We’re back, with a vengeance. Today we bring to you what Fall ’09 is all about from the people who know it best.
I’m noticing an innate need within men to gravitate back to fine men’s tailoring, detailing and general haberdashery. This doesn’t always mean dressing in suits every minute of every day. What it does mean is after a long hiatus of over casual dressing, men are taking more notice in how they are putting themselves together. It’s a return to personal style all over again. The Fall 2009 collection for Club Monaco was designed around this premise. It’s the premise that someone can dress in our finely tailored flannel suit but has the option break it down into different components to fit his personal tastes and environment. The elements from his casual wardrobe may remain, but the addition of tailored pieces and the attention to detail is what differentiates this Fall from the past.
What this means for you: A $500 ($400 for student) Club Monaco suit, we’re loving their flannel guy. Also, set aside $200, and take everything you can to the tailors. You ought to be able to turn tons of stuff you hardly wear into very respectable options.
Fall ‘09 is all about ramping up your wardrobe with the right accessories. Try adding some color in unexpected places like socks, pocket squares, and glasses. Tartans and flannels are a fun and classic way to achieve this and pair great with dark denim. You’d be surprised what results you’ll see when worn with other classics like grey flannel, Harris Tweed & white oxford.
What this means for you: A bold David Hart & Co. Tartan Necktie for $115 and a Gant Rugger White Oxford.
I think that people are looking back, not necessarily to basics, but things in their wardrobe that they can return to year after year. So for guys that means preppy-chic is working really well. Button-ups are really big as well as sweaters and knits. That’s kind of where guys are headed instead of more directional pieces.