Fall Territory: The Chukka

SUEDE CHUKKA by CALVIN KLIEN $120

What is a Chukka do you ask?

Put plainly, Chukkas are ankle-length boots with two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing. They gained their popularity back in the 1940s and 50s when they were known as casual wear. But for today’s man, the Chukka is perfect for dressing up a casual outfit or dressing down your slacks and sweater combo.

We see a lot of them showing up right around fall because of their versatility (see above), color—which is usually a shade of brown or tan—, and protection against falling temps and changing weather.

We recommend at least one pair of these in your sartorial arsenal because they’re comfortable when broken-in but still look good enough for a night out.

-Rochester Sartorial

The Cardigan: dress it up…or down. You choose.

CARDIGAN by EXPRESS, $70

The cardigan can dress-down an otherwise uptight slacks & dress-shirt combo, while being able to dress-up a jean & shirt combo.

Amazing.

Also, with the weather heading south, the cardigan is a layering icon—if there ever was such a thing. You don’t have to worry about pulling it over your head when things get a bit chilly…or hot.

If you are dressing-up a casual outfit, wear your cardigan like you’re not trying to call attention to yourself. Wear it like a matter-of-fact—such as, “Matter-of-fact: it’s chilly. I’m going to put on my cardigan to my otherwise fine outfit.” Do this and you will be just fine.

We recommend looking for neutral colors—grey, charcoal, or a variety of blues—so that you can pair it with as many items as you’d like. You want it to be versatile. Focus on texture (like the one in the picture). Texture says, “style” but in a subtle way.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

Shawl-collar sweaters anyone?

SHAWL-COLLAR SWEATER by THE GAP, $60

Part dignified, part relaxed…but never lazy. The shawl-collar sweater is great during fall’s shifting weather patterns. You can wear it over a button up on mild days, or you can throw a jacket over it when the weather turns south.

You should own one of these because they are unique yet extremely versatile. Oh yeah. One last thing—button with caution. You don’t want to look uncomfortable in your otherwise extremely comfortable sweater.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

The Fall Scarf: to wear or not to wear?

SELECTED SCARVES by EXPRESS, $30

Wear…if you’re manly enough.

Fall is the perfect time to dable in things outside your normal sartorial-style boundaries. And what better place to start then with a scarf?  They’re a essential during unpredictable fall weather and easy to wear. Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Worry less about color and more about texture. Don’t get all caught up in what color scarf you should wear. Find one that feels good to the touch, and that’s not too thick. Light-weight fabrics, like cotton, are best during fall. Save wool for winter.
  • If you are worried about color, grey and black will go with anything.
  • Wear any scarf loose around your neck with layers, or tightened-up  & tucked into your fall jacket.
  • Wear them like you don’t care—because you shouldn’t. They’re there to keep you warm. That’s it really.
  • Try to act like you don’t notice everyone staring at you because you’re wearing a scarf. Don’t worry, it’s a good thing.

It’s really not tough at all. Pretty soon, you’ll never want to leave home without one.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

Indigo + Jeans = Essential.

JEANS- $30, TARGET

An overflowing closet full of clothes doesn’t guarantee style. Actually, it’s probably the opposite. Signature-style starts with simple & essential—enter, the indigo wash jean.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

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