There are only 12 items of clothing men need to be ready for fall

Gentlemen, a quick overview of the clothing you’ll need to look fresh this fall, the most glorious season for dressing.

There are 12 items. That’s it.

What’s more, most of these things are basics you already have (or may need a new version of).

Only a few of them are newer looks to kick up what you’ve got.

That is because the most important thing about fall, more than what you wear, is how you wear it.

There are two key tenants of dressing for fall — varying the fabrics you wear and layering them the right way.

It’s not rocket science either — throw a cashmere sweater over a button-down, or get an interesting blazer (like this one pictured from Strong Suit) to kick it up a notch for more formal events.

Stick to colors like maroon, navy and olive. You’ll be fine.

A pair of chukka boots

This is your casual every day boot. Wear it almost anywhere.

A deconstructed or lightweight blazer

A deconstructed jacket has little to no shoulder padding or lining.

You want to go for a lightweight wool or cotton/wool blend.

In other words, it’s very casual and good for layering.

Olive will be huge. Try it on a chino.

You can’t really go wrong with this pair from Welcome Stranger, a brand out of San Francisco.

A cashmere crewneck sweater

This is for layering. You’ll love it. It’s soft and warm.

An interesting sports coat

By interesting we mean you should pick a cool pattern (maybe a plaid) or texture (perhaps try tweed). You can go with a slightly off the beaten path color too, like burgundy.

This is the jacket that separates the men from the boys..

A cardigan

When the occasion is too casual to go full blazer, you need a cardigan.

Suede loafers

Maroon and blue accessories

Bolder, darker colors are back for fall. Here’s a sampling of how you can use simple accessories like socks to get new colors in your wardrobe from our friends at SPREZZABOX.

Grab a plaid button up in the colors of the season.

You can pick up a bunch of shirts in the color of the season

Quilted jacket or vest

You can’t mess this up. And it’s a perfect jacket for when it’s too chilly for a sport coat, but not chilly enough for a winter jacket.

A pocket square.

Just do it.

No seriously. Do it.

A button boot

When you can’t wear the chukka (you’re going somewhere a little more upscale) go for these.