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September 20, 2016

20 Must-Have Updates for Fall

This week’s Clothes & Conversation, “ The Gents’ Fall Fashion Guide” , focused on how to look modern this fall/winter season. In a nutshell, mixing-and-matching dress and casual is the name of the game. Here, we’ve got our top 20 Finds that translate that idea into smart pieces to update your existing wardrobe and create a stylish look every day of the week.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-manhattan-trim-fit-plaid-sport-shirt/4384555
Why is it a Find? Plaid button up shirts are a staple in a gent’s wardrobe that isn’t going anywhere. This season, the pattern looks updated in more muted tones, like this one from Vince, using shades of grey and one of the season’s key colors – deep red. The soft Italian cotton flannel has an upscale feel when paired with the soft pointed collar and French placket of this design.
Wear it with: The rich, dark colors look great layered under a dark sweater (play off one of the colors in the plaid) or worn on its own with khaki’s or jeans of any wash.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, meant to be skim the body for an updated look that isn’t overly casual.
Alternatives: : It is also available in a rich denim blue color combination through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Japanese-Denim-Sport-Shirt-Barchetta-Blue/prod193340080_cat21150732__/p.prod Peter Millar - Japanese Denim Sport Shirt
Peter Millar - Japanese Denim Sport Shirt
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Peter Millar - Japanese Denim Sport Shirt
Japanese Denim Sport Shirt
Peter Millar
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#1 The Smart Casual Top.
Why is it a Find? Every gent should have a versatile button up that is quiet and sophisticated, especially this season. This luxury Japanese denim version from Peter Millar is exactly what we mean. The deep indigo color and rich fabric makes it easy to wear it on its own, yet it remains polished enough to wear with a sport coat. Truly an elegant, yet rugged Find that will get tons of wear.
Wear it with: It is easy to throw on your toothy tweed sport coat over this shirt when you need to run into a meeting or are headed out for a nicer dinner. When things are more casual, a pair of dark jeans, even twill or corduroy pants in tan or grey, look awesome.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, not skinny and not too full, so it will look dapper on every gent.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, this J. Crew shirt is a great alternative.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rodd-gunn-stratton-straight-leg-chinos/4451909 Rodd & Gunn - Stratton Straight Leg Chinos
Rodd & Gunn - Stratton Straight Leg Chinos
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Stratton Straight Leg Chinos
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#2 The Desk-to-Dinner Pants.
Why is it a Find? It is all about the amazing enzyme washed Italian cotton fabric when it comes to these Rudd 7& Gunn flat fronts. Well, that and the awesome fit. The combination creates a modern attitude pair of pants that are just right for many offices and an evening out.
Wear it with: The olive/brown fatigue color we’re featuring is an easy neutral to match with sweaters, shirts and sport coats of pretty much any color. That’s why they’ll quickly become a “go-to” staple in your closet.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern with a mid-rise and a narrower but not skinny leg. The fabric has a bit of stretch to retain shape and add comfort.
Alternatives: : These pants are also available in a couple of other great neutrals through the ‘shop it’ button – they’re all worth getting.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Wintertime-Flannel-Five-Pocket-Pants-Espresso-Melange/prod189760034_cat50070750__/p.prod Peter Millar - Wintertime Flannel Five-Pocket Pants
Peter Millar - Wintertime Flannel Five-Pocket Pants
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Peter Millar - Wintertime Flannel Five-Pocket Pants
Wintertime Flannel Five-Pocket Pants
Peter Millar
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#3 The Smart Casual Bottom.
Why is it a Find? Peter Millar combines the style of jeans with dapper dark grey wool flannel to create these modern pants that you’ll be able to wear everywhere. Dressier than jeans, more updated than basic flat front trousers, these awesome pants can be worn on days you need a more conservative look – and on days when you want a more laidback vibe that is still polished.
Wear it with: Pair these with your sport coats and sweaters for a dressier, finished look. And they’ll add instant sophistication to any pattern button up shirt for a day at the office.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern with a narrower but not skinny leg, and plenty of room in the seat and thigh for most every gent. The touch of stretch mixed with the flannel adds comfort and helps retain shape.
Alternatives: They are also available in lighter grey and dark brown versions.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/maker-company-full-zip-merino-wool-cashmere-sweater/4443109 Maker & Company - Full Zip Merino Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Maker & Company - Full Zip Merino Wool & Cashmere Sweater
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Maker & Company - Full Zip Merino Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Full Zip Merino Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Maker & Company
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#4 The Track Inspiration.
Why is it a Find? So much nicer than a basic track sweatshirt, this Maker & Company sweater has the standup ribbed collar and stylish zip accents of a track jacket to give you that sporty feeling – in a much more stylish way.
Wear it with: The heathered merino wool and cashmere fabric means you can wear it to the office, with khakis and a solid or pattern shirt. For the weekend, throw it on over a t-shirt with your favorite jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, with enough room to be worn over a shirt with ease. Size down if you prefer a trimmer fit.
Alternatives: It is available in a great olive heather color through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Billy-Reid-John-Plaid-Long-Sleeve-Sport-Shirt-Blue/prod189810065_cat21150732__/p.prod Billy Reid - John Plaid Long-Sleeve Sport Shirt
Billy Reid - John Plaid Long-Sleeve Sport Shirt
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Billy Reid - John Plaid Long-Sleeve Sport Shirt
John Plaid Long-Sleeve Sport Shirt
Billy Reid
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#5 The Pop of Plaid.
Why is it a Find? A plaid button up shirt is always a good idea. And while we showed you a dressier version in deep, muted shades at the top of the list, this Billy Reid is one of our favorite casual Finds. The cream and blue larger plaid has a perfectly laidback feel in a high quality that keeps it looking pretty sophisticated, so you can wear it for a casual evening out as often as you’ll wear it on any weekend morning.
Wear it with: The colors are great for early fall and work well under sweaters as the weather turns cold. The hearty plaid holds up to corduroys, and looks great with twill pants and jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, ensuring this plaid shirt retains a clean look.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this Vineyard Vines plaid shirt is a great alternative.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vineyard-vines-nautical-stripe-crewneck-wool-cashmere-sweater/4404099 Vineyard Vines - Nautical Stripe Crewneck Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Vineyard Vines - Nautical Stripe Crewneck Wool & Cashmere Sweater
#6 The Military Nod.
Why is it a Find? Military influence doesn’t have to mean cargo pockets and epaulettes. Vineyard Vines interpretation is subtly right, using a nautical stripe in shades of blue wool and cashmere for a soft and comfortable sweater that works from desk to dinner and beyond.
Wear it with: The shades of blue are perfectly denim-friendly, so this sweater looks great with a simple white t-shirt and your favorite jeans. For the office, switch out the t-shirt for a chambray button up shirt and trade your jeans for a pair of khaki’s or twill pants.
Fit Tip: The fit is comfortably modern, just right for most gents in your typical size. Size down for a trim fit.
Alternatives: J.Crew’s heather grey and navy version is made of 100% cashmere luxury.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Cashmere-Long-Sleeve-Henley-Sweater-Black/prod192800108_cat21150734__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat21150734%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526Ns%253DSELLABLE_DATE%257C1%2526refinements%253D4294930398%252C4294965532%252C404%252C4294935979%252C4294961130%252C502%252C614&grpId=prod192800108&eItemId=prod189780115&cmCat=product&focusProductId=prod189780115 Vince - Cashmere Long-Sleeve Henley Sweater
Vince - Cashmere Long-Sleeve Henley Sweater
#7 The Not-so-Basic Knit.
Why is it a Find? Vince steps up a timeless Henley shirt by interpreting it in 100% cashmere, taking a casual silhouette and giving you the option (but not requirement) to dress it up. With cool details, like heather grey trim and saddle stitch back detail, it has a fresh look that is anything but basic.
Wear it with: What can’t you wear black with? For dressier needs, layer it over a solid or pattern button up shirt, you can even add a sport coat, with a great pair of wool trousers. Casually, it’s easy over a t-shirt with jeans and cool sneakers.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, great looking on most every gent. Size up if you prefer an easier fit.
Alternatives: J. Crew’s version is cotton, in a mid-weight that is perfectly between a t-shirt and sweater.
http://www.zappos.com/ag-adriano-goldschmied-matchbox-slim-straight-jeans-in-3-years-wellspring-3-years-wellspring AG Jeans - Matchbox Slim Straight Jeans in 3 Years Wellspring
AG Jeans - Matchbox Slim Straight Jeans in 3 Years Wellspring
#8 The Right Jeans for Everything.
Why is it a Find? These dark wash AG jeans will solve all your denim needs for the season. The color is dark enough to dress up with a sport coat and button up, yet has slight sanding and whiskering, making them easy to wear with all your comfy and casual weekend favorites.
Wear it with: This one’s easy - wear them with anything. From t-shirts and thermals to dapper sweaters and blazers, these simply work.
Fit Tip: The Matchbox slim fit is modern, updated with a straight narrower leg and rise that hits at the navel. But gents, these aren’t skinny – they’re a true “everyman” fit, which is why it’s a best seller.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, these AG jeans are a solid alternative.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/cotton/PRDOVR~F4053/F4053.jsp J.Crew - Cotton Textured-Stitch cardigan Sweater
J.Crew - Cotton Textured-Stitch cardigan Sweater
#9 The Finishing Touch Sweater.
Why is it a Find? For a stylishly casual touch, ditch the sport coat and complete your outfit with J.Crew’s textured “fisherman’s knit” cardigan. The fresh heather hickory color combines perfectly with the modern attitude reflected in the shawl collar and patch pockets.
Wear it with: Wear it to add laidback style to your wool dress pants. And it will dress up your flannel shirt, jeans and twill pants with ease.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, as is typical for most J.Crew pieces, a solid fit for most gents in your typical size that can be layered with comfort. Size up for an easier fit and size down for a trimmer fit.
Alternatives: It is also available in a rich, dark navy color through the shop it button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bugatchi-classic-fit-check-sport-shirt/4360235 Bugatchi - Classic Fit Check Sport Shirt
Bugatchi - Classic Fit Check Sport Shirt
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Classic Fit Check Sport Shirt
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#10 The Fire Dragon.
Why is it a Find? Dark reds are showing up absolutely everywhere in men’s fashion this Fall. Bugatchi’s foulard check pattern mixes a couple of deep red shades with navy for a really rich look that updates this timeless print.
Wear it with: Wear it with dark wash jeans or twill pants in any dark neutral color. And it adds just the right pop of color under a navy blazer or sweater.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, comfortably sized for most every gent – go with your usual size.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, this Gitman shirt is for you.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-turtleneck-sweater/4423859 Vince - Turtleneck Sweater
Vince - Turtleneck Sweater
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Turtleneck Sweater
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#11 The Timeless Black Staple.
Why is it a Find? This Vince turtleneck sweater is the epitome of timeless and classic, and turtlenecks look so fresh and new again this season. The wool and cashmere fabric is incredibly soft and comfortable against the body. This is simply one of the best.
Wear it with: Like any good wardrobe staple, this sweater can be worn with everything. It’s a great layer under a sport coat or even a suit. And it adds polish to any pair of jeans or khaki’s.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, as is typical of Vince. This turtleneck is cut a bit closer to the body for a proper, refined look – but it’s definitely not skinny. Size up if you prefer an easier fit.
Alternatives: There is a beautiful heather grey option through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Boss-Hugo-Boss-Hutson-Plaid-Wool-Sport-Coat-Navy/prod191280268_cat48730756__/p.prod BOSS Hugo Boss - Hutson Plaid Wool Sport Coat
BOSS Hugo Boss - Hutson Plaid Wool Sport Coat
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Hutson Plaid Wool Sport Coat
Hutson Plaid Wool Sport Coat
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#12 The Versatile Sport Coat.
Why is it a Find? A versatile sport coat is the crux of a gent’s fall wardrobe – and if it’s not yet, this one from Hugo Boss will be. Embrace the dapper wool navy plaid - it is so easy to dress up or down, and is the perfect balance between classic and fashion.
Wear it with: The navy plaid of this jacket really gives you options. It looks just a polished with a white or blue shirt, tie, and charcoal wool dress pants as it does with a solid sweater over a button up shirt and dark wash jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, to ensure a modern and updated look.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, David Donahue’s sport coat can be worn the same way.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-flynn-classic-fit-check-wool-suit/4389519 Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Check Wool Suit
Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Check Wool Suit
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Flynn Classic Fit Check Wool Suit
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#13 The Modern Day Suit.
Why is it a Find? While solid and dark is still an easy rule to follow for an evening dressy event, this Peter Millar subtly checked pattern suit has a modern look for all of your daytime business meetings and work dinners.
Wear it with: Since the charcoal color is deep and the pattern is small, it is easy to accessorize - always a plus. Wear it with a solid or spaced pattern dress shirt in white or blue. And then just do the reverse with your tie – a solid tie if you choose a pattern shirt, a pattern tie if you choose a solid shirt.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, a universally flattering fit for every gent that you’ll be able to wear for years.
Alternatives: For a trimmer, contemporary fit, Ted Baker’s suit is a great option.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zanella-devon-flat-front-plaid-wool-trousers/4355152 Zanella - Devon Flat Front Plaid Wool Trousers
Zanella - Devon Flat Front Plaid Wool Trousers
#14 The Updated Dress Trousers.
Why is it a Find? Soft patterns have brought new interest to dress wool trousers. Zanella has been our favorite dress pants resource for years, so it was no surprise that they have one of the best Finds of the season, using a plaid pattern that is subtle and versatile. Made in Italy, these are truly exquisite pants that will never disappoint.
Wear it with: The muted dark grey plaid we’re featuring gives sweaters, button up shirts and solid sport coats a professional office look that still looks great when you head out to dinner.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, ideal for gents looking for a comfortable and not too trim fit.
Alternatives: There are a couple other neutrals to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button, as well. And if you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, Hugo Boss’ micro-houndstooth pattern pants are a fresh alternative.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306641434&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524447012871 Sanyo - Wool Cashmere Blend Water-Repellant Jacket
Sanyo - Wool Cashmere Blend Water-Repellant Jacket
#15 The Smart Coat.
Why is it a Find? Sanyo’s single-breasted midnight navy coat looks like classic, but has a lot of modern functionality, so there are plenty of reasons to love it. The wool and cashmere blend fabric is water repellent and it even has a light down-filled, zip-out quilted bib for warmth (and style).
Wear it with: The dark navy color is a great neutral and will work with most everything in your closet At 34 inches, it is just the right length to wear with sport coats or suits, yet sporty enough to still look good with khaki’s and jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern. It hits well above the knee and is a bit closer to the body but not skinny, so it will easily fit over heavier sweaters and blazers.
Alternatives: If you prefer a slightly longer coat with an easier fit, this Cole Haan coat is for you.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/barbour-classic-beaufort-relaxed-fit-waxed-cotton-jacket/3315205 Barbour - Classic Beaufort Relaxed Fit Waxed Cotton Jacket
Barbour - Classic Beaufort Relaxed Fit Waxed Cotton Jacket
#16 The Weekend Ready Jacket.
Why is it a Find? Barbour has been making exquisite weekend jackets since 1894. They expertly update classic fashions season after season, and that is certainly true here. The jacket is still produced by hand in their Simonside, England factory. The waxed cotton will protect you from foul weather and have you looking modernly fashionable at the same time.
Wear it with: Wear it with all your dressy casual and weekend casual outfits – from smart sport coat/khaki combinations for the office to weekend jeans and sweaters.
Fit Tip: It is cut in a classic gentleman’s fit with plenty of room to layer over heavy sweaters and sport coats.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, opt for this Barbour jacket instead.
http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-zerogrand-wing-oxford-java-leather-golden-yellow Cole Haan - Zerogrand Wing Oxford
Cole Haan - Zerogrand Wing Oxford
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Zerogrand Wing Oxford
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#17 The Crossfunctional Shoes.
Why is it a Find? These Cole Haan brogues have work and play versatility. Blending fashion and function, they cleverly pair a dark brown perforated leather upper with a mustard yellow contrast lugged rubber sole. And the result is a pair of shoes a gent can comfortably wear to the office as well as with jeans on the weekend.
Wear it with: Don’t spend too much thinking about how to wear these shoes. Yes, you can wear them with a sport coat and wool dress pants, even a modern suit, for a day of meetings. Yes, you can wear them with khaki’s and a sweater for a casual day at the office. And yes, they are really cool with jeans for evenings and weekends.
Fit Tip: These shoes run true to size.
Alternatives: There are a few additional color options through the ‘shop it’ button, and they are all pretty great.
https://www.eastdane.com/grandpro-tennis-sneaker-cole-haan/vp/v=1/1519688855.htm Cole Haan - GrandPro Tennis Sneakers
Cole Haan - GrandPro Tennis Sneakers
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Cole Haan - GrandPro Tennis Sneakers
GrandPro Tennis Sneakers
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#18 The Polished Sneakers.
Why is it a Find? There is no denying the infiltration of athletic inspiration in most every aspect of a gent’s wardrobe. Dressier clothes have sporty accents and athletic gear has upscale accents. And these Cole Haan leather sneakers work with them all. With a clean design, white rubber sole and suede tipping on the toe and heel, these black sneakers are versatile, polished – and oh yea, as comfortable as any pair of great sneakers.
Wear it with: Today, sneakers go everywhere and with everything. Of course, they work with jeans and any casual look. And you should also wear them with your flat front pants to the office and straight out for the evening.
Fit Tip: These sneakers run true to size.
Alternatives: This black version is our top Find for its clean look, and we're sending you to East Dane where you'll get free shipping and returns - and can even use your Amazon Prime account. Cole Haan made a few other color combinations too, that are very cool if you already have solid black covered in your shoe arsenal.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tumi-alpha-bravo-andrews-slim-briefcase/4429813 Tumi - Alpha Bravo - Andrews Slim Briefcase
Tumi - Alpha Bravo - Andrews Slim Briefcase
#19 The Work Bag.
Why is it a Find? No one wants to carry around a big, overstuffed briefcase anymore – slimming down is key. And with all of our modern technology, it’s completely realistic. Tumi’s slim soft fabric case has leather trim for style and durability, with a padded laptop compartment and lots of pockets for organization and functionality. It even expands to accommodate more stuff when needed, and has a detachable shoulder strap. Best of all? It looks great.
Wear it with: We’re featuring the grey fabric option, which has brown leather trim. This modern combination works with every color in your wardrobe with subtlety that is appropriate in the most formal of business meetings, as well as any casual office setting.
Alternatives: It is also available in a couple of other equally good-looking neutral options through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-35mm-buff-harness-leather-belt-black Cole Haan - 35mm Buff Harness Leather Belt
Cole Haan - 35mm Buff Harness Leather Belt
#20 The Right Belt.
Why is it a Find? This black harness leather belt from Cole Haan takes care of all your casual needs. The 1 ¼" width is modern but not too skinny, so it doesn’t take on a dressy look.
Wear it with: The texture and nature of the leather is right for jeans, as well as your dressier khaki’s and twill pants.
Fit Tip: True to size.
Alternatives: It is also available in a dark tan through the ‘shop it’ button.
 

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