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Trendy Key Pieces for Men Fall & Winter 2008/2009

Updated on February 13, 2015
 

For the fashionable ‘fellas,' here is a newsflash: There is a definite return to tailoring and sophistication set for the 2008/09 fall and winter season.

~It looks like plaid anything is one of the flavors of the season for men. It's a plaid shirt, a plaid sports coat, plaid vest or a plaid suit.

However, beware: Plaid can be a dangerous way to go. To look tasteful, the plaid should be small, fine and tone on tone. The broad and sometimes garish checkered fabrics do not look good on anyone, especially in suits and coats. So leave the tartan where it belongs, on Scottish kilts. If you're a business suit-wearing type of guy, pair it with that fine plaid shirt and also a trimmer and sleeker tie.

~Winter wear this coming winter is from the traditional woolen blazer to the pea coat in charcoal, black or dark navy. Even though the cuts are kind of form fitting with narrow set in sleeves sleeves, opt for a well-sized and good fitting jacket, which will work perfectly for all body builds. That way you'll be able to wear it over the layered shirt and V-necked vest or sweater. The big man should stay away from the ‘puff' vests and the short mock bomber style jackets, both are worn very short and, you guessed it, puffy; definitely unflattering to most.

~For the rugged, cozy and comfortable look, a fine-wale corduroy sport shirt layered over a thin mock or turtleneck can take you easily from the casual work place to the hockey game or movie and pizza date.

~Jeans are always in style, however this year's jeans styles are more form fitting and straight cut. Stick to dark blues paired with a dress shirt layered with a well sized, slightly loose in the tummy low V-neck sweater for that classic and casual look.

~Suede brogue shoes and matching belt will finish off the sophisticated look that can go with dress pants, casual chinos or jeans.

The most important factor to remember when setting up your wardrobe is that: Whether you're average sized, really tall and slender, tall and wide, or just wide, if you feel good in what you wear, you will give off an assured persona at work and play.

With other words proper fitting clothes are the key. They have the effect of boosting confidence at work and in your personal life.

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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      C.W. Even though I love ZZ Top I'm positive that that picture is Bob.

      When I was in my sewing shop I found that there was only one fabric that wouldn't attract threads and fuzz too much and that was denim. However I didn't think that blue jeans were really perfect business attire so I started wearing black jeans and black tops with a variety of different colored denim vests. Habits die hard so I still seem to be living in black clothes.

      soon zs

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Bob! I'm with you on the black. My wardrobe has mainly black in it too.

      Glad you came for a visit.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      C.W. About twenty or so years ago I did a bunch of research into the different tartans. Having no "plaid" entitlements in my tree whatsoever I have adopted two or three but my favorite is a navy and dark forest green (my mind draws a blank as to the name of the clan it belongs to... it will come to me)

      zs

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty! Us girls have it easier as far as fashion goes because we get away with wearing so much more then the guys do. I remember a few years back I had a steady customer with a rather flamboyant taste in clothes and I was forever trying to tell him nicely that some of his mungo plaid suits should be kept for halloween and that he would be so handsome in..... to no avail... To each his own I guess.

      How are you? Life back to normal?

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Princessa! I think most of us gals love it when guys take an interest in their clothes. I love the well taken care of rugged look the best.

      greetings to you and your gang... regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      C.W. If you like the more subdued plaids your right in with the fall and winter trends. Look at that you're a fashion Guru...

      How are you doing? Feeling better I hope. Glad you came for a quick visit. Take care

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Bob, are you a Goth? Also, is that you in the picture? Looks a lot like ZZ Top.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      I will wear any colour as long as it is black.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Ditto, Patty- My family tartan is too garish for my tastes. I have a pair of wool, cargo shorts with the colors, but I rarely wear them.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      When I was in college, I wore all sorts of plaids - small, large, and in between. My favorite was a red and black medium sized plaid wool slacks that I wore completely out. Now I like smaller plaids with a black trim around the edges. I did find the family tartan, but think it's to garish for myself. A scarf of it would be nice. :)

      Patty

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Hi, great news, I have always liked sophistication in men, I find a well dressed man very seductive.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Actually, my tastes toward tartan are more subdued, darker more earthier colors, or white and grey, you know? I made the above comments because I've actually seen the bolder, louder patterns worn very well, such as in GQ Magazine, etc. Believe or not, they even did a feature pairing very bold plaids, like a vest or tie, with very, very subdued plaids on a shirt. This was many years ago, but when done right, like by an expert, it actually CAN look very classy.

      I know all this because an ex-girlfriend bought me a subscription to GQ for Christmas one year. Think she was trying to tell me something?

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      C.W. I take it you like the larger plaid. It probably depends on the person wearing the plaid I guess. But I still stick with my thoughts that a smaller low key plaid looks more sophisticated especially for the business attire.

      Glad to have your opinion here kind Sir

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Zsuzsy, I've got to disagree: I've seen the more "garish" looking tartan patterns look very classy when done right: A shirt when worn under a plain jacket with a plain tie, or even just the tie. A bold pattern can be done tastefully, when done minimally... (is that even a word?)

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