All right, you guys. It’s a new year and the perfect time for men to get thier fashion act together. If that sounds too sissy, let’s say,
All right, you guys. It's a new year and the perfect time for men to get thier fashion act together. If that sounds too sissy, let's say, "it's new and improved wardrobe time." A must-have is a casual topcoat, and colored denim is worth adding to one's collection of jeans. (Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/MCT) (Travis Heying)

TIME FOR A WARDROBE UPDATE Guys, it's the perfect time to get your fashion act together. If that sounds too sissy, let's say, "it's new and improved wardrobe time."

While a lot of resolutions are aimed at weight loss or more exercise, not many involve giving your closet a good cleaning out and replacing things that don't fit (that sport coat that is 4 inches from being able to button) or items so out of style, you shouldn't be caught wearing them (that big-shouldered, leather coat that "Shaft" made so popular).

At Gentry Ltd. in Wichita, Kan., Brandon Sullivan reminds customers to add two must-haves for an updated wardrobe. One is a casual topcoat. Sullivan says the new length is at the knee or below.

"They're more functional that way. You can wear it with jeans or dress it all the way up. It's not the heavy old topcoat of your dad's," he said, adding that the newer-styled shoulder will be softer or less structured.

Sullivan also suggests adding colored denim to your jeans collection.

"We haven't seen these since the '80s, but colors such as desert tans and solid black are the ones selling well," he said.

J.V. Johnston of Johnston's, in Wichita, says every man needs to make sure he has a dark suit "for marrying and burying."

"But the problem is when they have a dark suit and they've had the same one for 10 years. They need to make sure it's not the big baggy look because now shoulders are more narrow. Clothes are back to fitting again," Johnston said.


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