Man on the Move: Spontaneous Elegance

Paul and Joe Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Paul and Joe Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Eccentric and seemingly eternal fashion icon Iris Apfel once said: “More is more and less is a bore.” The same can be said about layering, which is much more of an art than it is a science, at least in the fashion world. As the degrees start to dip, layering becomes a style move you should be able to nail by now. But taking it to the next level requires more advanced style moves. Modern fashion brand Paul & Joe is representative of that unique and artistic style that is topped off with a bit of spontaneous elegance.

Style Advice: More is obviously more when it comes to layering, but not all layers are created equal. To really step your style game up, include a bold piece somewhere in your layers. For this look, it’s the audacious print found in the shirt, similar to this one by Moschino (aka the king of bold prints). Admittedly, pulling this off requires some swag, and pairing it with more subtlety in the rest of the outfit will keep you from looking foolish. Your base layer (on top of your undershirt, of course) will be a turtleneck. The good thing about one like this from Franklin & Marshall is that, when used as the bottom layer, no one will notice the patterns on this. Then you can always wear it separately so that it can have its own deserved day in the spotlight. Top off the look with a suit from Strellson, which provides a quality slim-fit option in the perfect bluish-gray hue. Prepare your shoe game for the fall with these finely crafted calf leather boots by Paul Smith.

Must-Have: Speaking of turtlenecks and patterns, your sweater game needs this combination as a wardrobe essential. The patterned turtleneck is a versatile must-have option for your cooler months. Hermes has the right idea with this lux piece here that has a mix of cashmere. If you’re not looking to drop that much coin on a turtleneck, you can get much more bang for the buck while keeping the visual swag with this version from Lands’ End.

Industry Update: Another week, another collaboration. This one comes by way of British designer Jonathan Anderson (founder of eponymous line JW Anderson) and Japanese fast-fashion brand UNIQLO. The latter actually has had several successful collaborations ranging from Disney to Christophe Lemaire. The most recent team-up is full of bright pops of color including this eye-opening light down jacket. Whether you explore this collection or not, these types of mashups are always ‘wins’ for the consumer.