maroon polo shirts Menswear fall essentials
Monogram plaid suit jacket, $550, and trouser, $240, quilted vest, $175, luxe flannel shirt, $110, plaid flannel tie, $74, baseball hat, $62, wool plaid messenger bag, $160, and single monkstrap shoe, $168, all from Banana Republic.
Hooded utility parka, $280, herringbone western shirt, $110, slim wool pant, $150, graphic oversized scarf, $95, and double monkstrap shoe, $158, all from Banana Republic.
You can safely ignore those runway shots of ’70s inspired floral velvet suits and flared pants, for now, at least. Men’s fashions, the experts will tell you, is always an evolution, not a revolution.
“In our experience, the comfort level of men is to add newness gradually to their wardrobe,” says Shannon Stewart, head buyer for Harry Rosen.
This season is no different. A man really only needs to add a few pieces to his wardrobe to bring it up to date. If he invested in a fashion sneaker last season, for instance, then he should opt for a brogue boot this one. Already got a puffer vest? Then maybe it’s time for a shearling jacket. The good news is that this season’s styles are easy, comfortable and inspired by the classics, but with worn with individual panache. That makes this one of the best seasons ever to shop for menswear.
Here’s your essential shopping list. Now, go hit the mall.
The soft constructed jacket
A blazer is always a cornerstone of a man’s wardrobe, taking him from work to dinner to casual weekends away. But if you’re thinking of a boxy navy jacket with brass buttons, well, think again. “Tailoring is becoming lest constructed, more soft,” Stewart says. “It can even be a knit jacket.” One fresh way to wear a blazer is to wear a cardigan instead, ideally one with a shawl colour. The other is to go for the tailored jacket, but with a soft, rounded shoulder. Try it in navy, grey or the season’s hot new hue, camel.
The slim jean
“Everyone’s accepted that denim can be dressed up at this point,” says Jorge Valls, men’s fashion director for Nordstrom. “The slim jean is really important. A great fit, not tight, just a bit narrower.” Denim is staple in every man’s wardrobe, and you can go in one of two directions: fun, distressed denim for casual wear, or dark, sleek denim for more formal occasions. Wear the former with a chunky fisherman’s sweater and a fashion sneaker; wear the latter with a jacket and a stylish boot. Just keep things slim and neat.
The jogger pant
If there is one trendy must have, this is it. “I love this new pant,” says Andrew Lepp, director of menswear for Holt Renfrew. Adds Stewart: “The jogger pant is new in a man’s wardrobe. That’s one trend that’s caused a bit of upheaval, if you will.” This pant combines the styling of a traditional trouser with a casual sweat pant think wool or cotton fabrication with an elastic waist and cuffs and a bit more room for movement. You will find it at all prices points and designed for just about every man.
The brogue boot
When it comes to footwear, men have three essential choices this fall: The fashion sneaker, which is a lot less colourful and blingy than last year; the brogue style shoe with its classic tooling; or the rugged yet sleek ankle boot. The fourth, and best of all choices, is the shoe that combines many of the season’s key elements: the brogue boot, which goes so nicely with all the season’s top pieces. “I think the brogue boot is super critical. It’s part of those really classic men’s ideas coming back up,” Valls says.
The chunky sweater
Fall 2015 is a glorious season for sweaters. Sleek turtlenecks, functional cardigans, clean crewnecks are all important. But the essential sweater is the big, chunky pullover. “The fishermen’s sweater is a really beautiful thing that every man should have in his wardrobe,” Valls says. This season, texture is key, and the best sweaters come in marled, cabled and ribbed knits, in yarns that look heavy but are surprisingly lightweight. Look for them in classic grey or navy, or the season hot hues of burgundy and camel.
The sleek suit
“If you need to buy a suit, navy is the way to go,” Valls says. “You can wear it to pretty much anything.” True, but this season also sees a return to classic menswear looks like tweed, plaid and herringbone, which look both fresh and timeless. In any case, opt for something clean, classic, designed to last and made from a high quality, lightweight wool that you can wear year round. It will be flattering and versatile, and will take you stylishly to just about any event on your social calendar.
What else does a man need in fall? “Always a great piece of outerwear, be that a great down coat or a longer overcoat,” Lepp says. This season, that could mean a puffer vest or a knit pea coat, a voluminous top coat or a classic parka. If you had to chose just one coat, Valls says, “The overcoat is the shape of jacket to wear this fall.” It could be slim or oversized, long or short, in technical fabric or more traditional wool. But what makes it so essential is that it goes everywhere from board meeting to weekend brunch.
The shearling jacket
No one really needs a shearling bomber jacket. But who doesn’t want one? It offers a cheeky nod to the ’70s trend, but with thoroughly modern comfort and lan. Think of it as an investment piece that is just shear fun. “If someone wants to splurge and be indulgent, a shearling bomber jacket would be my pick for the season,” Stewart says. “It’s so iconic. It looks so great on any guy. And you will own it forever.”
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