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4 coolest shades in men's fashion this fall

In the market for a jacket, suit or coat? Think outside the black. Designers certainly have. This season, a new variety of neutrals, including oxblood, blue, green and grey, have muscled their way into mainstream men’s wear. Unlike black, however, they have their sensitive sides, boasting enough nuance to pull off head-to-toe dressing

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Rich navy and royal blue, among the most vibrant of this season’s stand-ins for black, colour a wide range of offerings, from tuques and button-downs to double-breasted coats and dress shoes. Cashmere coat, $5,600 at Hermès (www.hermes.com). United Stock Dry Goods indigo-dyed shirt, $184, United Stock Dry Goods merino-wool tuque, $80 at Sydney’s (www.shopsydneys.com) and Uncle Otis (www.uncleotis.com). BOSS pants, $185 through www.hugoboss.com. Calvin Klein socks, $15 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com). Bacon Blue Grain shoes by Mr. Hare, $885 at Gravity Pope (www.gravitypope.com).

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Wallace & Barnes sweater, $172 at J.Crew (www.jcrew.com). United Stock Dry Goods chinos, $250 at Sydney’s (www.shopsydneys.com) and Uncle Otis (www.uncleotis.com). Omega watch, $3,600 through www.omegawatches.com. Billykirk belt, $92 (U.S.) through www.billykirk.com.

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No matter what it’s called – oxblood, burgundy, maroon, bordeaux – this season’s standout shade is a classic one, yet very rarely sported by contemporary dudes. page John Varvatos mohair-blend jacket, $1,498 at Harry Rosen (www.harryrosen.com). Prada shirt, $465 at Holt Renfrew (www.holtrenfrew.com).

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Fret not, though: The reddish-brown tone, as autumnal as they come, is flattering on many and easy to make work, even when i t‘s the only hue you have on. Strellson Premium coat, $648 at Strellson (www.strellson.com). John Varvatos sweater, $498 at Harry Rosen. Burberry London pants (part of suit), $1,350 at Holt Renfrew. wings + horns scarf, $95 through www wingsandhorns.com. Calvin Klein socks, $12 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com). Miller Brown shoes by Mr. Hare, $795 at Gravity Pope (www.gravitypope.com). Arper stool, $1,050 at Kiosk (www.kioskdesign.ca).

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Ash, concrete, battleship and slate are just a few of the cool grey tones popular – and mixable – right now. Add interest to an otherwise achromatic look with a subtly patterned tone-on-tone tie and shiny pocket square. Ovadia & Sons jacket, $1,915 at Roden Gray (www.rodengray.com). Ovadia & Sons vest, price upon request through www.franboonestore.com. Surface to Air shirt, €140 ($192) through www surfacetoair.com. Silk tie, $108 at Brooks Brothers (www.brooksbrothers.com). Jin Qun pocket square, $20 at Gotstyle (www.gotstylemenswear.com). WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie tote, $545 through www.nordstrom.com.

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Alternatively, go for a more pronounced contrast by partnering a charcoal turtleneck and pair of pants with a puffy duffle coat in a slightly lighter shade. Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers cashmere coat, $3,850 at Brooks Brothers (www.brooksbrothers.com). BOSS merino wool turtleneck, $205 through www.hugoboss.com. Strellson Premium pants, $198 at Strellson (www.strellson.com). John Varvatos cashmere gloves, $168 at Harry Rosen (www.harryrosen.com). McCarthy ankle boots by Church’s, $795 at Gravity Pope (www.gravitypope.com).

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How much do designers love green this year? Let us count the ways. Here, an emerald-toned tuxedo by BOSS scores big dressed down with an army-green tee. BOSS velvet suit, $1,196, BOSS patent shoes, $425 through www.hugoboss.com. Surface to Air T-shirt, price upon request at Jonathan+Olivia (www.jonathanandolivia.com).

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Etro’s luxe take on a traditional hunting jacket aims high and soars paired up with dressier trousers in a handsome rifle green. Etro jacket, $1,498, Etro pants, $475 at Harry Rosen (www.harryrosen.com). Surface to Air T-shirt, price upon request at Jonathan+Olivia.

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