Fall 2011 Trend Report: Whats Old is New
The seasons rugged utilitarian wear is refreshingly familiar.
This season, there’s much to be said about the tried-and-true, as designers aplenty scrap trend in favor of manly pieces seemingly catered to tradition. Though a decidedly knotty mix of separates, ranging from sporty to preppy to practical (you won’t be cold), the fall collections mark a definite ovation to classic Lee Rider (especially by way of Rag & Bone’s favored plaids) and current blue-collar dress (the repeated canvas jackets might as well be stamped “Carhartt”). Still, innovation has not gone by the wayside. While your wools, tweeds, cords and khaki Dungarees are relevant as ever, a few updated takes on your “usuals” are necessary to look “now.” Consider trading in your puffer
vest for a down-filled peacoat, or your Fair Isle sweater for knits based on Native American prints (both looks seen at Band of Outsiders). Better yet, confidently invest in a blanket wool coat—or most any outerwear variation that comes equipped with a toggle closure (take cues from Tommy Hilfiger’s latest). Both being hyped as this season’s musts, either is certain to refine your definition of “rugged” through winter.
 Prepped & Ready
The preppy uniform gets revamped for fall, as basic khaki takes a backseat. Save Khaki pants available at Boutique 83, Central West End, 314.361.4700.
 Bear Necessities
Essential layers go the Nordic track this season. Vintage Romano sweater available at tag Timeless Authentic Garments, The Loop, 314.721.1370.
 Wrangle Up a Shirt
Western elements and denim give basic button-ups a cowboy twang. Vintage Wrangler shirt available at tag Timeless Authentic Garments, The Loop, 314.721.1370.
 Bag Check
Lug cargo in a cool duffel, no matter the adventure. Martin Dingman duffle available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003.
 Cuff Love
Leather accessories give your look a raw edge. Will Leather Goods cuffs available at Moris Fashions, Central West End, 314.361.6800.
 Born to Go Wild
Be at-the-ready in hiking boots, as tough as they are on-trend. Timberland boots available at Nordstrom, West County Center, 314.255.2000.