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October 6, 2016

Gents’ Color Finds of the Season

This week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Fall’s Newest Hues: An Easy Wardrobe Refresh” highlighted the top trends in color for the season. We’ve grouped them into 4 categories: Fire Tones, Go Green, Smokey & Smooth, and Neutrally New. And our favorite Finds for each color group are here, so let’s get shopping.
But before we do, a reminder: Some of our favorite websites are offering their Friends & Family and Columbus Day weekend deals, so take note of our red alerts below, letting you know about the deal. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer before the deals are over. 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/robert-talbott-anderson-classic-fit-check-cotton-sport-shirt/4445294
Why is it a Find? This Robert Talbott button up shirt expertly captures the colors of the season. But that’s not the only reason it’s a great Find. The color combination is appropriate from desk to dinner, and weekends, too. And in Robert Talbott’s high quality with superb attention to details, it’ll look fresh and new each and every time.
Wear it with: This colorful shirt looks great with khakis or twill pants for a casual office day. Change it up with dark jeans on the weekends and evenings out.
Fit Tip: The fit is a classic gentleman’s fit, designed for comfort and ease.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, this J. Crew shirt is a great option.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418203&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524447026526&R=822508209637 Vince - Birdseye Crewneck Sweater
Vince - Birdseye Crewneck Sweater
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Vince - Birdseye Crewneck Sweater
Birdseye Crewneck Sweater
Vince
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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FIRE TONES
Why is it a Find? The deep oxblood color takes on an even richer tone by mixing it with navy in this birdseye stitch. (Gents, that’s basically a stitch that creates a thermal-like, awesome texture.) And the contrast sweatshirt details at the neck and seams give this Vince sweater a sportier look, ideal for weekends or casual days at the office when you’re heading out for drinks later. 25% off Friends & Family Event at Saks Fifth Avenue through the ‘shop it’ button thru 10/9. (no code needed)
Wear it with: While this sweater has sporty finish details, Vince’s high quality shines through, so you can absolutely pull off wearing this sweater with wool trousers and a solid button up shirt. Of course, a casual look is easy with dark jeans or neutral color twill pants and a simple t-shirt.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, as is typical for Vince, ensuring this sweater will look polished and not too oversized on most gents. Size up for an easier fit.
Alternatives: It is also available in a heather grey through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/stone-rose-plaid-sport-shirt/4438569 Stone Rose - Plaid Sport Shirt
Stone Rose - Plaid Sport Shirt
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Stone Rose - Plaid Sport Shirt
Plaid Sport Shirt
Stone Rose
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Why is it a Find? Another blending of burgundy with rich blues, this Stone Rose plaid button up shirt is versatility and style rolled into one good-looking shirt. The solid contrast trim under the collar and cuff give it just the right finish.
Wear it with: Under a sweater with trousers, the rich tones create a sophisticated look for the office. For a night out, wear it on its own, rolling up the sleeve to show off those cuffs, and pair it with any of your favorite jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, for a trim look that doesn’t appear too casual.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this Robert Talbott shirt is an ideal alternative.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/ThomasMasonSlimWashedforJCrew/PRDOVR~F4204/F4204.jsp Thomas Mason® for J.Crew - Slim Brushed Oxford Shirt
Thomas Mason® for J.Crew - Slim Brushed Oxford Shirt
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Thomas Mason® for J.Crew - Slim Brushed Oxford Shirt
Slim Brushed Oxford Shirt
Thomas Mason® for J.Crew
Sold by: J.Crew

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Why is it a Find? The Thomas Mason® brushed oxford cloth fabric is what really makes this J.Crew shirt. The wonderful brick color is washed to perfection – so soft and comfortable, it will quickly become a favorite. Thomas Mason has been making some of the world’s finest cotton shirting fabrics since 1796, so details like the mother-of-pearl buttons and contrast taping are exactly what we’d expect. In this partnering with J.Crew, they don’t disappoint. 30% off at J.Crew through the ‘shop it’ button thru 10/11. (Code: YESPLEASE)
Wear it with: The subtle pop of color makes it an easy workhorse in your wardrobe with any neutral twill pants or jeans. Layer it under sweaters and sport coats - it's easy to dress up for the office, when you’re not wearing it casually on the weekend.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, meant to be slimmer to the body, though certainly not skinny.
Alternatives: It is also available in a classic blue shade through the ‘shop it’ button.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/outerwear/wallaceandbarnes/PRDOVR~E1288/E1288.jsp J.Crew Wallace & Barnes - Waxed Cotton M-65 Jacket
J.Crew Wallace & Barnes - Waxed Cotton M-65 Jacket
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J.Crew Wallace & Barnes - Waxed Cotton M-65 Jacket
Waxed Cotton M-65 Jacket
J.Crew Wallace & Barnes
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Why is it a Find? This J. Crew Wallace & Barnes jacket hits two important trends of the season, with it’s awesome amber brown color and military styling. Based on the iconic M-65 army field jacket, the weather resistant, waxed cotton fabric will keep you warm and dry. And you’ll look pretty darn good, too.
Wear it with: Ideal over anything but a suit, this jacket gives a rugged edge to your more tailored looks and plays up any casual jeans and sweatshirt outfits with ease.
Fit Tip: Like most J.Crew pieces, the fit is modern. This creates a closer-to-the-body shape that keeps it from looking too bulky. Size up for an easier fit.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this quilted Victorinox Swiss Army jacket is a great alternative.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tommy-bahama-make-mine-a-double-reversible-quarter-zip-sweater/4268666 Tommy Bahama - Make Mine a Double Reversible Quarter Zip Sweater
Tommy Bahama - Make Mine a Double Reversible Quarter Zip Sweater
GO GREEN
Why is it a Find? Tommy Bahama’s zip neck pima cotton sweater is knit in a nubby honeycomb that really shows off this fresh shade of green, creating a perfectly laidback fall-ready look. And it reverses to a darker shade, so you get two awesome sweaters for one. The self-taped zipper placket and the subtle stripes on the ribbed collar just lend to the appeal of this incredibly soft and comfortable must-have.
Wear it with: It adds subtle seasonal color to any of your neutral cotton pants, khakis, or jeans.
Fit Tip: It has a classic gentleman’s fit, so it’s easy to layer over a button up or t-shirt and still have room.
Alternatives: It is available in three more great colors through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/secretwash/PRDOVR~C4306/C4306.jsp J.Crew - Secret Wash Shirt
J.Crew - Secret Wash Shirt
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J.Crew - Secret Wash Shirt
Secret Wash Shirt
J.Crew
Sold by: J.Crew

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Why is it a Find? J.Crew expertly captures the more vibrant shades of green of the season by mixing it with navy to update this classic Tattersall pattern. In their iconic Secret Wash, this is a seriously soft shirt, with just enough of a broken-in feel to wear on the weekends, while still office appropriate.
Wear it with: Layer it under a navy sweater or blazer, and pair it with khakis for a great office look. For evenings and weekends, throw on your favorite dark wash jeans, and you’re ready to go.
Fit Tip: J.Crew’s regular fit is a modern and slightly tapered, just right for most gents. It is also available in a trim fit and it comes in tall sizes, too – something for everyone.
Alternatives: There is a great blue color option available through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306421081&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446975620 AG Jeans - The Graduate Sueded Brushed Pants
AG Jeans - The Graduate Sueded Brushed Pants
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AG Jeans - The Graduate Sueded Brushed Pants
The Graduate Sueded Brushed Pants
AG Jeans
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Why is it a Find? AG’s sueded brushed cotton has a touch of stretch for comfort, and gives this perfect olive green color just the right toned down appearance. The color is not only on trend, the end result is a perfect neutral for most every top in your closet. These pants will be a staple in your wardrobe all year long. 25% off Friends & Family Event at Saks Fifth Avenue through the ‘shop it’ button thru 10/9. (no code needed)
Wear it with: Dress them up or down with all your sweaters, button up shirts and t-shirts. They are also polished enough to wear with a tweedy sport coat for a dapper cold weather look.
Fit Tip: These are cut in AG’s Graduate model which is modern, creating just the right updated fit for most gents without being too slim or trendy.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit with a narrower leg, these AG pants are for you.
https://www.eastdane.com/small-duffle-bag-filson/vp/v=1/1537826306.htm Filson - Small Duffel Bag
Filson - Small Duffel Bag
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Filson - Small Duffel Bag
Small Duffel Bag
Filson
Sold by: East Dane

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Why is it a Find? This is the ultimate duffle for the gym or a weekend getaway. Made by Filson, the water resistant rugged cotton canvas bag is trimmed in bridle leather and sporty brass hardware. The detachable leather shoulder strap makes it easy to carry around. It even has a storm flap over the zip top opening for added protection. Sure, the otter green color is on trend now, and it’s just going to get better with age.
Wear it with: This is a perfect bag for your workout clothes, as well as a weekend of travel, so you’ll use it all the time.
Alternatives: It is also available in other great neutrals through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-stars-two-way-zip-melange-sweater/4432785 Michael Stars - Two-Way Zip Mélange Sweater
Michael Stars - Two-Way Zip Mélange Sweater
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Michael Stars - Two-Way Zip Mélange Sweater
Two-Way Zip Mélange Sweater
Michael Stars
Sold by: Nordstrom

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SMOKEY & SMOOTH
Why is it a Find? The blend of denim blue and grey (that’s a “mélange” for you fashion gents) creates one of the most versatile shades of blue that looks awesome with any shade of denim – not always easy when it comes to mid-tone blues. And the bomber style gives this cotton sweater modern versatility for an awesome casual finishing touch. Michael Stars has really thought of everything with this one – including a two-way zipper to make it easy to reach into your pant pockets and sit with added comfort.
Wear it with: For a non-conservative office environment, this sweater is polished enough to pair with wool pants and a solid or pattern button up shirt – such a cool way to create a dapper look without the formality of a sport coat. For the weekend, it’s so easy with jeans, a white or heather grey t-shirt, and your favorite sneakers.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, ideal for most gents who want a relaxed, but not oversized, look in their normal size. Size up for an easier fit.
Alternatives: It is also available in a great looking black/heather grey combination through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306633816&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524447001330 Robert Graham - Gardie Casual Button-Down Shirt
Robert Graham - Gardie Casual Button-Down Shirt
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Robert Graham - Gardie Casual Button-Down Shirt
Gardie Casual Button-Down Shirt
Robert Graham
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Why is it a Find? Robert Graham modernizes a classic gingham by actually making the pattern sleeker – look closely though the ‘shop it’ button and you’ll see it’s almost a small “x” pattern. And it’s really shown off in this graphic navy and white color combination. 25% off Friends & Family Event at Saks Fifth Avenue through the ‘shop it’ button thru 10/9. (no code needed)
Wear it with: This shirt looks really sharp with dark pants or jeans to highlight the color combination. It also makes for a great-looking pop under a dark sweater or navy blazer.
Fit Tip: The fit is Robert Graham’s trimmer, modern fit with some tapering at the sides – making it ideal to layer, but not too fitted to wear on its own.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this Bobby Jones check shirt is a smart-looking alternative.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/david-donahue-merino-wool-quarter-zip-sweater/4413002 David Donahue - Merino Wool Quarter Zip Sweater
David Donahue - Merino Wool Quarter Zip Sweater
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David Donahue - Merino Wool Quarter Zip Sweater
Merino Wool Quarter Zip Sweater
David Donahue
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Why is it a Find? The elegant eggplant color of this David Donahue sweater expertly demonstrates why purple is looking so good this season. The 100% merino wool is seriously soft, with contrast piping and leather pull tabs, setting this sweater apart from those other basics out there.
Wear it with: This rich color beautifully offsets any of your neutrals, so use it as a layering piece over solid or pattern button up shirts and under a solid or pattern wool sport coat. It is great with dressier wool pants, khakis and jeans.
Fit Tip: This is cut in a classic gentleman’s fit for room and ease. Size down if you prefer a trimmer fit.
Alternatives: It is also available in an awesome navy blue through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ibex-od-merino-wool-long-sleeve-crewneck-t-shirt/4400148 ibex - OD Merino Wool Long Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt
ibex - OD Merino Wool Long Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt
Why is it a Find? This is no ordinary t-shirt. Made of lightweight merino wool, it’s just what every gent needs for a fall weekend. ibex designed it for active outdoor wear - the merino wool’s natural moisture wicking properties will keep you super comfortable all the time. And it is just as comfortable for those high energy indoor activities, too – like watching the game on Sunday afternoons.
Wear it with: Whether you wear it with your favorite broken-in jeans or track pants, on its own or under a hoodie, you won’t need to think about it. The over-dyed denim blue goes with pretty much everything.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern but not trim – just right for most gents.
Alternatives: It is available in heather grey through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/LAMBSWOOL/PRDOVR~F7844/F7844.jsp J.Crew - Marled Lambswool Cardigan Sweater
J.Crew - Marled Lambswool Cardigan Sweater
NEUTRALLY NEW
Why is it a Find? J.Crew mixes dark and light neutral shades in this marled lambswool cardigan and the end result is downright dapper. Plus, it creates a rich color that works with darn near everything in your closet. The shawl collar and patch pocket detailing make it the ideal third piece, replacing a pullover sweater, blazer, or even outerwear before it gets too cold. 30% off at J.Crew through the ‘shop it’ button thru 10/11. (Code: YESPLEASE)
Wear it with: Tailored enough to wear with dark grey wool trousers, and easy enough to work with twill pants or jeans, it will finish any look. The marled fabric isn’t too busy looking to wear over a pattern button up – in fact, it’s a great way to create an updated look without any effort.
Fit Tip: The fit is typical J.Crew - modern for a body-skimming fit in your normal size without being too trim. Size up for an easier fit.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier, gentleman’s fit, this Brooks Brothers sweater creates the same stylish finish.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/JCrewcashmere/PRDOVR~E7441/E7441.jsp J.Crew - Lightweight Italian Cashmere V-neck Sweater
J.Crew - Lightweight Italian Cashmere V-neck Sweater
Why is it a Find? As we mentioned in Clothes & Conversation this week, J.Crew is a solid resource for cashmere – their luxurious Italian fabric holds up and remains soft. This heather dove shade of grey we’re highlighting is a sophisticated take on neutral, mixing shades of grey for a color that looks so rich with blues, greys, tans and white. And it easily offsets the deeper greens, reds, rusts, and eggplant colors of the season. 30% off at J.Crew through the ‘shop it’ button thru 10/11. (Code: YESPLEASE)
Wear it with: This lightweight v-neck has a slightly higher neckline that works really well over a button up or a t-shirt, so you can dress it with wool trousers or wear it casually with jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is typical J.Crew - modern in your normal size without being too trim. It is also available in tall sizes.
Alternatives: There are a few more smart color options through the ‘shop it’ button, and at this price, it’s a great time to stock up.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/John-Varvatos-Star-USA-Cable-Knit-Crewneck-Sweater-Black/prod189270116_cat21150734__/p.prod John Varvatos Star USA - Cable-Knit Crewneck Sweater
John Varvatos Star USA - Cable-Knit Crewneck Sweater
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John Varvatos Star USA - Cable-Knit Crewneck Sweater
Cable-Knit Crewneck Sweater
John Varvatos Star USA
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Why is it a Find? John Varvatos Star USA has found a way to make black look new again, and we are major fans. The marled cotton/wool fabric mixes a creamier thread in with the black, really showing off the cable knit and creating a perfectly rugged looking sweater that will take you from the office to a night out with ease.
Wear it with: As is the case for many of our Finds, this is a sweater that can be paired with any pants – from wool trousers to cotton flat fronts and any pair of jeans or corduroys. And that’s our goal. We pick items meant for versatility and longevity, so getting dressed is a breeze.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, giving this classic cable knit stitch an updated look that still isn’t too skinny in fit so it can be worn over a button up or t-shirt. Size up for an easier fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-matchbox-bes-slim-fit-pants/3391690 AG Jeans - Matchbox BES Slim Fit Pants
AG Jeans - Matchbox BES Slim Fit Pants
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AG Jeans - Matchbox BES Slim Fit Pants
Matchbox BES Slim Fit Pants
AG Jeans
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Why is it a Find? The perfect shade of brown (called “adobe” through the ‘shop it’ button), these insanely soft cotton pants are your new basic. AG’s process of overdyeing the cotton creates just the right shade of taupe, and makes them a fresh alternative to your black, charcoal and navy pants (basic jeans, too) They have a bit of stretch that helps retain shape during a long day's wearing and adds to the comfort.
Wear it with: Whether you’re headed to the office, dinner, or running errands they’ll work with anything – from sport coats to sweaters to t-shirts and thermals. Lace-up shoes, loafers, sleek boots, and sneakers all work.
Fit Tip: AG's Matchbox fit is modern with a trimmer leg and slightly lower rise that is properly updated without being skinny or trendy.
Alternatives: For an easier fit, Tommy Bahama always delivers, so these pants are for you.
 

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