Navigating Autumn & Winter, Savile Row Style: How To Look The Part In The Cold

It’s tempting to simply throw on some warmer clothing in the colder months with little to no attention on style, detail, and refinement. But with just a few simple additions to your wardrobe, you can look a million dollars while staying warm and comfortable. 

As the seasons shift from the warmth of summer into the clutches of autumn and winter, it’s an opportunity to shine in the darkness. Dressing well in good weather is quite simple – a nice cool suit, some quality leisure-wear, maybe even a linen number if you’re in the mood, but there’s nothing complicated about it. Winter though, that’s a time to layer up with style and stand out from the crowd.    In this guide, we’ll navigate the changing seasons with a focus on classic, luxurious fabrics such as cashmere, vicuña, merino, tweed, twill, and flannel, while paying homage to the ultimate autumn and winter garment – the overcoat.  

The Right Suit For Autumn & Winter


Think Darker Colours (and get creative if you like)

The shift from summer to autumn brings a change in colour palette. Blacks, navies, and darker greys are a safe, classy, and elegant choice – these will never let you down especially in the colder months. Richer, deeper hues like charcoal, forest greens, olive, even rich browns and deep burgundies are your allies. These colours not only resonate with the seasons but stand out beautifully when made and worn right.  


Elevate Your Cloth Collection

When it comes to autumn and winter, fabric selection is key. It’s about more than warmth (though that is important). This time of year presents an incredible opportunity to add luxurious, comfortable, and rarer cloths to your wardrobe – the kind that set your garments apart from the others. Cloth selection is, after all, one of the greatest joys of tailoring.  Let’s take a look at some cloths that might not immediately spring to mind, but make a universe of difference to your dressing game: 


Luxuriously soft and warm,cashmere is an ideal choice for a touch of opulence. Wrapped in cashmere, you’re not just wearing a fabric; you’re embracing a world of exquisite comfort and refinement, making every day feel like an occasion.


One of the warmest materials but with a remarkably light feel, vicuña’s rarity is nothing short of legendary. These elusive creatures produce only ounces of fleece annually, making Vicuña one of the world’s most coveted and exclusive materials. When you wear Vicuña, you’re not merely adorning yourself in warmth and lightness; you’re making a statement about your appreciation not for the finer things, but the finest things. 

Merino Wool

Known for its temperature-regulating properties, Merino is another rare, but sustainable luxury fabric that’s also a smart choice for comfort and style. It offers effective insulation and draws moisture away from the skin to stop you from perspiring, while remaining odour-resistant. This makes it a great choice for warmer weather as well as cold.Its natural ability to adjust to your body’s needs ensures you’re always at the perfect temperature, whether you’re indoors or out. Merino wool is also itch-free and doesn’t crease moisture, and has anti-static qualities. But those are all attributes, here’s the bottom line: Merino is your gateway to effortless elegance and sophistication.


Perfect for the tones of autumn but also amazing in winter, Tweed is the quintessential countryside fabric. Renowned for its durability and classic appeal, the enduring charm of tweed isn’t just in its classic style; it’s in its ability to stand the test of time. With tweed, you’re not just dressed for the season; you’re clothed in history, comfort, and lasting elegance.  Click here to read our Country & Tweeds Style Guide. 


Crafted with a distinctive diagonal pattern, twill fabric combines warmth and sophistication effortlessly. As you don a twill suit or jacket, you’ll feel the very essence of the season woven into the fabric. The texture, a blend of subtlety and refinement, encapsulates the beauty of autumn’s crisp air and the cozy feel of winter’s embrace.


Renowned for its softness and warmth, flannel is a fabric that exudes comfort. Each time you wear a flannel suit or overcoat, you’re not merely dressed; you’re wrapped in the enduring style of autumn and winter. The brushed surface of flannel feels like a comforting embrace, inviting you to step out with total confidence.  These fabrics not only protect you from the chill but also infuse your wardrobe with character. They are a testament to the timeless nature of tailored fashion and the joy of embracing the evolving seasons in style.


The Winter Shirt

Don’t forget the importance of a high-quality shirt. It’s the note that pulls the whole song together. Choosing a shirt with a high cotton count is a wise decision for the colder months. It offers a delightful blend of comfort and durability, ensuring your investment stands the test of time.  Additionally, you can dive into a world of texture by selecting weaves like twill or herringbone, adding depth and character to your look. With every shirt, you’re not only embracing warmth and style but also creating a sartorial masterpiece that celebrates the changing seasons in true Savile Row fashion.  See our Bespoke Shirts Style Guide Here  


The Overcoat – A Classy Winter Staple

The overcoat and topcoat are distinct garments often confused. An overcoat is a full-length, warm, and versatile outerwear piece, made from heavier fabrics, while a topcoat is lighter and typically falls just below the knee. Both are great options for autumn and winter.  Picture the well-dressed man walking down the street in a perfectly tailored overcoat. It’s a sight to behold. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the overcoat is your ultimate defence against winter’s chill. It’s a stylish way to stay warm, projecting a sense of authority and elegance especially when dressing smartly or donning a smart-casual outfit. Simply put, investing in a well-tailored overcoat or topcoat is the perfect way to stay warm and comfortable while pulling your look together beautifully.  Read our Bespoke Overcoats & Topcoats Style Guide here. 


Layering & Accessorising For Autumn & Winter

Dressing well isn’t just about clothing; it’s also about the finer details that set the whole ensemble off.

Scarves, Hats, Gloves, Ties, and Pocket Squares

Accessories play a pivotal role in autumn and winter dressing. A cashmere scarf not only adds style but essential warmth. Hats, gloves, ties, and pocket squares are your tools for expressing individuality while staying comfortable in cooler temperatures.


Footwear, too, deserves special attention. Quality leather boots, brogues, or oxfords are your winter allies. They not only keep your feet warm but also elevate your overall look.


Comfort and confidence are the hallmarks of style. Opt for good-quality woollen socks that offer warmth without the unnecessary bulk that can compromise your refined appearance. Cotton remains an excellent summer choice for socks.


Make Your ‘Marc’ This Autumn & Winter

As the seasons change, embrace the opportunity to express your style. Marc Oliver, with its wealth of experience in luxury tailoring, welcomes you to explore the world of better dressing.  Make an appointment today. Elevate your autumn and winter wardrobe, and experience timeless class with Marc Oliver.  

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