The key to a successful casual men's look is to still look put together. A great fitting pair of jeans should be slim, but not too snug, and in a dark wash. A black t-shirt is a great basic, but if you wear a v-neck be mindful of the chest hair. For your feet, anything from an old pair of Converse to driving mocs or low boots. A simple bag, messenger or back-pack, and aviators complete the look. Consider a cable knit sweater, rolled-sleeved button down, or twill jacket to top.
Products: J. Crew Broken-In Slim No-Pocket V-Neck Tee in Faded Black, Ray-Ban Aviators, J. Crew Millbrook Leather Driving Mocs, Converse Distressed Jack Purcell sneakers, J. Crew Ruggled Twill Messanger Bag.
A black wool suit should be in every man's closet. It should fit well (please see a tailor), be well-crafted, and will last you a lifetime. The wonderful thing about a black suit is its ability to be dressed around. Wear the jacket with a sweater and jeans, or the pants with a nice button down for a more casual occasion. Easy compliments to the black suit are a crisp white button down, black oxfords, and a silk tie. A note on ties: when in doubt, chose a solid black tie. Please please please get rid of all of the novelty ties in your closet. Pinstripes, pindots, stripes, subtle paisley, and small critters are OK. A Thomas Kinkade painting is not. Feel free to have fun with color, as seen in the beautiful blue silk tie. For shoes, a simple pair of oxfords is your best bet. A nice sheen, simple styling, and leather soles are the way to go. Don't ruin your great looking suit with an awful pair of shoes.
Products: Ralph Lauren Suit, Thomas Mason Fabric Point-Collar Dress Shirt in White, Cole Haan Alex Plain Ox, J. Crew Solid Repp-Silk Cambridge Tie in Black, J. Crew Pindot Tie, J. CrewWide-Stripe Old-School Tie in Olive Moss, J. Crew Solid Satin Tie in Matisse Blue.
Products: Louis Vuitton, J. Crew Wool-Cashmere Cable Shawl-Collar Cardigan in Heather Flannel, J. Crew Mason Shawl-Collar Henley in Warm Cedar, J. Crew Alpaca Shawl-Collar Cardigan, J. Crew Merino Caridgan in Dark Navy.
I feel like many men overlook outwear. They continue to wear the same coat their mother bought for them in high-school. Outerwear is simple and can make a great impact. The three most loved styles are the pea coat, the trench, and a leather bomber. Pea coats are great on any man, no matter what his style. It should be a slim fit, not boxy. When you try it on, have a sweater on so that you can test the ease of movement when you are layered up for winter. A trench coat is wonderful and comes in many styles. A basic, tan twill trench will transition you from season to season for years. If you can afford a leather bomber jacket, please get one! They are masculine, stylish, and sexy. Look for one that doesn't have too many bells and whistles in a dark brown or black.
Products: Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Vintage Leather Bomber.
Products: Ralph Lauren, J. Crew Rugged Twill Travel Bag, J. Crew Artisan Leather Messenger Bag, J. Crew White Linen Pocket Square, J. Crew Classic Leather Wallet, J. Crew Leather Roller Buckle Belt in Black and Dark Wood.
Products: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo
For more inspiring men's looks, see the following Fall 2010 runways: Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Hermés, and Tommy Hilfiger.
For great men's products, visit: J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, and Cole Haan.