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Men’s fashion: Embrace the season by adding 5 fall fashion essentials to your wardrobe

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Like it or not, fall is here, and you can either fight it and shiver or embrace the season with five essential items.

1. Fair Isle sweater

More than any other piece this season, the right Fair Isle sweater will show everyone that you know what you’re doing with your fall wardrobe. Fair Isle sweaters are woven with rows of alternating patterns, so pick one with a design that stands out to you, but make sure to keep the fit snug. While your sweater shouldn’t act as a second skin, you don’t want it fitting too baggy either.

2. Denim shirt

The denim shirt has been around for a while, and if I had to bet on it, I’d say it’s probably going to be around for a whole lot longer. From the cowboys of the Old West to everyone’s favorite “Rebel Without a Cause,” the denim shirt has kept men looking cool and now it’s back as an easy fall layer.
Just like James Dean wore it in the ’50s, don’t feel like you have to follow any rules with your denim. Wear the shirt layered underneath a sweater, with a patterned tie and tucked into chinos or even pair it with a dark pair of jeans when the weather’s not too cool.

3. Long-sleeved T-shirt

Utilizing long-sleeved T-shirts is the easiest way to layer in the fall. Wear them underneath your jacket while heading to class in the morning then alone with the sleeves rolled up when the afternoon sun starts to raise the temperature. Buy them in solid colors and they’ll go with anything, but throw in some variety with a Henley or a screen-printed crewneck.

4. Cargo pants

Not only are cargo pants making a comeback this fall, they’re on their way to becoming the new staple for every man’s wardrobe. But don’t go pulling out your old cargos from ’95. This season is bringing in a new and improved version of the old classic.

The main difference between this fall’s cargos and the ones you wore in junior high is the fit. Find them slim-fitted and with pockets that aren’t too big. Your 2012 cargos shouldn’t leave you looking bulky. Go with a classic khaki or try them with a camouflage pattern or in a wool flannel.

5. Desert boots

Desert boots have been steadily growing in popularity in the past year, and they’re your best option for transitioning from the summer heat to the coming winter ice. The best thing about this shoe is that you can wear them with almost anything. Dress them up with a navy suit or wear them casually with a pair of jeans rolled up around the ankles.

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