John Keats called it “the season of mellow fruitfulness.” You know it better as early autumn, which means changing leaves, cooler climes and—last but not least—a fresh shot at sartorial success. Here, some of our favorite women weigh in on what they’d like to see men wear this fall.
This story first appeared in the September 26, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“I always feel like I want guys to step it up sartorially—and then we go shopping together and try more trendy things, and I’m like ‘Oh! Step it down! Step it down!’ So maybe…classic looks are best. They may look repetitive. But it’s still better.” —Coco Rocha
“I like nice shoes with a casual shirt and pants. Like a laced-up oxford that’s broken in. It’s really sexy.” —Jordana Brewster
“The right bow tie is so sexy. I love an oversize bow tie right now.” —Jessica Chastain
“Nice shoes. If a guy has weird shoes, it’s a total turnoff. Invest the money in a good pair of shoes.” —Aimee Teegarden
“Well-fitting denim. It’s one of the first things I look at on a guy. A lot of guys struggle with it. Bad jeans are bad!” —Lauren Conrad
“A nice watch. Anyone looks good in one, and it can take a plain outfit to the next level.” —Amber Lancaster
“A great blazer. I love it on my husband or on Brad Goreski. A casual, nicely tailored lightweight jacket with a style and a point of view, like the English schoolboy preppy look or the Hedi Slimane Dior Homme cut. Paul Smith does a good one, too.” —Jenna Elfman
“A good cut on a suit—which means going to get it tailored. It’s all in the details.” —Rose McGowan
“I love that 1940s and ’30s style, like suspenders and bow ties. I love mustaches and facial hair. ‘Boyish’ needs to go. I love manly, rough men.” —Zelda Williams
“In high school, I was always attracted to The Strokes, but I think that’s dated.” —Gia Coppola
“I really like a gray pant on a man—sort of like a jean—with a white T-shirt.” —Michelle Trachtenberg
“Linen jackets.” —Alice St. Clair
“I love it when guys wear short-sleeve shirts with pockets on them. I love stripes on guys.” —Emma Roberts
“I loved Kanye wearing Celine. I think fashion should be fun and classic and confident and smart and forward-thinking like that. He rocked it. I make jewelry that men can wear, too — not all men but definitely my gays. But as far as men’s fashion? Confidence and class and fun are what it’s about.” —Rachel Roy