Hot Seams: Men’s fall fashion trends for every occasion

| Scene Fashion Columnist

Fall is right around the corner, and guys, it’s time you stop wearing those graphic tees from the lazy days of summer. No matter where you’re going, this season’s designers have thought of exactly what you need to look your best this fall.

Formal

If you are faced with a formal dress code, try a monochromatic three-piece suit in the style of Calvin Klein or Lacoste. Ranging from gray and sleek black to teal and canary yellow, this look includes a matching silk tie and dress shirt. Not sure what tie options will be popular this fall? Designers at Bottega Veneta, DSquared, Burberry and Calvin Klein suggest that a quirky bowtie or a skinny tie, in either solid colors or prints, will suffice. What happens if the weather goes from mild to blizzard on the same day? Designer Paul Smith recommends tossing on a tartan, khaki or black-wool overcoat for warmth.

Semi-formal

For those fall days when you’re not required to dress up quite as much but still need to be looking sharp, here are some interesting trends to try. The first is the velvet blazer. Velvet is generally a popular fabric in the fall, and designers, including Paul Smith and Marc Jacobs, made sure to incorporate it in many of their runway collections. When styling your outfit around this fabric, wear dress pants in a solid color, and skip the tie. Not a fan of blazers? Consider layering a round-neck sweater over a crisp white top for a collegiate-chic look. If color is important to you, try pairing a bold primary-colored dress shirt and colored suede dress shoes with your suit for a look inspired by designer Paul Smith.

Casual

Let’s face it; this fall you’ll end up spending the majority of your time either going to classes or hanging out with friends. With that said, casual everyday clothes probably matter to you most. When it comes to casual fashion, stripes are always prevalent in the fall. But instead of the boring, thin, neutral striped sweaters you wear every year, try donning a thickly striped, bold-colored sweater, like the ones found on Marc Jacobs’ runway. If simplicity is your thing, perhaps you should try a chunky knit sweater with a flattering neckline (V-neck, turtleneck or round). Not a fan of sweaters? Not a problem. Plaid tops, which have been trendy in seasons past, can currently be found at a variety of mall stores. Need a coat? Military-style jackets in shades of army green, brown and black were seen in William Rast and DSquared’s collections. To complete your everyday look, try wearing slightly destroyed fitted jeans or colored, skinny corduroy pants like the ones seen at Trovata. As for footwear, high-tops or lace-up boots in black or brown will work with any outfit.

This fall many designers place an emphasis on mixing prints and patterns, as well as textures. This includes patterns such as argyle, stripes, paisley or plaid, and textures such as cotton, silk, tweed, wool, leather and velvet. Also, leather gloves, circle scarves and beanies appeared to be the accessories of choice for the cold weather runway looks. Designers took inspiration from the 1950s and ’80s when it came to creating men’s sweaters and introduced color via shoes and shirts. The military trend made an appearance again this fall in dark jackets and combat boots. Hopefully you’ll find at least one trend to suit you this fall.

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