Summer has officially finished with it being September, however temperatures are yet to plummit and Fall weather is fast approaching. This means it’s time to start thinking about or even stocking up on transitional season pieces that will carry you over into the Fall/Winter season. Fall/Winter is definitely my favourite season when it comes to fashion because I love layering up and playing around with fall colours that otherwise would be hard to pull in summer time. For my piece with Canali 1934 I am going to pick out my top picks from the Fall collection that mirror the seasonal tones.
First let’s talk about the sartorial powerhouse that is Canali 1934 and its origins. A true Italian brand that sings to my fashion soul and channels that Italian Sprezzatura that we are all envious of when you see Italians wearing those impeccably crafted outfits at the likes of Pitti Uomo. A brand with a rich heritage Canali was founded in 1934 in Italy as a family-run business. This was an auspicious time for menswear, coinciding with the rise of the contemporary lounge suit and the emergence of the clean, sharp aesthetic of modernist design. Over the the years passing on from generation to generation, the brand grew globally to become the fashion powerhouse that it is today. Over the decades the brand launched key pieces that are available to buy to date such as outerwear, accessories, Canali’s sportswear range as well as the iconic, unstructured Kei jacket.
Be it tailoring, smart casual pieces or accessories the brand has it all and here is why you need to incorporate Canali into your wardrobe. I have picked out a number of pieces from the new Autumn/Winter range that are super versatile, will allow you to create various transitional season looks that work well as we draw close to the end of summer and enter Autumn.
This look is simple but it works so well for the days you are not fussed about putting on a tie and it can easily take you to a bar for after work drinks. The Turtleneck (Polo Neck) is a true winter wardrobe staple that every guy should own. It’s so easy to style as it can work for a smart casual look or a tailored look giving a clean and elegant finishing touch to your outfit . Playing around with navy tones is very easy if you know what to pair them with.
This is your tailored look with this beautiful grey Glen check pattern. A crisp white shirt is always the go to staple piece for a grey suit. For the days it’s a bit colder, you can opt for my personal favourite winter staple piece, the turtleneck. It exudes elegance and is the cherry on top of this gentleman’s armour. Pairing this look with the burgundy double monks adds a bit of colour to the outfit. As mentioned before, on days it’s a bit colder I would go for the black chelsea boots. This will be a sure head turner in that next business meeting.
Smart casual is easy to master when you have the right staple pieces to work with and the gilet is back again this season. A chunky knit, some relaxed trousers and a pair of sneakers give this the look the ultimate comfort factor without compromising on style. This is definitely the Sunday brunch look or the Sunday chill outfit. Swapping out the sneakers for Chelsea boots reinvents the look.
I love playing around with separates because of the different textures, fabrics and colours. This is another great smart casual look that can easily take you from day to night. A plain white t-shirt breaks up the dark tones of the jacket and trousers. Double pleats and side adjusters on trousers are very much on trend and I would suggest getting your hands on of these sleek trousers. They your waistline will look much cleaner and the absence of belt loops and how the trousers are designed will actually give the illusion of a smaller waistline. Double suede monks are a great way to finish the look as they give a bit of texture and darker tone to the outfit.
My favourite staple piece and definitely a must buy, is a well crafted coat and this is one piece I urge you not to penny pinch on. A well crafted coat with high quality material such as this stunning Prince of Wales check double breasted overcoat will set you back a pretty penny, however with great after care it will last you years and you will be glad to have spent good money on it (Don’t penny pinch on this one!). Pairing it with a long sleeved polo or turtleneck will help you battle the elements and keep you looking ever so stylish. For myself the turtleneck is the go-to piece for this coat, it’s so elegant and it just oozes class. You can opt for trousers or jeans and pair it with either the double monks or chelsea boots to complete the look.
These are the pieces that peaked my interest and the five looks that I decided to create from the new Canali 1934 AW 19 range. As I mentioned before the pieces are super versatile, I am a huge believer and practitioner of sustainable fashion (in terms of buying pieces that will last me for years and are super versatile allowing me to create new looks with what I already have in my wardrobe).
Shop all these looks over at Canali 1934.