Popular Men's Fashion Styles for Fall 2011
By Nan Werther
, last updated October 4, 2011
Fashionable men everywhere can consider themselves lucky as this season's trends are reviving true sartorialism. Getting dressed every morning has never been easier as this year, men are encouraged to consider dressing up again in items like fall's double breasted suit, perfectly tailored pants, sleek shades of classic camel, heritage prints, the gentlemen turtleneck, tweed jackets, and more. This season retro vibes continue to dominate the runways with quirky combinations that reference subtle elements of street fashion. Look for bold colors in unexpected places, classic labels and logos, and cultivate your most dapper image with this season's top trends.
Double Breasted Suit
While more formal than most men's fashion as of late, the double breasted suit signals the return of a new masculine identity in the American lexicon. Men are putting more effort into their image than ever before, and the double breasted suit is a powerful way to convey your confidence and style. Easier to wear then a three piece but more elegant then a sport coat, the new double breasted suit rocks the runways in a neutral palette and nubby fabrics. Pair it with a denim shirt and weathered brogues for the perfect office outfit sure to inspire and impress.
This color continues to rage down the runways. Considered a perfect neutral, it's youthful, chic, and sexy without being obvious. For more impact, wear a longer length. Not just for wearing with suits, don your camel coat over casual outfits for immediate cool points. With the perfectly faded skinny jeans and polo shirt this elegance is effortless.
Patterns, especially geometric ones, are all the rage right now and for men the Scottish plaid beats out all the rest. Take a style cue from cult fashion favorites Burberry and use your plaids as an attention getting accent piece. Try it out on one of this season's skinny ties for a look straight from London streets. Pair with a flannel suit for ultimate effect in the office. For everyday wearing, try a washed chambray shirt and tweed jacket with slim cords.
Believe it or not, fashion's frumpy cousin the turtleneck is back and more inspired than ever. Included in just about every collection this season, the turtleneck is one of fall's pairing pieces. Make no mistake this piece can fail if not used correctly. Always look for fine-gauge fabrics for wearability, as bulk will immediately date you. Feeling bold? Rock one of fall's jewel tones, or new neutrals camel and light grey. Play it safe with shades of black or navy. Wear under a blazer or suit coat of a similar shade for a great monochromatic look, or try color blocking.
While ever well-dressed man should have a cardigan or several in his wardrobe, the collegiate version is a whole other look altogether. Adding personality and panache, the varsity cardigan should be robust and colorful, graphic and slim-cut for optimal effect. Look for strong contrasting color combinations such as bright blue and yellow, or pale blue and burgundy.