Style: Big in '09

Liberty prints

Thanks to the green thumbs of labels like Shipley & Halmos (pictured), Obedient Sons, and Liberty of London (which lent its trademark blooms to Steven Alan for shirts, ties, and boxers), look for flowers to have more power than ever in '09.

Shipley & Halmos woven shirt, $170, available at Barneys New York,

Unstructured shoulders

Sport coats continue to soften up in '09, especially in their summer-weight incarnations. This example from Bottega—which is essentially crafted from shirting fabric—allows for maximum style with minimal sweating.

Bottega Veneta Bianco Cobalt check jacket, $1,150, available at

Perf's up

Look for a proliferation of perforation in the year ahead, courtesy of everyone from Common Projects to Louis Vuitton (pictured). And that's just footwear. Labels like Duckie Brown, Gucci, and Hermès carried out their holy obsessions above the waist. (Just remember: We said perforated, not mesh.)

Louis Vuitton anthracite richelieu calf-leather shoes, $975, available at

Featherweight windbreaker

Sharp-looking, and as an added bonus, it won't take up too much space in that new backpack.

Patrik Ervell nylon windbreaker, $600, available at Barneys New York,

Backpacks for grown-ups

Maybe it's because more people are riding their bikes to work, or maybe it's because messenger bags are just dorky, but we haven't seen so many nicely designed backpacks in a while (though we're going to go ahead and recommend you skip the bunched-up trousers look).

Marc By Marc Jacobs washed-ink shiny canvas Arthur bag, $298, available at Marc by Marc Jacobs, 298 W. 4th St., New York, (212) 929-0304

Blucher mocs

Spotted with increasing frequency on the feet of dudes who never set foot on a prep school campus, the shoes that L.L. Bean wrought are on their way to becoming the next Top-Sider—especially now that labels are producing them in more color variations. These Polos, for instance, also come in red and orange.

Polo by Ralph Lauren, $350, available at

The beach sweater

The winter of our economic discontent may just be getting going, but summer will return (in meteorological terms, anyway). And when it does warm up, expect to see a lot of these things, whether they take the form of the Baha sweater pictured here or the crewneck version Swaim and Christina Hutson sent down their Spring '09 runway. After all, if you're going to be a bum, you might as well be a beach bum.

NSF Jeff linen poncho, $50, available at Barneys New York,


Seriously, they're not just for Joseph A. Bank shoppers anymore. All-American names like Tommy and Ralph sent the look—by which we mean blazers paired with slightly mismatched trousers— down Spring runways, as did the suiting gurus at Zegna, seen here.

Ermenegildo Zegna double breasted blazer, $2,495, shirt, $395, tie, $170, and dress pants, $425, available at select Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques, (888) 880-3462,

Cuffed shorts

We're walking the line between reporting and endorsing on this one, though we'll say this: If pleats are involved, the look is probably best left to runway professionals.

Versace cuffed shorts and crewneck sweater, price upon request. Available at select Versace boutiques worldwide, (888) 721-7219

High-contrast plaid

Some trends mean something. Others just mean some eye-catching new shit to wear. Guess which category this one falls into.

Steven Alan snap-front shirt, $185, available at

Harrington jackets

after Ryan O'Neal's character on Peyton Place in the sixties, the Harrington is having another moment at the end of whatever the hell we're calling this decade. If you don't already have one, now's the time to buy one. (And if you don't like this polka-dot interpretation from Perry Ellis, both A.P.C. and Corpus—not to mention Baracuta—offer more understated versions.)

Perry Ellis cotton polka dot golf jacket, $225, available at

The realignment of luxe

We appreciate a nice vicuna hoodie as much as the next guy, but it's also a little disorienting the way luxury has extended its tentacles into even the most mundane wardrobe items over the past few years. Well, thanks to the economic meltdown, we're expecting that trend to reverse, pushing luxury and utility into their respective corners in 2009. When you think about it, there's something comforting (if not quite silky soft to the touch) about a sweatshirt that's made of good old cotton and not Loro Piana cashmere. (And, of course, an ultraswank Valentino dinner jacket that looks like something you actually had to save up for.)

Valentino one-button, peak-lapel cocktail jacket, $3,576, available at select Valentino boutiques,

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