When it comes to men’s fashion, few seasons are as exciting as autumn. A time of year when layering comes back into play and a more pared down colour palette lends itself easily to suave and sophisticated dressing, it’s the perfect time to stock up on shoes, scarves, suits and all the basics you’ll need to see you through the season in style.
If you’re feeling a little uninspired or are ready to mix things up a bit for A/W 2021, then it might be time to try out some new brands and truly transform your look to make this season your best-dressed yet. With something to suit all occasions, the best designer brands online have got you covered – and from the office to the outdoors, these should be your first ports of call.
Best for smart: Burberry
Innovation has always been at the heart of Burberry’s DNA, with founder Thomas Burberry inventing weatherproof cotton fabric, gabardine way back in 1879. Now used across many of its garments – including the iconic Tielocken belted men’s coat – it was a sign of things to come for the brand, and men who wear Burberry can now rely on it for a flawless supply of sharp suits, jackets and trenches that are the perfect attire for doing big business or attending high-profile events as we head into autumn.
Best for casual: All Saints
For laid-back, off-duty cool, All Saints has long been a go-to for the sartorial male, offering edgier alternative pieces designed to help you to assert your individuality. Famed for its quirky and relaxed shirts, the British brand has begun to prioritise sustainability over recent years, with organic cotton now a mainstay and a regular feature across its collection. Thanks to its improved sustainability credentials, it has become a go-to for the eco-conscious male, with no need to compromise on style in pursuit of a more planet-friendly approach to fashion.
Best for outdoors: Barbour
With an impressive 123 years of history behind it, Barbour is a veteran of the men’s fashion scene, yet year in, year out, it continues to bring the very finest of outdoor attire to the table. Once known as little more than a wax-jacket company, the brand has since become a prime example of quality British manufacturing, with garments continuing to be manufactured by hand in its Simonside factory in South Shields, and years later, it still remains very much within the Barbour family’s hands. We’ve seen the likes of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and 007 actor Daniel Craig sporting its iconic jackets over recent years – a sign that despite the brand’s age, it certainly hasn’t lost its status as one of the best outdoor brands on the block.
Best for basics: Bonobos
American menswear brand Bonobos has made a name for itself as the number one go-to for stocking up on those all-important basics, which we all know can make or break a look and provide some much-needed versatility within your wardrobe. Founded with the aim of developing perfect-fitting trousers, it has since gone on to grow its collection into a more well-rounded offering that offers excellent t-shirts, shirts, jeans and chinos – and have even developed a golfing range to ensure enthusiasts can look as good and feel as comfortable on the course as they do off.
Best for the office: Reiss
A brand designed to cater to the dapper gentleman, Reiss is well-known within the men’s fashion world thanks to its smart suits, chinos, shirts and knitted polos, and with clean lines, a neutral colour palette and subtle details, it’s the epitome of minimalist style. Providing you with all the pieces you need to create a look that commands respect, that might just help you out when it comes to sealing those all-important business deals, it’s a brand that every fashion-forward male should be acquainted with – just add your favourite Rolex and some Cartier cufflinks for the ultimate office or boardroom look.