Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Fall's 10 standout fashion trends for men

If one word defines men's fashion this season, it's ease

1 of 10

After years of super-slim silhouettes, men’s wear is finally starting to relax this autumn. That said, pulling off boxier apparel such as blazers, pleated pants (you heard that right) and outerwear like the Burberry Prorsum coat pictured here still requires attention to fit, so retaining the services of a good tailor is advisable. Another way to keep the loose look sleek is by sticking to darker shades of silk and wool and varying the textures. Felt Patch Pocket Topcoat, $2,995, pants, $825 at Burberry Prorsum ( Sweater, $85 at Banana Republic ( Shoes, $425 at Hugo Boss (

Andrew Soule/The Globe and Mail

2 of 10

There’s still no sign of fatigue when it comes to military references in men’s wear. This season, camouflage abounds in everything from the outsized iteration featured on a short-sleeved button-down from 3.1 Phillip Lim to outerwear (see Woolrich’s dapper camo jacket at Harry Rosen) and denim (Hudson is offering versions in charcoal and olive). If signing up for large-scale camo feels over the top, subtler winks to the trend, such as this Van Gils blazer with a playful blue camo lining (paired here with a camo-patterned sweater by the designer), is every bit as commanding. Van Gils sweater, $195, blazer, $595 at boutiques across Canada (visit for retailers). Paige Denim pants, $220 at Holt Renfrew ( Smart Turnout London watch, $500 through (

Andrew Soule/The Globe and Mail

3 of 10

The larger, traditional lumberjack checks of seasons past have been replaced this fall by smaller, more colourful variations that evoke a laid-back, Seattle-in-the-nineties spirit – donning one is the perfect way to flick at the grunge trend without looking like a Kurt Cobain impersonator. For a polished, grunge-meets-preppy look suitable for a day at the office or brunch on the weekend, tuck a shirt such as this Saint Laurent version into trousers under a smart cardigan or blazer.

Alessandro Lucioni/

4 of 10

Just as women’s footwear is trending away from chunky platforms toward single-soled pumps, bulky workwear-inspired boots for men are being retired for something slimmer. Witness the return of the Chelsea boot, that dandyish, ankle-height style popularized by British mods. The style works perfectly under a tailored pair of trousers and makes for a simple but significant wardrobe update that sets the wearer apart from the lace-up-shod masses. Boots, $395 at Fluevog ( Sandro pants, $350 at Hudson’s Bay ( Paul Smith coat, $1,495 at Holt Renfrew (

Andrew Soule/The Globe and Mail

Story continues below advertisement

5 of 10

Tan, black and brown are stepping aside as warm, rich claret-hued accessories step into the spotlight. The oxblood hit list pictured here includes, from top, a corduroy tie by Band of Outsiders, a flecked woven belt by Anderson’s and deep-ruby oxfords by Mr. Hare. Bonus: Worries about red-wine stains can recede until at least the end of winter. Band of Outsiders corduroy tie, $140, Mr. Hare Miller High-Shine Leather Oxford Shoes, $570, Anderson’s leather-trimmed woven belt, $110 through

Andrew Soule/The Globe and Mail

6 of 10

Blame all those photos on streetstyle blogs of dudes wrapped in Louis Vuitton mufflers during last January’s men’s-wear shows for the massive blanket-scarves (mankets? manshminas?) that are cropping up this season at houses such as Bottega Veneta, Tommy Hilfiger and Roberto Cavalli. While the full expression of this look calls the existence of the wearer’s neck and shoulders into question, a broad scarf knit from chunky yarn or a fur collar added to a coat or jacket are less cumbersome ways to get wrapped up in the trend.

Vincenzo Grillo/

7 of 10

Sweater weather has never been more appealing than it is right now, given the array of playful knitwear options on the market. At Kenzo, stripes made up of scattered raindrops and lightning-bolt zigzags electrify its Bad Weather Sweater. The standout at Burberry, a purple double-wool-and-cashmere V-neck emblazoned with white hearts, is anything but a shopworn standard. And at J.Crew, high-contrast Fair Isle jumpers make a sharp – and striking – weekend choice. (Bill Cosby alert: Sweaters like these should be paired with neutral overcoats, scarves and trousers to avoid a sitcom-dad look.) Kenzo Bad Weather Sweater, $340 at Holt Renfrew (

Andrew Soule/The Globe and Mail

8 of 10

Turtlenecks for men (or at least those pervy, polycotton dickies and mock necks of the eighties) have, over the years, suffered from a bad reputation – and rightly so. This season’s slim, luxurious models, however, are bound to rehabilitate the look. Made of extra-fine merino wool or cashmere, they are the ultimate cold-weather layering piece, best worn scrunched at the neck (never folded) under an oxford shirt (as shown here at Ermenegildo Zegna’s fall/winter show) or paired sans shirt with a jacket or blazer. Synthetic blends, though, are to be strictly avoided; the strongest reaction they’ll evoke is an aggravated case of razor burn.

Ivan Lattuada/

9 of 10

A black leather jacket is a casual classic, but this season, the slickest models have two features in common: They hit at the belt line and they have knit ribbing on the cuffs, collar and waistband. The Canadian brand M0851 consistently stocks the style, as does Belstaff, whose versions include quilted shoulder panels, svelte moto shapes and Kevlar-like textures.

10 of 10

More suited to grownup urban commuters than the school-aged set, the best new knapsacks boast refined detailing and a highly tailored shape. The front-runners this season are those from Montreal-based WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, whose lineup includes a backpack in midnight blue textured wool and another featuring an Icelandic-mountain print from Liberty in exaggerated shades of blue and green. Guys hunting for something simpler should look to Mulberry’s nylon sack with leather detailing on its handle and front pockets for the ultimate in hands-free luxury. WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Kastrup Backpack in Midnight Blue, $675, Mountain Print Backpack in Green, $595 through

Andrew Soule/The Globe and Mail

Report an error Editorial code of conduct