Climatically speaking, winter brings Amazonian levels of rainfall and misery to our fair isles, but if there’s one palliative aspect to the ferocious elements, it comes from the comforting warmth of the A/W collections. Here’s a look at how some of the season’s biggest trends can keep you safe from Mother Nature’s icy bite.
Raf Simons, Pringle of Scotland and Lanvin were just some of the labels that sent models down the catwalk swathed in turtle necks and the trend is one of AW13’s most versatile. The perfect base for layering, a turtle neck is a guy’s go-to item for achieving the perfect juxtaposition between style and toasty comfort. Replace your shirt with one of these bad boys and wear with a suit and some classic brogues for an of-the-minute nod to the trend or throw it over some smart trousers and pair with a denim aviator jacket for a rule breaking, yet winning ensemble.
This is one of my favourite trends for AW13 because it allows you to fly in the face of convention by combining the relaxed aspect of sportswear with the more sophisticated nature of occasion dressing. A pair of dress trousers rolled up at the ankles grappling for limelight against some vintage trainers looks so on-point this season. It’s contradictive and bold and it works so well. Ultimate AW13 outfit: some black trousers, maroon Nike kicks, a classic white tee and a black bomber jacket.
As always, The Winter Coat is a staple, but this season, the hue to be seen in is that word that shan’t dare be mentioned in the fashion world – beige. Yes, the colour that’s perpenially hated upon by fashion’s cognoscenti is emerging triumphantly from its own oppressive reputation. Austin Reed, J Crew, DSquared2 and of course, Burberry Prorsurm are championing the beige coat for AW13 and it’s a must-have item for any style-conscious guy. If you’re feeling brave, why not try a Margiela-esque beige cape and team it with head-to-toe black to play into another of autumn/winter’s biggest trends – volume Vs. structure. Want a classic? Then the camel coat is your friend!
Perhaps the trend I’m most happy about is the mood-enhancing abundance of orange for AW13. It’s my favourite colour! London Collections: Men was brimming at the seams with the vibrant hue and it has appeared in nearly every high street store since! Be as subtle or as bold as you like with orange this season – introduce it with some quirky socks to pay homage to the trend or go for a cable knit jumper from the likes of Topman or River Island. The Orange Dream this season is definitely Topman Design’s (now famous) pea coat.
Everyone from Nick Wooster to Eddie Redmayne has been spotted in a tartan suit recently and the prominence of tartan in both women and menswear for AW13 is unavoidable. Head-to-toe tartan can be hard to pull off, but when it’s done correctly, it looks oh-so slick. The likes of Moncler Gamme Bleu and Jill Sander pretty much perfected their tartan ensembles for AW13 and it’s a look I can’t wait to tap into. The dark green and navy tartan print is definitely a more subtle option than the traditional red one and I’m currently coveting a pair of trousers in said print. Keep the rest of your outfit refined and unfussy for a sophisticated tartan moment!
Originally penned for HelpMyStyle.ie.