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September 1, 2015

6 Essential Gents’ Looks for Every Type of Fall Event

This week’s Clothes & Conversation, "The Fall Social Calendar: How to Tastefully Dress for It All", focused on all the different kinds of events and parties you may be attending as Summer turns to Fall – and, of course, what to wear for them. From weddings and charity events to more intimate gatherings with friends and family, or even business functions, we change up our sartorial point of view for the season, with sleek rich colors, polished silhouettes, and cozy fabrics. So, here, we’re breaking down those tips with 2 outfits for each type of outing.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’d love to hear about any events you have coming up. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-tom-trim-fit-check-wool-sport-coat/4065165
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Ted Baker - Tom Trim Fit Check Wool Sport Coat
A pattern sport coat that works with or without a tie should always be at the ready, so you never need to hesitate when getting ready for a party. This grey, brown and blue check from Ted Baker London will work for any event where a suit isn’t required. For a dressier take, pair this contemporary fitting jacket with charcoal wool dress pants, a solid blue or white spread collar shirt and striped brown tie. If the event is more casual, leave the tie at home, add dark wash jeans and a blue chambray shirt. Dark brown oxfords look great with both.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-jones-trim-fit-plaid-wool-suit/4036618 Ted Baker - Jones Trim Fit Plaid Wool Suit
Ted Baker - Jones Trim Fit Plaid Wool Suit
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Ted Baker - Jones Trim Fit Plaid Wool Suit
Jones Trim Fit Plaid Wool Suit
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Formal/Semi-Formal Events, Outfit 1. We know some gents think a suit for a formal event needs to be solid, but it just isn’t so. A dark subtle plaid is just as appropriate and even more trend right these days. Ted Baker’s contemporary fit is sleek and creates an elegant silhouette in this dark navy plaid. Done in a luxurious Italian fabric, the result is subtle and oh-so dapper.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/boss/jacco-us-slim-fit-spread-collar-dress-shirt/hbna50228106.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Jacco US Cotton French Cuff Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Jacco US Cotton French Cuff Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Jacco US Cotton French Cuff Dress Shirt
Jacco US Cotton French Cuff Dress Shirt
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While there are many shirt choices that will work with this shirt, the sophistication of Hugo Boss’ crisp white shirt with a French cuff simply can’t be beat. It dresses up the suit in this outfit, so it’s perfectly appropriate for even a black tie optional event. The contemporary fit ensures this shirt won’t pucker or blouse under the Ted Baker suit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-varvatos-star-usa-plaid-silk-tie/4156864 John Varvatos Star USA - Plaid Silk Tie
John Varvatos Star USA - Plaid Silk Tie
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John Varvatos Star USA - Plaid Silk Tie
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This dark grey tie from John Varvatos Star USA is the perfect accent to the suit and shirt featured in this look. The textured pattern is refined and the dark color keeps with the more formal appearance of this outfit.
http://www.zappos.com/to-boot-new-york-capote-black-parma To Boot New York - Capote
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To Boot New York is one of our favorite dress footwear resources, and this perforated cap toe oxford is a perfect example of why. Made in Italy, they feature the finest leather upper, a leather lining and a leather outsole (which, by the way, is very important if dancing will be part of your evening). A good dress shoe is an investment in quality and comfort, and this is one you – and your feet – will feel great about for years.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/david-donahue-ryan-classic-fit-wool-suit/3727665 David Donahue - Ryan Classic Fit Wool Suit
David Donahue - Ryan Classic Fit Wool Suit
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Formal/Semi-Formal Events, Outfit 2. David Donahue’s solid navy suit is also a solid a choice for a dressy affair that isn’t black tie (and, of course, any important business meeting). The modern fit isn’t too trim so every gent will feel comfortable in it. Yet, it has an updated look with slightly narrower lapels and a trimmer leg that make it a must-have for the season – and several to come, as suit trends don’t change at a high speed rate. The Italian wool just exudes high class, so try your best not to show up the event’s host.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/white-and-blue-windowpane-worker Ledbury - The White and Blue Windowpane Shirt
Ledbury - The White and Blue Windowpane Shirt
Instead of a classic white shirt, Ledbury’s subtle blue pattern on a white Italian cotton poplin ground gives the suit in this outfit an air of fun that is just right for a wedding or charity function. In both classic and slim fits, go with the one that you are most comfortable in, as the suit’s modern fit will work with both.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/'tie-7.5-cm'-regular%2C-silk-striped-textured-tie/hbna50299596.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Striped Textured Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Striped Textured Tie
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Silk Striped Textured Tie
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A dark tie keeps this look dressy, but it doesn’t have to be solid just because there is a subtle pattern in the shirt we’ve chosen. The even spacing of the diamonds and flowers in this Hugo Boss navy silk tie is just the right balance. And the 3” width works with the updated lapels of the suit’s jacket – neither are too wide or too narrow.
http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-delray-black Allen-Edmonds - Delray
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Any neutral dress shoe can work in this outfit, but a black dress shoe always creates a more formal appearance. This split mock toe from Allen-Edmonds is made of fine quality leather that ensures a polished look and lots of comfort. The style is a true classic, with a tapered toe that is updated and appropriate for work or play.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/wool/PRDOVR~C5259/C5259.jsp J.Crew - Ludlow Legacy Blazer
J.Crew - Ludlow Legacy Blazer
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Ludlow Legacy Blazer
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Sophisticated Gatherings, Outfit 1. A navy blazer is a key piece to every gent’s wardrobe and always a safe option when you need something to wear to one of those in-between events – you know, it’s not dressy and not casual, either. It takes on a classier look with a dress shirt, tie and wool dress pants. And then looks just as smart with jeans and a button up pattern shirt. J.Crew’s Ludlow blazer is their leaner, more contemporary fit, which makes this wonderful Italian wool fabric look modern and dapper.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/dressshirts/ludlowdress/PRDOVR~E0566/E0566.jsp J.Crew - Ludlow Shirt
J.Crew - Ludlow Shirt
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This bolder, Tattersall pattern dress shirt from J. Crew is just as versatile as the navy blazer we’re featuring in this outfit – working with pants from dressy wools to casual denim. Like the blazer in this outfit, it’s designed in J.Crew’s leaner, Ludlow fit so it will look just right under it. The rich Fall colors stand on their own, yet can balance a tie, too. It’s truly a winner.
https://bonobos.com/products/foundation-trouser?color=charcoal%20herringbone Bonobos - Foundation Trouser
Bonobos - Foundation Trouser
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As we’ve been mentioning, the jacket and shirt in this outfit go with any pants. To dress it up for a sophisticated gathering or nicer meal, add these dark grey herringbone trousers from Bonobos. The pattern gives them a polished look that isn’t stuffy, since they are cotton. And they come in all 3 key fits that Bonobos offers, so you know they’ll be comfortable. A reminder on their fits: “Tailored” is the trimmest, contemporary fit, “Straight” is a modern “everyman” fit that is still updated and current, and “Slim” is between the two.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/'t-tie-6-cm'-slim%2C-italian-silk-knit-stripe/hbna50299512.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Knit Stripe Tie
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The dark grey color of this silk tie from Hugo Boss offers a nice contrast to the shirt and navy blazer. Yet, it doesn’t feel too serious in the knit fabrication and 2 ½” modern width.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-classic-fit-plaid-wool-sport-coat/4120325 Peter Millar - Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat
Peter Millar - Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat
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Peter Millar - Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat
Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat
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Sophisticated Gatherings, Outfit 2. Brown and blue is a stylish color combination this season, and it’s a masculine mix that is really dapper when used in Peter Millar’s plaid wool sport coat. The pattern is muted and easily accessorizes with blue, grey, brown or tan to create so many ways to wear it. Plus, it can dress up or down based on the pants and shirt you wear with it. Jeans and a patterned sport shirt gives it a more casual feel, but today, we’re showing you how to wear it for a more posh look. And the “everyman” modern fit ensures a great fit for most everyone.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-classic-fit-dress-shirt-online-only/3387142 Robert Talbott - Classic Fit Dress Shirt
Robert Talbott - Classic Fit Dress Shirt
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Robert Talbott
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A simple solid blue dress shirt provides polish in this look and plays off the rich blue in the plaid of the jacket. Robert Talbott’s modern fit and luxe quality give this unpretentious dress shirt a smart finish that looks as good as it feels.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-flat-front-wool-trousers/2969054 Santorelli - Flat Front Wool Trousers
Santorelli - Flat Front Wool Trousers
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Flat Front Wool Trousers
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Santorelli’s modern fitting flat front wool pants in espresso brown coordinate with the brown in the plaid sport coat in this outfit for a really rich look. The browns don’t match exactly, nor should they. They just compliment each other for a debonair sartorial look. Santorelli makes one of the best pair of wool dress pants around – they’ve been a favorite of ours since the years we sold them in our retail stores. They are as well-made as they come – click through the ‘shop it’ button to read all about the fine details. The 100% wool pants are made in Italy and come in many colors (also through the ‘shop it’ button) that are ideal for a nice night out or a day at the office, so you may just want to stock up.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/todd-snyder-white-label-woven-silk-tie/4045873 Todd Snyder White Label - Woven Silk Tie
Todd Snyder White Label - Woven Silk Tie
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This brown and blue striped silk tie from Todd Snyder White Label picks up all the colors in the sport coat, and just makes this outfit. Even if you don’t need a tie for your event, you’re going to want to wear this one. The spacing of the stripes is the perfect offset to the pattern in the coat and the 3” width works effortlessly with its lapels. Seriously, this is a great looking combination that will have you walking into any room with confidence.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/NewArrivals/sweaters/PRDOVR~E1399/E1399.jsp J.Crew - Cotton Cardigan Sweater
J.Crew - Cotton Cardigan Sweater
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Cotton Cardigan Sweater
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Casual Get-togethers, Outfit 1. A sweater with rugged character easily becomes the key piece to a casual get-together outfit once the weather cools down. J.Crew’s chunky marled navy cotton (marled means white threads are mixed in to the navy for a heathered, casual look) is great with the shawl collar and pocket details of this sweater. The fit is typical J.Crew – modern and not too oversized. For a truly casual look, it is easy over your favorite t-shirt with jeans. Here though, we’re showing you how to take your look up a notch.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/'robbie'-slim-fit%2C-cotton-button-down-shirt/hbna50290462.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Robbie Button Down Shirt
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Robbie Button Down Shirt
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Layer Hugo Boss’ contemporary fit micro check shirt under the featured sweater in this outfit. The crisp lines of the check look really fresh under the softer color mix of the sweater. And the soft spread collar lies well under the sweater.
http://www.jbrandjeans.com/tyler/d/4727C5754 J Brand - Tyler Twill Jeans
J Brand - Tyler Twill Jeans
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The Air Force blue color of these twill J Brand jeans is just the right choice for the sweater and shirt in this look. They are made of seriously soft premium micro twill that is really rich so it dresses up the look. Yet, the color has a naturally broken-in feel that keeps things casual. These are designed in J Brand’s Tyler model, which has a slim fit that is not too skinny, so it’s updated without being trendy.
https://www.eastdane.com/roll-belt-apolis/vp/v=1/1527304616.htm Apolis - Roll Belt
Apolis - Roll Belt
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A black leather belt completes the outfit. This roller buckle belt from Los Angeles based Apolis is made of vegetable tanned bridle leather that has the right casual, yet polished, finishing touch.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-toyon-v-neck-sweater/4125057 Robert Talbott - Toyon V-Neck Sweater
Robert Talbott - Toyon V-Neck Sweater
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Toyon V-Neck Sweater
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Casual Get-togethers, Outfit 2. For a truly timeless look, you will never go wrong with Robert Talbott’s cotton v-neck sweater in classic navy. The modern fit and high quality are equally fantastic. It’s a sweater that provides any gent with a wealth of dressing opportunities. It can be layered under a sport coat with wool trousers – great for a dressier dinner or day at the office – or with jeans and grey t-shirt for a truly casual day. And, of course, there are lots of options in between that will work for those easy get-togethers we’re talking about here.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Madison-Fit-Triple-Check-Dress-Shirt/ME02192,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Madison Fit Triple Check Dress Shirt
Brooks Brothers - Madison Fit Triple Check Dress Shirt
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Brooks Brothers - Madison Fit Triple Check Dress Shirt
Madison Fit Triple Check Dress Shirt
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A little pattern under the featured classic sweater really brings life to this outfit. The wide spread collar looks good when unbuttoned, and also looks smart buttoned up with a tie. The Egyptian cotton is a wonderful quality that will survive years of washings. Brooks Brothers offers this shirt in 3 fits – the Madison is the most relaxed (though not as relaxed as the classic fit Brooks Brothers had been known for in the past), the Milano is the trimmest, and the Regent sits in the middle. The Madison and Regent will work best with the fit of the sweater in this look.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Five-Pocket-Stretch-Cotton-Trousers-Brown/prod180960111_cat50070750__/p.prod Peter Millar - Five-Pocket Stretch-Cotton Trousers
Peter Millar - Five-Pocket Stretch-Cotton Trousers
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Peter Millar - Five-Pocket Stretch-Cotton Trousers
Five-Pocket Stretch-Cotton Trousers
Peter Millar
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The caramel brown of these Peter Millar twill jeans are just the right wintery shade – the ideal alternative to the stones and khakis that most gents usually wear, and just as versatile. They add a casual, yet stylish contrast to the blues in this outfit. The pants are made with a bit of stretch in the cotton fabric for comfort, and a sateen finish that give them a polished look.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Stripe-Knit-Tie/MA01965,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Stripe Knit Tie
Brooks Brothers - Stripe Knit Tie
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Brooks Brothers - Stripe Knit Tie
Stripe Knit Tie
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This outfit can be complete without the tie, but we couldn’t resist adding this Brooks Brothers navy silk knit tie for that perfect sartorial final touch. A tie with a more casual outfit adds a flare of personality and style. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel confident in your appearance. This will do it.
 

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