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The Fall Guy and Fall Style

Such an inconvenient truth that we have to face, although begrudgingly, that summer’s end is upon us; alas face it we must. Gone are the days of extended sunshine, warm weather, and consistently blue skies, unless of course you live a bit farther south of the equator. For the rest of us who are not so fortunate, the fall season has fallen quickly upon us. Instead of wallowing in the gloom of the impending cold temperatures, shorter days, and the premieres of inane reality shows that pass for entertainment in the new television season, it is best to be prepared — as fall style brings change to the appearance of the leaves around you so must it to your wardrobe.

The cooler temperatures that fall brings dictates that, out of necessity, the gentleman must dress warmer, so banished from his wardrobe until spring are the lighter fabrics, including cotton and linen, unless they are of course used for his under garments. They are replaced by heavier fabrics such as wool. The brighter colors that you could get away with in the summer time, yellows, limes, and aquas, are replaced by more traditional colors for your suits and shirts. The following is a guide to allow you to make it through the winter, so that you can do your best from keeping your attire from flying south for the winter.

Top Fall/Winter Suits and Jackets

1)    Dark gray worsted

2)    Solid navy

3)    Three-piece gray flannel

4)    Double-breasted chalk-stripe in navy or gray

5)    Muted plaid

6)    Tweed herringbone

7)    Single-or double-breasted blue blazer

8)    Patterned sports jacket (herringbone, gun check, glen plaid)


Top Fall/ Winter Shirts

1)    Two white

2)    Three blue

3)    Two other solid colors: ivory or pink

4)    Six striped: four with the same collar color, two with contrast collar

5)    One muted plaid


(Generally, darker ties are in order for fall, whether they be solid, diagonal or paisley)

Marcus Green is the author of A Year Without April, and lives in Seattle,WA.  His motto is that “90% of life is simply showing up…dressed well.”

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