3 Must-Have Men's Fall Styles

Autumn is by far and away my favorite season to dress. Although summer shorts, tees and complementing shades can look extremely crisp and classy, it’s just not for me. Fall styling, on the other hand, is much more refined, sleek and smart, as there are no limitations to layering wardrobes. From knit sweaters, button-ups, vests and jackets to dark denim and colored chinos, you’re guaranteed to look handsomely rugged and seasonally on trend.

Fashionable clothing is undoubtedly key to a well-polished outfit; however, the sophisticated gent should never forget three basic accessories: boots, belts and bags. One by one let’s talk about what makes each of these pieces distinct, which will help you achieve a top-down, fashion-forward outfit that’ll have you walking the streets in confidence. 

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I’ve long been a sucker for a well-crafted, burnished boot to kick up the leaves and get me from point A to point B. Practical, durable and comfortable, ankle boots are a fall wardrobe staple that can be paired with any outfit, regardless of where the day takes you.

For example, if I’m in a more rough and rugged mood, the Dune London Simon suits my style well; however, if I’m trying to blend relaxed with dapper, the Stacy Adams Madison II is more my speed. Brands like Steve Madden and Robert Wayne also further my style with trendy, out-of-the-box designs for an uncompromised, all-day comfortable look. 

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Although belts may not be the most visible wardrobe add-on, that doesn’t make them any less important to own. Pro tip: plastic belts should never make its way into your wardrobe arsenal; instead, think leather all the way.

Bed Stu, a brand that balks at the idea of mass production, prides itself on detailed craftsmanship by utilizing traditional techniques. In fact, they use natural leathers and a vegetable-based tanning process when available. Click the image above and check out a few of their most popular belts to wear for fall, and year round.

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If you often find yourself on the go, don’t you dare leave your luxury loft without an urban-chic messenger bag by your side. Not only are these bags stylish, they’re more grown-up and just as functional as a backpack. With roomy storage and an exterior flap pocket, you’ll be able to pack your laptop and other necessities with ease.

Fully adaptable, you can wear these babies across your chest or detach the strap for a traditional carry. Made of varied canvas materials, these Bed Stu bags will surely be the exclamation mark to your fall style.

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Menswear Monday: What to Wear on Casual Fridays

Good day, gents! For today’s Menswear Monday, I wanted to fast forward a bit and focus on that day of the week that we all look forward to – Casual Fridays! How does one manage to look professional still dressed down to celebrate the TGIF spirit? Below, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to achieving that perfect balance of business and casual.

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1. Vince Basic Slub Polo Shirt

2. Rodd & Gunn Dune Lake Shirt

3. Nautica Long Sleeve Solid Oxford

4. RVCA The Ween-End Stretch Pants

5. Perry Ellis Slim Fit Cotton Flat Front Dress Pant

6. Brixton Reserve Chino Pant

7. Cole Haan LunarGrand Wing Tip

8. PUMA El Ace 3 Leather Sneakers

9. Globe Moonshine

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Let’s start with more traditional workwear staples like the suit. Suits can still be incorporated into your Casual Friday ensemble by simply dressing them down a bit.  You can opt for a slightly more fashionable version of your classic business suit but still look professional. You can also liven up a classic suit by adding in a bright button-up shirt underneath. No tie needed here! It’s Casual Friday after all!

Another cool Casual Friday outfit option for the office is a sleek monochromatic look. Pull in either all grey or a combination of grey, black and white. You can also do a more casual approach to monochrome dressing by pairing a nice chambray button-up with a mid-blue chino pant. Again, leave the tie at home. If you feel you must wear a tie, try a slim light grey tie for a more fashion-forward, casual feel.

Tie your Casual Friday outfit together with a nice pair of men’s oxfords or, if your workplace allows for it, wear a sleek and simple pair of sneakers. 

I hope your workweek goes smoothly (and quickly) into Casual Friday! Try one of these outfit tips in the office this Friday and you’ll be able to transition right to Happy Hour in style.

--B

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New Brand Spotlight: H by Hudson

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Since 1990, H by Hudson™ has perfected the art of high quality, affordable shoes. Incorporating elements of music, art, style icons, and film into their contemporary and signature designs, they have crafted a unique and innovative brand.

Since the rollout of H men's in 2004 the line has demonstrated its repeated strength in eclectic design, offering everything from sharp dress shoes to contemporary casuals. In 2008 the H ladies line was created and offered an androgynous twist on an array of shoes from women's brogues to derby oxfords.

H by Hudson™ shoes are crafted from the finest leathers and produced in a range of scintillating, fashion forward styles. This has made H by Hudson a hub for footwear fashionistas far and wide.

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The Art of Style, How To: Summer Wedding Guest Attire

Styles featured:

Perry Ellis Slim Fit Textured Solid Suit Jacket

Perry Ellis Slim Fit Textured Solid Suit Pant

Robery Graham "Firenze" Dress Shirt

Calvin Klein "Hot Grid" Slim Tie

Giorgio Brutini Perforated Oxfords

 

Vince Camuto Scuba Fit & Flare Dress

Kate Spade Small Square Stud Earrings

Michael Kors Collection "Miranda" Zip Clutch

Steve Madden "Stecy" Sandals

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Zappos Unrehearsed featuring Priory

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For our first ever Zappos Unrehearsed, we caught up with Priory, an indie alternative band from Portland, Oregon.

Check out their exclusive live performance and interview below and shop our curated styles inspired by the band!


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Menswear Monday: Holiday Party Picks

Gents, as New Year’s Eve quickly approaches and holiday party season continuing to rage on at a steady pace, it’s natural that we start thinking about what we’re wearing to all these celebrations.

To help get those wheels turning, I’ve come up with a couple of party looks for both fancy parties and more casual get-togethers.

 

For a dressy event, consider going for a more monochromatic suiting option. Pair a black suit with a grey or dark purple dress shirt and pull it all together with a black tie. Anchor this timeless look with classic accessories—a black tie bar, a black dress belt and some shiny dress shoes should do the trick!

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1. Florsheim Jet Plain-toe Oxfords

2. Ted Baker Richgeo Jacquard Shirt

3. wurkin stiffs Nuts & Bolts Slime Tie Bar

4. DKNY Golden Island Tie

5. Timex Classic Round Easy Reader Watch

6. DKNY Black  Plain Jacket

7. Perry Ellis Portfolio Modern Fit Flat Front Pant


Not going to any fancy parties? Try a cool layered look for those laid-back gatherings with friends and family. Throw on a light vest over a grey sport coat and a white dress shirt topped off with a nice scarf. Keep the outfit casual yet crisp with a pair of dark-wash slim-fit jeans.

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1. Steve Madden Brack Oxfords

2. Calvin Klein Jaspe Textured Sportcoat

3. Calvin Klein Chunky Patterned Raschel Muffler

4. Citizen Watches Black Ion Eco-Drive Watch

5. Levi's Made & Crafted Needle Narrow in Rigid

6. French Connection Off Piste Vest

7. 7 Diamonds Reflektor Long-sleeve Shirt


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Menswear Monday: Sweaters for Every Occasion

Layering is a big component of smart cold-weather dressing, and one of the wardrobe fundamentals for winter layers is the sweater. There are several types of stylish men’s sweaters available for work, weekend and even nights out.

From refined V-neck sweaters to the classic crew neck pullover, stocking your closet with versatile sweaters is a good foundation of any well-rounded winter wardrobe. For more casual days, there’s the comfy and laidback French terry sweatshirt, or perhaps a merino wool cardigan to take your t-shirt-and-jeans look to the next level.

No matter what kind of men’s sweater you go with, remember that fit is key. Avoid a sloppy look by making sure the shoulder seams sit right on the shoulders (unless, of course, it’s a drop-shoulder sweater).

Below are a few of our favorite men’s sweaters to mix and match in your wardrobe this winter and even as we transition into spring:

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1. Lacoste Patterned Shawl Collar Sweater

2. Culture Phit Merino Aaron Zip Cardigan

3. Diesel K-Amini-A Sweater

4. Diesel K-Maniky Pullover

5. Fred Perry Tipped Island Knit Sweater

6. Lucky Brand Laurel Canyon Long Sleeve

7. Alternative Light French Terry Crew Neck

8. Gant Rugger R. Diamond Crüe

9. Culture Phit Merino Skipper V-Neck Sweater


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Menswear Monday: The Modern Jogger

Somewhere between stay-on-the-couch-all-day and business casual lies a happy medium when it comes to comfy men’s pants. We’re talking about the cool hybrid of the sweatpant and the chino otherwise known as the modern jogger pant. 

Whether you’re pairing it with your favorite t-shirt or taking it up a notch with button-up shirts, the modern version of the jogger is equal parts cool and comfy. If you’re looking for a versatile upgrade to your everyday chino pants or sweatpants, the jogger is definitely the way to go.

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1. Publish Hewes Wool Two-Tone Jogger

2. Levi's Men's Chino Jogger

3. Publish Legacy Jogger Pant

4. Staple Rally Oxford Jogger

5. Zanerobe Sureshot Chino Pant

6. Publish Noel Two-Tone Heathered Jogger

7. Staple Canvas Cuff Pants

8. True Religion Coated Runner

9. Scotch & Soda Woolen Jogger Pant

 

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