Our first edition of Insider Style shows this autumn's must-have picks, featuring technical outerwear, grunge cardigans, mechanic jackets and more.
01. Retro Future Technical Jacket
Once exclusively the preserve of ramblers, the technical jacket is becoming somewhat a style mainstay with advanced fabrics and functional features now regarded as important as the cut or detailing. Brands like The North Face Black Label and Nanamica excel here, specialising in exactly this sort of apparel, but Junya Watanabe takes the crown with his own superb takes on a whole variety of feature-rich technical jackets.
Jacket by Junya Watanabe Man
T-Shirt and Trousers by Neighborhood
Sneakers by New Balance
02. Grunge Cardigan
Autumn calls for layering, and brands are taking the humble cardigan to grungy extremes with labels like Our Legacy offering up a super-soft mohair piece in all black that wouldn’t look out of place in an early-90s Nirvana video on MTV.
Cardigan by Our Legacy
T-Shirt by Unused
Denim by Our Legacy
03. Mechanic Jacket
It seems like what isn’t workwear isn’t worth doing. Many labels are still putting out their own takes on classic styles, and the zip-up mechanic jacket is perhaps this autumn’s frontrunner. Colourful takes like Stussy’s Work Shirt or stripped-back staples like Folk’s Faction Jacket and Unused’s Cotton Zip Jacket continue to have the sort of timeless appeal that proves workwear isn’t going anywhere.
Jacket by Stussy
T-Shirt by Levi's Vintage Clothing
Denim by Unused
04. Big Speed Sneaker
The ‘90s revival continues to rear its head, with a whole variety of brands either reissuing classic silhouettes not seen for years or creating their own throwback takes. The Air Max line may be a constant, but names like the Nike Zoom Streak or the Adidas Yung-1, a reimagination of the classic Falcon Dorf, are quickly gaining more and more attention, and are all prime examples of the classic big speed sneaker
Sneakers by Adidas
Trousers by Beams Plus
Coat by YMC
06. BMX Sneaker
Checkerboard print may well be a Vans staple, but recently it’s migrated south. A nod to the shoes worn by BMX teams throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, we’re seeing a range of vans sneakers with colourful BMX checkerboard print to the sidewall instead. Seen across the UA Style 36 and UA Era, expect more to come.