Ask Avery: Fall fashion, menswear edition
blog by Avery Hartmans • August 23, 2013 @ 7:52am
I saw you wrote about fall trends for women and that’s cool and all, but what’s in for guys this season?
Oh, boys. I hope you didn’t think I forgot about you. It’s not that I have anything against men’s fashion, I just love shopping for myself so much more.
But good news, guys: there’s a lot of exceptionally awesome trends for you to try out this fall. And they’re not too pricey, unattainable or completely ridiculous — this fall is all about looking like a regular guy who just so happens to have killer taste. So sit back, relax and get your credit card ready.
I don’t care how old you are: it’s never too young to start dressing like a man. When the temperature starts to cool down, most guys throw on a sweatshirt and head out the door looking 100 percent average. But what if instead, you threw on a streamlined, pared-down overcoat with badass detailing like leather and a big silver zipper? Even if you wear it with a nice pair of jeans and a t-shirt, you’ll still be infinitely more dateable.
Coat: Zara, $259
I know it’s a bad habit, but whenever I see a guy I think might have some potential, I immediately check out his shoes. I know we’ve all heard the saying that your shoes are the last thing people look at, but it’s clearly untrue and people (including me) clearly really are that shallow.
But in Upstate New York autumns, there’s always the practicality and comfort factors that must take precedence over style. Luckily, the solution is easy this fall: leather lace-up boots reminiscent of your favorite hiking boots. Pair these with slim, dark jeans and basically any top — solid tee, crew-neck sweater, zip-up sweatshirt — and you look simple but stylish. And the great thing about these boots is that even if you have less upper body strength than I do, you still look like you’re capable of felling a tree. Girls are into that, I promise.
Boots: Chippewa, $259
There are very few things that make me happier than when men wear the right size jeans. Make them well-fitting jeans in an autumn-inspired hue and I’m sold. Russet jeans are the hot ticket this fall, but I just really hope they don’t make you nervous. The color goes with more than you think and they’re the perfect piece to add a little pop to your wardrobe.
Jeans: Gap, $41.96
I’m going to let you in on a little secret here: very few girls can turn down a cute, studious guy with a heart of gold. Particularly when said man wears tweedy sweaters with elbow patches.
You may be dumb as a box of rocks, but wear an academic-inspired sweater and not only will the girls come running, you may even be tempted to read something. If that’s not a win-win situation, I don’t know what is.
Sweater: Vince, $159.99
I never thought I would be the one to say this, but I think we can all take a break from flat-brim hats for a minute. I know, flat-brims are the epitome of cool and represent the badass we all wish we were, but they’ll still be there next season.
This fall, try out a classic baseball cap anytime you feel the need for a chapeau. They’re simple, vintage-inspired and look relaxed and refined all at once. Just make sure it’s not a Yankees cap — you want people to like you, after all.
Hat: Lids, $19.99
I bet you thought I could get through a whole trend report without talking about leather jackets but guess again, my friend. Leather motorcycle jackets for men are totally in this season — but let’s face it, when are they not in?
The best thing about a moto jacket is that it’s both a statement piece and a “wear everywhere” piece all at once. It goes with pretty much everything yet it’s still cool enough to build an outfit around. Plus, you’ll look like a total stud, which never hurts.
Jacket: Forever 21, $49.80
If tough-looking boots are a little much for you and you want to ease into fall rather than stomping all over it, try a pair of suede bucks — they’re super simple, super neutral and super comfortable. Since they go with jeans, trousers or shorts, they’ll successfully take you from Indian Summer all the way until the first snowfall. If I had to guess, I’d say they’re almost definitely better than whatever shoes you’re wearing right now.
Shoes: J.Crew, $198
I know what you’re probably thinking when it comes to these pants: “No.” But don’t write them off just yet: high-impact plaid is in for autumn and if you do it right, it can be fashion-forward and not so scary.
A pair of Blackwatch plaid pants is the perfect piece to transition you into the cooler weather. Pair with loafers (or even your new bucks), no socks and keep it low-key on top — I like a crew-neck sweater in a neutral hue with the sleeves pushed up, loosely tucked in. But be careful not to wear anything else too fussy or you’ll end up looking like Sherlock Holmes in the worst way.
Pants: Brooks Brothers, $248
I’m practically handing you this trend on a silver platter; you barely even have to work for it. Varying shades of blue are the hot colors this season and it’s not going to be hard for any guy on the planet to make this one work. I love three different shades worn at once, but for guys who like to slowly dip a toe rather than dive right in — and I hope you know I judge your timidity — two shades together will work just fine.
Oh, have you heard? I love camo. You might be getting kind of sick of it by now, but I never will. But instead of going all out in camo pants or a camo jacket this fall, keep it simple with camo accessories. Anything from a printed watch strap to a pair of Vans to this perfect Herschel backpack will keep you right on trend.
Backpack: Herschel Supply Co., $69