**Belated post alert** Back in August, amongst the stupid rioting (remember that?) we were invited to Selfridges in Birmingham for a spot of breakfast and to see what they had to offer this A/W.
Now I love our high street but if I had the money I would definitely mix and match with some designer pieces. Ever since I splashed out on my McQueen scarf, I have appreciated the quality and intricacy behind designer items. Although the presentation was on womenswear and menswear it was the latter that grabbed my attention.
There is nothing more delightful than seeing a beautifully dressed man looking comfortable and confident in their outfit. A little effort in your style goes a long way. Like I said, although the womenswear stuff is gorgeous for this season, I was more interested in the menswear. There are so many stylish clothes for the guys. We may already be into the A/W season but it’s still not to late to work the latest trends.
Not sure what those trends are? Well it’s a good job your reading this post then isn’t it. Here are four of the key trends this season at Selfridges. Guys, take note.
Boardwalk Empire: Most of you are probably familiar with the tv series, Boardwalk Empire which is set in the 1920′s. Selfridges first main menswear trend takes inspiration from the prohibition era. One of the key looks in this trend are double breasted jackets. This trend is for you dandy Dan’s out there: 3 piece suits, tie pins, trousers and braces- a sharp/smart wardrobe. Take inspiration from David Bowie’s ‘Thin White Duke’ or even Plan B’s ‘Strickland Banks’ persona.
This trend is perfect if you want to jazz up your workwear or if you’re looking for formal partywear. Key designers for this trend include Dries Van Noten, Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood, Topman and The Kooples. For you football fans out there, think Jamie Redknapp on a Super Sunday for a slightly more modern take on this trend haha. I always think he looks sharp and stylish in a suit. Nothing to do with his tight trousers or the fact he was a Liverpool player…
All Things British: Tally ho! As you can guess from the title of the trend this is a British influenced trend- in particular sport. The key piece for this trend is the rugby shirt. I’m not talking about an England rugby kit but more of a ‘preppy’ rugby shirt style. My fave- Professor Green- shows you how you can look cool in a long sleeved polo shirt without screaming ‘toff’.
For a more smarter take on this trend include the usual heritage pieces such as a quilted jacket, lots of tweed, a duffle coat and a rain mac into your wardrobe. Key colours are red, white and blue as well as the usual earthy colours.
Designers such as Aquascutum, Burberry Prorsum, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren and Hackett were all over this trend. For style inspiration check out George Lamb *swoon* who totally rocks the smart heritage trend.
Colour: Who said dressing for A/W had to be boring? This season another key trend is adding colour to your wardrobe. Burnt orange, cool blues, yellows and deep purple are the main colours. Singer Labrinth has this trend down to a T- he obviously chose the colour yellow but if you’re not as brave as him then cool blues are a safer option.
Also one colour item in your outfit will do it unless you’re confident enough to mix and match colours…and can pull it off. Accessories are also a great way to rock this trend. There are loads of colour pop accessories available in Selfridges such as watches and even headphones.
Acne, Balenciaga, Dior Homme, Raf Simons, Topman, Burberry Prorsum and Jil Sander were just a few designers who injected a bit of colour to the catwalks for this season.
Kitsch 60′s: One of the key trends this season for womenswear, the 60′s trend is also a main trend for menswear at Selfridges.
With the television show Boardwalk Empire inspiring the well ‘Boardwalk Empire’ look, the people at Selfridges said that Jimi Hendrix was the inspiration behind this trend.
Saying that just going by the title of the trend ‘Kitsch’ this is a trend that you’ll either love or hate. Prints and patterns are a big part of this trend as is knitwear.
Key items for this trend include long sleeved print shirts, checked coats, patterned knitwear, shearling trimmed items and sleeveless knits.
You can find the ‘Kitsch 60s’ trend from designers such as Prada, Burberry Prorsum, Paul Smith and Common Sons at Selfridges.
Like I said this trend is probably more for the brave amongst you!
Anyway we enjoyed our breakfast at Selfridges listening to what they had to offer. For me personally, I found it interesting learning more about menswear as to be honest when I’m shopping it’s not a department I visit that often!
Once again, very sorry this post is late. Still I hope it helps- you can currently check out these designers and trends at Selfridges of course.
We’d love to hear from you men out there. Have you been rocking any of these trends so far? What do you think of Mens fashion this season?
Images courtesy of GQ, Vogue and fashionising.com