Affordable Men’s Fall Fashion Basics To Freshen Your Wardrobe This Year

Be prepared this year.

The switch from summer to fall is always bittersweet. I love the warm weather and longer days of August, but it’s nice to wear something that isn’t a t-shirt and shorts. The strange thing is that no matter how prepared I think I am, there always seems to be a piece or two missing from my wardrobe—whether because it’s an item I’ve been recently been inspired to buy, or because I need to replace something old.

That’s why the affordable fall fashion basics in this list are super useful. These are the items that you can use as an outfit base for the entire season. Just grabbing a couple of them will breathe life into your wardrobe and keep you on-trend till winter. Oh, and they’re all under $100.

Affordable Men’s Fall Fashion Basics for 2020

Corduroy Jeans


Nothing says fall fashion quite like corduroy. Its been a quiet couple of years for the trend but in 2020 it’s making a comeback, and Uniqlo is leading the way. They have a few different fits, but my favorite is the skinny ones pictured above.


Worker Shirt

H & M

Worker shirts were popular last year and there’s gonna be more of the same in 2020. It’s a super versatile item as one can easily be worn as an outer layer over a t-shirt, or as a traditional shirt. H&M’s take on the style comes in three colors perfect for fall.

Puffer Jacket


Puffer jackets are great for keeping you warm, and there are plenty of stylish options available. I love the color and the fit of this one from Topman.

Long-Sleeve Polo


A long-sleeve polo is a brilliant way to dress up a casual outfit, or dress down a formal one. The weight of the material and the long sleeves make the one pictured above from COS the perfect item for fall.

Denim Shirt

J Crew

A denim shirt is the one fall basic I go back to year after year. I prefer mid-wash shirts, like the one pictured above from J Crew, as they are perfect for layering.

Oversized Cardigan

American Apparel

Cardigans are another item that seem to be slowly growing in popularity. I love the color and weight of the one from American Apparel.

Vans Checkered Sneakers


I always have a pair of Vans on hand and I personally love the muted colors of the recently released olive-colored checked shoes.

Wool Sweaters in Fall Colors


There’s no way you’re getting through fall without a thin sweater. Uniqlo’s range of extra fine merino wool crew necks come in any color you could want.

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Duncan Elder

Duncan is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Boardwalk. He's a menswear writer who has spent the last 15 years developing his own sense of style, which lies at the cross-section of mid-noughties indie and Uniqlo-inspired minimalism.

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