The Groom’s Guide to Fall Fashion 2011

It’s time to suit up, gents. This fall, we’re seeing some of the most fashion-forward trends yet for menswear. We’ve analyzed the runways to bring you the hottest looks for fall, so whether it’s for your wedding day or date night, you’ll be on the cutting edge of suit style and tie trends.

Suits

mens-fall-fashion-colored-suit-salvatore-ferragamo Colored Suits: Grooms are ditching bland blacks for a more colorful approach to their suits, such as this luxurious emerald suit from Salvatore Ferragamo.

mens-fall-fashion-amish-suit-jil-sander Amish: Perhaps to symbolize purity, fashion houses like Jil Sander added Amish-inspired details into their suits that walked down the Fall 2011 runways.

mens-fall-fashion-elie-tahari-military-striped-shirt Military: Military-inspired men’s clothing is nothing new, but this season, we see the iconic stripe favored by the armed forces starting to appear on vests, shirts, jackets, and accessories in collections from designers such as Elie Tahari and Tommy Hilfiger.

mens-fall-fashion-70s-inspired-suit-roberto-cavalli 70’s: Retro has seen a resurgence in women’s fashion for the last several years, and now we’re finally starting to see it come alive in menswear. Three-piece suits in copper, camel, gray, and ice blue stole the show for Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2011 collection. Ultra-fitted jackets paired with slightly flared pants and silk shirts prove that looks are even better the second time around.

mens-fall-fashion-tuxedo-jean-paul-gaultier Tuxedo Trimmings: Designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s entire fall collection circled around the James Bond attire and its trappings, pairing classic pieces with unexpected items. You may not opt for partnering a tuxedo jacket with a wet suit (yes, that was one of his looks), but mixing formal wear with more casual options, such as a tuxedo bowtie, black suit jacket, black fitted jeans, and a classic white button-down, is a great way to create your own customized tux luxe look.



Ties:

Textured Ties: For the fall season, designers are going heavier with ties, opting to mimic the fabric of the suits they complement. Using materials such as wool, tweed, herringbone, and velvet is unexpected, and adds another level of interest to a suit, such as this velvet tie from Lanvin.

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Striped Repp Ties: Men are tapping into their boyhood prep school style with striped repp ties, like this wool version from J. Crew.

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Reversible Bowties: In these economically hard times, it makes sense to get the most bang for your buck – hence the latest obsession with reversible ties. For fall, grooms are taking it one step further and showing both fabulous patterns of their double-duty accessories simultaneously, as in this Social Primer bowtie from Brooks Brothers.

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Skinny Black Ties: The skinny black tie, such as this one from Rag & Bone, for men is the equivalent to the little black dress for women – everyone should have one.

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Tieless:

mens-fall-fashion-no-tie-tieless-hermes Thanks to designers such as Hermes, who forfeited the tie on their suits for Fall 2011 runway, it’s no longer a faux pas to go tieless. So feel free to forego the bow!