Most wanted: Men's fall fashion edition
I’m often the guy buying next year’s coat and sweater at the end of the winter—saves me some dough and helps me avoid getting caught up in non-trends (or sometimes anticipating them like the time a sneaker junkie salesman told me that white Jack Purcells were going to be in next year while I was wearing a year-old pair). But maybe it’s the way men’s street fashion has accelerated in recent years: Buying from the sale rack won't often cut the mustard. This season's trends in men's streetwear are hard to miss—refined work boots, woodsy plaids, wool coats and some new takes on the mod parka. I’ve cherry-picked some items coming this season that I would actually wear—and even throw down dosh for. That's not to say that I'll run screaming from a sale, just that I'm bit more conscious of what's going to work this year, and I may be willing to pay for it.
1. WeSC cardigan
I’ve grown to be a fan of this Swedish skate/streetwear brand’s jeans—they’re slim enough but with a grown-up appeal that can (as the cliché goes) take you from day to night. The label is so grown-up now it even has Japanese selvage denim for toddlers. But this season, I’m thinking of branching out and nabbing one of the label’s colorful cardigans or plaid letterman jackets. Overall, however, its fall collection goes heavily woodsy for the guys and super sleek for the ladies—which says a lot.
2. PF Flyers Astor hi-top (available at Akira locations)
Granted, in gold (or bronze quilted version coming in October), these make you look like a club-hopping space gigolo from the year 2147, but with minimalist couture styling, they’ll never be confused with the obnoxiously collectable Nike Dunks. If they feel a bit too Italian Vogue for you, get a pair of the understated New Balance 1400IE (2.) in grey/reflective blue (available at New Balance North Shore in Highland Park) and switch ‘em off for your “shy” days.
3. Levi’s limited-edition mod parka in denim, $575 exclusively at Bloomingdale’s beginning 9/10.
This jacket jumped out at me before I knew it was being billed as a “mod parka” from designer Robert Geller. Don’t mind that mod or military isn’t a big selling point this year. A young Pete Townshend would have worn this had anyone thought to make one. Its kinda pricey—but you won't see too many around.
4. Pointer Debaser in midnight ($108 at Penelope's)
I’m all over Pointer's updates on the desert boot style—but I’m well fixed for Clarks at present (those babies last and last), so I’m more drawn to the brand’s take on the boat shoe, the Debaser. It has less to do with the oppressive ’80s future-stockbroker revival than the idea that you could rock these while untying a yacht in Antibes—or just walking your baby home in the rain.
5. Shades of Greige plaid shirt ($94 at Penelope’s)
This elusive label (it doesn’t have a website that I know of) is known for budget-friendly versions of pricier stuff. They’re like the little brother of Band of Outsiders where the shirts are $80, rather than $200. Slim, vaguely French, but not so of-the-moment that you’ll be sick of it of by December. This plaid shirt might look unassuming—that's the idea. Low-key is the theme this season.
6. A.P.C. Liquette Parka
The French label is worn by DJs, French DJs in New York, and anyone trying to date a Sophia Coppola-type. The simple designs always appeal to me, and the stuff I've owned lasts a long time. This new parka/pullover caught my eye.
7. Engineered Garments khaki coat (not pictured)
This season, the made-in-New York label pushes a tweed-clad gadabout look meets cape-wearing roustabout look that would get us laughed all the way to the Soho—but the button-up neck on the khaki coat grabbed my attention. It trades off the trench trend without really getting bogged down with the flasher-Columbo image.