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Fall fashion trends for men (and don't be afraid of the bow tie)

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So sad. There was no room this week in my Shopping column in the print edition of the Sun-Times to include new trends for men. And I know, you guys are always left out. So I'm going to show you some online love. This fall -- think fitted. Macy's trend guru Jennifer Wilkins says silhouettes for men are narrow (so throw out the baggy Gap sweater from 2002 that was way too big for you to begin with). Here are three other trends in men's fashion for the fall:

VESTS: This trend isn't all that new for men. Urban Outfitters has been outfitting hipsters everywhere with lightweight vests since the spring. But this fall, vests are officially out in full force -- everything from corduroy to quilted to pinstripe. (And could a fashionable-but-still-crazy Daniel Day Lewis in "There Will Blood" be responsible for the resurge of the vest?) Also, they're not being tucked underneath suits like they use to be. Vests are taking center stage. Here are a few standouts:

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Cord Vest from Urban Outfitters, $49

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Puffer vest, $98; cotton blend v-neck sweater $39.50; cotton blazer, $88, and original khaki, $44.50, all at The Gap.

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Button-down shirt with skinny tie, designed by Keanan Duffty, $29.99 (for both shirt and tie); vest by Keanan Duffty, $27.99, and Merona premium wool flat-front suit trousers, $49.99, all at Target.

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Keep your chest even warmer by throwing on a puffy vest from Tasso Elba over your blazer. Available at Macy's.

QUILTED OUTERWEAR: Whether as a coat or vest, the quilted look for outerwear will be everywhere this fall, especially for men. This big-and-puffy sporty look isn't for everyone (I know my husband would think it's too preppy), but here is one standout:
Puffer coat, $49.99; mock turtleneck sweater, $29.99; button-down woven shirt, $24.99; track pants, $27.99, and skate mid top shoes in black suede, $39.99, all part of the new Converse One Star line at Target.

BOW TIES: Jennifer Wilkins, trend correspondent for Macy's, says bow ties are back -- but not for tuxedos. She suggests, if you're in a creative field or you work in a casual work environment, to try the bow tie with a dress shirt and jeans. Or, for a dressier look, try it with a button-down shirt, vest and blazer (as shown below):

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Rock this look from Black Op, available at Macy's.

Happy shopping!

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Great post. Its especially true that the new fit for men is more in the slim fit direction both with dress shirts and blazers/suit jackets.

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