Hey, guys, this fall you don't have to be afraid of the dark. From black leather to inky blue denim and velvety merlot corduroy jackets, the bright lights of men's fashion trends have been turned down low and a more mysterious side of sartorial news has emerged. So what will turn up in the best-dressed guys' closet this season? Tom Julian, a fashion consultant with the New York-based Tom Julian Group and a men's style author, shares his must-haves for fall.
-Double the style. Julian advises adding a double-breasted suit, sport coat, sweater or outerwear jacket to your wardrobe.
"Most men have moved away from the three-button look to the two-button look, so why not add a double-breasted style?" asks Julian. "Think of this look as more casual and easy, not quite as buttoned up as the double-breasted suits worn by Prince Charles."
-Accent on leather. Skin is in this fall, says Julian, especially when worn as accents on coats or sweaters - perhaps on the sleeves or set into chest panels of coats. Leather is an important detail, especially when mixed with other fabrics for even more texture interest.
-Tweed please. Again, texture plays a big role in men's fashion trends this fall, adds Julian. So snap up a pair of tweed or corduroy pants. "Tweed can be the trouser for a business look paired with a navy blazer, while cords can be cut like a jean and ideal for weekend dressing," says Julian. One of the best new colors to show off those textured pants? Look for tasty Bordeaux to spice up that fall wardrobe.
-Round it out. Don't be square. Instead, check out a rounded collar on shirts or polo shirts to add a new look to jackets or pull-over sweater vests. "The basic shirt or polo looks a bit British with this different rounded collar," says Julian. But he cautions: "Please wear this collar open without a necktie."