Category Archives: fall menswear trends

Hues For You: Garnet

The gemstone Garnet can be found in many colors: yellow, green, purple, blue and black—but most widely known is the red Garnet. Characterized by its deep scarlet color, it’s been a jewelry mainstay since the Bronze Age.

Now that we have the history out of the way, I can talk about why Garnet is this month’s hue. I remember last fall seeing just a hint of dark red floating around the style sphere. However, I did not see much, and it seemed to be almost more of a purple than a red.  So I crossed my fingers and waited patiently for this fall, and what do you know: Garnet is everywhere. Needless to say, I bought it up. We’re talking watch bands, merino sweaters, socks and yes, even cereal bowls.

Now, lets talk #menswear. By now you’re probably catching on to some of my favorite labels. Here’s some more fodder.

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1. Baldwin does it again. At this point, you’re probably familiar with this staple. It’s just a really fine hat. Go say hi to Cameron or David and pick one up.

2. Saturdays Surf NYC has created the perfect chunky sweater: The Keith Cable Knit Sweater. Grab your rubber boots, ‘cuz we’re going fishing (on a boat, in Ireland). I think the cable knit sweater is an iconic piece that’s great for the wardrobe; the key is getting one that’s chunky but not too chunky. You want the sweater to look chunky, not you.

3. This is a bit of a new idea for me, since I’ve never owned a pair of corduroys, especially red ones. But if I’m going to be breaking boundaries, I might as well do it with the help of Ovadia & Sons—one of my favorite new designers. I think these could be pulled of with the right cardigan, a nice oxford, and a pair of double monks.

4. Add this little J.Crew pocket square for a bit of color and flair to your favorite suit jacket. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

5. This one’s for any guy ever: super easy jacket, great for a muted color without being in your face about it. You can snatch it up at Top Man. Attention: They’ve got a student discount, too!

What colors are you guys into this season?

-LJW

FALL UNIFORM: Tweed, Wool, Suede

I know this is cliche, but it has to be said: Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the prospect of going to the Louisburg Cider Mill in Kansas, drinking chai lattes on an outdoor patio, fire pits glowing with warmth, crunchy leaves underfoot, and so much turkey at Thanksgiving that you either want to cry, die or lie down.

As a reader of this site, I always loved the “uniform” posts, so here’s mine. Disclaimer: It’s pretty much all J.Crew, but hey, it’s my thing at the moment.

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Last year, J.Crew came out with a slub-merino elbow patch sweater, which was so popular that they brought it back this year. HURRAH. For those of you who don’t know, slub merino is a type of yarn that is unevenly twisted to create an irregular, bumpy texture. This makes the sweater not only super warm, but kind of chunky and really easy to wear. For that academic vibe, it’s also decked out with brown, suede, elbow patches. Along with this, I’ve been wearing my “Essential” 484 chinos, light-wash chambray shirt, camo socks (never thought I’d say that), gray suede bucks, and my Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff.

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Fall Wish List (Treat Yo’ Self)

Meet our newest contributor, Joe Walker. We could tell you all about him, but we think he does it better. Joe, take it away!

joewalkerRemember that time someone told you, “College is the best time of your life”? Yeah, they should have said: “College is increasingly difficult, and you will be so busy that you will forget to eat and pay your bills and shower.”

Real talk aside, I really do love college and am grateful to be in school. I’m a fashion design student at Johnson County Community College. Our test questions tend to go something like this: “True OR false: Pink is the ‘it’ color for spring.”

Kidding. Fashion design is actually pretty intense. Most days, you can find me muttering expletives at the sewing machine and trying to draw a straight line with a ruler. I wish I were joking.

Besides school, I work two jobs: a barista and a personal stylist. I spend my mornings and a few evenings a week on campus at our three coffee shops. If you’re thinking, “I wonder if he is the tall guy who is constantly singing…” then you would be correct, and yes, you did interrupt my song to order. When I’m not whipping mochas and icing lattes, I am living in the world of retail. I work on Country Club Plaza at J.Crew, as the Men’s Personal Stylist, and if you’re in the KCMO region, I might have helped you size your suit or find that pair of jeans.

In my spare time, you can find me drowning in copious amounts of chocolate ice cream, making new “to-do lists” and raiding my Netflix account

Given that I’m constantly in the fashion frame of mind, I’m always thinking about my clothing wants/needs. (Okay, okay, mostly wants.) As fall settles in, I’ve been craving chunky knits, warm wool blazers, and flannel shirts. Between my three major areas of life, I have different needs, so my lists often become somewhat eclectic. Which is why I usually shoot for items items that seem to never go out of style. Here’s what’s on my wish list at the moment.

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1. Ludlow Club Sportcoat in Italian Wool Flannel: This is a great three season wool jacket that is super easy to wear and very versatile. The wool flannel is softer and lighter than tweed, and the patch pockets give it a cool vintage vibe. $425.

2.Chuck Taylor Classic: Duh. $50.

3. Ray-Ban Club Master: These have a great retro vibe to them that I really dig. Around $100.

4. Todd Snyder NY x Champion Jersey Cardigan: Again, this has a great retro vibe that I’m into. I love the play on the preppy stripe on the sleeve. $115.

5. Timex Originals Classic Round Wristwatch: This watch is so freakin’ awesome and I have been crushing on it for six months. I need to get it. It also comes in black, but I love how versatile the grey is, as well as the modern and clean aesthetic. $65.

6. Flannel Work Shirt: I am really picky about plaid patterns, but this one really rocks. I really like the scale and colors involved in the prints. I can definitely see myself wearing this with a driving moccasin and dark denim. $64.50.

Follow Joe! @mrljwaker on Twitter, and @walkerjoe on Instagram.

TREND: Camo Jacket

Hop on the train of mixing prints, patterns, textures, colors and leathers. It’ll probably stop soon, so let’s make this trip quick, yeah?
If you’ve been to any vintage, thrift or resale shops lately, you can tell that camo and military jacket sare making their rounds. This was my favorite summer wear to toss over a tank or light tee. It also enabled me to haul keys, cards, cellphones, wallets, swag and the like around without cramping my shorty shorts.
Now with fall upon us, it’s still a great layering piece. Think about subbing this guy in for a cardigan, or pile a down vest on over it. Comb through a thrift store to find one on the cheap, or dole out a few extra bucks at a curated resale shop to save you some time. 
  • Pro Tip: If it’s short or boxy or baggy, just roll the sleeves to make a hybrid, kimono-like sleeve of sorts and pretend you’re chill about it because you’re confident. That’s what I do with most of my clothes. ‘Cuz lanky arms.

On Jeff: Unstructured camo jacket ($3, thrift store) by Ranger; embroidered” University” chinos by Rugby; thrifted duo-tone “Nashua” loafers by Allen Edmonds; long-sleeve tee from Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen; railroad spike cuff by Giles & Brother; thrifted Navajo silver bracelet; “Weekender” watch by Timex; “Preston” glasses in Gimlet Tortoise by Warby Parker.

Photos by Rob Culpepper.
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