Keep your greys, stick to your patterns and don’t restrict yourself to boring slim cuts.
Men, this season it’s time to make a statement. The designers from Milan, London and Paris have showcased their AW 13 collections and they’ve gone BIG.
The main message for Autumn/Winter 2013 is bigger is better. From patterns, cuts and prints, so read on to become the sharpest dressed in town.
This season your most mundane colours are going to be the most eye catching.
The main colours you need to watch out for are various shades grey, claret and blues. In a nutshell, greys aren’t just for the workplace anymore.
Grey is the new Black
It is all about wearing these colours head to toe. Top Korean designer Wooyoungmi who has paired together an all grey outfit using contrasting hues of grey that will make heads turn.
The most popular use of these colours on runways was patterns with contrasting hues with bursts of navy’s and claret shades.
Designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren at Viktor and Rolf used this heavily in their collection. A Charcoal suit paired with patterns was the highlight of the show and will make any man pop at an event.
Want something more casual? Well this season you’re in luck. Bomber jackets and varsity jackets were all the rage this season. Given a distinctly European twist with plush fabrics and a slim cut. Opt for Missoni’s suede number with signature striped panelling.
The designers at Givenchy adapted a sinister yet fierce varsity jacket that played with leather, giving you that perfect winter look. Roberto Cavalli took a twist on the jacket and used this season’s colour (blue) and took an electric spin on it.
Want a bit more colour? Well, Prada, Giorgio Armani and Alexander McQueen have spiced up the runways this season with bursts of fuchsia, mustards, blues and dominating dark reds that are sure to make you sizzle in a crowd.
Prada showcased a claret jacket with teal trousers that will surely keep you warm this winter. Also turning up the heat on the runway was the use of velvet that turns outfits from ordinary to extraordinary from the designers at Giorgio Armani and Canali.
Roll necks are rolling into style
What we haven’t seen much of over recent times, and is now very much in this season, is the Roll neck. Now you probably remember your Dad’s wearing them in their prime but now it’s your turn.
Worn under suits or even under other sweaters, the item is the essential piece of knitwear for the season and layered up under a tailored winter coat, they become fashionable yet functional for those cold days and nights.
All the top brands and designers have come out in full force creating the perfect look for this Autumn/Winter with various designs and cuts to the roll neck. This creates a contemporary look that has a more fashion forward appeal.
Warm up your winter with Fur
As for fabrics this season, most surprisingly full-on fur graced across the catwalks.
Designers were favouring it this season with rabbit sweaters at Emporio Armani and sheared mink at Hermès. If you’re not a fan of the real thing, the good news is that come this time next year we’re sure to see plenty of equally warm, man-made versions that will be at a high street near you.
Unleash your inner hero, fly to style with a Cape this season
Let’s face it we’ve all wanted to be a superhero like superman right? Well, this season you can because capes are in. All the top designers showcased their various styles of capes from traditional wear to the most edgy and fashion forward type. Most importantly adapting the same colours and prints were vital this season.
Hardy Amies played with traditional fabrics with a edgy leather collar whereas Maison Martin Margiela played with full-on leather with various cuts and colours merged in creating a Batman-esque feel to the piece. But remember guys there is no need to match it with red underpants, let’s be a fashion forward superman!
Hike your way to the top of the trends
If you’re feeling for more variety in your footwear department then this season’s boot might grab your attention.
At most of this year’s fashion weeks, the main concept was an explorer themed show across all the designers. Hiking boots are all the rage this season. But don’t you worry, you don’t need rope or a tent to adopt this style. All you need to do is add a pair of rugged boots to your wardrobe.
Here designers have shown fashion is functional. They’ve taken blizzard beating shoes to everyday street-style friendly with exotic skins and neon laces. So this season rough up your suit with a pair of chic yet manly hiking boots.
Bye-Bye Slim cuts
This season will see the biggest change in cuts and fits of men’s fashion. It is time to say goodbye to body hugging, slim fit 1950’s inspired clothing. Instead, say hello to ‘away from the body’ style clothing.
Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2 and DKNY have adapted this with pants cut wider through the thigh and leg, roomier suit jackets and overcoats that hang on the shoulders.
The new big you may call it, will first appear in stores like H&M, Zara and Topman, where designers and retailers are similar.
So where here is a checklist of what to look out for when your shopping for your Autumn/Winter 2013 wardrobe:
- Your colour palettes this season are your greys, deep reds, and blues and go bold with your prints.
- Pay attention to detail this season. It won’t hurt to accessorise a little and get adventurous with your prints, whether it is with lapels, pocket squares or your shoes.
- It isn’t about slim fit anymore so go a bit wider and adopt that off the shoulder look.
- Want to rough up your image? Hiking boots are the way forward. Just make sure there not actual hiking boots – think fashion forward!
- Embrace your inner superman when you’re shopping for your coat, capes are huge this season.
So chaps, you are now up to date this season. Remember to make sure you stand out this winter by adapting to these style rules. Keep your greys, stick to your patterns and don’t restrict yourself to boring slim cuts. Venture out and we are sure you will be the one heating up the cold.