Now that summer’s pretty much been and gone and sale rails have been picked over, it’s time to start getting excited for the season to come. Well, maybe not excited, but definitely equipped. With harsher weather on the horizon, we turn our attention to the major autumn/winter 2015 trends and break down what’s worth spending on to brave the elements while looking bang on-trend.
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The Shearling Effect
Promising warmth (this is, after all, the sartorial equivalent of a sheepskin rug, faux or no) and an air of Steve McQueen, a shearling jacket looks just as handsome thrown over a simple T-shirt and jeans combo as it does a button-down Oxford and sweater pairing. If you’re planning on getting involved, don’t skimp. Better ignore shearling altogether than pick up a subpar style that might save you a couple hundred quid but looks unmistakably bargain basement.
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Keep It In Check
Even the most savvy sartorialist can find himself stumped when it comes to styling all-over busy prints and patterns. But this season, some designers are suggesting a more accessible take on visual impact, swapping digital prints for subtle checks. Hackett and Dunhill layered check tailoring for a standout head-to-toe effect, while Hentsch Man and Shaun Samson took the trend to the street with grunge-inspired checked outerwear. If you’re looking to break out of the metaphorical block-colour cell block, then checks are your best bet. Timeless and versatile, this pattern instantly adds interest to any outfit and works across everything from a casual plaid flannel shirt to smartly-cut separates.
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To say military’s trending in menswear is a bit like branding the Pope a Catholic: from cuts to utilitarian details, battlefield uniforms have come to set the foundation of the contemporary wardrobe. But this season it wasn’t buttoned cuffs and epaulettes that strengthened the military-menswear bond, but the colour of fatigues themselves. Whether olive drab or hunter, fern or artichoke, subdued shades of green were worked across everything from technical tailored pieces (Christophe Lemaire) to smart-casual separates (Michael Kors).
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Rakishly elegant, supremely comfortable and extremely easy to dress up and down, this simple piece of knitwear is arguably the hardest worker in your wardrobe. With variations on the theme provided by Margaret Howell, Kris Van Assche, Kenzo and more this autumn/winter, it’s hard to imagine we only re-discovered the roll neck a few seasons back. Choose from thin or thick gauges, plain colour or vividly patterned. Use yours in place of a shirt under a suit for a debonair take on tailoring (thin gauge recommended), or team with a simple pair of well-cut wool trousers and trainers for an off-duty ensemble that still looks luxe.
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Show your statement sweatshirt the door, gentlemen – it’s time to get acquainted with an all-new line-up of punchy knits. Some were kitsch (Christopher Shannon’s intarsia plastic bag styles) and some were camo (Pringle of Scotland’s maroon/grey/beige/white option); autumn/winter 2015’s runways were awash with graphic knitwear, suggesting a new, much smarter alternative to the slogan-emblazoned sweatshirt that’s reigned supreme in recent seasons. To really take this trend by the horns, opt for a multi-coloured style as the focal point of your look, surrounding your knit with comparatively sober pieces to really play up its effect.