Remember the casual abandon you displayed with your clothing back in your teen-age years? Chances are you didn't own an overcoat yet, so you probably slipped your trusty ski parka over your suit or sport coat and then, when you got to your destination, quickly took it off and stashed it away before anyone could notice. And don't forget those lug-soled shoes you wore with everything, including dress pants.
Today, with the sporty look acceptable for even dressy occasions, you can take a certain comfort in the fact that what may have seemed inappropriate in your youthful years has become downright fashionable today.
In a scramble for newness, designers have added a subtle twist to menswear this fall by combining unexpected elements in a more casual mode. The stodgy sameness of menswear past has loosened its grip. Traditional fabrics in softer weights and more relaxed tailored shapes have given men's clothing a less molded effect.