1. The denim dress shirt
As a fresh alternative to the everyday cotton dress shirt, I’m starting to see more denim and chambray dress shirts paired with suits, both with and without ties, or with jeans and a sport coat. This look has been in and out of men’s fashion magazines the past couple of years and I must say I’m a fan. More commonly worn untucked with jeans or pants, it’s nice to see the shirt applied to dressier outfits, which shows an edgier style while remaining classy. The crisp, dark blue and texture of the shirt stands out nicely, adding style without being too much.
Where to buy:
2. Cropped trousers
I’ve been seeing this look all over New York City for a while now - super trendy, trying-to-stand-out look. I see it done often with no socks or bright, bold colored socks. The main reason I dislike this trend is simple: it immediately draws attention away from the outfit as a whole, directly onto the ankles. I actually get angry I see this so often - I don’t understand why men would pay so much money for fine clothing and choose to have their pants two to three inches too short. I don’t get too mad though, because the more men doing this just makes the true gentlemen look even better.
I understand the desire to stand out among the crowd, but that goal can actually be achieved easier by wearing impeccably fitting trousers of high quality fabric at the proper length. Don’t ruin what otherwise could be a great outfit.
3. Quilted vests
Fall is all about layering - thin v-neck sweaters over a dress shirt with your suit or sport coat? Absolutely. Wearing a quilted vest under your suit jacket? Completely disagree - sorry GQ. The argument for this trend is that the vest adds warmth without adding much bulk as we enter the colder months although not yet cold enough for an overcoat. The truth is, a quilted vest is a very nice casual piece but it should never see the light of day anywhere near a suit.
The second look is even more painful to look at given that it’s messing up what would be the perfect fall look (minus the hat): Glen plaid sport coat with a gingham shirt, tie, 1” tie bar (from @thetiebar) and dark blue denim.
4. Double monk straps
One of my favorite styles of men’s dress shoes is the double monk strap. Over the last 2 years these have been made by every high end designer and this year there may be as many different styles produced as regular lace-ups and loafers. I love the construction of the shoe itself - it’s a combination lace-up shoe and loafer morphed together. Since there are no laces, it has the slip on feel but the buckle gives it a more polished and formal look. The versatility of the shoe sets itself apart as well - not only is it perfect with any suit, but it can be dressed down with jeans and cords as well.
Don’t shy away from some of the flashier wing tip styles, along with suede which are even more perfect to pair with jeans. They are made by shoemakers in all price ranges, here are two suggestions:
To Boot New York (cognac)
5. Straight leg corduroy pants
About a month ago I posted about light colored straight leg cords for fall, specifically light grey, silver and white. A trend I have been seeing lately is men wearing these pants in darker, bold colors, specifically rich browns, blues and even burgundy. Paired with the above mentioned monk strap shoes, or a pair of sleek boots, this look is sure to make a bold fall fashion statement. Nordstrom has the best online selection I have seen so I recommend starting there, along with J.Crew and Gap.
Where to buy:
J.Crew (dark slate, classic brown dark ink)