For many—this writer included—autumn is associated with a specific strain of New York romantic comedies, especially those from Nora Ephron’s oeuvre. The late writer’s most beloved films basically treat fall foliage and cozy knitwear as secondary characters—especially 1989’s When Harry Met Sally, which has earned its status as both a top-tier rom-com and also A Great Fall Style Movie. But Ephron doesn’t have a stranglehold on cozy-clothing cinema. And while you might not think of the Ben Stiller 2000 comedy Meet the Parents as a legendary fall style film, well: you’d be mistaken. Today, the movie stands as a timeless snapshot of autumnal men’s fashion—a bizarrely prescient reflection of modern-day menswear.

The movie doesn’t immediately announce itself as being chock-full of sophisticated and classic style. Stiller’s Greg Focker is a Chicagoan dressed in run-of-the-mill, turn-of-the-millennium metropolitan attire. He dresses like a Gap guy, basically. It’s only when Greg and his girlfriend, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), head out east to meet her family that the sartorial ante is upped. You probably remember the rest: the airline loses Greg’s luggage, which means that he’s forced into clothing borrowed from Pam’s overprotective father Jack (Robert De Niro) and her pot-smoking younger brother. The Byrnes family live in a well-to-do part of Long Island and dress the part, opting for a truly classic take on East Coast style—right at the spot where the fall catalogs of Ralph Lauren and L.L.Bean meet.

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