By: C.A. Prescott
Now is the perfect opportunity for you to upgrade you wardrobe for the fall and winter months of the year. Designers have proven that current men’s fashion is all about a polished look that will make you stand out from the crowd. Luxurious blazers, utility boots and relaxed cardigans are just a few items on the list of must-haves for the current season. If you are interested in the latest fashion for fall 2010 — we have a sampling of the dominant trends just for you.
Admittedly, we really dig the whole theme of rugged refinement embodied in apparel this season. From the runway to retail stores around the world — traces of rugged inspiration come to life, via the textiles and designs observed in ready-to-wear fashion for men.
Velvet blazers & jackets
A fall essential for men in 2010, a velvet jacket or blazer can infuse your wardrobe with the perfect amount of panache. For a well-dressed look, complement a velvet jacket by adding a simple distressed scarf to your ensemble. If pairing an accessory with your velvet feels a tad too contrived — check out one of our favorite ways to wear velvet. Worn with jeans, this luxurious navy blazer by D&G looks incredible. When you sport the blazer during the cool months of autumn, the notched lapels and two-button front will have all eyes on you wherever you go. Neiman Marcus, $775.
One huge menswear trend this season is the cardigan — a versatile fashion piece being spotted everywhere. Heavyweight or light — anything goes. Examples of cardigan styles that are available — belted, zip, shawl collar, hooded. We know — cardigan — the word alone often conjures memories of unsightly sweaters your Mom used to force you to wear as a child. But today — many designers are creating updated versions of the classic cardigan, in comfortable fabrics you will love. We assure you. The ladies will too. A top cardigan selection for the season is the BOSS Orange ‘Wait’ Waffle Knit Cardigan available at Nordstrom, $195.
One significant trend that looks smart on almost any man — the utility boot. If you opt to rock this look during the fall or winter months ahead — personalize it by selecting footwear that suits your sense of style. Designer labels like Gucci, D&G and Ralph Lauren are offering innovative versions of the utility boot. The sole requirement for wearing this look? It must be a rich leather. In fact, leather utility boots should only get better with age. Two of our favorite styles are by John Varvatos — a line of footwear featuring quality craftsmanship and impeccable lines. The Star USA Ericksen Work Boot and the Ago Side Zip are sophisticated utility designs worthy of a closer look.
Plaids & checks
Although plaid and check patterns never completely faded from existence — they are officially back this season with a vengeance. These patterns adorn cufflinks, neckties, sweaters, computer cases and much more. When worn in moderation, articles of clothing with plaids or checks can provide a great look for any man about town. The Quiksilver ‘Trolley’ Plaid Flannel Shirt is highlighted by button-flap pockets with an updated appeal. Nordstrom, $49.50.
Think work pants with a touch of edgy appeal. Featuring worn-in styles of pants cut from corduroy, twill and wool fabrics. Available in rich hues of charcoal, brown, green and tan — utility pants hold a strong presence in retail stores everywhere. One frontrunner in this area — the Levi’s® ‘Demitasse’ Work Pants. Subtle elements of distressing are present within the cotton fabric, providing that comfy worn look we adore. Reasonably priced these utility pants are a definite winner. Nordstrom, $78.00.