For FW12, GUESS JEANS turned out one of my favorite men's collections from its past few seasons. While I've long looked at the label for young men's inspiration, I'm seeing that the design team is also attempting to attract a more mature audience without losing it core demographic.
Departing from SS12's more relaxed beachy direction, trim and slim fits abound for FW12. Dark indigo washes for jeans and jackets have urban downtown appeal. More distressed, whiskered denims, rolled at the cuff or tucked into combat boots, look right with layered collared cardigans and chambray shirts or with manly Western plaid shirts and newsboy caps. I love the dark chambray shirt with bow-tie pairing, as well as GUESS's dapper take on hoodies.