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September 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Men’s autumn looks feature bold prints and lived-in fabrics


By Brittany Anas /

Fall fashion is in the air, enticing sharp-dressed men with wool pocket squares, classic plaids and tailored pants.

And for those guys who aren’t all that into fashion? Good news: Effortless denim shirts are in for autumn, too.

We asked some style pros to reveal which runway trends are going to stick this fall and how to update your look from last year.

New neckwear

Hey, they worked for Fred Astaire, Winston Churchill and Carmelo Anthony. Why not give the dapper bow tie a try?

“Bow ties are really big right now,” says stylist Anthony Henderson. “Nobody is wearing ties anymore — it’s about bow ties and pocket squares.”

Henderson says pocket squares look best in a more rugged fabric, such as wool, rather than the silky types.

Bold animal prints

Henderson says the large, bold animal prints out this fall are a bit ironic.

“Animal print is still really big,” Henderson says. “The bolder, the better.”

Plaid everywhere

Designers are working plaid into more than just shirts this season, says Joshua Kercher, co-owner and designer of Sebastien Grey Clothiers in New York and Chicago.

“Expect to see plaid in suiting, bags and even shoes,” he says.

If you work in a conservative office setting, Kercher suggests a glen plaid pattern made up of grays or dark blues.

“Keeping the colors in the same color palette allows for a suit that seems almost solid from far away and you don’t notice the slight pattern until you are much closer,” he says.


Kercher says designers are putting out “a new breed of backpack that is both functional and stylish.”

“High-quality leather models are my favorite, as they allow the suit wearers to maintain a put-together and refined look without the risk of looking haphazard,” Kercher says.

They also save your back from the stress of traditional briefcases, he adds.


Camo is cool, but stick to just one printed piece per outfit because this is a trend that can go wrong quickly, Kercher says.

Accessories are a great way to bring in the print, he says.

“Bags, belts, gloves and winter-knit hats can be great ways to try out the style this fall without going overboard,” Kercher says.

Pops of color

A new pair of neutral colored jeans — think navy or gray — can easily work into a wardrobe, says Christiane Pendarvis, vice president and general manager for Old Navy men’s apparel.

“Or, [men] can add a new color to their shirts,” she says. “I am especially loving the new, unexpected but very wearable colors in men’s this season — burgundy, teal, cinnamon and mustard yellow.”

Denim shirts

Denim shirts are easier to style than most men think, Pendarvis says.

“For the guy who wants to look current but be a little safe, he can wear a chambray shirt instead of a true denim shirt — paired with khakis and a colored T-shirt underneath,” she says.

For men with a more cutting-edge fashion sense, Pendarvis suggests trying the denim-on-denim look.

“Don’t try to match the washes,” she says. “The different light and dark shades work together to create a great look.”

Photos: Old Navy Slim-Fit Denim Shirt, $28; The North Face Thermoball Camo Vest, $149 at Macy’s; Gap Lived-In Slim Khaki in shadow, $60; ASOS Chambray Pocket Square, $10 at; AmeriLeather Three Way Leather Backpack, $145 at; Topman Hawk Black Leopard Trainers, $60 at; Mossimo Supply Co. Crewneck Sweater In Orange, $20, and Merona Lightweight Jacket In Dark Gray, $40 at Target



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