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Denim is still casual, outdoorsy, but now office appropriate, with the right tie (look for knit or wool skinny ties). Denim and chambray sport shirts, $69.50 and up at Brooks Brothers stores or brooksbrothers.com.

Men's fall fashion

Funny thing, about men's fashion -- trends evolve slowly. We're talking sloooowly. Multiple o's.

So when you hear that burgundy, cardigans and tweed are three strong trends for fall -- which is what analysts are saying this season -- it's hard not to, well, laugh.

Tweed? Cardigans? For FALL?? Stop the presses!!

"Yes, it's true," says Tom Julian, smiling. He works with The Doneger Group, a major name in the fashion forecast biz, and he admits that menswear trends sometimes sound a little yeah-and-what- else-is-new?

For guys, he says, it's not so much what's being worn -- but how.

Burgundy, once relegated to grandpa's fuddy-duddy rep ties and wingtips, is now everywhere, and fired up in saturated shades.

"It used to be a gentleman's dress-up color," says Julian. "Now it's popping up in activewear, casual sportswear -- you name it."

Cardigans, too, a preppy staple, are now doing double-duty as windbreakers or (when worn with a tie) a blazer alternative.

Tweed is also looking fresh thanks to slimmer-cut jackets and overcoats, says Nordstrom fashion director Jorge Valls. Today's tweed has a more youthful vibe, he says, and looks smart paired with a soft messenger bag or duffel -- also hot for fall. "It's a bag your grandfather might have had but used on the weekend -- it feels familiar, and functional," says Valls.

"I have several soft bags," he adds, then laughs. "Come to think of it, I don't really have a traditional briefcase." -- Joseph V. Amodio

This isn't just any baseball jacket -- this
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This isn't just any baseball jacket -- this version has subtle but slick detail on the sleeves for a look that's both athletic and urban cool. Quilted Sleeve Baseball Jacket; $189.50 at select Club Monaco shops and clubmonaco.com.

Bar III’s Brit-inspired Carnaby Collection includes this brown
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Bar III’s Brit-inspired Carnaby Collection includes this brown multicheck slim-fit suit (jacket, $400; pants, $150; vest, $90; oxford floral trim shirt, $59.50), all items sold separately; at select Macy’s stores and macys.com.

Camouflage is everywhere, in standard olive or more
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Camouflage is everywhere, in standard olive or more stand-out shades. This Alternative camo raglan henley; $48 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

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Tweed, ole chap, fueled by the Brit invasion.
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Tweed, ole chap, fueled by the Brit invasion. This Hollywood blazer from artisanal brand Gilded Age, has black corduroy trim under the collar and plaid flannel lining; $399 at Bloomingdales, Manhattan; or gildedagenyc.com.

We're hitting two trends here --Tasso Elba shawl
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We're hitting two trends here --Tasso Elba shawl collar lambswool cardigan in bright burgundy; $90 at select Macy's and macys.com.

Heavy leather and titanium briefcases from the ‘80s
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Heavy leather and titanium briefcases from the ‘80s and ‘90s have been overtaken by simpler, laid-back carryalls. Left to right: John Varvatos Star USA’s laptop bag in cotton canvas with perforated leather trim, $325; Jack Spade’s bag in suiting-inspired fabric with laptop sleeve and leather trim, $350; Ernest Alexander's Watson case in wax cotton canvas and bridle leather, $355; at Nordstrom Roosevelt Field and nordstrom.com.

We're nuts for these office-ready shoes with an
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We're nuts for these office-ready shoes with an off-road vibe, by on-the-rise Manhattan designer Noah Waxman, who learned his craft (leather cutting, last construction) from Dutch artisans. His classic oxfords and edgier boots (in tooled leather, suede, hair-calf) don't come cheap, but are hand-crafted in the U.S. and built to last; $495 and up at noahwaxman.com.

Slate & Stone’ss navy Chattam sweater, in lambswool
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Slate & Stone’ss navy Chattam sweater, in lambswool with gray heather sleeves; $245 at Nordstrom Roosevelt Field or slateandstoneclothing.com.

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Jacket in wool blend, with faux leather sleeves;
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Jacket in wool blend, with faux leather sleeves; $99 at H&M stores and hm.com.

The pattern once associated with the Department of
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The pattern once associated with the Department of Defense goes on the offense, with not-so-clandestine shades (red, blue, orange) and souped-up, digital versions. Pretty irresistible -- Adidas Y-3 sneakers; $270 at select Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com.

The Chelsea boot has maintained a hip following
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The Chelsea boot has maintained a hip following since those mod old days of the Beatles invasion, and its popularity only continues to grow. No laces necessary -- just slip right into these leather or suede boots; $99 at H&M stores and hm.com.

Urban boots have been on the radar of
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Urban boots have been on the radar of fashion pundits and department store buyers for several seasons now, so if you’re still bootless -- what are you waiting for? A leather lace-up offers as much off-road cool as it does corner-office credibility, especially this “Bike Tour” boot with extra lace hooks from Kenneth Cole New York; $248 at Kenneth Cole New York stores and kennethcole.com.

Noah Waxman is a name you’re sure to
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Noah Waxman is a name you’re sure to hear more of, if these shoes from his first collection, released this fall, are any indication. And, yes, all you female readers, he’s designed a women’s collection, too. Sometimes syle and craftsmanship (the line is handmade in the U.S.) is worth the splurge. These men's chukka boots come in brown/blue and silver/gray color combos, with Goodyear-welted burnished soles; $550 at noahwaxman.com.

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It comes in a variety of looks these
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It comes in a variety of looks these days, from heavier dark denim to lightweight chambray, styled like a dress shirt or more frontier-classic -- Barstow western shirt, with yoke details and snap pockets; $68 at Levi's stores, Manhattan, and us.levi.com.

If you’re doing up the camo print, True
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If you’re doing up the camo print, True Religion has lots of options, from puffer vests and trucker jackets to these jeans (in not-so-standard blue and black camo prints); $228 at True Religion shops (Walt Whitman, Roosevelt Field and Manhattan) and truereligionbrandjeans.com.

The old standby shade is now popping up
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The old standby shade is now popping up in brighter variations, from ruddy claret to purply bordeaux, and is a safe bet to perk up a gray, brown or neutral suit. Here, Bar III's Carnaby Collection includes a slim plaid shirt, $59.50, and slim corduroy pants in wine, $105; at select Macy's stores and macys.com.

Fall's fave shade looks solid on this Lacoste
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Fall's fave shade looks solid on this Lacoste LiVe varsity jacket with leather sleeves, $550; or go for just a pop of color at ground level, with Lacoste's brushed suede sneakers, $110; at Lacoste at the Americana, Manhasset or shop.lacoste.com.

Burgundy is brighter, bolder than in seasons past,
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Burgundy is brighter, bolder than in seasons past, and found on hipper clothes. Gilded Age's slim pant, in a shade they call "Faded Brick," is hand-sanded and resin-treated for a super-soft twill pant with all the right wrinkles and creases; $269 at Bloomingdale's, Manhattan; and gildedagenyc.com.

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The British are coming? Dude, they're already here.
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The British are coming? Dude, they're already here. The look is pervasive, from office-ready tweed blazers to casual weekend quilted hunting jackets. Or try this McQ tartan plaid bomber; $560 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

If you buy only one shirt this season,
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If you buy only one shirt this season, make it denim, in a dark wash, or light chambray. Here, Kenneth Cole New York's long-sleeve shirt; $79 at select Macy's and Kenneth Cole stores, macys.com and kennethcole.com.

The classic fall fabric gets a modern makeover
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The classic fall fabric gets a modern makeover with Billy Reid's Astor tailored overcoat, with horn buttons, slim lapels and shorter, youthful cut; $795 at Nordstrom Roosevelt Field and nordstrom.com.

Ya gotta love the camo that comes in.
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Ya gotta love the camo that comes in. . .well. . .not very camouflagey shades, like this polyester Adidas windbreaker 2.0, which reverses from a subtle (pictured) to more vivid red camo print; $60 at JCPenney stores and jcpenney.com.

Denim is still casual, outdoorsy, but now office
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Denim is still casual, outdoorsy, but now office appropriate, with the right tie (look for knit or wool skinny ties). Denim and chambray sport shirts, $69.50 and up at Brooks Brothers stores or brooksbrothers.com.

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