Joe Ottaway’s Style Report: October

Joe Ottaway’s Style Report: October


Our resident fashion expert is here to help you transition smoothly into the cooler months. From camp collar shirts to cleaning tips, here is Joe’s best advice for getting autumn-ready…

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Have the tumbling leaves, vibrant foliage and brisk, refreshing air given you a sense of excitement for what’s to come? Embrace it. The last thing you want to do is still have a wardrobe full of short-sleeve shirts and linen trousers when it's starting to get crisp and cold outside. Don’t dress out of season. Instead, embrace autumn. Get excited about it – better yet, be inspired by it and start preparing a few essentials for the months ahead.

Many of the pieces traditionally bought in autumn last quite a while, and they also get a lot of use across other seasons. Whether you are building upon a wardrobe of existing evergreen staples or starting afresh this year, I have chosen a few items that will set all chaps up for the next few months and autumns to come.

A long-sleeve wool or cotton camp collar shirt is first on my list. It can be a perfect layering piece – over a roll neck in autumn or underneath a coat or bomber jacket in the winter.

The same goes for a puffer gilet.

When it comes to knitwear, a long sleeve knit polo is fantastic year-round, but especially worn over a pair of smart wool trousers in autumn.


Sort Out Your Wardrobe

Every guy needs a few reliable go-tos for ease in the morning. Unless you’ve got ample storage for off-season clothes, the most economical, safe and space-saving way to store clothes in between seasons is to invest in a few vac-pac bags. The air inside them is sucked out so their bulky size is reduced to a fraction of their initial volume. As well as granting you additional free space in your wardrobe, these bags keep clothes away from dust, moths and moisture. 


Make Room For New Additions

Any pieces that you haven't worn in recent seasons, consider giving away to friends, donating to charity, or recycling. Whatever you do, don’t hang on to things you don’t wear because they’ll take up unnecessary space in your wardrobe.


Give It A Clean

Once your wardrobe is turned over and ready to be filled up with your autumn essentials, make sure the space is clean, fresh and dust free. That’s right – it’s time to get your marigolds on and give your closet some TLC. A quick hoover and dust will make sure your investment coats and outerwear stay clear of any dust mites and clothes moths. For those who really want to go to the next level, a small air diffuser in your wardrobe – with a scented oil such as lavender or eucalyptus – helps freshen up clothes that have been stored for the past few months. This has the added benefit of making your closet smell amazing.


Marco Baldassari is the epitome of the effortlessly suave style his countrymen and women are known for. A familiar face at Pitti Uomo – the men's fashion extravaganza held biannually in Florence – Marco is an Italian street-style star in his own right. He also heads luxury label Eleventy from his nation's fashion capital, Milan.

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