Wool’s Eye

By The Editors
October 3, 2013 9:00 am

What the well-dressed man in New York will be wearing this season. This is your Essential Fall Style Guide, Part Three: in which we recommend The Wool Trouser.

Fall equals wool. That much we hope you know.

Where a fella could stand to edify himself, wethinks, is in the snazzy, off-center wool fabrics menswear designers have been fiddling with of late.

Specifically, in the trouser arena.

Unexpected colors. Interesting weaves. Devil-may-care patterns. You may never look at flat grey the same way again.

Our picks for the best bold woolly breeches of the season:

Carson Street Clothiers Lambswool Flannel Trouser

Our favorite new NYC menswear shop’s got toasty house-brand knickers with the perfect slim cut. The kicker: cheeky colors like Tobacco and Plum, which fully work come fall provided the fabric carries some visible weight. Buy online.

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Navy Plaid Belt Loop Trousers

Your cold-weather GTH pants – slightly more understated than their warm-weather cousins, but still injecting a big dose of personality into any ensemble. Just keep it quiet up top. Buy online.

Nota bene: You don’t have to hem ‘em as short as this guy, but take your fall pants up a touch more than usual – shows off more of those boots you’ve had your eye on.

Club Monaco Grant Flannel Suit Trouser

All greys are not created equal. A hue this light makes any color up above pop. And a straightforward solid means you can get a little crazy with the shirt pattern should you choose (no Hawaiian). Buy online.

Barena Grey Melange Bocio Trouser

Mark our prophetic words – though not for the faint of sartorial heart, sweatpant-inspired trousers are becoming a thing. Just tread carefully: simple and casual on top (think plain tee and one of the varsities we told you about) with clean, streamlined sneakers below the elastic. And not to the opera. Buy online.

McQ Alexander McQueen Slim Fit Donegal Wool Blend Trousers

Think of flecking as a style marksman peppering your trousers with personality buckshot. Tiny constellations of lighter wool yarns that give added texture without clashing with patterned shirts or jackets. Buy online.

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