Some of my favorite childhood memories involve me wrapped up in my grandfather’s arms, cuddling into his soft cashmere sweaters. He had them in a variety of colors—canary yellow, lime green, a sandy taupe—and since then, I have looked forward to every fall and winter for the return of the man sweater (the name which I refer to them as). This fall I have seen a variety of new looks for guys in addition to their sweaters, including an overload of scarves, leather jackets and some fantastic seasonal colors. I saw this Fashionisto as he was walking to a fraternity philanthropy event. I had to ask him about the colors in men’s fashion this fall, as he was wearing the most popular sea fog gray over a darker titanium shade of gray. I then noticed his V-neck sweater and knew it was time for the rebirth of the man sweater!
Name: Charlie Davol
Major: American Studies
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
CF: What do you think is the most popular look for guys on campus this fall?
CD: The hoodie with a leather jacket or wool coat combination is very popular on campus this season. It’s a good move when you’re looking to avoid the freezing air and insulate as much as possible!
CF: What colors in men’s clothing have you seen most often this season?
CD: Colors are all about flannels, I think. With that said, I have seen a lot of red, black and some forest green. I’ve seen some brown, as well. Also, a lot of leather!
CF: What is your favorite item to wear in the fall?
CD: My favorite item is easily my L.L.Bean duckboots. They are the warmest and comfiest things you can put on your feet. That, and my TOMS. I had these for years and they’re pretty cozy.
CF: Where are your favorite places to buy fall/winter clothing?
CD: My favorite places to buy fall and winter clothing are Original Penguin, Jack Willis, Vineyard Vines and Patagonia.
CF: What do you look for when buying sweaters?
CD: When I look for sweaters it needs to be one of two things: oversized and warm, or normally sized and extremely comfortable and soft!
How To: To get this Fashionisto’s look, you first need the perfect leather motorcycle jacket! I love all of the leather coats at Barney’s, but for high quality coats at a reasonable price, Urban Outfitters and J.Crew have a great selection of leather jackets. The J.Crew Leather Garrett Jacket is very soft and rugged, perfect for a very masculine style. This Fashionisto rocks a pair of TOMS shoes, one of my favorite shoe brands because for every pair of shoes purchased, another goes to a child in need! They are also super casual and comfortable, a must-have for this season! In my eyes, the V-neck sweater is crucial to complete this manly look. I love the soft sweaters you can find in Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren. They come in several colors and cuts while also being of high quality. Put a simple neutral colored tee or a dress shirt underneath and you are ready to hit the streets this season!