Here are three fashion tips for all the gents looking to get equipped with the proper menswear this Fall.
1. Out with the boat shoes. In with the loafer.I love boat shoes just as much as anyone, but the Fall breeze is coming soon, and a flimsy Topsider won’t be cutting it. This season, I’m really looking to swap in a penny loafer. It’s a little more durable, definitely warmer, and it’s the slightest bit more dressy than your dockshoes. And it’s a breed of dressiness that says you’re down to business, without being a stiff; I’d argue that a penny loafer actually feels just as fun and down to earth as the boat shoe — especially when paired with some quirky socks (like these from Smart Turnout). I’d recommend you equip yourself with a Bass Weejun (pictured) if you’re looking to buy something new.
2. Invest in some new pants.
Autumn — more than any other season — is about the texture of the fabric. In addition to some nice corduroys, look into wool, flannel, or tweed pants. They don’t have to be loud or ostentatious — a subdued charcoal flannel or brown tweed in a slim fit is perfect. Just try something different from your run of the mill jeans and khakis. You can pair your trousers with anything simple on top — even a white tee shirt goes well with some brown wool pants.
I usually start my trouser search with Ralph Lauren — but the price point this season is a little daunting. Be on your toes and try vintage shopping, as well as brands like J. Crew.
3. Look into some scarves.
Scarves are a great way to accessorize and they can actually be pretty masculine when done right. Avoid loud colors: keep the hues relatively muted. Smart Turnout has about the best selection of collegiate wool scarves out there — even an awesome Princeton one.