Summer has come to an end. As much as we want to fight it, the outdoor bar-be-cues, trips to the lake, and endless days are fading away as fast as our hard-earned tans. Although we may yearn for those long nights and hot summer days, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, at least for our fashion’s sake. With Fall comes a fresh beginning for men’s fashion. No longer are we restricted by single layers, sandals and shorts; with the coming of the holiday season, we can bring new life to our wardrobes. Holiday fashion is unique, and favored by most men (myself included), due to the rich colors and new found freedom in wardrobe diversity. With colder weather comes the flexibility to layer your wardrobe, allowing you to create a distinctive look that can be customized throughout the day. As the evening comes along and the temperature cools, you can add layers, not only helping you stay warm, but keeping you freshly dressed and fashionable for any situation. Although men’s fashion may not change radically from year to year, there are noteworthy trends and items that arise with each new season that set it apart from year’s past. Below is a list of some of this holiday season’s must have items that will help any man stand out from the crowd (and stay warm while they’re at it).
Not just for your grandpa anymore, cardigans have made a comeback and are one of the hottest items this holiday season. Cardigans bring a modern twist to a classic style that fits perfect with the trendy layered look, bringing a distinctive appeal to your wardrobe. Also, cardigans can be worn in a variety of different settings, including leisure sunday afternoons, family gatherings, and even as part of your casual business attire, making it one of your most versatile items this season. Offered in a variety of styles and colors, you can find the perfect cardigan to match your unique fashion sense, no matter what your age. Look for cardigans with distinctive buttons, pockets and elbow pads to give it an edge.
The holiday season is rich with tradition, and its fashion reflects these classic influences. Leather jackets are a timeless addition to any wardrobe, and can provide a rough yet fashionable look for those who wear them. This season, bomber-inspired leather jackets are big and can be found in a variety of colors, styles, and price ranges. Worn with a button up denim t-shirt and a scarf, the jacket delivers a casual yet sophisticated look to the every day man, while providing the rebellious edge that has made these jackets a timeless classic. Leather jackets should be worn slightly snug and comfortable, without appearing like you accidentally shrunk it in the wash.
Although jeans are fashionable throughout the year, the holiday season is a special time where they can be worn to their full potential. A great pair of jeans can fit in any situation, whether you are mowing your lawn or entertaining the in-laws. New or old, jeans provide a classic look to your wardrobe without sacrificing comfort, and with so many styles on the market today, you can find the right cut to accent your best features. Jeans are also unique in that they can be worn with just about anything, giving a relaxed look to even the most formal of jackets and coats. For formal situations, go with a darker look to accent richly colored items without out looking too laid back. On weekends, wear a lighter style with a t-shirt to maintain a rough yet classic look. (If it worked for the Boss, it works for me).
No wardrobe is complete without the right accessories. This holiday season, there are many great items that can accent your wardrobe (and some rules you must follow as well.)
Wallet: Go leather. A classic, warm-colored leather wallet will embrace the season and give your wardrobe timeless appeal.
Scarfs: Scarfs are a great additional to any jacket, and can provide a warm and fashionable look for all who wear them. Scarfs come in a variety of colors, but for the holiday season, stick with warm colors like brown, orange, and red. They will also serve as a great accent piece to your wardrobe when worn with a dark coat and pants.
Belts and Shoes: This Fall and Winter, warm colored belts like brown leather are perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear black as well. A nice pair of leather or brown suede shoes can also help ground your wardrobe while providing a classic look. BEWARE: Be sure to match your belt and your shoes though, mixing these colors comes off as tacky and can draw unwanted attention to your wardrobe.