Today marks the return of the GQ X Gap collections showcasing the “Best Menswear Designers in America”. As a tribute to the 10th anniversary, GQ pulled the best of the best from past GQ X Gap collaborations and asked 4 designers to create the “All-Stars Collection”. Saturdays NYC, John Elliott, Michael Bastian and Steven Alan are now all taking on this collaboration with GQ X Gap for the second time, and their capsule collections are all available now at select Gap stores and online.
Check out this video by GQ for a cool behind the scenes look at the photo shoot highlighting this year’s selected designers and featured pieces from their collections. Check out the entire spread in the October issue of GQ.
I’m especially loving the contributions from Saturdays NYC, one of my favorite places to shop, but I’ve also pulled my top picks from each designer below. All of the jackets are especially good and everything is perfect for the upcoming fall season. Sizes have already begun to sell out, so I wouldn’t wait too long.
In my last post I mentioned that shoes can be a great way to start dressing for the changing of the season, so I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites for your fall sneaker update. A solid clean leather or a light suede will always feel seasonally appropriate and can be worn with pretty much anything. So, now that September is coming to end, it is time to shelf your boat shoes, and refresh your footwear inventory.
With a fall sneaker update, I would encourage you to try out a new color. These wine colored Tretorns give a cool edge, but are surprisingly easy to wear. Don’t worry too much about matching them to what you’re wearing, but allow this cool color be a standout. These olive low tops are also a great way to incorporate one of season’s biggest color trends in a cool and new way.
If color isn’t quite your thing, black and white never go out of style. Common Projects really has perfected the low top in their Achilles Leather Sneakers, and are included as a pair of shoes to wear year round. At $410, they are an investment, but if you are wearing them 3X a week, they will end up paying for themselves. As a more affordable alternative, the skate brand Vans is really having a moment right now. Going with the classic Sk8-Hi body is a great choice for a laid back California feel, but some say that the Old Skool is will be the more popular. Either way, with these high or low tops, Vans are another great addition to your fall sneaker update.
The first day of fall is coming up later this week and always creates a little bit of a quandary; what is the best way to dress appropriately when the season has changed, but the weather hasn’t? Summer heat always seems to drag on, but by the end of September everyone is ready for a style change. Now is a great time to start integrating more fall appropriate pieces into your everyday wardrobe and using the following tips can help with dressing for fall in the heat.
Pay Attention to Color
Don’t hesitate to take a more monochromatic approach by pairing darker pieces together. While the adage of white after labor day is totally bunk, go ahead and begin taking your bright colors and bolder patterns of summer out of rotation. I’m not suggesting to only wear black, but perhaps the madras can wait until next spring. Wearing darker pieces, like this polo in midnight blue, nods at the transition of seasonal change, but doesn’t feel overly heavy and won’t have you sweating by 11am.
Speaking of sweating, wearing lighter-weight pieces are a great way be seasonally appropriate without sacrificing comfort. This moisture wicking polo is great on its own, but can easily be worn under a blazer or light sweater. Keeping things lighter help reduce bulk when adding pieces over one another but still remain breathable, especially with a rolled sleeve. In a month or two, just toss on a warmer chunky cardigan and you’ve still got breathable base layers.
Kick it up a Notch
Swap out your summery kicks for more fall minded footwear. Sneakers are a year-round go to for almost any occasion, but these suede high tops give an immediate fall feel. A classic white low top never goes out of style, but now is the time to start wearing socks to cover up your bare ankles. This is also about the time you can bring out your chelsea boots without feeling ridiculous.
Grow it Out
Now is also a great time to change-up your grooming routine as well. Start now on growing out your winter beard. The added stubble will give a new look and feel to your everyday, and should be pretty full by the time the cooler weather actually does set in.
Keeping things looking clean and fresh during the summer can be tough as heat can cause everything to look like a crumpled sweaty mess. Summer dressing is all about lightweight layers and finding breathable fabrics to counter the soaring temps. This linen henley is the perfect casual striped tee to pair with a lightweight chino and a clean pair of sneaks for an easy night out.
We try to take advantage of the slower summer attitude and always love good food and drinks on a patio during the week. Dallas is a fairly causal city, so wearing a tee under a cotton blazer is just the right amount of dressing up. This linen tee feels great and the classic stripes are perfect with the henley neckline. I can still feel comfortable sitting outside in 95° and not sweating through every piece I own. Worn for date night with these lightweight navy chinos, but I will also be placing this casual striped tee in my rotation with denim for an easy weekend look for the rest of the summer.