Five fabrics for fall

After spending day after day in the desert heat, I’m looking forward to a break in the weather. Don’t get me wrong, I will miss my days by the pool and the good times that I’ve had, but when it comes to fashion, fall is one of my favorite times of the year.

Often neglected, the textures in your wardrobe are as important as fit and style. Here’s a quick guide to five must-haves for the upcoming season.

Cashmere. Cashmere is wool that is fine and soft. Garments made from cashmere provide a luxurious feel, which makes it a perfect choice for sweaters, scarfs and sport coats. A pair of cashmere socks is a luxury that every man owes himself.

Tweed. Tweed is a rough, unfinished fabric. Even though it doesn’t have the luxurious feel of cashmere, it is a great choice for sport coats or outerwear. This fabric adds a level of depth to a wardrobe that many other materials do not have as its appearance is usually quite bold.

Leather. Leather is a durable and flexible material crafted primarily from cattle hide. Leather should be one of your first choices for such items as motorcycle jackets, outerwear and gloves. When it comes to leather, pass on the standard black. Instead, opt for rich colors such as brown, camel, navy or even red.

Suede. Suede is made from the under side of the animal skin. Because suede does not include the exterior skin, it is less durable but softer than standard leather. Suede makes for a great blazer. Additionally, suede elbow patches added to a cashmere sweater or tweed blazer take it up a notch.

Flannel. Flannel is a soft woven fabric. It was originally made from chorded wool, but it now often comes from cotton or synthetic fiber. Flannel trousers are a must for fall. They can be flat front or pleated. For a more updated style, I suggest a 5-pocket jean-inspired model.

When it comes to expressing your sartorial style this season, incorporate these fabrics to add textural variety to every outfit. It will give your wardrobe the level of sophistication that you’ve been craving.