Fall is here. The leaves are changing, the pumpkin spice lattes are out in full force and most importantly, fall fashion trends are on the go. Here are some of this season’s most popular trends and ideas on how to make them work for you.

Colorblocking

If you don’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe, you can simply go at this trend on a grassroots level: pairing various solid-color items together. If you want to invest in a key piece, a jacket or sweater is perfect. Make sure the colors work with your particular skin tone and don’t wash you out. Often times, one color paired with black is a great way to interpret this trend.

Image by Darrel Hunter.

Image by Darrel Hunter.

Trench coats

Pretty much every single designer showed a trench coat on their fall runway and this is a really easy trend to participate in. It’s likely you have a trench already hidden in the back of your closet, so dig it out. If not, purchasing one in a basic color like khaki or black will ensure you can sport your trench for many  years to come. You can push limits and go uber-trendy with a giant, oversize coat, or stick to a more classical design.

Image by Acne Studios.

Image by Ermanno Scervino.

Plaid

It’s fall so that means plaid anything and everything is fair game. This season, feel free to mix plaids, wear different color and pattern styles of plaid — just go crazy with plaids. Even better, this trend can carry on into those colder winter months too. If you don’t want to invest in a coat or blazer, a plaid scarf is an easy way to participate in this trend without going overboard.

Image Tommy Hilfiger.

Image by Darrel Hunter.

Words by Lori Zaino and images as specified.

Birkenstock is a very old family company (AD 1774) of master cobblers from the Frankfurt region of Germany who learned their artisanal accessory-making skills from working for centuries in orthopedics but who now offer a wide range of very interesting products for men around the globe who are interested in casual urban chic. That the company’s motto is simply ‘a healthy living’ should stand for something because BDMOTP is glad to introduce here Birkenstock’s very functional and beautiful current variety of bags and sacks for men that surely would look very good in Milan, New York, Paris, London — or Shanghai for that matter.

The Handbag

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Always super useful we like to dub this a ‘City Bag’ as you can take it anywhere anytime and it comes in handy always both for business or personal affairs. Everything fits in there from laptops, notepads, and books, to writing materials and personal belongings.

The Duffel

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Of course this is better than a NorthFace duffel bag — what are you thinking, and it may even be better than a real Louis Vuitton because at LVMH you are paying for the name and not so much for German quality. Highly recommended for the tough and rough traveller who goes a bit unshaven with some boots and Stetson perchance. Travel the road in style with Birkenstock and noone will ask you where you got your bag.

The Rucksack

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But of course in Germany they would use the English and call it a backpack whereas rucksack is a German notion to begin with – but it’s basically the same; you wear it on your back, to go to school, to hike, or to go trekking. Please note that as far as functionality goes Birkenstock makes several types of backpacks, in order words the range for the models in this product category is higher than with the other assorted bags. Again, it’s functional, durable, simple – and therefore quite classy.

The Sports Bag

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Just as sturdy, but a little more space than the handbag or travel bag, this one even carries your bowling ball, so let’s call it a sports bag. Perfect to crumble up your dirty clothes after a good sports match, whether that’s going to be racketball or squash, tennis, bowling, soccer, or basketball. Good for all sports and leisure except for hockey or football or other sports where you need a lot of equipment, this beautiful Birkenstock sports bag is going to turn you into a gallant locker room hero as you will be known for your classy sports elegance.

The Travel Bag

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Birkenstock likes to call it a weekend bag which is quite to the point as this the bag you need for a quick weekend getaway with your friends for a day or so. Comfortable, spacious, and durable this is going to give you lots of joy when fellow weekend revelers are trying to either show off their latest Gucci bags, or worse, that ubiquitously boring Fred Perry monster which seems to be made for people who loves to only carry their court shoes and a polo in a mistaken effort to be super cool. No, go for the sturdy tough quality look of Birkenstock and bring away some weekend items which others do not expect.

The Man Bag

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And finally, of course, the man bag, that deliciously ambiguous item which still today has the potential to get some men talked about in ways that society at large would least have one suspect it because of the very notion of a man being entitled to have a hand bag is still considered as ‘strange’ in some parts of this world. But let’s get over that, and what better way to do it than with a sturdy and tough looking durable German-made Birkenstock with its traditions going back all the way to 1774.
Birkenstock, excellent accessories for men of today.

Words by Sandro and photos from GPS Radar by Birkenstock.

With holiday parties happening all December long, you may be wondering what’s appropriate to wear. Here is a guide to help you choose what is best for each style of event you have. Red and green are definitely not required for a great holiday look!

Family Time

Family gatherings are usually pretty casual, so for a get together with relatives, try a cosy, winter-warm sweater. It will give you flexibility to sit on the floor and open presents with the kids but still look nice at the dinner table. Extra points for anything turtleneck or plaid, which are both trending this season.

Extra points for a turtleneck.

Extra points for a turtleneck.

This sweater is trendy and warm.

This sweater is trendy and warm.

Out On The Town With Friends

Chances are you’ll be heading out for champagne on New Year’s Eve or for pre-holiday drinks and dinner. You may be bar hopping or heading from spot to spot, so really, you can wear something casual, but make sure to cover it with a warm coat. A longer, heavy coat is perfect if it’s snowing, or try a fur collar for a windier evening to keep that neck warm.

Gotta love a fur collar and a beanie

Gotta love a fur collar and a beanie

A long coat is ideal for an evening out with friends.

A long coat is ideal for an evening out with friends.

An Important Date

You want to look extra dapper for your girl this holiday season. Something smart, like a suit or sharp blazer is ideal. Make sure to focus on the fit, as it should be form-fitting by not too tight, or that could be unflattering. For a daytime date, a leather jacket and hat combo is perfect.

Depending what kind of date it is, a casual yet streamlined look could work.

Depending what kind of date it is, a casual yet streamlined look could work.

Look sharp for a night out with your lady.

Look sharp for a night out with your lady.

That Work Holiday Party

Holiday parties at the office usually run after work, so wear something professional that you can dress down a bit to relax. For example, a blazer with a cool shirt underneath so you can peel layers off as the night goes on.

Take off these blazers for a more casual look.

Take off these blazers for a more casual look.

Of course, you don't need a bike to pull this style off.

Of course, you don’t need a bike to pull this style off.

All photos by Darrel Hunter.