Forget the tube socks and the tank tops of summer, it’s time to get a little retro and rewind the fashion clock back to the ’80s and ’90s, when the hip were hopping and the streets were swarmed with good vibes and great clothes that were more uptown with a downtown beat. Here’s how to put an updated retro spin on your wardrobe this fall.
–Rev up with red. The berry reds are the ones to pick this season. From rosy raspberries to deep, rich burgundy blackberries, the reds are heating up the fashion palette. The best pick: A dark claret red plaid cashmere silk linen sport coat. Worn with jeans or dark gray trousers and accented with a purple V-neck sweater, it will energize both casual and dressier basics.
–Do a double take. The double-breasted suits and jackets of the ’80s are once again returning to make a sartorial statement, but in subtler colorful patterns that inject them with the dapper swagger of an old-school Wall Street tycoon. The best pick this go-around: A longer, slightly looser fitting finger-tip length jacket in a dark navy plaid paired with a sky blue checked charcoal trousers.
–Tie one on. Neck ties reunite with your long-lost shirts! Ties remerge as a must-have accessory, complete with tie-bars. And since there are so many good-looking colorful designs to choose from, there’s a tie that will go with everything from retro knit ties worn with casual parkas to checkered ties accessorizing plaid suit jackets. A unique pick for a tie? A real throwback to dandified cravats…the purview of a fashionable English gentleman.
–Soften up with corduroy. Talk about some real retro fashion … remember when corduroy was the stiff uniform of the absent-minded professor who wore elbow-patched corduroy jackets and baggy trousers? Well, corduroy is no longer for stuffy gents, but stylish men who love the new softer cords and bolder jewel-tone colors. The best pick this fall? A brown corduroy suit layered over a pink silk shirt and teamed with burnt orange running shoes.
–Go mad for plaid. Tailored suits aren’t the only ways to do plaid come fall. The buffalo checks and plaids are once again roaming on shirts and jackets. The best pick: the retro lumberjack plaid in a slimmed down flannel shirt teamed with jeans or chinos and rugged boots.
–Get your message across. Fashion designers are not afraid to put their messages where their mouths are … and across their T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters. This fall, they make graphic statements on their clothes that translate into bold beliefs meant to be worn … and seen. The best pick: Gucci may have summed it up best with a simple, yet strong “Loved” on its red sweater … a message that never goes out of style.
–Don’t forget your coat. This fall, coats and jackets may be the most important statement pieces to put on your shopping list. Whether it’s a beautiful velvet blazer, a quilted puffer bomber, a camouflage barn jacket or a sophisticated camel topcoat, outerwear is one of the best ways to give yourself and your wardrobe a lot of retro flair for years to come.
More fashion picks to put on your fall shopping list:
–Chunky wool turtleneck sweaters
–Colorful running shoes
–Distressed or bleached jeans
–Denim jean jackets
–Antiqued leather jackets
–Quilted bomber jackets
–Wide, cropped trousers
–Wool knit beanies
–Round, tinted sunglasses
In all shades, red is the color for men to add to their wardrobe this fall. Shown: Kiton red plaid cashmere-silk-linen sport coat from Neiman Marcus.