PrintWhether it’s back to school or simply back to the routine of office and work life in the cooler, autumn air, fall brings a bevy of unique fashion experiences that can make any outfit pop.

Men’s fashion trends for the fall include a variety of mainstays you’re already aware of. You might just even have some of these items in your wardrobe already!

Color trends

Pantone, the ultimate of color experts, says this year’s fall fashion color trends represent a unique shift toward a more unisex color palette. Our piece here focuses on men’s fashion, but women, too, should feel free to mix and match these colors into their wardrobe this fall.

Pantone’s color choices this fall are all about experimentation.

“Just as the leaves change in autumn, the consumer will enjoy the ability to change their ‘look’ and try a new approach to their wardrobe for brisk days ahead,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “The fall 2013 palette allows for that versatility and experimentation.”

Among those bold colors, Pantone says Emerald represents a more sophisticated and vivid green and should be paired with the more clean and classic Mykonos Blue or Linden Green. For more exotic and dynamic pairings, try Samba and Koi. For outerwear, look for coats and sweaters colored Turbulence and Carafe, two unique take-ffs on the traditional gray and brown.

Plaid is in

Plaid might seem boring, but with this fall’s color trends, you can make it fresh. You might think plaid is dark or boring, but throw in a bit of blue, yellow or emerald into the mix and you’ll be shining. When shopping for plaid, keep an eye out for bright colors that can complement the feeling of crisp autumn mornings.

Re-use and recycle

Buying a new, trendy business suit can be expensive. But, you don’t have to break the bank to get a fresh look for business meetings this fall. Take a trip to the store and buy a slim and thin sweater. Turtlenecks (don’t go all crazy with those tall ones, though) compliment a nice suit. Choose a traditional black or be bold with Pantone’s color suggestions like Samba.


Chilly in the morning. Comfortable in the afternoon. That’s what most southern autumns are like, so you better prepare with great matching tops. Try a cool, long-sleeve button up and pair with a stylishly-designed sweater. Contrast the colors to make the outfit pop.


Try pants that are lean and trim. Keep your brightly-colored tops on full-display by keeping your pants muted. Anchor the entire outfit with strong and sturdy shoes. We hear chunky soles are back!

For the chillier times

As autumn winds down, you’ll find the temperature quickly nosediving. But, don’t jump into winter too soon. Grab a light topcoat to wear over your outfit, but keep it light! Muted grays and blacks are too wintery. Try Pantone’s Carafe or a lighter-colored brown. : :

Plaids are all the rage on the runway for the 2013 fall fashion focus season


Classic Red Tartan, Classic Burberry, ClassicBlack & White

Designers have brought back tried-and-true colors like the ones featured above, as well as exciting other color combinations to accent this year’s fashion scene.

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