September 24, 2014

Mens Winter Fashion - 2014/15

As the colder months draw in, attention is surely drawn to what trends one should buy into from the current season. The mens winter fashion runways were awash with a multitude of different sartorial offerings this year, so take a retrospective glance at 5 eminent looks from London's AW14 collections.

Check Mate

Checks are the ideal pattern to adopt if you want to make an understated impact. An easy-to-wear, versatile trend, a checked piece is a mens winter fashion staple.

Opt for a punchy monochrome Masai check as seen on the runway at Agi & Sam, go vibrant and garish with Jonathan Saunders' characteristically bold designs, or adopt Alexander McQueen's punk-inspired tartan.

Alexander McQueen Tartan Check 

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The Gentleman

A number of key London-based houses explored the stereotype of the English gentleman, evoking images of a range of iconic figures. Fiction's best-loved detective Sherlock Holmes was the focus at E.Tautz, who presented a selection of Ulster coats in various checked designs, styled with traditional Homburg hats.

Hackett drew on the idea of the gentlemanly explorer, infusing traditional tailoring with a sense of the intrepid. Impeccably cut tweed suits were accompanied by oversized vintage suitcases, backpacks and cameras, recalling nostalgic images of wealthy travellers.

E.Tautz Ulster Coat

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Slim Jim

Wide, regular or slim, it can be difficult to choose which trouser cut you're going to invest in for the forthcoming season. The AW14 runways have made the choice quite clear however, your mens winter fashion staple for the coming months is a pair of precisely tailored slim slacks.

A flattering slim-cut trouser is the ideal pairing for any sartorial mood. Paired with Casely-Hayford's grunge-inspired prints, Christopher Kane's scientific molecule motif, or Tom Ford's vibrant tailored jackets, they are perfect for balancing out a more statement-making upper half. Ensure you're wearing them slightly cropped at the ankle for that all-important 60s-inspired aesthetic.

Casely-Hayfords Jackets

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Autumnal Hues

Befitting the season, the dominant palettes on the London runways were a mix of rich, earthy tones. Gieves and Hawkes and Richard James presented formal looks in tonal brown hues, providing an on-trend alternative for black-tie events.

Wine-coloured tones were also prolific – go all out like Richard Nicoll and work with an entire outfit that variates on the theme, or opt for bold colour with neutral slacks as seen at Jonathan Saunders.

 Gieves and Hawkes Jacket

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Fresh Faced

When it comes to the new season, you might also be wondering which grooming choices to make. The mens winter fashion runways were jam-packed with a host of different suggestions, but there is one clear winner. Bearded men take note, this might be time to pick up your razor – the London collections touted a distinct lack of facial hair. Clean-shaven and fresh-faced, the models at LC:M often had a boyish, youthful look.

As for the hair? Slicked-back and side-parted is the way to go for AW14, and as an additional bonus, the wet-look is very compatible with the rain. Take cues from Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Miller and Richard Nicoll, and freshen up your look with even breezier grooming.

Richard Nicoll

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Jessica Spires
Features And Fashion Writer

 

July 22, 2014

What To Wear With A Tweed Jacket

There’s no doubt about it, a tweed jacket is a solid staple within the contemporary men’s wardrobe. Versatile, classic and super smart, it’s a piece that will work for myriad occasions - providing you get the styling right. For both on and off duty dressing, consider the pocket square a failsafe companion.

What To Wear With A Harris Tweed Jacket

Though small, this cunning little accessory holds all kinds of sartorial powers. Ultimately, it’s a great way to express your individual sense of style. If you’re into bold statement dressing, a pocket square in a bright hue will really make your tweed jacket pop. For the trend conscious, this is also a great way to tap into seasonal trends without being a style slave, the SS14 catwalks were awash with high-impact primary shades so opting for saturated yellow, blue or red will keep it current.

Another huge trend that has been brewing for several seasons now is pattern on pattern. Our inaugural Harris Tweed collection consists of both timeless and bold options that acknowledge this enduring trend. With that in mind, we’ve created some pointers on what to wear with a Tweed jacket, so you make the most of this timeless fashion classic.

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Casual And Relaxed

If you’re out and about on a weekend, you’ll want to take the vibe down a notch and a pair of straight-leg or slim-cut jeans will do the trick. If your idea of casual and relaxed still includes a shirt, go for a white shirt in a casual fabric such as cotton. Wear with the top buttons left undone for that all-important ‘I just threw this on’ vibe. Otherwise a grey marl T is a super comfy option. Complete the look with a brightly coloured pocket square, a simple flat fold will suffice, and a pair of classic Converse or sneakers.

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Whether you’re heading out for dinner with friends or meeting the in-laws, you’ll need to master this elusive dress code. Fortunately, when paired with simple wardrobe staples, a tweed jacket is a strong choice. Opt for a crisp black or pale blue shirt and a pair of neutral beige or navy chinos for the perfect smart casual canvas. Accessorise with a classic brown brogue and a matching tweed pocket square. Pairing the tweed fabrics gives you a sharp, yet casual look.

Tweed Jacket With Waist Coat

Smart

If you need to dress up for a meeting or a more formal engagement, wearing a tweed jacket offers plenty of scope. To keep it timeless, add a waistcoat and tailored trousers in a plain, dark fabric or in matching tweed. A bright white shirt works best for this look, especially if you’re going tweed-heavy.

Add an all-important sartorial edge with some choice accessories. Smart tweed dressing requires either a skinny tie or a bow tie, and a pocket square is essential to give your look the final touch of class. It's important not to directly match your pocket square to your tie, a definite no-no, but instead choose a complementary colour where one of the secondary colours in your tie is reflected in your pocket square or you can opt for another contrast, especially when you want to add just a little flash of colour. A neat flat fold or a two-point fold will underscore this razor-sharp look perfectly.

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Jodie Kharas

 

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