Updated Nov, 14th 2012
the thing i love most about fall is the ability to layer pieces. this outfit pulls together a variety of textures and patterns all with a warm and neutral color palette.
i'm really excited by the idea of a puffer blazer! the neutral grey color is also highly functional. this piece is a surprising juxtaposition of dressy and casual. while this fabric is a nicer suiting type fabric, i sort of wish it were in a traditional puffer nylon, mostly because it would add a touch of unexpected shine.
the focal point is obviously the vneck fair isle sweater. while i know this goes against the solid basics rule, fair isle is a great way to wear bright colors without them overpowering your whole look. I especially like the way the neutral heathered olive ground makes the brighter colors of this sweater pop.
the golden mustard trousers tie in nicely to the sweater. I'm very big into color and I think any hue can function as a neutral if worn correctly. I tend to pick my clothing like paint chips. the pants are bright enough to pop but not such an outlandish color that people would stare (badly).
the dark denim shirt adds a casual relaxed component. with so many colors in the sweater, i think the shirt worn under it works best in a neutral, familiar fabric. the darker indigo color keeps it fancy casual.
the shoes are very simple with a top stitch as a cap toe. the ox blood color is really what seals it for me though. i have a thing for red shoes.
my favorite texture component of this outfit is the narrow wale corduroy tie in burnt orange. it's a great fall color and is an easy way to liven up a wardrobe. the burnt orange really pops against the dark denim as well as the neutral olive sweater.
the orange from the tie ties in nicely with the other hints of fall orange in the striped socks as well as the striped pocket handkercheif. stripes are so simple that i like to think of them as a neutral pattern. and the use of the decorative sock and pocket square show a great attention to detail.
lastly, i live in new york and everyone carries a bag. the waxed canvas with the leather accents in the neutral navy and black really work well with the other elements here. rugged enough to be casual, yet tailored enough to look refined
overall, i feel like i've packed a lot into this outfit in terms of color, texture, pattern and a mix of casual and dressier elements while remaining just shy of going overboard. getting dressed should be like delicious food, stimulating eyes and taste buds with the same manner of complexities.