Lisa Arbetter of Cargo magazine shows us three big trends for men this fall on Wednesday's The Early Show. As we saw in women's fashions, we're seeing a lot of classics that have been given a modern twist.
These are fashionable pieces that will have a long life in your man's closet.
Yet, these aren't so trendy that they can't wear the item next season.
The Velvet Jacket
We start with the velvet jacket - which traditionally comes in deep, jewel-tone colors, and is traditionally considered more formal attire. But this season, velvet jackets come in a variety of colors that are smashing for daytime and for nighttime cocktails.
Penguin Jacket in slate from Penguin - $160.00
Gant striped shirt - $89.50
Gap Jeans - $80.00
Grand Total - $329.50
DKNY brown velvet blazer - $395.00
Duchamp striped shirt - $188.00
Seven jeans - $128.00
Grand Total - $711.00
DIFFERENCE: DKNY is more tailored than the Penguin. Penguin is unstructured, boxy and has patch (as opposed to sewn-in) pockets. More tailoring = more work= higher cost!
The Bomber Jacket
This classic look has a modern twist --- the traditional design -- zipper, front pockets, and elastic waistband -- now comes in different materials with a variety of collar constructions and closures. These jackets look best with tweed pants (very trendy now), dark jeans or pressed khakis -- with your shirt tucked in!
Guess? bomber jacket - $99.00
American Apparel thermal shirt - $20.00
Tyler Speed tweed pants - $80.00
Grand Total - $199.00
Helmut Lang jacket - $1,913.00
Gene Meyer cashmere jacket - $128.00
Mavi corduroy pants - $68.00
Grand total - $2109.00
The Guess? jacket is nylon while Helmut Lang is shearling, which provides more warmth and costs more. Helmut Lang is also a higher end designer with more design elements worked into the piece.
Two Button Suits
Work attire is returning to a more professional look -- those dot-com days of wearing torn jeans and sandals are going away pretty quickly. The latest in suits -- is the two-button suit. The two-button suit is perfect for men who want to look visually taller and leaner. This won't go out of style anytime soon.
Z Zegna suit - $895.00
Charles Tyrwhitt shirt - $95.00
Blade by Michael Drake tie - $105.00
JM Weston belt - $285.00
Grand total - $1380.00
Calvin Klein suit -- prices as separate pieces -- jacket is $198.00 and pants are $98.00
Tailorbyrd shirt $89.50
Polo by Ralph Lauren tie $85.00
Banana Republic belt $45.00
Grand total: $515.50
DIFFERENCE: This Calvin Klein line is the new less-expensive line by Calvin Klein -- and most of the clothes from this line are produced mostly on machines, while Z Zegna does do some stitching and detailing by hand -- hence the price difference. Also the Z Zegna suit features a better-quality material.