A Man About Fall
As the temperatures rapidly change here in NYC, I’ve noticed the stronger breeze and the welcomed cooler temperatures. While this means that it’s time to put away the Vilebrequinn’s and the Polos, it also means something else for you sartorial strategists, Fall is here, and with it some new rules for staying sharp.
Colors - The summer brings out the best in baby blues, bright salmons, and a whole range of pastels. But, as the colors of the leaves change from bright green to rich reds, deep browns, and burnt umbers our wardrobe must adjust as well. Many “Style Guys” believe that fall is the season to keep it neutral with browns, tans, taupes, dark grey, and navy don’t be afraid to pair these darker colors with a pop of those summer hues. Even though it’s time to pull back out that charcoal suit, consider a knit forest green tie instead of the traditional silk navy. As long as you keep the “outfit” grounded feel free to step your game up a bit with details of bright contrast.
Patterns - Herringbone is the traditional pattern of fall, the colors are usually right in line with the changing colors of the trees. This fall look a little bit deeper for houndstooth as well - its a strong pattern but pair it with a solid tie and it should look just right. Don’t forget that gingham is here to stay, and as I mentioned above if you pair that sky blue gingham from the summer with a deep brown tie it’s all set for fall. If strong patterns still feel a bit too sartorially strange, stay simple with horizontal striped shirts, but do not get too busy. I like to keep it one color, usually navy or gray. Additionally, contrast collars give your shirt a modern look that is set for any office. Grey shirts with white collars, white shirts with blue collars, and of course, blue shirts with white collars (the traditional banker).
Cuts - The rule for cuts stays the same as always - make sure it fits, and make sure it fits well. That said, some styles - like the one button blazer - are made for summer, while others require the cooling temperatures of fall to fit in. The double-breasted suit has been on the rise again for a few seasons, and it doesn’t look poised to back off now. Find a nice double-breasted suit and keep it slim to counteract the often boxy-look of the two button column. It’s pretty standard to keep your double-breasted suits with a peak lapel, but it’s not necessary - do what feels right. If that suit happens to be a three-piece, all the better. The third layer is good for warmth and a bit of style. But it doesn’t have to be a full suit; you can find a nice “contrasting” vest and place it in no matter the suit. French cuffs are also welcome again in the office as the temperature drops and you won’t need to roll up those sleeves. The root behind this all, don’t be afraid to wear stronger details during fall and into winter.
Layering - My final tips for adjusting your sartorial arsenal for fall is layering. An inquirer recently lamented the woes of putting together a sharp look only to cover it with a pea-coat or other large trench. I feel your pain. If you are going to wear a pea coat, update it this fall with a double barrel collar instead of the traditional double-breast (leave that for the suit). For the trench keep it inside except in the rain. Better yet, leave both coats inside - Fall is the perfect season for layering. Pair your suit with a nice down vest and large knit scarf to catch the eye or layer a waxed cotton jacket with a light wool sweater or cardigan to give your coat game some new pick-up lines. The good thing about wool…it tends to stay pretty similar year to year so pull out last year’s wool knits for this one. And when it comes to shoes, layer those rainy days away with some sharply updated galoshes…these aint your grandpa’s
That’s part 1 of being a Man about Fall, stay tuned for some top picks from this seasons fall collections.
As always the time is now, so stay sharp and don’t be late.
Featured Items (Clockwise Top Left)
Swimx x Armani - Galoshes
The Tie Bar - Green Knit Tie
Okana - Blue Pinstripes
J. Crew - Chambray
Tommy Hilfiger - Blue Tie
Corduroy - Vintage
Paul Smith - Green Laces
Mercanti Fiorentini - Brown Captoes
Grey Scarf - Knit
Express - Sweater
Hilfiger - Jacket
Aldo - Hallinan Sneakers
H&M - Plaid Shirt
Ralph Lauren Vintage - Grey Knit Tie