28 Sep

Men’s Fall Trends 2009: Suit Up In Style

Professional
men should drop the timid wardrobe this autumn in favor of boldly debonair fall
flair.

Fall 2009
arrives with styles reminiscent of the old Hollywood glamour of the 1940s. You
will find looks similar to the essential pieces that Clark Gable and Spenser
Tracy wore in vintage movies. While most of my male clients hate to shop and
want to do so swiftly if at all, they tend to stay in the safe zone. But as
long as you’re investing in your look, you should at least get your money’s
worth by adding a dash of fashion that gives your look the upper hand and gives
you a cutting edge feel. When you wear a classic suit or dress shirt, don’t be
afraid to mix it up with a modern trend piece
that shows you have your own authentic style.  Here are three of my favorite trends for the professional
man this season:

 

Modern Classic Suits/ Sport Coats

This season
it’s about classic patterns with a modern cut, so if you need a new suit or
sport coat look for timeless styles. Those include two-button suits or sport
coats in neutral prints like glen plaid, windowpane plaid, herringbone, or a
faint pinstripe. View the new hit TV show “Mad Men” to see exquisite fabrics
with a classic fit that are worn with confident style that means business.

 

Silk Ties with a Twist

Handmade
silk ties are the best because they hold their shape and tie a great knot with
a perfect dimple. They cost more than the polyester blend ties, but are well
worth the extra investment. Elegant silk can be tied with greater ease than a
bulkier fabric tie, so update your tie selection with a small print, geometric,
diagonal stripe, strong paisley, or large print medallion style silk tie.

Attention to Detail Gets the Job Done

The
essential accoutrements are the vital ones that finish off your look and put it
all together for an outstanding ensemble. Shop this fall for belts in pebble
grain leather, supple calfskin, or crocodile skin – paired with sleek modern
buckles of brushed nickel finish. Choose interchangeable buckles for a two-tone
variety, and if you love wearing French cuff dress shirts, consider a new pair
of cufflinks to celebrate the season. The latest styles are classic silver
woven knots, bar styles with various mixed metals, or classic cable cufflinks.

I hope you
can find it in your style personality to adopt a few of these fashion trends to
energize your professional wardrobe. Doing so conveys that as a savvy
businessman you understand the importance of adding a little flair to your look
to always be the best-dressed man in the room. 

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Sarah Hathorn
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