Fall Outerwear and Shoes
Fall collections have started trickling into stores, and as usual, I’m mostly interested in outerwear and shoes. Partly because I think these tend to be the more exciting pieces in ready-to-wear lines, and partly because I think jackets, coats, and shoes really make or break an ensemble. A mediocre pair of chinos and button-up shirt can be made outstanding if a man has the right coat. Likewise, a well-cut suit can be, and often is, ruined by a bad pair of shoes.
For outerwear, I’m really excited by what’s come into Ralph Lauren. This cotton twill jacket, for example, has a nice cinch back detail, full lapel collar, and adjustable button cuffs. The shooting patch and four-pocket design keeps things sporty, and the jacket looks like it would wear perfect with a pair of dark brown corduroys. With a sweater and button up shirt layered underneath, this could be a winner.