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Men’s Jackets for the In-between Season

Originally written for 24 Hours Vancouver by the Style Guys:

It happened: it’s not warm enough anymore to go coatless. Not even a long-sleeved tee will suffice anymore — it is time to embrace the fall coat.

Now before you dig through your storage closet for the heavy-duty wool and goose down, we encourage you to instead warm up through layers.

A chic fall coat is a must for any stylish man and we recommend you have a couple of good light jackets on hand, roomy enough to layer a collared shirt, knitted sweater, hoodie, scarf or any combination. Mix your patterns and colours for added impact. And play with the length of your clothes. There are no layering rules that state your shirt or sweater can’t hang out from under your jacket.

This is your season to try on your clothes in a new way. Here are our top picks for fall coats if you haven’t found the perfect one yet for the in-between season.

1. Beige Trench, Zara

A classic trench will never go out of style. We love this beige Zara number. It’s nicely fitted, sleek and sophisticated. The length is perfect, as it’s not too long, giving it a modern edge.

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2. Task Jacket, Jack and Jones

The varsity-style jacket is a big trend in men’s fashion. Made with leather and wool, snap buttons, and slit pockets, this is the ideal jacket to throw on for a casual weekend walk.
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3. Denim Jacket, Old Navy

No stylish wardrobe should be without a denim jacket. However, beware of wearing blue denim on blue denim (a.k.a. the Canadian tuxedo). Instead, try pairing bright-coloured jeans or pants for some impact.

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4. Paul Leather Jacket, Rudsak

This biker-style piece made with lamb’s wool is butter soft. Pair it with a T-shirt and a great scarf to ensure all eyes are on you this fall.

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Dear Style Guys

It’s always great when we receive a listener email. It’s like we’re a modern yet less buttoned-up Dear Abby! Hope we’ve helped.

Dear Style Guys,

I would love it if you would do a segment on where young women can find appropriate, yet fashionable pieces for the office. It’s hard to find a skirt in this town that isn’t thigh high, make me look old or cause me to miss a mortgage payment.  This is an on-going discussion with my professional female friends.  We don’t know where to shop or how to turn classic business attire into stand-out business attire. When I visit big box stores that are in my price range I feel like screaming.

I live in a very nice neighbourhood which is home to mostly  45-55 women who have given up on fashion altogether. I see them hanging out in yoga wear carrying expensive bags. I fear I will become one of them.

I remember my mother looking so polished and well-dressed when I was a young but she used to sew her own classic and elegant wardrobe.  She even sewed my high school graduation dress – a replica of Chanel dress I found in a magazine.  It was stunning.

Please help,
Frustrated professional

Dear Frustrated,

Props to you for wanting to look stylish, professional and put together. It’s a jungle out there, for sure. Especially on a budget it’s not easy to what you’re looking for. Here are some tips:

– Find a tailor! Sometimes when you find that perfect number but it’s a bit too long or loose, just get it altered. Take it in, bring it up, cinch it where it needs to be cinched. Many women don’t use tailors and it’s a must. It’s not as expensive as you think, especially if you find an affordable piece of clothing.

– Accessorize with classic jewelry. You know that brooch your mother wears? Maybe you think it’s too old for you but in fact if you wear it in a more modern way you will turn heads and look like a million bucks. Try pinning a cute scarf, on a hat, or on a simple jacket (that you’ve had tailored).

– See a stylist, or just ask the shop-owners. Don’t be embarrassed about asking for help. We all get stuck in ruts and give up (well you do, we don’t). Let someone else pick out your clothes and try them on. Don’t turn your nose up at it until you’ve got it on in front of a full-length mirror.

– Buy your investment pieces in neutral colours. You won’t get away with wearing that red blazer more than once a month before you turn into, the girl with the red blazer. Buy black, grey and brown suiting and jackets, then spice them up with variety. These are the investment pieces so spend a little extra for top quality.

Love, the Style Guys




Decorating Mad Men Style for 24 Hours Vancouver


The craze over the TV show Mad Men never seems to end. Everyone covets a fitted suit and skinny tie, but for a lot of stylish dudes this is where it stops. They forget that Mad Men is not only about the fashion, it’s also about the interior esthetics. After all, our homes are as much an extension of our style as our clothes.

The mid-century mode you see in Mad Men is all about sophistication, clean lines and a refined esthetic. It is simple and uncluttered, and each quality piece has great details.

Ready to indulge? Here is a list of our favourite pieces, each epitomizing that early ‘50s look — and at a cost that will leave you with enough for another skinny tie. Be sure to accent these pieces with bold, abstract expressionist art and you are well on your way to embracing the whole lifestyle (just don’t start smoking, that’s gross).

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