For your "on the go, I need to know" conveniences we created the Men's Fall Winter Trends Pocket Guide. That included this seasons must-haves for any and all stylish gents. Now we'll get a bit more specific. So go ahead, and bookmark it…
The Urban Gentleman presents
2010 – 2011 Fall Winter Fashion, Style, and Trend Guide
All-American Workwear. We’re pulling up bootstraps and going to work. This ain’t for the wannabe’s or pretty boys its for the men that have work to do, have success on the brain and are taking steps to do it… wait a sec, that got kinda preachy. Okay, but seriously All-American Workwear is about the work ethic frame of mind in that hardworking American way… so that means all the labels for this look have to say “made in USA”. USA made classic boots and sneakers, khakis, denim, creased pants, monochromatic tones that closely mimic the attire of hardworking Americans- like mechanics, railroad workers, cattle-herders (yea, I said it), etc. But we just add a few refined Urban Gentleman touches.
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More of this tomorrow.
The Schoolyard Kid aka The Prep. Inspired by the new Ivy Style of our Schoolyard Wardrobe, this guy is the walking spokesperson for, “The Official Prep Handbook”, but with a new age Urban Gentleman twist. He doesn’t mind showing a little ankle in the summer, and in the Fall he knows to stock up on a variety of socks to keep warm (and stylish).
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For more ivy style / prep / schoolyard kid.
90s Steez. It’s like this, everything cool about the 90s is all we wanna sport from the boxy denim jackets, to the not cool then, but are cool now shirts… we’re even rockin’ the hairstyles—that means the parts, Kid 'n' Play boxes, and Zac Morris haircuts. Color blocking, opposing patterns, cross colors, 90s cartoons gear, did I already mention denim?, shirts tucked in, and most things signature early-mid 90s. We'll be bringing you a sweet taste of this next week.
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Plaid and Selvedge. And the plaid goes on, we’ve just upgraded its bottom half. As mentioned in the Fall Winter Men’s Fashion Pocket Guide… it’s almost a “go premium, or go home” situation these days. Obviously its not That serious, but every gent has to have atleast one pair.
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Urbane Wanderer. This guy is a dreamer, he's on a mission to greatness and he's slightly hush about doin' it. He probably carries a rucksack (equipped for life's travels). You probably know his wardrobe– he invests in few articles of clothing… because almost everything he wears is specific, sometimes meticulously chosen: his jacket, his beaten up boots, his signature hat, maybe his scarf. He collects pinbacks, he likes classic vintage things, and really respects those with good style.
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photos by: The Urban Gentleman, (mechanic: the sartorialist.blogspot.com), runway: nymag.com
Okay, we have something more to hold you guys over until our, well, "surprise."
Selvedge Denim: Everywhere I go, I find myself getting into "deep" conversations about selvedge denim… people are obsessed, some are a bit too passionate (usually the newbies), but it's understandable. Be sure to invest in atleast one pair of selvedge denim.
MINI Lesson on Selvedge Denim: "What is Selvedge/Selvage Denim?"
Selvedge denim is basically premium denim, its the crème de la crème of the denim family. "Selvedge" describes the way the fabric is produced. The denim is made on a shorter loom, making the time to create them longer. In a pair of selvedge jeans you can actually see where the weaving stops and is finished by the loom… long story short: if you flip a pair of selvedge jeans inside out you can see the production and "self-edged" finish. The quality is higher, the fabric is heavier and more durable, and more thread is used to create them. Some companies mark their jeans on the selvedge with a woven stitch in a certain color. Some even mark the inside selvedge line with their company's name.
What folks love most about selvedge denim is that you can "wear them in" yourself- so no fake wear marks (even though these days some companies will scuff em a bit). Within 6 months of wearing them the jeans will customized to your body… some will argue longer times, many people wear their's for a year without washing to "completely" break them in… honestly the "breaking in" time all depends on how often you wear them.
Classic Boots: Whether it's vintage or workwear inspired, you must have a pair of quality classic boots. Some may go with duck boots, others may opt for chukkas, while the manliest will be keen on rugged utility boots. Choose your favorite brand and style in a color that fits your wardrobe and make it your staple. Or choose several to increase your fall and winter footwear options.
Canvas: Whether you sport a canvas backpack, watch, or jacket… its the chosen material for so many stylish things these days.
Stay Tuned for the Complete Guide.
The Urban Gent x H&M
We never got a chance to announce it, but earlier this summer H&M asked us to contribute to their style guide, here's the feature (it was up on their website August/September):
H&M x The Urban Gentleman 2010 Style Guide featuring Kanayo King
The task of creating this Spring/Summer 2010 was a bit more arduous than I had foreseen. When I initially began to outline this article in my moleksine I kept coming up short… nothing dramatically stood out, nothing new atleast, but then when I thought harder, just a little harder it became so clear. Check out..
Get the Look:90s looking graphic tees, rolled up shorts and jeans, well-fitting cargo shorts, hi-top boat shoes (or mid-top), duck boots, chukka boots/sneakers, boy scout or military shirts, 90s looking hats.
Get the Look:Harem pants, slippers, blazers, t-shirts, low-top sneakers. With Harem pants its all about proportions and editing. The easiest way to seamlessly integrate harem pants into your wardrobe is to first create an ensemble using trousers the same color as the harem pants… this can be any ensemble: casual, dressy, preppy, rock, etc. Now take away the trousers and replace them with the harem pants. From here the harems will either flow nicely or the other items you have on will look a little off. If it is the latter, then look in the mirror and try on different jackets/sweaters, shirts, and shoes until you get a look that you like.
Get the Look:T-shirts of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Distressed, ripped, torn, and/or slashed jeans. And anything/everything rock and roll!
Get the Look: Wear white on white on white. Atleast 3 white items on at all times.
It's like we're refined 80s babies this year. We match it all, but in the most tasteful ways– sorta elegant, but mostly preppy.
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Colors: Orange, shades of blue, white, plaids
Accessories: colored sunglasses, buttons, colorful boat shoes, boots, bookbags, sew-on patches.
2. Booted Up– this spring and summer is all about finding ways to integrate boots into your spring wardrobe. Hi-top boat shoes are easy for most guys, but integrating chukkas and desert boots may be a bit more challenging for some, buuuut if you can do it, if you can pull it off, well, you win 😉
3. Shorts (usually cargo) over thermals, skinny jeans, even leggings
4. Subtle military shirts– we're not going into full combat anymore, keep your military flares a bit more discreet unless the occasion calls for full decoration.
5. Printed slippers (ie. monogrammed velvet slippers)
6. Denim shirts
8. Summer rolls— rolling up pants and shorts and sleeves and and and, lol… nah, just kiddin'.
– jean jacket
– high-top/mid-top boat shoes and/or desert boots
– bright colored hat
– pair of colorful sunglasses
– jean shirt
– clear pair of glasses
– slim-fit jeans
– white shorts, jeans, or trousers
– a favorite plaid shirt
– harem pants/shorts (if you're bold enough)
(Designers above: G-Star Raw, D-Sqaured, Gucci, Martin Margiela, John Richmond, Lacoste, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Costume National, Salvatore Ferragamo).
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Stayed tuned for How to Get the Look for each trend &
the Urban Gentleman Spring Summer Trends photo shoot.
Being polished, being perfect, being well-groomed– these are the makings of a conservative man. He gets his haircut every week, he gets his shoes shined, he opens the door for a lady, he knows to undo the lower button on his 2-button suit jacket when sitting down, and to just as quickly button it up as he stands. This, is the man that women dream of.
Editors notes: There has been so many colors, so many styles, so many… well, there is just so much going on with men’s fashion these days. You have guys bringing back the eye-catching hairstyles, the cross colors, the bright plaids, and much more. So this, Conservative Dapper, is like a break, a relaxing break from it all. It’s a return to simpler, easier, classic times. This is my favorite trend for the fall and winter.
To get the look: Trench coats, suits, crisp white button downs, tip-clips, white pocket squares, perfectly polished lace-ups.
Hard times call for drastic measures. Some people are recession proofing their lives literally, while others are taking the figurative route. This means roughing up the wardrobe, showing the world that “you got this”, you’re hard and you know it, you’re tough and a few troubles really don’t phase you.
Editors notes: To me this look is like Pony Boy meets Michael Jackson. You take the main edginess and ruggedness from the guys of the Outsiders and mix it with the jeweled/metallic/shiny/studded MJ from his “Bad era”. The late world icon has inspired alot of us this year and this trend is where his inspiration is placed for the fall and winter.
To get the look: Torn/ripped/worn jeans, leather jackets, studded everything- shirts, shoes, accessories, jackets, white t-shirts.
The men of the world are pleased with the fashions they have been dealt over the past year or so; therefore many of them have decided to just combine what they have learned. They mix their military jackets with their nerdish glasses, they combine their college cool tees with their Thom Browne inspired pants and oxford shoes. This season many guys are opting to be fashion connoisseurs, their phrase “we collect fashion, we create style”.
To get the look: band-jacket, cardigan, loafers, glasses, graphic tees, harem pants, torn jeans.
Editors Notes: “Ahhh (pleasant sigh of relief)” I feel like I just drank a nice tasty soda pop after being parched for an hour… well not literally, but that’s the feeling I get when I think about this trend- it’s just refreshing. Starting from this summer we saw all the men in Hollywood roughing it on the beaches- letting their beards grow in, chest hairs grow out. They were indirectly telling the world- it’s time to be men again, so let’s continue this trend for the fall. (I was going to make this apart of the summer trends and I did touch on it a bit in some posts, but I knew it would be better placed in Fall/Winter.)
To get the look: dark denim, perfectly fitted suits, ties, elegant and serious fedoras (none of that funny colorful ish), wing-tips, boots, blazers.
Other trends: Band/Military jackets are still at large, v-necks (there’s a boycott against deep v’s though), velvet ( ties, jackets, loafers).
Accessories: tie-clips, brooches/buttons, gold watches, knit ties.
Colors: Grays and dark tones.