On a recent trip to one of my favorite boutiques in Philadelphia‘s Old CityReward (55 N. 2nd Street), I found a fair share of fall inspiration for men. Currently, I’m trying to find an excuse to wear my new Warriors of Radness snap-button plaid long sleeve; it’s a beauty and this brand is really flourishing with each collection. Last summer, I was wooed by the label’s awesome speckled tanks and only recently realized that I’d been missing out on loads of cute swim trunks. This fall, we’re sure to see another wave of long sleeve plaid flannels, right? Well, how are you going to distinguish yourself from the plaid masses? You’ve got to find these unique brands and run with em’, they’ve always got that cool spin on classic that’s well worth the money.

With Radness, I went for the Shores L/S, bearing a grey base with fat stripes of black and blue and hints of purple and pink popping out. It reminded me a bit of the way green and grey used to interact in second grade, but that’s part of the appeal. It feels a little ’80s, but not in a cliché way. I almost got the Renegade HenleyW of R are definitely a good source for pullovers, hoodies, sweaters, jackets and button downs.

Also putting forth an exciting fall line is Insight, whose surfer bum chic looks are quite alluring. And while it’s tough to wade through the painful photo shoot that (barely) shows you the product, you must find some of these garments in a store near you and purchase them: the Static Arms sweater in Image 7, the Superve Shirt in 11, the Sparks Sweater in 12, the Sink Fist Tee in 13, and finally, the Collosus Hood in 18.

You should also always be on the lookout for the dazzling collaborations Opening Ceremony is capable of accomplishing: Hi, did you see their Pendleton line last fall? This time around, we’re drooling over their Jean Paul Gautier teamwork: awesome t-shirts, boatneck long sleeves and stripes. Let’s not neglect the other standouts either; the Band of OutsidersAlexander WangProduction Artisinale, and Melinda Gloss round out a stellar collection of designs.

Oh, and let’s not forget the kings of high-end fall menswear, Surface To Air. My goodness, those jackets. They’re seemingly worth taking a monumental hit in the wallet. Or begging your sugar mama (or daddy) for a Christmas gift. What I would give for that Bombardier Jacket (and the man in it)!

Good luck with the pleading, fellas. I’ll be doing my own and also some weeping with a strange mix of joy and fear of financial ruin after I make my picks for fall/winter investment pieces.

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