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Suffice to say that we feel a little tired in the face of all this “return to normal” that everyone is talking about. The Delta variant is raging, vaccination rates are not where they should be, and we can’t seem to get out of this sad blanket of uncertainty that has covered us for so long.
But there are two things of which we are sure. First, there’s a good chance you’ve spent more time than usual over the past 18 months wearing clothes that would not traditionally be considered appropriate for the office. Second, despite what we have just established, there is a good chance that you will be asked to return to the office in some capacity in the near future.
It creates a sort of conundrum. If you’ve been sprawled out on your couch in basketball shorts and a dingy tee all summer, after a winter and spring you’ve spent in sweatpants and a hoodie, you probably aren’t. not really impatient to put on your best buttoning. and your stiffest jeans.
Fortunately, the menswear landscape is currently lousy with options for people looking for clothing that is comfortable, simple and non-restrictive, yet still stylish and perfectly put together. Below, we’ve picked 10 tops and 10 bottoms that will help you look and feel great this fall, whether you’re on your couch, at the office, or anywhere in between.
lululemon Fundamental Long Sleeve Henley
The henley is probably the most effective half-step from casual to professional. It’s more chic than a simple long-sleeved t-shirt, thanks to the buttons, but because of the collarless neckline, it’s not as big as a button-down or even a polo shirt. A good henley like this one from lululemon will work brilliantly in a number of different settings, adding a nice, subtle dose of rugged masculinity to your look with minimal effort.
lululemon At Ease Zipped Hoodie
For those days when you are working alone at home, except for the occasional Zoom meeting. The lululemon At Ease Hoodie is a remarkably comfortable piece of clothing made from a 4-way stretch fabric that gives it a bit of texture and helps it stand out from all your other hoodies.
Vuori Ace buttoned up
If it’s the first time in a while to put on a real collared shirt, there’s probably no better option than Vuori’s Ace button-down shirt, which is made with the brand’s Performance Pique fabric. It’s soft and comfortable, but with some cool features like anti-odor technology and UPF protection.
Faherty movement knit shirt
If performance fabrics, like in the Vuori shirt above, aren’t your style, this Faherty button-down is made from an ultra-soft cotton blend that contradicts its more… button-down silhouette.
Todd Snyder Turtleneck Sweatshirt
Granted, in most parts of the country it’s still a little too hot to get by with a turtleneck, but soon enough it will be the MVP of your wardrobe. Part of Todd Snyder’s now legendary collaboration with Champion, this is the ultimate in sneaky comfort. Everyone will be everything, “Ooh, how sleek and stylish!” “And you will all be,” Thank you, I really care fashion! “but deep down you’ll be like” heh, it’s just a sweatshirt “.
MegaFleece Outdoor Voices Snap Sweatshirt
This fall, even more than any that came before it, we believe that your collection of sweatshirts and quarter-zippers is going to allow you to get a lot of profit from your collection. Worried about sounding a little too basic? Don’t be. Just make sure to pick one with a bit of character and don’t be afraid to lean on a slightly oversized cut.
Flint & Tinder Jackson Flannel
Another piece that does a great job of concealing how comfortable it is, Flint & Tinder’s Jackson flannel offers the softness and flexibility you expect from fabric, but since it’s crafted in a solid color rather than a plaid. more exterior is This will work just fine in a more formal setting.
Faherty Inlet Knit Blazer
We’ve been saying for years that no one is as soft as Faherty, so if you’re looking for an outer layer that will add a touch of flair to your base layer, you could do a lot worse than this knit piece. , which is cut like a blazer but has the spirit of an overshirt or a big cardigan.
Patagonia quarter-zip in recycled cashmere
Like we said, quarter zips are the way to go this season. Throw it over a button-down shirt for an immediate dose of business casual attire or over a t-shirt to rake some leaves.
Reigning Champion Midweight Terry Crewneck Sweater
Reigning Champ’s iconic crew-neck sweatshirt is fitted in a slim fit and clean enough that it doesn’t look like a sweatshirt at all, but rather a cotton and cashmere sweater.
ABC lululemon jogging pants
So yeah, we realize these won’t exactly pass as chinos or whatever, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t be part of a stylish and presentable outfit. The massively popular ABC joggers from lululemon are soft enough that you want to live in it, but also contoured enough that you never look sloppy.
Club Monaco cotton tapered pants
With an elasticated waist and leg openings, these Club Monaco pants are just about everything we could ask for this season, allowing for a little stretch thanks to this waistband, increased mobility thanks to the relaxed seat and thigh, as well as a more refined look thanks to the tapered cuffs.
Commission pants lululemon
The lululemon Commission pants are branded “must-have pants”. The highly technical fabric is thin and wicks moisture, and the classic fit allows for plenty of movement, whether you’re on a bike to work and can use the extra mobility, or you desperately don’t want to feel strangled by anything. way either.
Flint & Tinder 365 jogging pants
Jogging pants with belt loops are the biggest lie ever told to man. And we’re very, very happy to be lied to.
Taylor Stitch Pants
The most striking thing about these Taylor Stitch Aprés pants is the double waffle mesh fabric, which makes it almost look like herringbone dress pants when, in fact, it is one of the most comfortable lounge pants. that you can wear.
Uniqlo Casual Ankle Trousers
If there’s a time to see if you can pull off the cropped, slightly oversized look, it’s now. Pair them with sleek, minimalist sneakers and one of those quarter zippers we mentioned above, and no one will even realize how comfortable you are.
Everlane Performance 5 pockets
Made from a soft, unrestricted fabric, and cut into a silhouette you won’t have to think about too much, the Performance 5-Pocket Pant from Everlane is exactly the kind of simple all-rounder we’ve all been looking for this season.
J.Crew straight-cut corduroy pants
As long as you go for a straight fit rather than a narrower or even skinny fit, corduroy pants can be some of the most comfortable in your arsenal. We’ve long sworn by J.Crew’s version in their 770 fit. Pair them with chunky socks and your favorite loafers, and you’ll be a happy, happy man.
Todd Snyder Infantry Pants
With cargo-style pockets, tapered ankles and sleek overall fit, the Todd Snyder Infantry Pant is packed with nifty little embellishments that help elevate it far beyond what you’d expect from a garment with a drawstring at the waist.
Much like with the Uniqlo option above, the key to removing the relaxed fit pants is to make sure they are on the shorter side and just tapered enough. We can’t have excess fabric wrapping around your ankles, can we?
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