The weather is beginning to change and the wind is blowing a slight chill into the air. It’s time for fall, so what to wear? Here are some of the top trends for this fall and winter season, and they’re actually wearable trends that any man should be able to easily participate in.

1. The Bomber Jacket

Matthew Miller shows a bomber style jacket layered over a longer coat for a modern look.

Matthew Miller shows a bomber style jacket layered over a longer coat for a modern look. Photo courtesy of Matthew Miller press.

This jacket, which is lightweight and perfect for fall temps, has been popular for many years, in fact, since the 1940’s. This season, it’s back with a serious vengeance and every man should be able to dig one out of his closet or pickup a new one.

This guy, spotted in Paris looks sleek in his two-tone bomber jacket. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

This guy, spotted in Paris looks sleek in his two-tone bomber jacket. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

These jackets have been spotted all over the AW16/17 runways as well as in the streets. Combine it with some chic trousers or layer it (see number 2) over a longer shirt or coat for a cool silhouette.

2. Layers, layers, layers

E. Tautz shows some lightweight layers in his AW16/17 collection. Photos from E. Tautz press.

E. Tautz shows some lightweight layers in his AW16/17 collection. Photos from E. Tautz press.

This may be one of the easiest fall trends to partake in, simply because there a very few rules and anything goes. Just take some garments and pile them on to stay warm. See, fashion is easy!

Loving these layers spotted in Milan, not to mention the copper jacket! Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

Loving these layers spotted in Milan, not to mention the copper jacket! Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

Obviously you want to pick thing that aren’t too bulky so you aren’t ballooned out, but this trend is both practical and fashionable, as you can peel off layers if you become warm.

3. Copper

We are swooning over this rich copper coat spotted in London. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

We are swooning over this rich copper coat spotted in London. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

This is a super cool color that immediately reminds us of autumn. It’s been spotted on virtually every runway from London to New York to Tokyo, so if you plan to invest in a new item this fall, a rich copper jacket or sweater is the ideal item.

These colorblocked pops of copper are super stylish. Photo courtesy of Charles Wosselin.

These colorblocked pops of copper are super stylish. Photo courtesy of Charles Wosselin.

The return of the bowtie as an everyday male fashion accessory has presented handsome, well-dressed men all over the world with a pending dilemma: to bow tie, or to necktie?

I’ll start by running through the difference between the two:

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A bow tie is a small tie that has an ending which is straight and rectangular or one that tapers and flares out at the end. Bow ties are often for more elegant occasions, but lately have been used with more day-to-day looks, and often provides a playful, whimsical touch to an outfit.

A dapper necktie spotted in London

A dapper necktie spotted in London

Neckies are more traditional, longer ties that can vary in width. Recently, the skinny tie is a hipster trend that can be worn with just about anything, no suit needed.

Why Wear A Bow Tie?

Wearing a bow tie may be easier for those with an busy lifestyle. It won’t fall into your soup and salad lunch combo or get stuck in a car door or machinery. Men of action will like the bow tie and it also gives off a retro, spirited and elegant vibe. 

Bow ties don't always have to be dressy

Bow ties don’t always have to be dressy

Millennials also enjoy wearing bow ties with just about any outfit, including a more casual looks like paired with jeans. Of course, the old-school elegance of a bow tie can go a long way when you are trying to impress.

Downton Abbey regal British cast wouldn't be caught dead without their bow ties

Downton Abbey regal British cast wouldn’t be caught dead without their bow ties

Famous bow tie wearers: Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin

Why Wear A Necktie?

Wearing a more traditional necktie can actually make you look taller, so all you height-challenged dudes out there listen up: Tie lengths are usually between 52 and 58 inches and make sure your tie is proportional to your height.

Neckties can express your style

Neckties can express your style

Width of  ties is also important. Three inches is always a good choice and skinnier ties can give you a more hipster, downtown look. A necktie is a safe bet–one you can never go wrong with as long as you can tie it properly!

George Clooney isn't starting any new trends, but looks great in a traditional necktie

George Clooney isn’t starting any new trends, but looks great in a traditional necktie

Famous necktie wearers: Donald Trump, George Clooney, The Blues Brothers

Commit to whatever style you choose and wear it with pride

Commit to whatever style you choose and wear it with pride

Regardless of which you choose, commit to it, and choose one that reflects your personality. If you are stuck wearing a suit all day, this may be one of the few ways you can truly accessorize, so have fun with it and pick a tie you can be proud to wear.

A bolo tie can make a bold statement

A bolo tie can make a bold statement

Tie Tips: 

  • Looking impeccable means you know how to perfectly tie your tie
  • If you want something really original and retro, try a bolo tie
  • Enjoy and embrace all tie styles. You don’t always have to stick to one or the other–that’s the beauty of accessories! You can have a great collection of both bow ties and neckties.

Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Darrel Hunter and Paloma Canseco.

If you are looking for that perfect accessory piece to take you from winter into spring, the hat is right on trend. Really, the style doesn’t even matter as long as it covers your head… a bowler, a fedora, a derby, something vintage and fabulous, even a ski hat will do.

The hat is a versatile trend that is perfect for spring because not only is it a great way to make an otherwise basic outfit interesting, it also blocks the sun out of your eyes on a spring, sunny day, and still keeps your head warm when temps are just beginning to warm up, but not yet hot.

Here at BDMOTP we are huge fans of the hat, and have been seeing it all over the runways as well as out on the streets.

Key Tips For the Choosing The Right Hat

  • Try it on! Many hats look good or bad on a person simply due to the shape of your face and head. So get over to the hat shop and just try. What you imagined might look great may not look as good as you hoped, and you may be suprised at what comfortably fits you and makes you look awesome.
  • Think of a hat as an addition to an outfit. Pick something that can match a variety of styles and colors, but not something so boring it seems bland.
  • Don’t discount vintage. You may just find a great hat at a vintage shop or digging one out of your dad’s closet from the 60’s!
  • Whatever you select, own it and wear it with pride!
  • Take inspiration. Check out some of our hats below to get some style tips.

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The Ski Hat

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The Wide-Brim Hat, The Derby Hat and the Fedora

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco and Darrel Hunter.

When the whole gym-shoe-paired-with-suit concept started happening a year or two ago, I am not going to lie, I turned my nose up in disgust. Then, I started pairing sneakers with more formal outfits, and not only did my feet begin to thank me, I also realized that I was right on trend, because everyone else was doing it too!

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Now it seems as if the trend is evolving…white sneakers everywhere, with everything, and AFTER Labor Day. I’m having a harder time with this trend, mainly because it reminds me of some specific life experiences:

1. The 80’s, straight up

2. My mother buying me white gym shoes and then me feeling dumb because they were “too” white and trying to quickly dirty them

So forgive me if I am having a bit of trouble jumping on board the white gym shoe trend…especially as they are becoming seemingly chunkier by day–anyone remember those platform Lugz or Sketchers from the early 90’s?

To do or not to do? I guess this depends on your personal style. If you really want to be on top of the trends go for it. I also find this works best with hipster looks, and young people. Forgive me for feeling alienated from a 20-year-old in skinny black jeans and white gym shoes….however here at BDMOTP we have seen it done well, so for some ideas, check out a few of our street style photos below.

Which Ones To Buy

We love this white pair of Louis Leeman Paris kicks

We love this white pair of Louis Leeman Paris kicks

The label isn’t really important (for once). Converse, New Balance, Adidas, Reebok even Dior and Y3 all have a pair of perfectly white gym shoes. Just pick your poison, and above all, make sure they stay as brightly white as possible. You could even go “vintage” and dig out those old Sketchers or Lugz, or even the dreaded white K-Swiss kicks from the bottom of  your closet. High or low tops are both a variable of the trend, so pick whichever you prefer.

You could go with a classic pair of high top white Reeboks

You could go with a classic pair of high top white Reeboks

How To Make It Work

To avoid looking like a vagabond Brooklyn teenager, trying pairing your look with something tailored, but don’t overdo it. This young man looks crisp and fashionable with his blazer, hat, and white kicks.

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If you want to make a real statement (go big or go home, right), pair your white shoes with a black outfit, or black and white if you feel like being sartorial. This will definitely show people you are in it to win it.

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Good luck in your styling, and when in doubt, cuff those pants and blind people with the whiteness of your footwear. Remember, this time around, it’s cooler if they stay white, so don’t play in the mud.

Posted by Lori Zaino, and images by Paloma Canseco, Yulia Gromova and Darrel Hunter.

How Do Know: When Is It Time To Fire Your Mother And Hire A Stylist?

In sales, you deal with all kinds of people; however, mothers of adult men make me shake my head. Most of the time they are guessing sizes and desperately wanting to make their son happy.  So, this is my shot in the dark. I get it: everyone doesn’t like to shop. You look at ad campaig1ns or magazine layouts and you like the looks but you don’t know where to began. Or you’re racked with anxiety at the idea of getting yourself together for your friends wedding. Your dream jobs is one interview away and you NEED to look every inch the part or worse, you get the job and you only have your interview look. Once you’re over your hives it maybe time to make a call; not to mommy, but to a stylist.

Styling is a pretty new phenomenon. 10 years ago, not to many people knew that was a legitimate business. Wardrobe stylist used to work with celebrities flawless for their personal appearances.

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What a stylist does is elevate. They learn the client’s body type, likes and dislikes and with their knowledge of fashion create the appropriate looks. They usually have a broad understanding of the world around them and at the same time they know how to reference fantasy, a different era or updated trends. Their ultimate goal is to teach you how to make yourself eye popping amazing or just do it for you.

I have worked in retail for many years and when you’re trying to help a frantic, stressed out mother two days before a big event, pick out a look (sight unseen) for a 40 year old, you become team mom. Gentleman, it’s time to give Mom a break and get professional help. In most major cities you can find people through social media.

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Also, a lot of department stores have personal shoppers, so call and inquire. The perk with going that route is all the product is in the same place and the company pays them. Occasionally, you will find a sales associate who is amazing at it. A lot of shops and small businesses are hiring people with a styling background to make their brand fashion savvy. When picking a personal stylist, chemistry is key. So you may not find the right person immediately but when you do your outlook will shift. Now I am aware that some people are not fashion challenged and are in fact rock stars, and this isn’t for those people. Some people just don’t need a personal shopper!

However, some of us are not as lucky, and there are many reasons a person would hire a wardrobe stylist, for instance updating their style.  Learning to dress a new body, like a change in weight. A new city, a new job or a new lifestyle can also warrant searching for the right stylist–pretty much anywhere you want to look your best.

So when is it time to fire your mother? When she’s had enough and you hate everything she picks out. Free Mom!!!!

Post and photos by Denee Davis.

Prologue

This is not (yet) mainstream. But it will come. Soon. Very near you. It is called SRS (Selective Laser Sintering) and it uses 3D printing high tech methods to cut many odd materials and substances (including chemicals, minerals, and other compositions) made – to – (digital) measure: From nylons to steel, from leathers to plastics – you name it.  It is currently being tested and introduced worldwide by an-ever-so-hungry-for-new-ways-materials-and-designs fashion industry and the first results for men are on the table; and they are palpable:  From shoelace clips to enhanced T-shirts, from sunglasses to bow ties & ties and sports bags, this is a collection fit for an information age dandy’s curiosity cabinet or shelve. Or just get creative and do-it-yourself. At  home.  With your tablet hooked up to your domestic 3D laser printer.

To feel the hype here is a short BDMOTP favorites overview, with our originality and style rankings, 10 being the most original and stylish.

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The Rebento Sports Bag by Nike

The Rebento (‘explode’) sports bag by Nike is a work of art and has a flexible, fly-knit wasp-like 3D laser-printed nylon base, which perfectly seams into a leather strapped top, with the additional feature that one can also customize a player’s name or monogram with golden plates into the sides:  Talk about branding – in this case the name is NEYMAR – he of World Cup fame. Only three bags like this exist. One was made for Wayne Rooney, one for Neymar Junior, and one (of course) for Cristiano Ronaldo. And that is it.  

BDMOTP originality & style ranking: 8.5.

The Neymar gold laser-sintered monogram

The Neymar gold laser-sintered monogram

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The Mylon (sun) glasses collection by MYKITA

The Mylon Sunglasses collection by MYKITA. Something out of an old DEVO music video from the eighties when people were still wearing platform boots?  No, today it is all possible with Selective Laser Sintering.  All shapes.  All forms.  All designs.  All textures.  Every possible geometrical configuration as MYKITA puts it.  But do not try this at home.  This is high tech and heavily patented stuff and MYKITA has won many design awards ever since they started experimenting with polyamide power & CO2 (yes really) and feeding it into the 3D printers.  The objects and designs are first digitally coded, then come out as the finished product of high design.  Automated Information Age Men’s Accessory Designing has arrived.  Let’s call it AIAMAD by its acronym.  Warning:  High cool factor!  Impossible to imitate unless you have THE code.

BDMOTP originality and style ranking: 9

The shoelace clip by Cubify

The shoelace clip by Cubify

The Cubify Shoelace Clip. Simple but genius. Mind you this company also makes 3D ties, cuff links, money clips, and yes, even dandy gloves in 3D. But the shoelace clip is so simple in its design and concept – if not in style – that it takes the cake. Go to their website and you can probably simply have them printed to measure, shape, form, and color yourself. With all the different color codes possible here, one can easily see some silent future college or high school turf war occurring – either in the movies – or in real, with clueless latter-day Ferris Bueller-type school officials trying to guess what the fuzz is all about, until they discover something which they will never understand.

BDMOTP originality & style rating: Hors d’Age

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Snakeskin covered street style Tee by Stampd (photo credit: Hypebeast)

The snakeskin street style long sleeved crew neck Tee by Stampd.Clearly the SRS 3D printing process is revolutionizing the look, feel, and image of men’s accessories but will it also change men’s fashion?  Here is an example as introduced by Stampd, from LA. Stampd makes many different street style T shirts and other items like hats but a snakeskin 3D print is included on several items of the collection.  Online a snakeskin Tee goes for 80 dollars. Again, it has this ‘Hunger Game’ futuristic look to it – young people trying to rebel against some unknown but ubiquitous form of high tech control, as if Grunge had long been dead but was revived in the distant future as a retro style symbolizing some or other form of long forgotten disenchantment.

BDMOTP originality & style scale: Remains yet to be seen

Postscriptum

We live in the information age and quick research shows that even at Ali-Express (yes at the Alibaba check-out counters) for US $14.46 (free shipping from China) one can order an ‘x-men tights magneto short sleeve T shirt’ catalogued as a ‘quick-drying male money 3D printing T shirt’. Of course the item is available in the different colors and looks of the various X-men out there.  But not in the different shapes one would expect if this were real 3D printing.

So why is it that in today’s instant-from-code-to-3D-printing information society, that we cannot order an original X-men T shirt which enhances chest size while giving me good six-pack?  Which makes muscles stand out as if we are Magneto or Wolverine?

Turns out that the chest shapes and muscles are digitally re-mastered into the T shirt fabrics and that Alibaba mistakenly calls it 3D printing. Yes, you can really SEE the six-pack and the muscles clearly on the T shirt, but you cannot FEEL them. Not yet anyways. But this will come. Soon. Very near you. Not made in China. But PRINTED in China.

Posted by Sandro Joo.