2008-2009 Men’s Fall/Winter Fashion Trends Guide

It’s finally here, the breakdown of the 2008 Fall Fashion Trends that will help guide you while you’re out shopping. Like I’ve said before men’s styles change at a very slow rate- which is great because you don’t have to worry about buying a slew of new threads to be stylish and trendy.
2008 Men’s Fall Fashion Trends

The Blue-Collar Worker

This trend is all about suspenders, workboots, jeans, and heavy coats. Original inspiration for this look comes from carpenters, coal-miners, steel workers, and other stereotypically manly careers.
Urban Gent Comments: I really like this look for everybody- all shapes, sizes, and ages. The “worker” look is very smart if put together correctly, but it can also be really sloppy since it mimics the garments of the “everyday construction worker”- so approach this trend with caution, lol… get it:-)

To Get The Look: braces (suspenders), boots, jeans, flat front khakis, flannel jackets, khaki blazers, vests, corduroy pants, and clothing that reminds you of “the working man” throughout the early 1900′s.

Designers for the Look: D&G, Adam Kimmel, Z Zegna, Club Monaco/J.Crew

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College Cool*

It’s all about keeping it basic on a seemingly college level. T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers are the name of the college game and guys like Pharrell inspire this look. With “College Cool”, your style blends and you often time wear outfits that look the same or are the same back to back- just like Mr.Willams.

Urban Gent Comments: Very doable, very cool. This style is better for someone who exudes confidence… because not everybody can pull off seemingly wearing the same thing a few days in row.

To Get The Look: very slightly fitted graphic tees, denim jeans, sneakers/trainers, trendy book bag, wayfarer shades, bright colored “saggy skinny” jeans, converse, aviators, vans, fitted hats

Designers for the Look: BBC (Billionaires Boys Club), LRG, Levi’s

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Eastern Inspiration

This trend is an ode to the East w/ a nod to Russia. It focuses on Russian-inspired winter apparel with other eastern styles in the mix. This look is all about over-sized coats, animals furs, and “oriental colors” such as orange and red.

Urban Gent Comments: I suggest only buying a few items that fit this trend because it’s not for everyone. Maybe a jacket and a scarf…

To Get The Look: jackets w/ fur collars, heavy sweaters, bright colored scarves, vest, fall colored suede pants, and any type clothing that makes you think “Russian Empire”

Designers for the Look: Ermenegildo Zegna,Gucci, D-squared

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Geometric Retro Nerd*

These days styles and trends seem to make marriages more and more- and two trends that have seemingly gotten hitched in Vegas are “the Nerd” and “the 80′s”, and I must say- they’ve made some superCool babies. This look is at the center of hip-hop, pop, and rock meaning that it’s at the center of the world. It’s all about bright clothing with clean edges worn in a preppy way.

Urban Gent Comments: This is the trend to follow if you want to be undeniably stylish. Just be careful to not overdo it because it’s easy to clash when rockin’ the Geometric Retro Nerd look.

To Get The Look: dark denim, bright colored shirts, colored fitted jeans, v-neck shirts, gold jewelry, pumas, jordans, thrift store finds, blazers, sandel-oxfords, vest, fanny pack/book bag

Designers for the look: American Apparel, Gap, LRG, Creative Reaction

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Classically Simple

This look builds upon the preppy look that has swept our nation by storm. But instead of being so stereotypically preppy this new trend focuses on the idea that “less is more”. The 1950′s is the era the emulates this look with perfection.

Urban Gent Comments: This is one of my favorite fall fashion trends. If you follow it you will certainly be the cleanest lad on the block. The trend is also great because the clothing is classic and will never go out of style.

To Get The Look: trousers, blue & white collar shirts (w/ collar stays), heather-grey coloured clothing, lace-up dress shoes, pea coats, trench-coats, eye-glasses, tie-clips, neutral colored ties (regular, skinny, and bow-ties), and anything that looks like it would be worn on the set of Happy Days or The Great Debaters.

Designers for the look: Ralph Lauren, Junya Watanabe, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, DKNY

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Jacket Fanatic*

Once upon a time a jacket was just a jacket, but nowadays jackets have set a whole new trend. This year stars such as Kanye West, Christ Brown, and Lupe Fiasco have made it clear that in order to be fly you gotta rock a badAss jacket. To view this trend up close just go to one of their concerts:-) These jackets, which are often custom designs, are usually similar to marching band, military, or varsity jackets. The color preference for these custom creations is bright-colored and the jacket should be made with materials other than cotton like patent-leather, suede, velour, etc…

Urban Gent Comments: This is probably one of the most pricey trends, and the average person would break their back trying to furnish their wardrobe to fit this look. So 3 really hot jackets in your wardrobe would be just fine.

To Get The Look: jackets, all kinds of jackets, the more unique the better, slight v-neck shirts, fitted jeans, limited edition sneakers/trainers.

Designers for the look: Gucci, D&G, Dr.Romanelli

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Best Designer for this seasons Trends: Dsquared

Designers Dean and Dan do the best job of combining all of
the seasons trends from the “Russian Look” to
“The Jacket Fanatic” to “The Blue Collar Worker”.

Best Star to watch for this seasons Trends: Chris Brown


He’s young, fresh, and cool. Hip-hop singer Chris Brown does the best job of displaying this season’s trends when on and off the red-carpet.

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Must-Have Accessories for the Season:

1. Arab Scarf- yes, it’s still in.
2. Glasses- you MUST have the ability to look intellectual at a moment’s notice.
3. Boldly Colored Fitted Jeans- Lil’Weezy, Chris Brown, Kanye West- they ALL rock em
4. Unique Jacket- it makes getting ready so easy- jeans, t-shirt, and a superTight jacket.
5. Gold Jewelry- if you still haven’t gotten a gold watch or gold chain you need to cop one.
(side note: Gaudy gold is slightly played, so your gold jewelry shouldn’t look costume)


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