Autumn is my favorite season as a fashion designer and stylist for two reasons. For starters, it's not that hot on the West Coast and not too cold yet for you East Coasters. Second, you can wear a mix of casual summer pieces and winter styles and not look awkward. Running my own clothing line Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing means that I must stay on top of the latest trends. I’m just back to LA from fashion events in Las Vegas and New York so, in the interests of helping out all the Made Men out there, I’ll share the top five style tips gentlemen should have this season.
This is a style trend that ladies have used for years but through GQ, Esquire and all the other gentleman mags the dress boot has become more acceptable for men in the professional world. Hugo Boss, Allen Edmonds, and John Varvatos do a great dress boot, but you can find a bunch of comparable options.
Quite frankly the skinny tie is becoming the norm and a tie is always appropriate in corporate America. But if you really want to showcase your style opt for a scarf. Ditch the tie but accent your suits and shirts with cashmere, silk and wool scarves instead. A bit of unexpected flair is sure to turn heads.
Burgundy is a color that we in the fashion world have been exploring for a while now and it seems like it is here to stay. It adds some color when you wear ties, hats and accessories but you can also wear it this season in large pieces like suits and overcoats. It’s a bold statement but definitely can be pulled of by a confident gentleman in the fall.
This is not a new trend for the season but many gents just forget about it. Rather than keeping it casual on a date, rock an overcoat or a vest. Going somewhere fancy? Go for it with a three piece suit that will show how polished and grown up you are. Put in some effort to your wardrobe and layer your style this season.
Drop-crotch has been a stylish buzzword the past few seasons and it’s definitely a cool edition to your casual wear. This is not your first date outfit, but it works for your quick run to the mall, the market or your Saturday brunch date. Add some cool sneakers, a nice T-shirt and beanie to the drop-crotch sweats and she’ll think that you stay fresh for every occasion.
Fall is here, and fashionable guys know that the cooler temperatures of autumn give them the opportunity to add on the layers and textures that show off their sense of style. We wanted to put together a small preview of what’s hot in men’s fashion right now. Here are the items that every made man should have in his closet this fall.
The Fall Suit
The tailored navy blue suit is a staple item for fall fashion. Black, navy blue and charcoal gray are the tried-and-true fall suit colors. But as many guys are embracing more color in their look, expect to see this classic professional look in new hues - like this suit by Moods of Norway in violet blue.
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t wear color. Colored cords like these from The West is Dead are a great way to shake things up a bit.
This year, the bigger the scarf the better. Oversized scarves like the one above from Theory are gracing the pages of men’s fashion catalogues everywhere.
For shoes, brown is the color of choice. Brown Oxfords or wingtip boots have a better chance of complimenting the color in your fall wardrobe than the traditional black.
Brown is replacing black as the color of choice to complete the authentic fall look. Wingtip boots, like these Andrew 2 Boot by J Shoes, are a fresh new combination of the classic winter work boot and the traditional low-heeled brogue.
Baseball jackets are a nice comfortable choice when it’s time to dress down a bit. This casual yet versatile look has been a preferred choice in retail this year. The one pictured above is by Olivia Spencer.
For warmth on a brisk evening, a wool sweater like this one by Superdry never disappoints. This wool sweater with a shawl collar is a stylish alternative to a bulky winter coat.
The retro inspired knit wool tie is reemerging as a men’s favorite. Not only for hipsters, this is the perfect tie for the not-so-corporate guy who means business. This one is by Hugo B.
For the men who want to combine style and comfort, designer athletics like Yves Saint Laurent Court Classic High Top are the perfect choice. These sporty kicks will be hitting the streets in new fall colors.
The “slouchy” can be spotted at late breakfast meetings on Melrose in LA and in Soho in New York. This skypiece is the hat of choice for low-profile outings.
There’s nothing better than tailored clothes that fit you well. To create a more polished, well put together look, many men are exchanging the traditional peacoat for a sharper, more form-fitted look.
Wristwear is an accessory that fashionable men use to experiment. Though puzzling on the surface, watches like these turn timepieces to instant conversation pieces.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a great bag is worth a weekend vacation. Well traveled gentleman can be identified by a handsome weekender duffle like this one from Ugg.
Fall is my favorite time of year when it comes to fashion. I love all of the jewel colors, warm knits and bold jackets that come with the cooler weather. There is nothing like pulling on a cute pair of wedge booties and a light, cozy scarf to head out the door! I also find that fall is one of the easiest seasons to transition into because you can use a lot of summer trends and balance them out with a classic fall item. For example, you can pair that super cute pastel shift dress with a camel coat and tights and it’s perfect for autumn leaves!
This fall, there are a few items that should be on everyone’s fall wardrobe update list. Here are 5 of my favorites!
I have never been a fan of the harem pant look so I am beyond excited that this fall’s comfy pant has more of a structure and less of a baggy behind! Slouchy pants can work great as a substitute for masculine trousers for work or can be dressed down with a T-shirt for the weekends. Plus, I am always down for a trend that make me feel like I’m in my pajamas all day! These are only $24.95 from H&M.
Leather is always a great material to have in your closet no matter what the season, but I feel that with fall there are more options. (Leather and 100-degree weather don’t mix!). This fall, find a great leather pencil skirt for work or a pair of shiny leather pants for a night out. If you can afford to splurge, this skirt from Net-A-Porter looks great! *Remember: faux leather works just as well and costs a fraction of the price (and is animal-friendly).
Green is one of the go-to colors for this fall and I love it because it will transition well into the winter season. Try carrying a structured green tote for the office or an emerald green pea coat for those chilly nights. The tote pictured here is on sale now at ASOS.com.
Biker boots are one of my favorite ways to add a little edge to your wardrobe without overdoing it. I wouldn’t suggest that you wear these to the office unless casual attire is acceptable, but these boots are great for fall walks and running errands. They also will transition with you all the way through summer into next fall without losing their appeal. Try a crisp white dress and biker boots for the spring/summer seasons. These cute boots are $190 at Top Shop.
The great thing about a classic structured bag is that they never go out of style. This is one of the pieces I would say to invest in because you will be able to wear it for years to come (in a neutral color). If you want to try something more bold this fall, get one in a fun pattern or texture and make any outfit pop! Try this bold bowling bag from Zara or this shoulder bag by Alexander Wang.
Adding some of these pieces to your collection will help you transition to fall without breaking the bank. Keep classic pieces in mind and add some longevity to your wardrobe.
Coats should be a staple of your fall wardrobe. You need them to keep warm against the brisk chill in the air and they can also make or break an outfit. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a great outfit covered up by an outdated jacket, or one that is horribly mismatched. Here are some ideas to get you through this crisp season in style.
The Black Leather Jacket (DKNY, $268) - This is a great jacket to add some edge to an outfit. Perfect to wear with jeans but also over a skirt and tights for a night out. I love pairing a leather jacket with a hoodie or sweater for a cozier look.
The Classic Trench (J Crew, $298) - If there is one coat that is worth splurging on it’s a trench. They are timeless and can last you a lifetime if taken care of properly. A trench is great to polish off a work outfit, whether it is a pencil skirt and heels or a pair of black trousers. It can also serve as a chic raincoat with some cute rubber boots!
The Bright Pea Coat (Old Navy, $45) - I am not overlooking a pea coat in a muted neutral--there is definitely a place for those--but having one in a bright fun color definitely makes a statement for fall. In a season where people tend to dress a bit darker, it’s great to spice up a look with a bold green or yellow. Pea coats are great paired with skinny jeans and a tall boot or worn open with a scarf.
The Cape (Forever 21, $37.80) - A cape is one of fall 2011’s must haves. They are a great statement piece over a dress or high wasted pants and make for a classy alternative to the ordinary coat. Pair a cape with mittens and a hat and they can easily transition into the colder winter months as well!
The Denim Jacket (American Eagle Denim, $49.50) - Denim jackets can be a bit intimidating because they can border on fashion fail if worn incorrectly. But a denim jacket is perfect paired over a sweater dress and boots--just don’t match it to your jeans!
The Fleece Jacket (North Face, $165) - Now this one is more for function than fashion, but nothing beats a warm fleece jacket on cool fall days. It’s perfect for when you want to go for a hike or are on your way to the gym and a “fashionable” coat would just look absurd.
The Tweed Jacket (Tory Burch, $575) - Tweed jackets are my favorite for fall because they add such a polished and sophisticated look to a simple outfit. Wear over a plain tee shirt and jeans for a casual look or a sleek shift dress for something more upper class.
November 8, 2011
Blackberry? Check. Lipstick? Check. Fab business cards? Check. Cash? Check. Now where are you going to put it all? Clothes aren’t the only items that change season to season. Remember to mix up and change out your accessories to stay on top of your fashion game. After all, every Made Woman needs a bag of tricks.
1. Diane von Furstenberg via shopbop.com. Laragh Tote, $129.50.
Made Women everywhere should look to DVF not only as a fellow Made Woman, but for great style. This canvas tote is large enough to hold your entire world and is on sale for a fraction of the cost. A great designer bag at a great price — what are you waiting for? Scoop it up now!
2. Steve Madden via stevemadden.com. BBling clutch, $48.00
A great clutch for holiday parties, and for $48 you can afford to get some shoes too!
3. Whiting & Davis via shopbop.com. Basic Chain Mesh Bag, $128.
For such an eye-catching, trendy bag, this price just can’t be beat. Wear all weekend, to a concert, or out for drinks to truly shine.
4. Tory Burch via shopbop.com. Pierson Canvas Backpack, $365
Backpacks are coming back in style. You don’t want to look like you are going to class, so ditch the Jansport in place of this smart Tory Burch creation.
5. TRACCE bags via etsy.com. $99–$109
Just because you don’t wear or buy leather doesn’t mean you can’t own a great handbag. These vegan options are animal and wallet friendly.
6. Byloom and Hyde via etsy.com. $260
This handmade bag looks like it’s worth a lot more than $260. Not only is the shape unique, but fringe is all the rage in fashion right now.
7. Sacha Allen via etsy.com. Bouquet Bags, $300–$500
These attention-grabbing bags are intricately handmade in the UK. The daring use of colors is truly unique! If you want endless compliments, these bags are a worthy purchase.
8. House of Harlow 1960 via Nordstrom.com. Orlina & Tilda Box Clutch, $225
If carrying around a big bag is not your thing, these box clutches pack a punch in the palm of your hand.