Where my Hipsters at? Fall has me coming up with all sorts of ways to mix in crewneck sweaters in to fashionable outfits. Men’s fashion can sometimes feel limited. Don’t get me wrong, I love style, but sometimes I feel like I need variety in my wardrobe, don’t you? Well, Fall is the time to mix things up. You have hats, you have scarves, tons of footwear to choose from and don’t even get me started on the outerwear options. Yes, it can get pricy, but here’s a simple outfit I whipped together for our Fall fashion shoot the other day.
Julian was very easy to work with. Because of his hair, and what seems to be trending in male models these days, I wanted to get him looking a little more hipster. Who would have thought it, hipster and crewneck sweaters can be a thing! Yes, he’s on the fancier side of things, but I will try and get a more casual hipster look in future.
For this shoot, and because it’s Fall, I wanted to get him in a layered look. Starting off with our So Extroverted sweater in a bright gold (perfect for those Fall colours), I paired it with a classic skinny jean. To get that hipster feel it needs to be a skinny cut, but you can get away with a straight cut if you’re a little bigger. I personally find the skinning cut on a bigger person changes the look. Then we rolled the cuff because it added a little preppy sass to the look. You could also tuck the pant into the boot and let it bunch up over time. On the topic of boots, we went with an earth tone here because of the coat we used, and because there is something earthy to Fall fashion that I love.
On the topic of coats, I love the coat we have him in. Carries that vintage leather feel, with a touch of military because of the shoulder straps. We can all use a rich brown coat in this season (try a tweed coat if you don’t want to go the leather route). Now, here’s where I kept it simple but really could have gone so much further. I threw a simple navy knit scarf on him for a pop of contrasting colour. By contrasting, I mean it was in contrast to the earth tones the rest of the outfit is in. You could easily use another earth tone, maybe a dark or forest green. Another option would be to throw a scarf with a big pattern in. I went simple because the star of the show needed to be the cozy sweater, but feel free to play with it.
We topped it all off with a sweet hat that my grandfather would have loved (one might call it vintage). I didn’t feel using a beanie was the way to go just because of the structure in the coat. If the coat didn’t have the shoulder straps, I think a beanie would have been perfect as well, but that’s just me and that’s just fashion, personal touches.
So what do you think… does it work for you?
Okay Fashionistas, let’s talk Fall Fashion practicalities. When it comes to fashion, Fall is definitely my favourite season. The colours, the layering, the movement of clothing… all comes together for the perfect self-expressive outfit. As soon as the season changed, my mind went to, ‘how to layer a crewneck sweater’.
Now I don’t know about all of you, but after a summer of trying to wear as little as legally possible being hit with the, ‘oh yeah, Canadian winter is approaching’ temperature drop is a good time to dress things up a little. After all, we all just spent the last few months wearing shorts, T's, joggers, leggings, tanks and sandals.
‘How to dress for the Fall’ becomes a good question and my answer is… wear layers. It’s a tricky time of year when the day can go from cold and rainy to warm and breezy. In both cases, and regardless of your style, layering is key to a successful, fashionable day.
Take our lovely model, Sarah. For this outfit I really wanted to show off the ability to dress up a comfy sweater. After all, they are not just for lazing around at home, but are great items to have to stay warm when out. So I put her in killer little booties, perfect for this time of year, skinny ripped jeans and our very popular So Grateful sweater.
Now, that outfit would be great for a date, short walk (keeping it real, she’s in 3 inch heals), heading out with friends or to semi-casual outing. Need a slightly more comfortable footwear option, swap the heals out of for a flat bootie and if you have it, make sure it has some hardware on it.
Now, let’s add some layers and accessories. I threw her in a three-quarter trench to help add the look of length. After all, she’s not a very tall model, but a realistic 5’3”. The trench is tweed and has a faint checkered pattern. I wanted to add some texture and visual movement. Next, I threw on a light scarf with a zebra print. It’s great to mix prints, just try and keep one of them subtle if you have a bold print in the mix (unless you’re trying to make a statement). Lastly, to tie in the fact that she is wearing a sweater and to add some balance to the outfit, I put her in a toque but kept it classy by using one with a faux fur puff-ball and cashmere look to it.
There you have it… a dressier look, but warm and cozy (yes, yes, minus the heals). If it gets warm, she can leave the coat open, but if it rains or gets too cold she can wrap the scarf around her neck and close the coat.
Layer your comfy sweater and send tag us. We’d love to see how you did it!