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Boston Store fashion show highlights looks for fall

By - Oct 15th, 2011 04:00 am
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Fall Trends from John Bartlett and Boston Store

Note: this article is male friendly

In late September, Boston Store had their semi-annual fashion show to show us the latest trends. They also introduced us to menswear fashion designer, John Bartlett, who showed us the hottest trends for men this season. John Bartlett is a world renown fashion designer, and Boston Store is lucky to have his talents. I had the pleasure to speak with John and gain some insights to his success.

How did your partnership with Boston Store begin?
I was designing for Claiborne and Boston Store was and has been very supportive. Since Claiborne went exclusively to JC Penney, it left a hole in the market. This in part, has provided the opportunity with Boston Store. We work very closely together so the customer gets exactly what they want.

What type of man are you designing for?
He’s younger and interested in style. He’s rugged but refined and accessible. He wants to be comfortable but look good.

What is your favorite piece in the collection?
I love all of them but two that I really enjoy are the tweed military blazer (which he wore during the fashion show) and the lumberjack shirt (red and black plaid). We’ve used the best fabrics so the quality of clothing is much higher than the price. Normally you could expect to pay quite a bit more.

After speaking with John, I got ready for the show, which began with many of his great looks. All of the looks can be worn as casual work outfits, which is awesome for those of you guys that struggle with what to wear to the office on casual day. These also can be worn on a daily basis if you have an everyday casual culture at work.

All photos by Lacy Landre.

My favorite look was the sweater topped by the toggle coat. You probably want to switch out the sneakers for a loafer for the office.

Next came a section that featured tweed. Tweed is hot this season and there was something for everyone. This isn’t your grandfather’s tweed jacket. All of the looks shown are very modern and fun. You can dress tweed up for the office or down for the weekend.

I absolutely loved this tweed jacket with a silk bow blouse. Wear it with a skirt for the office or jeans for weekend events.

Another fun trend is Olive, as in the color olive green.

My favorite look was an olive military jacket with olive corduroy leggings. How cool is that? Comfy, warm and trendy. One caveat about olive, if you have cool coloring, olive is not your best color. Olive is in the warm season of coloring. If you absolutely love olive and have cool coloring, wear it waist level and lower. Grab the olive leggings or an olive skirt. This way you can wear your best color near your face and get major compliments.

More looks from John Bartlett’s collection came next. It’s so refreshing to see hot guy looks at a fashion show. These looks were styled for college-age guys, though almost any age can wear these.

A handsome look for both class and hanging out is this quilted jacket with an orange polo underneath. The burst of orange gives the outfit an outgoing vibe.

Bohemian fun is the next set of looks.

There was tons of color and prints in these looks so if you shy away from both, take a breath. You can still have a bohemian vibe by choosing just one part of your outfit to showcase. Wear a fun, colorful top or a printed skirt. If you’re really gun-shy, try a fun scarf to finish off your otherwise subdued look.

Bartlett’s final collection,aptly named “Refined Lumberjack,” came next. These looks are all about refined comfort.

This striped sweater is beautiful, warm and comfortable (although I don’t think you’ll be cutting down any large trees in it; maybe a Christmas tree). The pop of red underneath gives it a playful touch that the ladies will appreciate.

Boston Store has recently added a fur section and these last set of looks featured some of the beautiful coats. These coats are not your grandma’s bulky, bristly ones. They are on trend and wonderfully soft.

Check this one out, gorg.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the trends as much as I did. Men, you’ve got a great selection of looks to pick from, that John Bartlett designed with you in mind. Enjoy!

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