by Jaime Ganson

Every fall and spring, ready-to-wear and couture designers showcase their spring/summer and fall/winter collections, respectively. While women’s fashion gets much of the hype and publicity, the best in men’s fashions is reported on as well, in such popular publications as GQ and Details.This past spring’s shows in New York, Paris, Milan, and London highlighted menswear fashions for fall/winter 2011. Three major trends stood out: color, plaid, and classic outerwear. From accessories, sweaters, coats, pants, and everything in between, these three trends can be seen and purchased at Boston-area stores and online.


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Color is everywhere, and while women wear it with little thought or consequence, men can too- and should! New York Magazine’s The Cut Blog named orange specifically as the “it” color for fall menswear. Orange was seen in several runway shows such as Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, and Burberry.

To find orange, or any bold color if this hue isn’t for you, check out Zara Man and H&M. These two stores are both European-based, and thus have more affordable versions of runways looks and trends.


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Plaid seems like it should be “on trend” every fall/winter because this cold weather pattern encourages you to bundle up in a blanket by a fire. Plaid is not just for button down shirts and flannels though.

This fall, grab a blazer, jacket, tie, or pants to show your plaid personality.Runway shows from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani, encourage you to experience with color and design. J.Crew, with stores in Boston and surrounding areas, has the best classic, preppy selection. Visit the Rugby Ralph Lauren stores in Natick or Boston to get more unique, alternative choices of plaid.

Classic Outerwear

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Classic outerwear is making a comeback, and with a modern twist. Wear a classic, three-piece suit, but in such fabrics as herringbone or textured wool.

The pea coat is getting an update too; try a cropped version. Express for Him and J.Crew are stores to find these sophisticated, “new classic” outerwear pieces.

Jaime is a twenty-something blogger living, working, & shopping in Boston. Interested in all thing things stylish, whether it be the latest fashion trend on the runways to the newest decor featured in home magazines, she blogs all about it, and tidbits of her life, at La vie…J’aime. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, as well.