Men’s Trend Report: Sharp Fall Suits for Under $500

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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.


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