Each week, DFW Style Daily’s Jim Duran shares key wardrobe tips for guys. Today, it’s all about ‘suiting up’ without breaking the bank.
Who says you have to spend a millions bucks in order to look like you did? With the growth of mass fashion, thanks to a declining economy over the past few years, finding a great new fall suit at a wallet-friendly price is easier than you think. From camel to techno fabrics, check out these great suiting options by some of fashion’s largest retailers.
For starters, camel is a major men’s trend for fall 2011. Designers including Michael Kors, Paul Smith, and Armani sent their own interpretations down the runway, each with a signature twist. Camel suiting is an easy way to dress up casual or semi-formal outings, without wearing formal fabrics.
Check out this great camel option by J.Crew. In Italian chino, the two-button jacket provides a traditional fit that’s nicely balanced by its casual color. At $248 for the jacket and $118 for the matching pants, this option is a great way to stay on-trend without maxing out your budget.
Moving on, if you opt for a traditional stance on fall suiting, many designers have carried over last fall’s biggest men’s trend, the three-piece suit. Dolce & Gabbana, for example, showed many versions of this men’s classic, including velvet, pinstripe, single-button, and double-breasted.
In this category, I love the micro twill three-piece by Express shown above. Its slender cut and techno fabric lend elegance to an otherwise traditional option – and talk about affordable. The jacket is $248, and both vest and pant ring in at just $98.
Finally, if you’re in the market for a modern, youthful suit with an edge, this single-button option by the always bargain-priced Zara is perfect. Made popular in the sixties and re-invented by designers like Dior Homme and Burberry in the mid-2000’s, this is still the go-to look for rockers and actors. Think Russell Brand and Mark Ronson.
Once you choose your suit, styling is key. With the right accessories, you can make a $300 suit look like it came straight off the runway. Add a great pair of Cole Haan shoes or that Hermès pocket square you’ve been eyeing to boost both your suit and your attitude.
(photo credits, from top: 1. JCrew.com, 2. Express.com, 3. Zara.com)