While us West Coasters are still trying to avoid heatstroke clear into the month of September, the rest of the country is giving up BBQ and putting away their summer whites. The weather may not say Fall, but go into any department store and boutique and the mannequins are styled in cool weather attire. This means it is time to get educated on a few must-haves for every stylish man’s wardrobe for this coming season.
Let’s start with a trend that emerged in the Summer and is proving its lasting power- the silk shirt. Maybe this a by-product of our current nostalgic obsession of all things seventies. Or my personal theory is that credit be given to Bruno Mars. If you have not witnessed the songster’s silk shirt game of epic proportions, check out this episode of Carpool Karaoke. Then dare to tell me that everyone who dons one is not trying to get a little bit of his swag. A fresh new way to wear this look for Fall is pairing a silk shirt with a suiting to add an unexpected element to a classic. Talk about a little 24k magic.
The roll neck is the neckline du jour for men’s knitwear this Fall. So this is the PSA that turtlenecks are no longer just for Steve Jobs and substitute teachers! I believe that is why we are now calling them roll necks (how British!) this season. It is a gentle way to disassociate the look from Mr. Curtis, the impossibly nerdy sub you had in 9th grade bio.
FUR AND FUZZY COLLARS
Collars are a prime opportunity to add a little flair to your outerwear. In particular, the big styles are fur and shearling collars. Paired with a distressed leather jacket, it creates a nice juxtaposition between hard and soft. At the end of the day, wearing a cozy collar is like having a nice warm hug in in the frigid cool air of a Fall morning.
The more your jacket looks like the inside of a sleeping bag the better with this one. The classic nylon bomber jacket with quilting detail is an excellent beginners foray into this look for the season. More advanced wearers can go for quilted versions of their favorite leather numbers or even a blazer. Yes, blazers are quilted this season. Nothing is safe from this trend for Fall. I repeat, nothing is safe.
Fall is the best to showcase your style and experiment with new trends since it is layering season. Unlike Summer, in which the mantra is that the less clothing the better. Well, unless you want risk dying of aforementioned heat stroke; then you’re stuck in a basic shorts and t-shirt deal. So, at the end of the day, allow this change in weather change your mind into trying a new shirt or new piece of outwear maybe you haven’t in previous seasons.