By Mary Wheeler
Stetson Saxon Fur Felt Fedora Hat; $137.50
Del Monico Hatter
47 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 787 4086
Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Sat 10am-5pm
Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Johnny Depp has spotted this super sexy trend. This popular version is the ultimate dress-up hat with a pinch-front crown and 2″ brim. The bright removable feather is a strong contrast against the dark gray coloring of the overall hat. Not sure you want to rock such a bold fashion choice? The light-weight Bailey Agnelli Check Linen Newsboy Cap, $88, is equally sophisticated and a bit more understated.
Insider Tip: Free shipping on orders over $60 placed online.
Alden Men’s Indy Boot High Top Blucher Workboot; $435
The Shoe Mart
3 Berkeley Street
Norwalk, CT 06850
(800) 850 7463
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-6pm
These rustic and incredibly comfortable leather work boots won’t prove to be work for your feet. Available in a variety of rich browns and blacks, the versatility of these boots makes them an excellent choice to wear with jeans or khakis. The leather lining and neo-cork outsole (for extra support) adds to the boots super trendy appeal. The durability of these boots makes them a timeless classic, an ideal investment for your feet. Insider Tip: Now may be a good time to stock up on next year’s summer sandals- The Shoe Mart offers 15% discounts off a variety of their summer merchandise including those cool sporty sandals.
M Julian Smooth Lamb Open Button Jacket; $189.99
Wilsons Leather - Tanger Outlet Center
314 Flat Rock Place
Westbrook, CT 06498
(860) 399 1857
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-6pm
Every man needs a classic statement piece like this in his wardrobe. This simple shape has been updated to give off a modern/cool feel. With full-quilted lining, you’ll be sure to keep warm in this rugged jacket. The shirt-style collar and full zipper in the front adds a hint of sophistication to this traditional shape. Due to the simplicity of this jacket, it can be worn from both casual and dressier occasions. Hitting right at the waist, the relaxed fit of this jacket makes it flattering on many body types.
Insider Tip: AARP/AAA/CAA members as well as Military Personnel present your card to the Tanger Shopper Services Center and receive a free coupon book with savings up to 20% off various stores.
Land’s End Cashmere Crew Sweater; $149.50
Sears – The Shoppes at Buckland Hills
194 Buckland Hills Drive, Suite 2500
Manchester, CT 06042
(877) 205 5859
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-6pm
Who doesn’t love the softness of cashmere? This sweater is the perfect transitional piece going from fall to winter. This fitted and lush crew neck sweater is a signature piece for any wardrobe. Available in black, navy, and heather gray, the set in sleeves and cropped fit makes this the ultimate fall statement piece. This incredibly versatile sweater pairs well with khakis or jeans.
Insider Tip: The Shoppes at Buckland Hills is partnered with Habitat for Humanity; shoppers are encouraged to volunteer for various fundraising events.
Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York, MensJournal.com, and AOL’s Patch.com. Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.