Hi guys and have I got a treat for you, since it’s officially the beginning of autumn I asked the style experts behind 4 men’s fashion blogs to describe what they’re going to be wearing in the coming months as well as their views on upcoming fashion trends we all need to watch out for. So without further ado I hand over the page to the experts so make sure to visit their blogs and follow them on social media as they’re genuinely really awesome guys.
Adam Walker – The Male Stylist
Winter menswear, for me, is about creating dapper styles using layering, knitwear and winter accessories. I’m really looking forward to getting my Grey Houndstooth Ben Sherman coat out of the closet, combining it with a Vivienne Westwood navy scarf and a pique jumper worn underneath. I’m definitely a winter-style kind of guy so i love getting stuck into warm colours and long coats, style and protection from the cold combined.
I’m also a big fan of men’s cardigans, particularly the thick wool ones like this one from Scotch & Soda. Perfect for crisp winter mornings around town.
You can also use a Merino wool cardigan/jumper underneath a blazer to help create a winter tailored look that doesn’t look too casual for the office. T.M. Lewin and Charles Tyrwhitt do great collections for casual and smart knitwear so they’re definitely worth checking out if you’re keen to try some new styles.
The main fashion trend where i think there’ll be a lot of popularity this winter in menswear is elegant stylings. Belted trench coats, cashmere scarves, beautiful roll neck jumpers and slim slacks have all been marked as big hits this winter, so i look forward to seeing what the fashion houses and stylists create
We’ve still got plenty of summer left but i’m already checking out labels like Calvin Klein, who have been tipped as this winter season’s top brand, to see what styles they’ll be presenting.
Fraquoh & Franchomme – Attire Club
The delicate natural details of the cold seasons seem to be reflected in the fine textures used by designers in their fall – winter collections. From Simons to Tomorrowland and Perry Ellis, many labels presented clothes that feature slightly-noticeable, but highly impactful textures. If you are a man who loves quiet textures, you can find a lot of inspiration in many of the FW 2014 – 15 collections.
The current fashion trend of wearing toned down textures is a very sophisticated way to express your personality, taste and style. Subtle textures or prints are the mark of a man who pays close attention to what lies beyond the obvious and who is always looking in the depth of things with a critical eye. Keep in mind that the difference between a texture and a pattern or a print is that textures can also be felt, not just seen. A texture will always add depth to an outfit, whereas a print or a pattern will only add more visual interest. If you want to wear fine textures in order to own a sophisticated look, you can rely on some easy tricks that will make these textures stand out.
For example, you can pair a fine print with a deep neutral. Colors like white, beige, black, tan, ivory, khaki and dark blue can be worn with any print or color. For a more dynamic look, you can mix a texture with a garment that features one of the colors found in the texture. Small textures can always be paired with bigger ones as well: subtle lines can be easily mixed with bold ones or with any other charged or massive print, texture or pattern.
Always remember that the rule of thumb when it comes to mixing textures and patterns, regardless of whether we’re talking about stripes, dots or anything else is that the two patterns need to be of different sizes. Therefore, if you are wearing stripes on both your shirt and tie, they should not be of the same size. Thick stripes go well with thin stripes, and not with other thick stripes. Your personal preferences will dictate how many textures you’ll wear, you can wear textures from head to toe or just wear textured accessories to complete your outfits. Textures and patterns and can add visual interest to your outfits and make you look more elegant and stylish.
Matthew Pike – Buckets & Spades Blog
For many AW is their favourite season, be that for having more freedom to experiment with layers, trying out more options which summer restricts or just because you can sit down at night with piping cup of coffee and a cheese + beans jacket potato. For me AW is just an extension from the SS seasons, they work together. The amount of layers increases but I still stick to a very similar look.
Sportwear – My personal style is heavily by sportswear, which I put down to wanting to feel comfortable as I approach 30. This AW I’ll be looking out for a pair of heavyweight fleece sweatpants in either dark green or black. Summer Nike Flyknits will be swapped for leather Converse Jack Purcell or adidas Stan Smith and I’ll also be busting a contrasting winter weight sweatshirt. Stick unconstructed blazer over the top and we’re good to go.
Americana – The other big player in my all-year-around wardrobe is Americana. Thinking heavy selvedge indigo denim, tough as they come boots, wool overshirts and a classic peacoat. This has been my winter get-up for as long as I can remember. Try layering a denim jacket under your wool coat this season.
Simon Holbert – Off The Cuff LDN
Outerwear is an area that has, over time, become saturated with standard grey, navy or black tones. This autumn/winter season we want to be different. Camel has established itself as an everlasting shade in many areas of fashion; one of the few shades that portrays pure class and luxury whilst requiring minimal effort. We want to promote camel outerwear as the new emerging fashion trend when the cold seasons strike. There are countless styles to pick from this winter, however our favourites include:
The steadfast overcoat (remember to keep a slim cut fit – delivering cleaner lines and better shape) or the duffle coat – experiencing a timely resurgence in men’s fashion recently, we would highly recommend this piece for the modern gent.