What I Picked Up from Gap This Week

What I Picked Up from Gap This Week

Fall is the best time of year for men’s style. The colder weather encourages layering, and that is the easiest way to put together…

Fall is the best time of year for men’s style. The colder weather encourages layering, and that is the easiest way to put together a look that feels intentional. Fall is also the time when most textures, fabrics and patterns are all fair game.  Earth tones are right at home, and I find making use of them helps me dress smart while not coming off flashy.

I stopped by Gap this week to check out their new Fall / Winter options, and found a few fundamental items that will help you build multiple looks. Keep an eye out, I guarantee you’re going to see these items in future articles.

Casual

I was most excited to add these brown straight fit corduroy pants to my wardrobe arsenal. Corduroy was popular in the late 90′s, it went out for awhile, now brands have reintroduced them. And with good reason, as far as options for pants go, men don’t have any; jeans, chinos, suit pants. Corduroys offer the perfect balance of dress and casual, and can fall either way depending on what you pair with them. Stick with a thin wale (the thickness of the ridges) in a straight fit. I also picked up this really versatile, non-iron button up shirt. It’s a basic gingham shirt with purple and gray lines. It will also function perfectly as both a casual shirt, and a dress shirt. It’s non-iron, so it’ll save you when you’re in a rush.

Shirt, $59.95 / 1969 Corduroy Pants, $59.95 / Belt, Target, $19 / Boots, Frye Dakota, $178 / Sunglasses, American Optical, $50

Tie Casual

Take the exact same outfit and add the right tie. You’ll get a completely different look that’s just as smart, now ready for business. This is a Calvin Klein tie I picked up at Nordstrom Rack for $15.  Notice how the tie is a purple plaid, perfectly balancing the checks of the shirt. Pairing the right shirt and tie patterns together keeps the contrast between the two low, and steers you away from looking like you’re a 14 year old on his way to church.The brown of the corduroys also grounds the look and balances the purple from appearing too bright. This look works perfectly for any occasion you need to dress up slightly but you’re not looking to wear a sportcoat.

For this tie, I opted for a Kelvin knot.

The Thick Sweater

Sweaters are one of the few items men have that can really sharpen a style without influencing how “dressy” it is. Get yourself a thick sweater and wear the hell out of it. On a date, to the office, on Thanksgiving: if it’s cold out you’ll look fantastic and stay warm.  This sweater is made from alpaca and is super soft. I opted for this heathered brown because I have a lot of gray sweaters, but Gap also has a light gray version that would look awesome with the brown corduroys or jeans. I paired it with the same gingham dress shirt, and I got a completely different style. Add some dark jeans and you’re in business.

Sweater, $79.95 / Shirt, $59.95 / 1969 Standard Fit Jeans, $59.95 / Boots, Clarks Desert Boot, $89

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page.

  • http://www.whyietc.com Daniel

    I always wear the hell out of sweaters. Now just to start wearing the hell out of cords.

  • Matt

    It really is wild how much of a difference the tie makes. Awesome visuals. Love that sweater.

  • Peter ST

    Love the site, alot of great ideas and inspiration.
    Like these looks you’ve put together here, casual enough to wear where ever, but dressed up enough to work in and pass at an event. One thing though i must point out, the boots in the first two looks are to clunky. The well fitting shirt and pants are giving you a great slim look, but those boots are too heavy/bulky.
    The Clarks Desert Boot in the last look, spot on

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Peter, thanks for the compliments! Don’t be afraid of some bulk in your boots, especially as precipitation picks up in the winter, the Desert Boots while a leaner profile won’t be doing you any favors outside. Worn casually the bulk fits right in with the rugged appeal.

  • Peter ST

    Andrew,
    Living in Seattle I’m all too familiar with the challenge of the elements and footwear. I’m not slamming the boots, just with those pants they seem a touch out of proportion. My shoe-size often cause this problem regardless of the style of footwear i’m sporting, so i’m a little more keen to pick up on this as I battle it alot.
    Do you have any suggestions for a good “rain” boot that stays in the business casual arena?

  • Wilson

    Peter, I also commented on the boots and its disproportionate feel in the look, but it seems my comment was removed. You could always try those waterproofing sprays for your shoes. Those work decently if you’re not abusing your shoes or jumping in lots of puddles.

  • Peter ST

    Wilson,
    Great idea. I’ve used waterproofing on my hiking boots, but didn’t think of applying that to all my footwear. In Seattle it is sometimes hard not to “jump” into puddles when you’re walking outside.

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  • Art

    Great looks. Did you get your shirt tailored? It looks like a perfect fit.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Hey Art, Nope, that’s straight off the rack. It’s a little tight in the arms, but it’s better than the alternative of swimming in the sleeves.

  • Novan3

    Hi Andrew,

    What watch were you wearing in the last one?