opportunity arises to step outside of your comfort zone and expand your abilities, you're always a better man for it. The season's just getting started and there's plenty to learn. In fact, fall hasn't even technically begun yet. The autumnal equinox falls on September 22. See, you're learning stuff already.
As the intense summer heat eases up, plan out a weekend excursion centered around a day-long hike. Take in the great outdoors and explore new territory. Just make sure to layer up—a lightweight flannel can be wrapped around your waist until you need it.
Surge tee, $58 by Olivers
Channel shorts, $108 by Olivers
Camp shirt, $194.95 by RRL
Merino activity socks, $22 by American Trench
Terrex AX4 hiking sneakers $100 by Adidas
A Fire Pit With Friends
One of the great joys of cooler weather returning is the ability to relax en plein air without overheating. In fact, after the sun goes down, all you really need for a good time is a few logs, a fire pit, the company of good friends and a few drinks.
Porter hoodie, $168 by Olivers
Leather Boston clogs, $230 by Birkenstock
Vintage 505 jeans, $36 by Levi’s
Canvas tote, $54.95 by L.L. Bean
The Pre-Fall Date
Keep it casual for an afternoon date in between seasons. Our lightweight henley is a cool, comfortable base layer to wear under a relaxed chore jacket. Pair them with some drawstring pants and low-key sneakers for a look that’s pulled together without looking like you tried too hard.
Convoy henley, $118 by Olivers
Linen shirt jacket, $205 by La Paz
Fatigue drawstring pants, $145 by Hartford
Campus sneakers, $190 by Adidas x Norse Projects
* Ready to Get Away? From leaf-peeping day trips to long weekends for seasonal festivals, early fall is a great time to search out adventures. U.S. News and World Report has over two dozen options to choose from.