Sometimes, it’s difficult to get into the ‘back to school’ mindset and the fall fashion that comes with it, especially when the sun continues to shine and the students continue to sunbathe. Layering up in warm cashmere scarves and thick wool sweatshirts could be perceived rather dauntingly – after all nobody likes to give up their endless days of summer! This Fashionisto is definitely aware of the change of season tiptoeing around the corner, and the bright plaid shirt he has chosen lets him stay stylish and casual, whilst sending off a tone of sensibility and awareness for the earlier sunsets and longer, colder nights to come. Plaid has been a fall wardrobe staple for decades, and we’re seeing it in a ton of fall shows this year, with Marc by Marc Jacobs showing all kinds of plaid backpacks (perfect for college supplies). Originally only made out of thick wool that makes it ideal for the cold. Its popularity has soared from punk movements to country rockstars, and most Fashionistos I know own at least one item of the fabric, be it a shirt, a scarf or an overcoat. The versatility of the fabric is amazing, and it is a pattern that every guy is able to pull off.
This Fashionisto has perfectly color coordinated his shirt with his faded blue cotton shorts. Not only does that pull the outfit together, but the earthy brown tones in his shirt are well balanced by his ever-comfortable and trusted Sperry Top-Siders shoes, as well as his grandfathers vintage wind-up watch. These brown accents really compliment one other, and his inherited oversized visor sunglasses add an ’80s touch à la Magnum P.I. that perfectly accompanies the watch. His watch pretty special, its not often you see something so unique that also has sentimental value. Vintage pieces often reflect the memory of a person or event. These retro inspirations may only be small accessories, but when noticed they change the outfit entirely, and this Fashionisto transforms from a country chiller into a vintage collector with impeccable taste for how to incorporate the past into the present.
Hint: If it’s not chilly enough to don that heavy overcoat of yours yet, why not use a plaid shirt as a lightweight jacket? Plaid shirts work perfectly when worn open over a T-shirt and they give you that extra bit of warmth when you’re walking to an early class! Also, it never hurts to rifle through a grandfathers closet (as long as they give you permission). You never know what kind of treasures you may find that they’re willing to hand down to you!