In a lot of ways, the Fall season represents a new beginning. Not so much in the way of Spring where there’s new growth on trees and flowers, but more in the way of change. It’s been a long few months since Spring and Summer started. So for me anyway, Fall represents a fresh new season that’s completely different than the previous 5-6 months.
Now yes, the weather is cooling off, but it’s not full fledged winter yet. So I want to talk about some transitional outerwear items that I picked up recently from today’s sponsor, Nordstrom Rack that I think are key for this Fall season. I’m talking about lightweight bomber jackets, medium weight jackets quarter zip pull-overs and sweaters. And everything I’ll be highlighting is from Nordstrom Rack.
Quarter Zip Pullover
So, for me, I love a nice, versatile bomber jacket and a quarter zip sweater or sweatshirt. It has to be nice though. Not a regular old school oversize cotton sweatshirt. I want the ability to wear it out without feeling like I’m wearing part of a sweat suit. This blue, quarter zip sweatshirt fits the bill perfectly. It’s comfortable, it fits really well and I can wear it out all day and not feel like a slob. The color is great and since I wear a lot of blue, I have a lot of other pieces that’ll pair up perfectly with it.
Casual Zip Up Sweatshirt
Speaking of comfortable sweatshirts, this zip sweatshirt is another one that feels like a sweatshirt, but looks a lot nicer. I probably could’ve got away with a small because this Medium is a bit roomy for me, but it might shrink up a little bit in the wash. The good thing is, it has enough room to easily go with a few more layers underneath it.
I usually go with dark colors for my outerwear, as you’ll see coming up next, but I can definitely see myself wearing this light gray jacket quite a bit. This probably isn’t gonna pass in a formal setting or anything like that, but as a basic run out the door or chill at the house jacket, it’s pretty much perfect and it can be worn by pretty much any guy.
Lightweight Bomber Jacket
On the topic of lightweight zip jackets, a lightweight bomber like this is extremely versatile. I have one black bomber jacket in my closet and I wear it literally all the time when it’s cool out. I wear it so much it’s starting to show it’s age. So I’m very excited to be replacing it with this one, again from Nordstrom Rack. It’s thin, but not too thin. It’s versatile, it looks expensive, but it’s not and it’s absolutely perfect for layering.
Again, this is a Medium and I probably could’ve got away with a small, but I’m actually okay with it. Because it leaves just enough room for a sweater or a few light layers underneath it. Lightweight bombers like this are just so incredibly versatile. Like I mentioned about wearing this as a top layer with light layers underneath, you can also layer on top of this with a heavy coat or jacket because it’s relatively thin and lightweight.
Speaking of layers, lightweight sweaters might be the perfect mid-layer for fall. They’re not too bulky so when you wear one underneath a jacket, you won’t feel puffed up and restricted like the Michelin Man. Start with a t-shirt, them throw a lightweight sweater over that and then throw on a bomber, and you’re ready for the day. I like dark colors personally, but feel free to experiment with different colors.
Military Bomber Jacket
I’m really excited about this last one. It’s a military bomber jacket and it fits just about perfect. This one has a lot more weight, so this will be a top layer only. If it’s not too cold, you can go with a t-shirt or a Polo underneath it. But if it gets colder, layering with a nice sweater with either jeans or chinos would look incredible, but also serve the purpose of keeping you warm.
The epaulettes on the shoulders are a nice touch, and they help smaller guys like me visually look a little more broad through the shoulders. Like I mentioned, most of my outerwear are dark colors because they’re just a lot more versatile. For example, a red fleece jacket, although warm, just won’t be as versatile. I can wear dark color jackets to brunch, then to a networking meeting and then to dinner and it’ll look right at home all day long. Versatility allows your wardrobe to go a lot farther.