Men’s Fall Fashion is Conservative Cool

No matter what your political views, everyone is affected by the current economy — including leading fashion designers like Ben Sherman, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. Fashion designers are taking queues from consumers who reigning in discretionary spending, even if they’re doing well financially.

People with money will still spend it, but given these uncertain times they want to feel confident that they’re making wise investments. When it comes to wardrobe building, people want clothes and accessories that will last more than one season. That means so long to the super trendy and increasingly tailored and feminine fashion from recent runway shows, and hello to conservative cool.

Here’s how to incorporate practical, yet stylish, pieces into your fall wardrobe.

•    Choose high quality pieces that will stand the test of time. Think of your dad’s favorite cable knit sweater or your grandfather’s Navy peacoat.

•    Sticks to the basics. You can’t go wrong with a crisp, white button down and several pair of flat-front slacks in neutral colors. Add personality with colorful silk ties, sharp-looking cuff links and well-made leather shoes.

•    Sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters.

•    Tweed is the name of the game. A peacoat is the coat to own this season. They’re sophisticated in a modern and minimalist way.

The Best Men’s Fall Coats

Double-breasted coats was seen all over the runway in outerwear — from blazers to jackets and even men’s sweaters. If the double-breasted or peacoat style isn’t for you, try a modern version of the trenchcoat.

Spiewak Dugan Peacoat

Classic and young, this peacoat works for the office and casual looks.


J. Lindeberg Weldon True Melton Coat

This isn't your dad's trenchcoat but it's perfect for the trendsetter and trendy dads.


Armani Wool Overcoat

You can't go wrong with Armani's modern version of the overcoat.


7 For All Mankind Jeans Wool Peacoat

This is the coat for the young and hip.


Dressing for Success: Deciphering the Dress Code

Company dress codes are rarely written down in the professional world. While it’s common sense not to wear flip-flops and board shorts to the office (unless you would for a surfboard company), the rest is left for you to decipher.

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Shop the Winter Sales! Discounted Men’s Jackets, Sweaters and more

Now’s the time to take advantage of the winter sales. It’s still cold as heck outside, so you’ll get lots of use out of winter wear. Plus, lightweight jackets and sweaters will get you through the remainder of winter and serve you well in the unpredictable Spring days ahead.

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Men’s Spring Fashion Trends

Belisi Look of the Week

That 70s Guy

While leisure suits are thankfully still only appropriate for 70s theme parties and Halloween, suits and fashions are decidedly more 70s inspired for Spring ‘08, especially for younger suit wearers. One notable difference is that you won’t see bell bottoms with these slimming suits. For an urban, edgy look that says you’re hip and fashionable, try these styles on for size:

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What to wear to a meeting

_e5h9877 After college you thought all you had to do was get a suit. End of story. That may have done the trick for your first entry level job but now the stakes are higher. If you want to climb the corporate ladder, you have to dress the part.

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Eire-ttitude: Look of the Week

First things first. Eire is short for Eireann, which means Ireland (as in 'Éirinn go breá).

If you’re not used to saying words like trousers, tweed or herringbone, you’d better brush up on your early 20th century vocabulary. There are many looks popular this fall and winter but one of the most distinct is the early 20th century style inspired by our fair Irish friends. We’re not suggesting that you suit up in knickers but you might consider picking up a few plaid, tweed, wool and herringbone pieces to add to your wardrobe.

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Men's Fashion: Are you hot or cold?

Brooks Brothers or Ralph Lauren? Dior or Prada? When it comes to suits, you want to make the right choice, consideriBlacksheep_vng you could spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on one. Most guys want to look their best but may not feel comfortable asking other guys their opinon on what they wear. And single guys may not have a significant other at the ready to cast a vote. has a way for you to get others’ opinions on the hottest fashion without having to take your buddies to the fitting room with you.

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The Power of Color in Fashion and how to make it work for you

_e5h9054 You can’t help it. When a woman in a red dress walks into a room, or a man in a striking black suit wearing a vibrant red tie, you turn and look. Or how about how relaxed you feel in a green room? Color is all around us and has more influence over our moods that you might think. When it comes to fashion, color is a powerful way to send non-verbal messages about your confidence and ability.

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Holiday Dressing for Men

It’s just about time for those holiday invitations to start rolling in. Make these holiday staples a part of your static wardrobe.

When the invitation reads …

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The Best Men’s Jeans without the Frills

You’ve probably realized by now that jeans aren’t just jeans. Some jeans just look better, and fit better. But while you’re all for donning a pair of premium denim, you’re not as keen on all the fancy pocket designs—at least not for every occasion. And while you appreciate the quality and fit of a good pair of jeans, you don’t always want to look like you’re trying too hard.

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News for Men: The stories you don't want to miss

There are a lot of stories circulating the airwaves, so I've picked out some lifestyle stories for busy guys like you. I'll let CNN keep you abreast of world events, but you can come here for tips on living it up, dressing your best and how to keep pace in this crazy world by knowing the coolest music, fashion and trends.

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Men's Shoes for the Well-Heeled

If you just landed a huge account, got a big signing bonus or have a big wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, you might have the cash to splure on these luxury men's shoes.

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Men's Fashion Look of the Week

The Collegiate

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Juicy Couture 'Toddon' Slim Fit Dobby Blazer $325

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Belisi Between the Lines

The stories you may have missed we thought you'd like to read:

Are you satisfying your wife sexually?

Octsexualpeak There are lots of jokes about the sex stopping after you say “I do” but is it really the wife claiming she has a headache or is it you? Or maybe you just pass out in front of the TV and never make it to bed. Or maybe you’ve had a long day at the office, or maybe you just don’t feel like it. You think, we do it enough, she’s happy. But could you be wrong? Truth is, guys, many women in their 30s are in their prime. Are you giving them the sex they want? Details Magazine takes the conversation there.

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The Belisi Hot List

Today's roundup of stories to help you live life to the fullest:

Luxeforless Five Habits of Millionaires -- think spending means you're rich? Think again.

How to pair fall trends with clothes you already own

How to dress for a job interview. Dreadlocks? Mohawk? Find out how to address non-conventional personal styles.

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Men's Fashion Look of the Week: Urban Edge

Urban Edge

The key to the Urban Edge look is to avoid the grunge look. Edges can be rough, but not too rough. The Urban Edge guy isn’t afraid to dress it up sometimes, but always with a little bad boy mystery.

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Belisi Style Meter: Jackets and Coats

Fall is upon us, how do you measure up in terms of your cool weather wardrobe? We’ve rounded up some of the hottest styles in men’s coats and jackets for every personality.

Joseph Abboud Jeans Leather Bomber Jacket

Nat Nast Distressed Suede Shirt Jacket

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Belisi Between the Lines

Here are the little stories that missed your daily paper. Answers to those vexing questions we know are on your mind.

The skinny jean dilemma ... solved

You’ve been hearing for a few seasons now that skinny jeans are in for guys too. Now it’s time to really believe it.’s men’s fashion editor shows us how to wear skinny jeans.

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Look of the Week: Urban Prep

Check back each week for a completely put-together look. No need to wonder what to wear, we've figured it out for you!

Urban Prep

Whiteshirt_3The Shirt

Classic yet modern, the crisp white dress shirt works under a blazer with slacks or jeans, and with any suit.

Ted Baker sateen 'Herring' French cuff dress shirt

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From Belisi: How to dress like a celebrity

From Sean Combs to style guru Jay Manuel, stars are hitting the red carpet with a surprising accessory—the pocket square. Once very popular among Hollywood’s elite, the pocket square disappeared for the most part. The good news is that this elegant trend has returned. Another way male stars stand out at award shows and other public events is with a sharp looking suit and a luxury silk scarf. At Belisi, we understand that a quality tie is the denouement of a well-put together star look.

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Gifts guys will love: Belisi Gift Guide for Father’s Day and all year long

Whether the dad in your life is a rough and tumble kind of guy or prefers Armani suits to t-shirts and jeans, there’s a gift out there that will show him how much you appreciate all that he does for you. Whether he’d rather spend the afternoon improving his handicap or playing video games, there’s something in this Father’s Day gift guide for your dad, husband or significant other. We’re skipping some of the more obvious big-ticket items like TVs and grills. Instead we’re giving you some fresh and creative ideas. And if that special guy isn’t a dad, he’ll love these items too!

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Belisi: Finding the Right Gift for Father’s Day May Not Be as Hard as You Think

Okay, so Father’s Day is right around the corner. Wondering what to get Dad? Neckties are often times considered the “stand-by” gift for guys but not anymore. More and more Dads are putting their best fashion foot forward with colorful neckties, as they know this simple accessory can make or break an outfit.

Whether you are looking for the red power tie or sophisticated yet casual, there is a tie for every occasion.  Give Dad a gift he will remember, something he can wear and treasure for years to come. Dad will feel extra special this year with a beautiful Italian necktie or pocket square from Belisi. With each Father’s Day purchase at Belisi, customers will receive free shipping with their orders. To qualify for free shipping, customers should visit

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Belisi calls Ties the versatile men's accessory

Palmbeach_3Who doesn't love getting the most out of their investments? Two-fers, double-downs, whatever you want to call them, we all like getting a little something for nothing. Men's ties, while they seem to only have one look for one purpose, the truth is, neckties are a versatile accessory. You can wear them to the typical places: work, the opera, church but you can also wear a loosened tie for an afternoon event or Sunday brunch--on a warm summer night to a dinner date. Wider knots, tighter knots or loose around the collar, ties add character and personalized style to suits and casual button-downs, plus you can wear them with or without the accompaniment of a blazer or pocket square.

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How to fold a pocket square by Belisi

If you haven’t heard, men's pocket squares are all the rage. Think Fred Astaire meets the 21st century (without the top hat). Sounds cool, right? Now’s the hard part: how in the world do you fold a pocket square? You probably didn’t get any pointers from your dad because pocket squares were on hiatus during his heyday—and he just had his dad fold them for special occasions.

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Who needs another necktie? Belisi says maybe Dad

Okay, so Father’s Day is right around the corner. Wondering what to get Dad? Neckties get a lot of flack for being the “stand-by” gift for guys. Sure, when you’re talking about discount store ties purchased at the last minute, it’s understandable that ties get a bad rap.

But the truth is, ties are still a current and useful (even romantic) gift. Aside from being easy to purchase, ties are a popular gift to give and receive because they pull together an ensemble like no other accessory. A tie can be the centerpiece of an entire outfit (with the right tie of course). When a father wears a tie given to him by his children or wife, he carries a piece of his loved ones with them
wherever his career takes him.

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The rise of the tee

T-shirts have always been a part of American men’s fashion but the industry has come a long way from Fruit of the Loom. Tees, like jeans, are acceptable garments in many social situations. They’re versatile too. Throw on a tee with your favorite jeans or pair with a fitted blazer and you go from stuffy conservative to urban professional. Maybe it’s the new price tags or just a shift in public perception (if we have to work, we should at least be comfortable right?). In the past, a pressed shirt and crisp suit meant you were polished and put together—now it screams “slave to the Man.”

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Fall Springs Ahead: Men’s fashion heads in a new direction - Belisi's guide to the fall

007, ethnic print, futuristic military, bold colors, retro, geometric shapes, metallics. Previews of men’s fall fashion covered the gamut, from sleek and polished to reworked traditional and preppy to vampy and 70-80s inspired. While the direction seems scattered, one trend is consistent: men’s fashion is taking a decidedly retroactive/futuristic and more feminine direction, with sleeker, narrow lines, geometric patterns and bold colors and prints.

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How to Date Out of Your League (or Just Look Fabulous for Any Occasion) by Belisi

Style Cues from April Masini, author of “Date Out Of Your League”

Before we look at some fundamentals of every well dressed man's wardrobe, let's talk about why clothes are so gosh darn important to us women. Let's get into women's philosophy of clothes.

Just kidding! You don't have to worry in the least about why we like clothes. Nope. All you have to know is that we do.

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Hot Trend: The Velvet Blazer

Hot Trend: The Velvet Blazer, originally uploaded by peterbelisi.

Wear this velvet blazer from NYNE ( with a casual outfit--a t-shirt or untucked button down works great--or dress it up with a crisp white collared button down with jeans or slacks. Antik Denim ( is the must-have premium denim label for men this season.

Hugh Jackman pulls off this season's hot scarf and blazer look

Actor Hugh Jackman makes the grade with this season's hottest fashion trends for men: the blazer and scarf. A simple slip knot makes this cashmere striped scarf a stylish, yet warm, accessory--a perfect choice for this blazer and sweater combo.

Belisi Fashions: Blazers Front and Center

This season's must-have item is the Versatile Blazer

If your notion of a blazer involves elbow patches or rolled up sleeves with pastel shirts, it's time to revisit today's version of the blazer. And you thought the only place for blazers is the boardroom or country club, think again. The Blazer is one of this season's hottest wardrobe items and with so many ways to wear it, it makes sense to have at least one in your closet.

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Belisi Fashions: Dressing to Impress

It’s not just one leg after another

Does it really come as a surprise that the more we know the more difficult things become? We create products to simplify our lives but in doing so make our lives more complicated—take cell phones and e-mail for example. It’s great when you can check movie times or game stats while waiting in line at the bank but when all you want to do is sip a Pina Colada on a sandy beach, that email notification emanating from your Treo can get pretty darn old.

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Belisi on Denim Blues

It would seem that men have it easy when it comes to fashion. Shirt, pants, shoes--done. In some worlds this simplistic approach is sufficient but for the fashion-conscious man, there are trends to watch and designers to fawn over. Since the ladies get more attention, keeping on top of emerging trends in men's fashion requires a little homework.

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Borat & Timberlake Looking GQ

Check out Justin Timberlake - winner of GQ's International Man of the Year Award. A tan suit with a vest for a touch of classic elegance. Borat's showing his own sense of style and proves once again that a sense of humor and a big thumb will get you places.