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One of my favorite designers for men’s blazers is the iconic Ralph Lauren. His jackets are classically tailored and his designs are timeless. Blazers are such versatile pieces in your wardrobe, and Ralph Lauren offers some very impressive pieces that can be worn with dress pants, chinos, or your favorite pair of jeans.
As I have said previously, a blazer is an item that can tie a whole outfit together. Given the season, the materials turn to the richness of wool and other denser fabrics like corduroy. One of my favorite blazers from Ralph Lauren is a black and cream, 100% virgin wool herringbone sportscoat. It comes with sloping shoulders, a notched lapel, double back vents, and the distinct details of suede patched elbows, a two-button closure and buttoned cuffs. It is an exquisitely constructed piece that is made in Italy, which explains how it retails at $1300+ at a high end store like Sage Clothing.
The second look from Ralph Lauren that I really like is way more on the casual side: a 3-button Corduroy Sport Coat. Yes, 3 buttons may still be largely out ofvogue right now, the 100% cotton corduroy in a medium brown tone, with notched lapels, two flap button chest pockets, and cozy interior pockets more than vindicates the piece as downright fun. The rich brown is a ringer for Fall fabrics and it makes the perfect layering piece over a button-down shirt, a sweater, or under a down quilted vest. This particular blazer will run you a lot less at around $400 and will not lack in top quality fashion!
With temperatures continuing to drop, it’s time to take a look at your wardrobe to see if you’ve got everything you need to get through the season. This year’s menswear collections are packed full of new trends that are easy to wear, on the street and to the office, as well as being pleasingly functional too.
So it’s time to wrap up with the season’s essentials. You don’t need to splash out on a whole new wardrobe to get your look up to date. Just pick and choose from these major trends, all of which are easy to team with existing items in your closet.
The puffa jacket
Last year was the parka this year it’s the puffa. Designers took this look to new high fashion heights this season, giving the puffa jacket a whole range of innovative twists. From contrast materials and OTT styles, to slimmed down fits and traditional fabrics like tweed, the puffa never looked so good. As well as looking on trend, these jackets offer up superior warmth for the winter, blending functionality with style for a look that’s street fresh. If you don’t want to go quite as bold as the exaggerated puffas on the catwalk, try a toned down, smartened up version like this Voi Jeans herringbone number from BANK.
Ditch the denim
This season there’s a new tough wearing fabric in town, so it’s time to ditch the jeans. Corduroy was all over the A/W 2012 runways as fresh alternative in men’s suiting and casual trousers. Not only are they comfortably soft, they’re ultra warm too, making them the perfect choice for the cold winter months ahead. You’ll find them in a range of shades, from muted greys and browns through to eye-popping pink, so it’s easy to find a pair that’s right for you. Just make sure you stick to thin piped cords, which are easier to mix and match with existing items in your wardrobe, rather than thick piped, which can make you look bulky.
As temperatures drop, you might want to think about upgrading your suit to a thicker fabric that’s going to give you better insulation. There was a return to traditional heavy fabrics on the runways this season, like tweed, flannel, and Donegal wool. All look exceptionally sharp no matter the colour, so long as the cut is right. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that bulkier fabric means a bulkier fit. A heavier-weight suit should still fit as slim and trim as any other in your closet. If you’re looking for some sartorial inspiration, GQ’s got a great guide designed to show you how to wear it.
The new look hiking boot
Hiking boots have been undergoing something of a renaissance lately. A major trend for the past year or two, this year designers have been giving us fresh new twists on this boot that’s ideal for winter. New materials, contrast soles, weird shapes and hiking boot/Wellington boot hybrids livened up the menswear collections. There was also a heavy emphasis on mixing and matching materials like tweed and leather, a la Aigle’s Cartwell boots.
INFEASIBLE: Driving caps with *crazy* colors
No one, including models, should ever wear something like this. Driving (or “cabby”) caps are silly to begin with, but then to go and make one consisting of a patchwork of a nauseating designs? The horror, J. Crew, THE HORROR.
Feasible: Corduroy hats
(Brought to you by Macy’s)
If you’re going to wear a cap, go corduroy. This one in particular looks good even on this android-looking fellow. And hell, if you’re feeling frisky, you could even throw a pin advertising your favorite band* on it. Totally ill, son.
*Weezer’s ok, but I do like the pin.