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 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 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 stand-out shades. This Alternative camo raglan henley; $48 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.
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 collar lambswool cardigan in bright burgundy; $90 at select Macy's and macys.com.
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 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 with gray heather sleeves; $245 at Nordstrom Roosevelt Field or slateandstoneclothing.com.
Jacket in wool blend, with faux leather sleeves; $99 at H&M stores and hm.com.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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, 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.
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, 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 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. . .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 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.