Coming primarily from the ever changing world of women’s fashion, I am intrigued by the world of menswear. While the commodities don;t really change from season to season, the silhouette quietly evolves.

Consider the modern fit. Fitted, tailored, slimmer, narrow, shorter. These are words that come to mind. Backtrack ten years to when the words were relaxed, untucked, wide, boxy. Did you even realize it was happening? Maybe not. This fall, more than ever, the evolution is here. Take note of a few important updates that can keep you looking current and stylish. The pants are slim. This does not necessarily have to mean skinny, just slim. Realize that the slim pant should be hemmed a bit shorter than a wider leg, to avoid the awkward break. The shirt is more fitted. Again, the extent is up to you. The industry calls it the modern fit and it means more shaped to the body. Tuck it in more often than not. The jacket is interesting. Unstructured is the word of the day. It is even taking the hybrid form of a sweater – sort of a combination of a cardigan and a sport coat. Guys like it because it is versatile and comfortable.


The overcoat is neat, trim and above the knee. The tie is somewhere in the middle of skinny and wide, although consider your personal proportions because that really does come in to play here. Denim – skinny to slim. Even big guys can pull off the slim leg jean if the style is chosen properly. In fact, the slim leg can make a bigger guy look trim. Footwear? Used to be pretty chunky. Now – refined ankle boots and brogues prevail. Shoes and boots are interesting and classic at the same time.

Colourful laces add some whimsy and have come to the forefront over the past few seasons. Accessories – yes please!!! The tie used to be the big statement. Right now it is all about the socks! The wilder the better! This is the place to make your personal mark. Belts are nice and clean. Pocket squares are a must!! Subtle changes can make all the difference in your current wardrobe. Have some fun with the trends and update your silhouette to the new modern you.

Joelle Goddard

Joelle Goddard-Cooling and her husband Jeff Cooling are the owners of Joelle’s and Jeff ’s Guyshop and are partners with Lou Frasca and Dan Bishop at Scrivener’s Men’s Apparel. All three businesses are located on Brant Street in Downtown Burlington.

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