If it feels good, wear it. You’ve heard that before, but not like this.
These days, it’s as much about how clothes feel when you touch them, as it is when you look or wear them. Top designers have used luxurious fabrics, offering coats, jackets and sweaters in vicuna, alpaca, cashmere, mohair and more.
You’re a lucky man if you can afford those clothes; most of us will still find lots of clothes in rich, textured fabrics that are within our reach.
If this is the fall you buy a new suit, then go for a dark grey flannel that has some weight to it, or if you want to take a different direction, a wool sports jacket in a subtle check is a great alternative. By subtle we’re talking colour; the check itself can be large.
Where coats are concerned you can aim for a classic wool topcoat in a heritage fabric or, since this is a year of mixing the dressed with the casual, a down-filled coat or three-quarter outdoors-looking jacket will work. Look for something a little less puffy than the one you’ve been kicking around in the last couple of years. A duffle coat is a great idea as well.
The Brits call them roll necks, we call them turtlenecks and yes, turtleneck sweaters are sticking their heads out again. A fine wool turtleneck can replace shirt and tie under a tailored suit with black under black looking great for a big night out.
Fisherman knit and cable knit sweaters are going to be worth the financial outlay. And while we’re on sweaters, a good alternative to something heavy and textured is the new crop of geometrics including classic argyles in bold colours.
Get yourself a band-collared shirt, which is, essentially, a shirt without a collar. It will be perfect under a suit. There are bold coloured, patterned scarves to be had and you may have noticed that gold chains are looking kind of good again; one thin chain, nothing bling.
Two-buckled, monk strap shoes are all set for their moment this fall, and there are some terrific boots, particularly hybrid hiking boots with a space-age look to them. The one key thing to look for is a thicker sole, crepe if you see it. For socks think solid colours not stripes but look for textures and patterns like herringbone and paisley. There.
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