It’s September, so that — sadly — means it’s time to pack those sandals and cargo shorts away to clean up and suit up for fall. But what’s hot for this cool season when it comes to menswear? Here are some ideas to get you started.

You can warm things up with your colours — think beige, camel, tobacco, navy, khaki and grey. “Black, white and light blue for classic suits and party looks also work,” notes Karen Richter, the Toronto-based showroom manager for H&M Canada. “And bright orange is the accent colour of the season.”

Looking for a new sweater? Think texture when shopping around, says Tara Wickwire, The Gap’s Toronto-based public relations director — as in marled cardigans, fine gauge merino striped V-necks and contrast knit sweater jackets. “The cardigan continues to be popular with men — and such an essential layering piece over dress shirts and T-shirts,” says Wickwire.

And as the wind chills down, another look to heat up with is a leather outer jacket.


Leather not for you? Don’t rule out pea coats in wool or wool/cashmere blends. “You can pair them with cashmere toques and colourful knit scarves in stripes, checks and fairaile patterns,” says Shannon Stewart, Harry Rosen’s Toronto-based merchandise manager for sportswear. Other popular outer covering choices include trench coats, narrow cut blazers and military-style coats.

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