Not necessarily a trend but more of a fashion movement gone worldwide, the all-American menswear inspired style endured the passage of time for over a decade now. With an undeniable masculine appeal to it, carrying for comfort and promoting both tradition and an aesthetic quality built upon realism, Americana themed clothing seems to be luring more and more gentlemen.
Those lucky enough to experience the approach of a chilly fall season at the moment will find plenty of inspiration in the following style guide, meant to complement the thought of a crisp autumn day spent outdoors, but not only. While it’s not all about raw denim, Chambray shirts and worker boots, this particular style does celebrate the American heritage, so it’s all about incorporating a strong point of view, with both the old and the new. After the break, read more about the Americana key pieces for fall 2013.
Americana for fall: the style
While some people still perceive the use of work outfits in an urban area out of context, there are more of those who fell for the their effortless appeal, for what they stand for, for the more casual textures and fabrics, for their versatility. In the end, it’s all about reaching a fine balance in your look.
For fall, Americana embraces the use of flannel and work boots, encourages light layers, plays around plaids, polka dots, checks and even florals. The all-American apparel must express your individuality, as it leaves plenty of room for interpretation. From colorful to dark, from lightweight to heavy, complementing both the mildly warm temperatures, and those below zero, this style feeds upon versatility.
Needless to say, it works with any given body type (as long as you keep in mind what does justice to your body), complementing other great styles like preppy or nautical.
Key pieces for fall 2013
You don’t need a great deal of Americana themed pieces of clothing in order to build a great workwear look. What you need instead are a few key pieces able to make the building of an outfit feel rather uncomplicated. This fall invest in the following classic Americana pieces:
The henley tee
Originally intended as an undergarment, very similar to an undershirt, the henley tee evolved to be worn on its own, which is not completely wrong but lacks essence. If you don’t own one yet, maybe it’s time to invest in this basic wardrobe item that serves as foundation for such great Americana-inspired layering. It works best with a clean, uncomplicated and rather minimal aesthetic.
Above: Velva Sheen Heather Grey Henley Tee • Alex Mill Napped Chambray Shirt in Dark Blue • Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1954 501Z Straight-Fit Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans • Levi’s Vintage Clothing 950s Cotton-Jersey Crew Neck Sweatshirt • UNIONMADE Naturals & S/T Co. ST Co. Dots Bandana • Saturdays Stripped socks • Oak Street Navy Crepe Sole Trail Oxford.
The flannel shirt
With the reviving of the ’90s decade, a plaid/check flannel shirt is something that will eventually find its way into your wardrobe this fall. Which is great for many reasons, one of them being that they’re warm and thick, another that they basically scream workwear, thus Americana.
Above: Gitman Vintage Check Cotton-Flannel Shirt • Saturdays Keith Cable Knit • Saturdays Bowie Jacket • Oak Street Field Boot • Papyrus 3×5 Dark Brown Leather Flap-Tie Journal • Jean Shop Slim-Fit Rinsed Selvedge Denim Jeans.
The worker jacket
Used in basic layering over anything in between flannel shirts, sweatshirts and thick knits, the worker jacket can be worn in endless combinations, complementing various aesthetics. It hides under many concepts, fabrics and colours, but it always retains a sense of timelessness.
The workwear boots
Perfect for autumn, but also for winter, a pair of steady boots will keep you warm, while also providing considerable style points in terms of men’s Americana. Durable and notable, the workwear boots will add tons of masculinity to your attire this fall.
The Chambray shirt
Another American staple that allows you to slightly dress up or dress down a workwear inspired outfit, the Chambray shirt in light colors can be worn all throughout the year with little imagination and the right accessories. Wear it on its own or layered, with smart touches or perhaps cozy details.
New England Shirt Company Chambray Shirt • Makr Heather A-Strap Tote in Ash • Oak Street Natural Boat Shoe • J Crew Cambridge Tapered Cotton-Twill Chinos • Saturdays Everyday Horizontal Rib • American Optical General Aviator in Gold
Aside from an heritage cap or a knitted beanie, you can add more personality to your Americana inspired looks using minimal pieces of gold/silver jewelry. Think in terms of a simple ballchain, a statement ring or an iconic pair of sunglasses. Throw a backpack or a tote in the mix and you’re set and ready to go.
For more fall 2013 fashion trends for men and how to wear them, be sure to follow that link.