Smarter sweatshirts (and even sweatpants) have been making regular appearances in the wardrobes of discerning gents recently and for good reason. Good style doesn't have to be so buttoned-up. And this fall, the latest crop of sweats getting our attention are sharp, modern interpretations of the classic pullover. More tailored, with unique design details, they're pieces that easily mix in with the rest of your off-duty kit.
Retain the color and softness of your sweatshirts by turning them inside-out when washing. This prevents the material from rubbing up against other fabrics which causes fuzzing and pilling.
Plaid shirts can sometimes be tricky, but the right tartan on a casual shirt gives your off-duty look a rakish, seasonal charm. And sporting a plaid shirt at the office with a timely wool tie separates you from the other guys wearing standard solid button-downs. Pair these easygoing styles with your everyday denim, roll up the sleeves and pull on a puffer vest or dress them up to inject some life into a dark wool suit or a tweed blazer.
How to Wear a Tie with Plaid: Keep the tie simple. Solid, dark colors with a subtle texture like flannel, knit wool or a herringbone twill like this American-made style here. $70, by J.Crew
A welcomed distraction from your standard solid button-downs, these bold shirts offer a shot of eccentric style to your everyday kit. They come in a wide range of colors and styles, but we're partial to the simpler smaller scale patterns. From stitched polka dots and foulards to ikats and quirky pill prints, they're cool and casual—which means they don't require a tie.
These shirts speak volumes on their own. The trick to pulling them off with confidence? Keep what's near to them as quiet as possible. And roll your sleeves to break up particularly vivid prints.
Pulling on a proper dress shirt can make any guy feel like a boss. Which is why you want one that nails all the right details. When it comes to dress shirts, you want them to be crisp; you want them to be cool; and you want them to fit just right. This fall, look for a sharp spread collar style with some fine stripes in shades of blue and purple.