Fall Fashions and Fall Wines: Men's Edition
Fall is beautiful with warm earth tone colors all around and slightly crisper air bringing relief from a hot summer. From a fashion perspective, it’s time to put on pants and think about light layers especially if you’re out all day into the evening. This includes merino wool sweaters, interesting jackets like the kimono (pictured) and a pair of joggers with a warmer feel to give you a comfortable setting. Alternatively, a pair of raw Japanese denim from DSTLD with a crisp blazer would be ideal for those more dressier moments. With it being #LAFashionWeek, we spoke to a couple members of LA Fashion's Future with their thoughts on Fall fashion for men along with wines that embody layers of flavor.
Sergio Munoz-Azuela, founder and CEO of Cake Monarchs and Kunal Parikh co-Founder of Weekend Casual weigh in.
Gents, what's your take on men's fashion this Fall, what should we expect, if anything at all.
SMA: Fall is an exciting season, a time that offers many options. Men are more conscious of their appearance, they find ways to identify and define their own style, mixing and taking charge of their wardrobe.
KP: Depending on where you live, I like to treat Fall as a transition into colder weather. We start to switch from lighter fabrics such as linen into heavier fabrics like wool. Colors are also changing, they're toned down as well. This years fall color is "Marsala", or as we call it, maroon.
We asked each of the gentlemen to provide us a with a must have look for Fall, and we then paired it with a wine that fits the energy of that look.
KP: Dark denim (a staple any time of the year), a pair of chukka boots (can be worn for any occasion), a thick oxford shirt (love to roll up the sleeves on these if it's warmer), a pair of leather driving gloves (not as thick as regular winter gloves).
If this casual though polished look is your vibe, then make sure you're drinking a wine that is also casual at first glance, but is a polished glass of wine made very well across seemingly all vintages: Duckhorn Merlot. Don't fall into the ignoramus reaction of rolling your eyes when you hear Merlot. Realize that some of the most prestigious wines in the world blend heavily using Merlot (e.g. Bordeaux First Growth Premiere Crus which can easily go for thousands of dollars.)
SMA: Navy blazer, white shirt always (always!), 3/4 camel coat, double monk strap brown shoes and an assortment of different pocket squares.
Sergio took us to a slightly dressier direction. If you're rocking this look then dammit go sexy, go Italian but something that isn't greasy, but warm like the double monk: Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella. If you haven't had an Amorone, just pick one up. It's sexy softness in a glass.
Dress well. Drink better. Cheers.