Why I Stopped: Remember how I mentioned that it's been a warm fall here in Chicago? L-O-Effing-L. Apparently I poked the Chicago weather bear with that post, because the temperature decided to jump off a cliff yesterday. Not cool, karma.
But I can't really complain too much, because those temps brought me Max and his impeccably stylish fall ensemble. Flawless curls aside, Max is showing us how to put together some of the best trends for this season's menswear. Not sure what those trends are? Let's break it down so we can all hit the store ASAP.
If you hadn't noticed, Max has layered three (three!) layers on top. The first is a cable-knit turtleneck sweater, and it's perfection. Cable knit sweaters have been back in fashion the last few years, but the turtleneck is really coming into its own this fall (thanks, Drake). The turtleneck collar elevates the eye towards Max's face, and it provides a solid contrast to the other two layers of outerwear at his neckline. Were Max wearing a normal sweater, he'd probably need to add a scarf around his neck to get the same dimension/framing effect that the turtleneck provides.
Did you miss the second layer on first glance? It's ok if you did. The middle layer is a fantastic brown-gray tweed blazer, and it's the key detail that elevates this whole look. So why this subtle layer, you ask? Look at how the hint of brown from the blazer connects Max's auburn hair with the brown of his slip-on shoes. Instead of relying solely on blues and grays, Max uses the brown blazer to create a third, contrasting color frame that ties together his head, his body, and his feet. Subtle perfection.
Finally, the single-breasted Chesterfield coat in a deep shade of blue frames the whole look. The important details here are the length and the collar. The coat hits Max mid-thigh, providing the type of contrast in length that we talked about here. He's also popped the collar to create a v-shaped frame for his face. It works particularly well because the blue collar contrasts beautifully with the gray of his turtleneck. Paired with well-tailored wool pants (or cotton look-alikes!) and a pair of stylish, brown slip-ons, Max clearly knows how to keep his wardrobe on point for the chilliest fall days in Chicago.
Which is good considering Max is a model for one of the major agencies here in town. (Seriously, I can't believe the people I get to meet on the street!)
Style Tip Challenge: Take a page from Max's style book and try out a turtleneck sweater this fall. Keep the pattern subtle, and use other pieces of outerwear to frame the sweater, especially at the neckline. You won't regret it!