FALL FASHION: Layered looks are in this fall

Nanaimo News Bulletin’s Bastion Magazine looks at trends for the season

Fall is just around the corner and as it turns out, bundling up is in fashion.

Ryan Lewis, store manager at Moore’s Clothing for Men, says in terms of casual wear for men this upcoming fall season, layering is in.

“That would be things like v-neck sweaters over top of sport shirts or even over top of dress shirts with ties underneath the suit jacket for the little bit colder days,” he said. “We are also going to see more of the three-quarter length jackets. Like rain coats or overcoats in all sorts of different colours.”

When it comes to more formal wear such as suits and coats, Lewis says men can expect to see more green tones in stores this year.

“Olive, dark tan, things like that,” he said.

Of course the traditional colours like black, navy and grey are always trendy, but Lewis explains that there will be more shades of “new” blue.

“It’s a little bit lighter. The traditional navy is sort of transitioning more into a business thing whereas weddings, work and casual things like that are what is called a new blue, which is a royal blue or a light blue,” he said. “Not like a sky or baby blue but more in that in sort of royal tone.”

And when it comes to the cut of the suit for the fall season, slim is the way to go.

“It’s going to be all slim fit. You’re going to be pressed to find anything classic fit. It’s all flat front and plain bottoms,” he said. “There is going to be a little more of a resurgence of double-breasted suits coming back, but still in that slim, modern look.”

Lewis says customized suits are becoming more and more popular these days, a trend that is likely to carry forward into the fall season.

“In the old days you could go get a suit made for $2,000, but most people didn’t want to do that,” he said. “Now there are custom-made options for $500.”

Skinny ties have been trendy for the last couple of years, but Lewis says that is starting to change and the ties are starting to get a little bit wider again.

Although socks are mostly hidden, thanks to pants, they’re still important. In the past the trend has been towards straight colours. But straight colours are out and playfulness is in.

“Everything is going to be colourful, funky socks,” he said. “You don’t see a whole lot of people doing black, grey and blue anymore.”

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