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Get Cozy: The California Soft Coat

You don't have to sacrifice style for warmth.

As much as we’ll long for the days of summer—for days with T-shirts and sunglasses—the fall represents an opportunity to reach for more. Go search for that heavy knit cardigan. Pull your favorite sweater over your favorite oxford shirt. Experiment with colors and layering. And yes, experiment with fabrics too: knit, wool and cashmere.

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Now is the perfect time to mix things up. But you don’t have to sacrifice style or warmth or give up your laid-back look because you pulled a few blazers or sport jackets from your closet.

A soft coat or a trim wool sweater jacket is the quintessential middle ground. “It can be worn a lot of different ways. You can dress it up with neckwear or down with a solid shirt or even a knit,” says Mark Calder, creative director for Robert Talbott, a luxury brand.

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A soft jacket gives relaxed casualness with a flair for luxury. Solids are great, but adding in a patterned sport coat adds a new dimension this season.

“It creates a look that’s yours and yours alone,” Calder said. “We believe every guy has an expression.” 

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