Special to The Washington Post.

Special to The Washington Post.

In changing styles for menswear, boxy is out and slim is in. Our models for this season's slim pants, shirts, jackets and trim ties is Washington-area rock band U.S. Royalty: John Thornley (vocals), Jacob Michael (bass), Paul Thornley (guitar) and Luke Adams (drummer). They kindly obliged as we dressed them for work and play with vests, Henley shirts, pocket squares, cardigans, caps and carryalls to illustrate the importance of layering, the keyword for menswear this fall.

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Nattily dressed Luke Adams wears Havana three-piece suit in wool and cashmere by Guabello, $599; Egyptian cotton oxford shirt, $99; knit tie, $65; paisley pocket square, $45; Double Monk Strap Italian leather shoes, $229 (all from Suitsupply in Washington and suitsupply.com). His friendly companion, a rabbit-head umbrella ($125, from the Ike Behar shop in Washington). An umbrella with a sense of humor takes the seriousness out of a suit.

Jacob Michael goes from casual Friday to weekend wear in a Billy Reid quilted zip-front jacket ($195, from Billy Reid in Washington) over Rag & Bone's long-sleeve Henley ($150) and slim straight jeans, accessorized with a wool scarf with a splash of purple ($145, Ike Behar). If the weather turns colder, he can layer on a Loring corduroy jacket ($625, from Billy Reid). Rugged Redwing for Brooks Brothers Iron Ranger boots ($398, www.brooksbrothers.com) complete the look.

British-based clothier AllSaints, which has stores throughout the United States, knows just what the band wants to wear. Paul Thornley wears the clothes like he already owns them. The centerpiece is a Conroy leather biker jacket, $650; worn over Crow Razor jeans, $160; Levant short-sleeved shirt, $140; Tonic crew T-shirt, $50 (all from AllSaints in Washington, or www.us.allsaints.com). His topper is a Hackman fedora ($175, from Rag & Bone in Washington and www.rag-bone.com).

John Thornley is laid-back in a brushed cotton navy shirt, $255, under a Jameson shawl wool cardigan, $450, both from Rag & Bone in Washington and www.rag-bone.com. They pair well with Brooks Brothers' five-pocket corduroy pants ($69.50). For another weekend option, Thornley sports a cotton, two-ply washed shirt, $99; double-breasted wool bodywarmer vest, $229; and multi-check wool tie, $65, all from Suitsupply. These slim straight corduroy pants are $185, from Rag & Bone.


_ From legendary outdoor outfitter Filson, a water-repellent fabric-and-leather messenger bag, made of Harris tweed, twill and bridle leather trim ($398, from Brooks Brothers). Who needs a briefcase?

_ Instead of a silk tie, opt for a knit in navy and wine ($125, from Billy Reid) to dress down a suit.

_ Casual, cool and comfort are combined in fur-lined Paglia moto boots ($595, Billy Reid).

_ Accessories such as colorful, statement socks personalize looks for almost any occasion. All socks ($25, from Ike Behar) except foxy socks, second from left ($24, from Billy Reid).

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Kelly is editor of MyLittleBird.com, a Washington-based women's-eye view of fashion, design and culture. A version of this story appeared in Fashion Washington, a Washington Post fashion and lifestyle monthly magazine.

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