As the CEO and Chairman of Runway Magazine®, and a fashion entrepreneur in his own right, James Buccelli has no trouble obtaining front row seat at international fashion shows. Even when he can’t make the shows, James Buccelli makes a point of investigating up and coming fashion trends, and translating these runway trends to wearable styles. Here are the top 5 trends James Buccelli noticed for menswear in fall of 2013, along with ideas for everyday wear.
1. Gray on gray. In fall 2013, the safest color to wear in multiple shades – without risking a color clash – is definitely gray. Fall 2013 runway shows were full of charcoal suits, in all manner of patterns and shades, slate colored baseball jackets, and slim slacks in gunmetal grey. According to James Buccelli, grey is the perfect color for the workplace or for the weekend – it can be casual or professional in a pinch.
2. Baseball jackets. Nothing says All American like a baseball jacket, and James Buccelli saw them all over the runways for fall 2013 collections. These jackets are sporty, classic, masculine, and – if you’re careful in your fit selection – very flattering. From Kim Jones’s crocodile skin baseball jacket, to Missoni’s suede version with signature striped paneling, James Buccelli points out that there’s a varsity style baseball jacket for every man and every occasion.
3. Oversized squares. Oversized square patterns are one of the biggest trends James Buccelli expects to see in menswear this fall. James Buccelli saw big squares in plaids, checks, and tartans – all in dramatic, supersized patterns. For the daring man, James Buccelli recommends a fully checkered suit – for inspiration, check out Valentino’s version. Interested in something more subtle? Try a single piece with an oversized square pattern, like a square patterned sweater from Bottega Veneta.
4. Rollnecks. Rollnecked sweaters, jackets, and overcoats were big in 2012, and James Buccelli is pleased to report that this trend is here to stay. Rollnecked sweaters can be worn under suits or coats, while rollnecked coats can be buttoned over your entire ensemble. James Buccelli points out that these high-necked garments often eliminate the need for additional scarves, lending your outerwear a more streamlined, classic look.
5. Hiking boots. Hiking boots were everywhere James Buccelli looked at the fall 2013 preview shows. The “explorer” theme is very hot right now, James Buccelli explained, and hiking books are the perfect way to tap into the trend without donning a headlamp. Rugged, masculine, and practical, hiking boots complement any outfit. Pair a tailored suit with slender, dark brown leather boots; try jeans with a weathered, chunkier pair.
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