If you’re not ready for bank robber chic, you may want to steer clear of this season’s luxury balaclava fad and, thankfully, there are plenty of other trends that will keep you looking hot off the catwalk as the nights draw in.
Step out in style
Whether you’re strutting said catwalk, marching through the crisp autumnal leaves or heading off to the sit in front of the fire in your local pub, you need to be wearing a great pair of walking boots.
Think style over performance – although you may want to invest in both – as this pair will be part of your fashion wardrobe rather than the first shoes you’d opt for when heading out for a hike.
The look you’re aiming for is big, chunky boots with commando soles and traditional eyelets. Then, if you’re feeling brave you could go all Louis Vuitton and team with leggings or follow the Giorgio Armani suggestion and pair with tracksuit-type trousers. This might be a step too far for you – and for many people – and so how about wearing them with some weighty tailoring in a cashmere and wool mix or tweed teamed with Farah shirts, available from retailers such as ejmenswear.com/men/farah.
Keep your trousers tapered and go for a turn-up which will sit perfectly on top of your boot. Then, top your shirt or fine-gauge crew with a matching blazer or thick sweater.
If you’re planning to buy walking boots to actually go hiking, however, don’t forget to consider more than just the way you look. You can find some top tips on the Get Outside Ordnance Survey website at https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/guides/choosing-the-right-walking-boots/.
Wrap up the look
A really easy access trend offered by the likes of Hugo Boss, Philipp Plein and Hermès comes in the form of shearling. Think heavy-duty shearling flight jackets, bombers and duffels.
Shearling is wool that comes from a single sheared sheep. This is then either used to line a shearling coat or it can be used to make the whole thing.
If you’ve never worn shearling before, you may want to start slowly with a safe and classic option such as a chocolate brown shearling and leather bomber from the likes of Belstaff or a Kent & Curwen canvas jacket with a decadent shearling trim.