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First Look (Part 2)

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3 CLEANER WASHES

For denim, another trend we’re seeing for Fall is the move towards cleaner washes. We saw a hint of this during the raw denim craze this past Spring and the trend continues through Fall (if you missed the boat on raw denim, it’s not too late: 2 of our favorite raw Levi’s are now on sale here. Just snag a pair, then follow Chord’s instructions on how to leave your mark on raw denim.)

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If you recall, last year was all about making a statement with your denim. Most of our best selling washes had rips, tears, paint splatters or heavy whiskering to give the jean a super worn-in look. This Fall, the look will be a bit dressier (see trend #4) so the denim will follow suit with cleaner washes and more subtle detailing. Good examples include the Levi’s Matchstick Jean, the Diesel Yarik 70Y, G-Star Core Custom Baker Wash and the Diesel Viker 70Z (which, although not dressy, offers a cleaner look in a lighter wash).
-- Ricardo


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The sun has long set and the city lights seem to grow dimmer by the second. You’re walking home staring at stars in the sky when suddenly the hair on the back of your neck stands tall. You weren’t expecting it but yet you knew it would come sooner or later. The cutting chill of the night breeze signals the impending return of fall and the end of summer. Yes, it is that time again -- time to start thinking less about shorts and swim and more about scarves and sweaters.

Although the crisp autumn season is still months away we here at Universal Gear have long been focusing on what to wear during the colder months. This season continues where last fall left off. Whether it’s off to a charity gala or just to the grocery store the trend is all about dressing up. This look is reminiscent of World War II era soldier meets turn of the century New York school boy. Last years textured fabric story continues with tweeds, herringbones and corduroy still on fire. Wool also makes a big comeback in outwear with tons of pea coats and three quarter length car coats. These fabrics are stylized with military inspired details like gold buttons, double breasting, and epilettes. The tuxedo shirt also makes a gallant return this fall. The versatile shirt can easily be dressed up with a pair herringbone pants or dressed down with your favorite pair of jeans. Finish off the look with a fitted dress vest and driving cap. For the really adventurous add a pair of suspenders worn down.
--Chord