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September 10, 2014

After 5: The Gent’s Top 10 Fall Essentials Check List

Now that we’re heading into fall, our after 5 activities generally focus on indoor activities – great steak dinners, good scotch at the bar with friends or work colleagues, maybe a work function or cocktail party. Let’s make sure you have the essentials in your closet to sit back and enjoy yourself. Here are our top picks.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for "Casual: The Gent’s Top 10 Fall Essentials Check List". Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/billy-reid-kenner-quilted-herringbone-jacket/3778052
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Billy Reid - Kenner Quilted Herringbone Jacket
Kenner Quilted Herringbone Jacket
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1. The After 5 Coat: For a casual evening out, there’s no reason to look anything, but polished. With the importance of quilting, this jacket from Billy Reid will have you showing up anywhere in dapper style. The unexpected herringbone fabric adds a distinguished edge to a casual style, and hits the trends of the season perfectly. It is certainly classic enough though, that you will be reaching for it again next year. Wear it with your wool or cotton twill pants and a solid v-neck or crew neck sweater and button up shirt. Of course, it’s also great with your favorite dark wash jeans.
http://www.eastdane.com/riland-merino-neck-theory/vp/v=1/1507549708.htm Theory - Riland Merino V Neck Sweater
Theory - Riland Merino V Neck Sweater
2. The After 5 Sweater: A great after 5 sweater should be versatile enough to work with a sport coat and wool pants, and it should be interesting enough to stand on its own with khaki’s or jeans. This Theory sweater does it all. The lightweight wool and v-neck styling is a great look under a sport coat or more casual suit. And the ribbed trim at the neckline makes it interesting to wear over a t-shirt or patterned sport shirt with your favorite jeans. The navy eclipse color is a given, but the black and grey are great options, too. The fit is trim but it is available in XXL, so size up if you want a looser fit.
http://www.jbrandjeans.com/Kane_in_Gould/pd/cl/10339/np/240/p/4180.html J Brand - Kane Jeans
J Brand - Kane Jeans
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Kane Jeans
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3. The Casual After 5 Pants: Dark jeans continue to be the “go-to” pants for informal after 5 events. These J Brand’s rich dark color will work with sport coats, sweaters, and button down shirts. The Kane fit is trim but good for most guys – the fabric has just a bit of stretch with a straight, narrow leg. For a dressier look, where with a cool cardigan and button up shirt. You can even add a tie to further elevate your outfit.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-huge-genius-trim-fit-navy-wool-suit/3638204 BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Navy Wool Suit
BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Navy Wool Suit
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Navy Wool Suit
Huge/Genius Trim Fit Navy Wool Suit
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4. The After 5 Suit: A dark navy suit can solve all your dressy needs – great for weddings, semi-formal evening events and dinner at those 5-star restaurants. The modern silhouette of this Hugo Boss –narrower lapels, a trimmer pant leg and a jacket that fits closer to the body –looks great on most gents, and is a stylish choice you’ll come back to for years. For the more formal events, wear it with a white shirt and classic color tie. For other events, pair with a pattern dress shirt and tie. Hugo Boss also makes a trimmer fitting version. If you want a classic fit, though, we recommend this Samuelsohn wool and mohair one.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Hugo-Boss-Shaded-Check-Sport-Shirt-Navy-/prod174280008_cat21150732__/p.prod Hugo Boss - Shaded Check Sport Shirt
Hugo Boss - Shaded Check Sport Shirt
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Hugo Boss - Shaded Check Sport Shirt
Shaded Check Sport Shirt
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5. The After 5 Sport Shirt: Since we often opt for dark wash jeans for a casual evening out, we know the importance of good shirt options to go with them. The shirt needs to look neat and polished to complete the look. With the importance of plaid this season (and really, most seasons), this contemporary fitting Hugo Boss sport shirt in a dark navy plaid is just what you need. A navy or black V-neck sweater will look great with it, too. For a more classic fitting shirt, try this dark plaid from Robert Graham with this sweater from Peter Millar.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-sharp-flat-front-check-wool-trousers/3723082 BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
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6. The Dress After 5 Pants: For an after 5 event that requires a polished look, a wool pair of pants is always a safe and dapper option. This season, we recommend a subtle pattern. Hugo Boss translates this concept perfectly in these mini check wool pants, which will work with any variety of shirts and sweaters that you already own.
http://www.zappos.com/frye-james-lug-chukka-black-hammered-full-grain Frye - James Lug Chukka Boot
Frye - James Lug Chukka Boot
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James Lug Chukka Boot
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7. The After 5 Shoe: As we’ve mentioned, chukka style boots are a strong trend this fall. For an evening out, whether you are wearing anything from dark wash jeans or khaki’s to sport coat and wool trousers or even a less formal suit, this shoes from Frye will deliver. The clean style keeps them dressy, while the lug sole gives them a masculine edge. The black is the most versatile, but the dark brown has some rich character, while the medium brown shows off the distressing and is a bit more casual. So, basically, you can't go wrong.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446673173 Ben Minkoff - Wythe Nylon Weekender
Ben Minkoff - Wythe Nylon Weekender
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Ben Minkoff - Wythe Nylon Weekender
Wythe Nylon Weekender
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8. The After 5 Bag (Way After): Is it time to stop using your well-worn gym bag for your overnight bag? We can answer that for you…yes, yes it is. Replace it with this small weekender from Ben Minkoff. The shell is nylon, which makes it light and durable. The leather trim gives it a rich look without you having to haul around a heavy (and generally quite expensive) all leather bag. The interior is lined and has pockets for your shoes and other smaller stuff. There is an exterior side pocket for your phone, keys and tickets. And the pop of color in the stripe gives this bag just that bit of style every gent needs.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gents-the-directors-baseball-cap/3809793 Gents - The Directors Baseball Cap
Gents - The Directors Baseball Cap
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The Directors Baseball Cap
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9. The After 5 Accessory (Hat): Hats are useful, especially in the rain and cold, obviously. Finding a comfortable hat is one thing, but finding a stylishly acceptable one is another. And that can be tough, especially when winter weather gear is not yet needed. A baseball hat is the answer when it’s as simple and timeless as this one - cotton with a taped sweatband, and sized. Those are all the makings of a good hat, don't you agree? In today’s casual world, baseball style caps are worn everywhere but, gents, let’s keep them away from your suits.


https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/accessories/belts/PRDOVR~02020/02020.jsp J. Crew - Classic Leather Belt with Removable Silver-Plated Buckle
J. Crew - Classic Leather Belt with Removable Silver-Plated Buckle
10. The After 5 Accessory (Belt): A plaque belt adds a special look to an outfit, making it an important after 5 accessory. The leather strap of this J. Crew one has a slight grain to it, which gives it a bit of a more casual feel so it works well with jeans, khaki’s and dress pants. It is 1 inch wide - a great new slimmer width that is becoming more and more important. The antique etched silver buckle sets it apart from the typical plain plaque buckles.

 

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