Chicago is home to a diverse take on street wear that’s all together unconventional, organic and unique. As we shift out of summer, the minimalist trend continues to dominate the mens streetwear fashion scene for fall. The fall trends and staples includes structured jackets, basic tees, bold graphics and slim-fitted pants.
Designers like Alexander Wang, Rick Owens and A.P.C. denim filled their fall ’14 menswear runways with simple and sleek clothing mixed with a refined couture edge, focusing mainly on textures, fabrics, patterns and muted colors.
It’s all about finding the perfect balance between high-end to mid range fashion for street wear. For the guy whose wardrobe staples veers towards sharp black sneakers, raw denim, and a luxurious white T-shirt, pay attention to our take on the fashion must-haves for fall 2014. In Chicago, stores such as RSVP Gallery in Bucktown( 1753 N Damen Ave.), Gallery Aesthe (46 E Oak St., Chicago) in Gold Coast and Jimmy Skouls (8126 S. Stony Island) cater to the needs of these clientele.
According to Lance Jackson, Sales Director at R.S.V.P Gallery, the store “appeals to a more selective market, the not-so-trendy that tends to be ahead of the curve,” and rightfully so seeing as the store’s founding partners are part of the Kanye West crew (Don C, Virgil Abloh).
Graphic prints can range from vibrant plaids or checkered prints or simple designs like this Band of Outsiders ‘Couples’ T-shirt.
Wear a bold graphic tee like this Givenchy ‘Radio T-shirt layered with a navy-blue cardigan, and skinny jeans for a casual day to night look.
What’s all the hype over raw denim? Raw denim is the only way to get perfectly worn, vintage looking jeans accustomed to your body, lifestyle and transforms into any fade you desire. Take precaution and read directions on how to treat brand new raw denim before breaking them in.
Since getting all the pieces in trend may not be an option for most, Sam Mackin suggested “the three staples every man needs for fall is a tailored coat, one that guys can wear at work and for a nice dinner, a detailed leather jacket, and casual drop crotch pants. Our Rick Owens pants are relaxed but elevated.”
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“Designers are bringing it forward with outerwear, especially because of this last winter we had,” said Sam Mackin, Assistant buyer atGallery Aesthete.
The ‘Tailored’ Outerwear Coat like this Yohji Yamamoto hooded overcoat, is a fall fashion staple for men, perfect for unpredictable wind chills in the Chi.
The ‘Bomber’ Jacket
The iconic 90’s ‘Bomber’ jacket is a designer favorite for men’s fall fashion. Most designers like Phillip Lim, A.P.C. and Paul Smith have all created their own vision of the bomber jacket but Acne Studios created this suede number perfect for any occasion. Add this number over a white Tee and Zanerobe ‘joggers’ for a clean and sophisticated evening ensemble.
‘Embrace a versatile sneaker, one good brand is ‘Common Projects’, Jackson said.
“People are looking towards something more comfortable, a more casual feel but nothing that looks sloppy, like wearing drop-crotch pants, with long tunics, and ready to wear sneakers,” Sam Makin said.
Whichever trend you decide to adopt for streetwear this fall, the best accessory is confidence.