Melissa’s 2016 Fall Must-Haves List
If you’re not much of a reader or you like everything you need to know on one page. This is it. This is a list of the 2016 fall trends and investments you shouldn’t ignore.
1. The Topcoat (Overcoat, wool coat, car coat)
Outfit details: Selected Homme – Crew Neck Melange Sweater $120, Tiger Of Sweden – Jil Extra Slim Windowpane Flannel Blazer $599, Hardy Amies – Check DB Overcoat $1495, John Varvatos – Sid Crepe Chelsea Leather Boot $358, Neuw – Iggy Skinny Slim Fit Tapered Jean $199
This is key to your fall/winter wardrobe. We’ve made an overcoat video and blog post dedicated to the importance of having an overcoat. It’s ideal for those who want to look super sleek in their suit.
It’s an easy go-to transitional outerwear piece that makes any outfit look more put together. Try it with joggers, jeans or chinos. Don’t be afraid! This is an investment piece that never goes out of style so get one in wool for warmth and a neutral colour for versatility. Once you’ve gotten a classic overcoat, feel free to go for a more statement one.
Melissa’s note: Start wearing a real man coat. I see too many men walking around while it’s zero degrees out and shivering in their suits looking unprofessional. And a parka just doesn’t look good. We have four seasons in Canada and we need a coat for each season.
2. The Leather Jacket
Outfit details: Philippe Dubuc – Slouchy Oversized Rolled Collar Sweater $325, Neuw Denim -Classic Perfecto Berlin Leather Jacket $698, Zanerobe – Ripped Scrambler Denim $240
It goes without saying that almost everyone turns to their reliable leather jacket when the weather gets a little chilly. But when was the last time you updated yours?
Real, good quality leather jackets are known for their longevity but it may be time to take a long hard look at your own and see if it needs to be upgraded. A modern cut really goes a long way.
Not only is it a good staple piece to have, it can really speak to your style and personality.
Melissa’s note: Leather is back and a lot of guys who bought one was in the 90s so now it’s time to update one. If you don’t have one this is the year to buy one. It’s an investment piece that will last you years.
3. The Bomber Jacket
Onto a more trendy piece: the bomber jacket. Bombers can come in a variety of styles, colours, and cuts to fit your own personal style. It doesn’t require as much investment as the previous outerwear so you can have a bit more fun with it.
Melissa’s note: This is your perfect weekend jacket that you can throw over t-shirts and jeans.
4. The Zip Layering Piece
This layer is crucial for unpredictable weather. The mornings are brisk, the afternoon is scorching and then when you leave work, it’s in between. To save you from freezing OR sweating, wear layering separates so you can take it off if needed.
Melissa’s note: For guys who complain they get hot all the time, layering pieces are ideal. No matter where you are, it allows you to remove or add a layer to maintain the perfect comfort level. Style is not at the sacrifice of your comfort.
5. The Check Pants
Outfit details: Oscar Of Sweden – Micro Geo Paisley Print Shirt $225, Hardy Amies – Wool/Cashmere Patch Pocket Blazer $685, Hardy Amies – Multi Color Check Trouser $395, Gotstyle – Sleek Chelsea Leather Boot $295
Now the WOW piece in your closet should be two or three patterned pants. Where do you start? With checked trousers. If you don’t want it to be too loud, go for one in darker or more neutral shades. It’s meant to reflect your personality and your personal style so you can kind of run with it.
Keep it balanced by pairing it with solid colours. A good rule to follow is to let one thing speak for you in your outfit.
Melissa’s note: Most guys have a ton of patterned and check shirts in their closet. A new update is going for solid sweaters/shirts. Add excitement to your outfit with check bottoms.