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Seasonal Preview: FALL 09

There is definitely something in the air, fall is here my friends (or at least slowly creeping our way). With the onset of golden leaves and Chai lattes comes a whole new look for a whole new season. Take an early look at what's to come this season, we have a fall preview from brands like John Varvatos Converse, Ben Sherman, G-Star Raw, Monarchy, Alkemy, Project Raw and many others that are available now at Universal Gear and www.universalgear.com .
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Above: Entire outfit by Ben Sherman

Sweaters

Hot brands like Alkemy, John Varvatos & Ben Sherman have spun out some awesome sweaters this year. Your classic crew neck is available but I suggest that you play with their v-necked brethren. The Plus side about v-necks is that one, they are a great way to stay warm but still show off your chest and two, they lend well to layering. The Alkemy ribbed sweaters are a great match for layering with button down wovens. This is a great way to dress for the office or, depending on the print of the woven, create a fun fashion forward look.
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Above: Top and pants by Projek Raw, Shoes by Ben Sherman

Jackets, Coats & Cardigans ( oh my )

Men, listen up! The devil may be in the details but so is great fashion sense. Buckled, zipped, grommeted, and lined, fall outer wear selections from Ben Sherman, G-Star Raw & Alkemy have been detailed better than a Cadillac on MTV's Pimp My Ride. When choosing outer wear I always like to have three distinct pieces, one "Everyday Basic", one "Dressed Up" and one "Fashion Piece". The everyday coat is something you grab on your way out the door, it's a basic black or grey and goes with most anything. Its main function is to keep you warm and comfortable. The dress up jacket or coat is one that could be taken to a business lunch or on date at an upscale restaurant. The Fashion piece is that coat or jacket that has a little something extra, it's that one piece that no matter how many times your friends see you in it they always give you a compliment (begrudgingly, if they secretly covet it).
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Above: Cardigan by Energie, Jeans by Diesel
You may have noticed a reacuring color combo, Greys, Navys, Olives and Khakis are very strong for Fall. Personaly I love the look of an all black outfit with the pop being a clean Khaki coat, but that's just me. Play with the color combos to work with your own personal style, the weather might be chilly but chic fashion is always hot! Until next time, Love Peace and All things Fashion.

--Dustin Schaad
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Above: Outfit by John Varvatos