Runway to Real Life: How to Pull Off Five Fall Trends

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Fashion might not be your second language, but that doesn’t mean you don’t care about your appearance or what’s slated to hit stores next season. Problem is, taking inspiration from the runway is intimidating. The looks are a little too extreme for your everyday life, and the guys showing them off don’t have your same build. We get it—and we’re here to help. We’ve picked five of fall’s biggest trends and found solutions for pulling them off without emptying your wallet or looking like Lady Gaga’s male equivalent.

On the Runway: Oversize Patterns // Seen At: Hackett

Whether we’re talking colorful checks or exaggerated plaid, bold patterns are big this fall. But if a rainbow checkerboard ensemble is too much for you (and your 9-to-5), stick to a single-color scheme. 

Wear It in Real Life: Tartan Blazer ($180,

You’ll look instantly sophisticated in a checked blazer. Balance its busyness with a simple shirt and tie.

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On the Runway: Baseball Jackets // Seen At: Dsquared2

We’re fans of baseball jackets not just because they bring back fond memories from our Little League days, but because they go with just about anything. The problem was that it wasn’t cool to wear them outside of the ballpark—until now. The baseball jacket has jumped from the outfield to the runway and has gotten a bit of a makeover—Dsquared2’s fur option is an example. Not ready for “sportswear” that’s animal-esque? Try something subtler instead.

Wear It in Real Life: Wool Varsity Jacket ($128,

This season, test out a varsity jacket in a basic color like navy. Pair it with dark denim, a white button-front shirt and a striped tie for a smart, yet effortlessly cool look for casual Friday.

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On the Runway: Wine-Colored Clothes // Seen At: Canali

Fall delivers this berry hue in just about every form, from tailored blazers to slim-fitting slacks. But a head-to-toe wine outfit, like the one we saw at Canali’s show, is a bit much. Unless you want to look like a full glass of Merlot, that is. 

Wear It in Real Life: Sandringham Long Sleeved Polo ($108,

Just a hint of the shade is all you need to successfully embody the trend. Throw on a wine-colored long-sleeve polo with jeans and sneakers when kicking back on the weekend, or dress it up with a navy suit for a sophisticated, office-friendly look.

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On the Runway: Camouflage // Seen At3.1 Phillip Lim

The meant-to-blend-in pattern is switching gears and standing out this season. Case in point: 3.1 Phillip Lim’s collection. Still, unless you’re planning a hunting trip, there’s little reason to be decked out in full-on camo.

Wear It in Real Life: French Terry Pullover ($29.99,

Command attention on your days off in a military-inspired sweatshirt. Try this one from Phillip Lim’s new collaboration with Target. Pair it with your go-to straight-leg jeans, a leather bomber jacket, and casual suede boots.

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On the Runway: Turtlenecks // Who’s Behind the Trend: Alexander McQueen

Turtlenecks aren’t just for moms anymore, thanks to designers like Alexander McQueen. What better way to bundle up on those chilly fall days?

Wear It in Real Life: Tri-Blend Turtleneck ($34,

Turtlenecks are tricky and can result in a true fashion fail if not layered properly. We suggest layering this cold-weather staple underneath a tailored blazer for an effortlessly modern look. Try a solid gray roll-over turtleneck layered underneath a crisp black blazer. 

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