CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Men's fashion doesn't have to be stodgy. Even if you work in a traditional suit-and-tie office, these looks from Tony the Tailor and Kelley's On Bridge can lend a little fun and a trendy vibe to a fall wardrobe.
"Color is the one word I would use to describe men's fashions for fall, especially in trousers," said Kristi Walker of Kelley's. "Bright colors and patterns are all the rage."
This fresh embrace of color in menswear is evident in everything from the brightly colored corduroy pants by Bills Khakis (available at Kelley's) to colorful shoelaces by Crayon Lacing in a three pack (available at Tony the Tailor).
To get some color in your closet, you can splurge on one pair of great trousers, like a pair of Bills. Or try a colorful shirt and vest to update traditional trousers for a hipper look, or perhaps a bold plaid shirt with a stylish solid-color wool vest.
Adding color to your look doesn't have to break the bank. Socks and colored shoelaces are surprisingly hot this season, giving men who generally can't push traditional fashion boundary an opportunity to flaunt their individuality.
If you already have solid classic wardrobe pieces or work in a conservative office, think about adding little pops of color and detail. You could choose brightly colored and patterned socks by Vannucci, available at Tony the Tailor. These socks, at $9.50 a pair, will give you a modern, fun feel without pushing the fashion envelope or straining your wallet.
For a more casual evening out, like a concert or a play, consider a pair of ultra-dark denim jeans with an underlying hint of color. Check out the Agave Denim line. At first glance the jeans appear to be a standard dark hue, but on closer inspection you can see they have washes of subtle color from green to orange.