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Chill Out

The days are getting colder, so why shouldn’t your wardrobe do the same? Chicago boutique owners give us the lowdown on some of the biggest menswear trends of the season

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Louis Vuitton

 

MEASURING UP

Slim silhouettes will be the norm as menswear continues to be more formal this fall. Whether it’s a trim button-down shirt or a made-to-measure suit, anyone can look sharp wearing this style.

“Not so long ago, there was the emergence of the bespoke suit,” says John Jones, who, along with Edmund Paszylk and John Moran, owns George Greene
on Oak Street, the haute-couture heart of Chicago. Men like to understand the mechanics of the process. “I’m also seeing more guys wearing suits at night,” says Brad Habansky, the owner of Guise in Lincoln Park.

For fall, George Greene will offer tailored designs from Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto, and Kiton, while Hugo Boss Red Label and J. Lindeberg will line the shelves at His Stuff. Guise will carry selections from R.E.D. Valentino and Filippa K, and Haberdash will offer button-down shirts by Duncan Quinn. “They’re $250 shirts, but we can’t keep them in stock,” says the manager, Phillip Williams.

IN YOUR WARDROBE A made-to-measure suit is a joy for all occasions—the office, a wedding, or a drink at the newest hotspot.

Diesel Denim Gallery

 

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Some designers are ignoring the inconvenient truth of global warming by offering chalet-chic items such as streamlined parkas, bright stripes, and sleek sunglasses. Taking cues from hunting lodges and hiking expeditions, other designers are producing elegant plaids and sturdy mountain boots. Flannel hasn’t looked this good since the Brawny man got his much-needed makeover.

“A lot of designers are going for an outdoorsy look—flannels and plaids that are tailored and sophisticated,” says Jeff Worth of His Stuff. “There’s also the chalet look—parkas, et cetera—but again very tailored.” At His Stuff, you’ll find robust pieces from Energie and CNC–Costume National.

For Guise, Brad Habansky is picking up on the rugged trend with pieces from Guilded Age. “I’m also doing more raw denim and straight-leg jeans,” he says. He’ll also carry a Helmut Lang parka. “They’re getting dressier,” he adds. “You can throw one on with a suit, which is good because of the Chicago weather.”

IN YOUR WARDROBE If a weekend at a cabin is your thing, try dark-wash jeans and a plaid jacket over a cashmere sweater.

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