Menswear this fall is as usual, classically driven. You’ll see a lot of light grey, and pieces reminiscent of the romanticism period (bow ties, long flowing coats, tailored jackets), which I’m totally loving. There’s also the reappearance of Nordic sweaters and high-top shoes, if you’ve got the confidence to try something a bit trendier.

Here’s a few fab finds from this falls collections that will have you looking good on a budget.


Brown Reindeer Yoke Jumper

830 N. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60611

The highly anticipated British TOPSHOP & TOPMAN finally opens late this fall, bringing many of the new runway looks with them. Check out one of TOPMAN’s Nordic sweaters, like the brown crewneck jumper with a reindeer yoke pattern in burgundy, blue and off white, $80. This thick knit sweater is a great addition to your windy city wardrobe.


Boot Cut Fit Jean in Indigo Medium Worn Wash

J. Crew
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Next up, jeans – a closet staple for every man. My pick is J. Crew’s boot cut fit jean in indigo medium, $96. Each pair is hand distressed to give you that broken-in, vintage look. Plus, their recently updated wash is the perfect shade between light and dark, allowing for easy day-to-night wear.


Wool Fedora Hat

676 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-5770

Another trend this fall is old school luxury. Think aristocratic grandfathers closet full of tweed, topcoats and fedoras. You can try out the style with something simple like the Wool Fedora in Pitch Black from Express, $39.90. The sturdier wool fabric is fantastic for Chicago’s cooler fall days and nights.


Patent Leather Ankle Boots

700 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-8123

High-Tops. High-Tops. High-Tops. You’ve seen them at DSquared2, YSL and Gucci. Now’s the time to try them yourself, with Zara Men’s Patent Leather Ankle Boots, $69.90. Pair these with a pair of medium to dark wash jeans, a basic tee and you’re good to go.


Armani Exchange Aviator

55 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Il 60610
(312) 464-1515

It’s all about top-notch accessories this season. Add some ultra fly aviators to your daily wear, and that’s all it takes. My pick: AX Armani Exchange Aviators in Dark Grey, $60. The lenses are dark enough to block the sun, while the metal detailing still leaves you looking dapper.

What are your favorite menswear trends this fall? Leave your comments below. We’d love to hear from you.
Samantha McCarthy is a freelance writer and editor living in downtown Chicago.