Friday, 20 September 2013

Autumn/Winter 2013 Favourites – Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials for Men

It’s not getting cold. It is cold.

I wonder if we have a transition with Autumn or go directly into winter. In both cases your wardrobe must be ready; transition from t-shirts to long sleeve shirts and knitwear. Flip flops will be put in a box and boots are coming out. The best thing of climate change is to shop for the new season! :) (Women talking)
I always think Autumn as the comfort season. The only uncomfortable thing is about Autumn is that you have to carry a light jacket or a jumper with you during the day in order to wear it at night. Anyway...

I won’t hesitate to say that this is a list of “essentials” because if you are a guy who cares about his style and look there are some ‘must have’ outfits for this season.

First of all I have to remind you that grey, Emerald green and burgundy are THE colours for AW 2013.

We have seen furs a lot on runways at fashion weeks but if they have asked me before I would have warned them not to.

Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials (that I think a man should have for AW 2013)

1. Trench Coat. – Trench coats are essentials for in-between seasons. The classic trench coat style is a double breasted khaki number, made famous by Burberry. You can also have a leather one to follow the leather madness for this season.  

For  G-Star Garber Black Trenh Coat (£195)

2. Boots. I do like hiking boots, biker boots and chukka boots. According to TopMan style lessons, Brogues are still a big trend and work well with trousers of all fits. Loafers look best with slim fit trousers since they are traditionally narrower in style. Wear suede with chinos and bright socks for a contemporary twist.

Brogue Shoes from TopMan: £50
Boots from RiveIsland: £70
For some inspirational shoe shopping please click here.

3. Chinos and flannel trousers. No matter if you wear short or long boots turn ups or cuffed trousers are the way to display you shoes which are the primary signal of a stylish person. Chinos and flannel trousers are on trend this season; just don’t forget  the turn ups. The colours grey, khaki, and burgundy are the ones you may choose. Also – if you haven’t heard it yet - camo has officially travelled from the runway to the streets. Jeans are timeless for any kind of fashion so feel free for jeans. I also do like pleated trousers but if I were you I would wear them only in black or grey.

Chinos from Next: £20
4. Leather jackets and accessories. Leather is a high trend on this season and it’s not just for jackets. A pair of leather gloves is a must for your wardrobe too. 

Leather Jacket, Thomas Nash @ Debenhams: £90
To see leather jackets from different brand online, click here.
For leather gloves, click here.

5. Colourful coats. When it’s cold the only thing people see on streets are coats. Whatever the weather, be fashionably prepared with stylish coats & jackets. That doesn’t mean that you should wear a neon pink one but try to be away from black for a while. Mustard, Navy, and red can be useful for a trendy look. Also burgundy is another runway trend colour for outwear. 
Inspirational looks from runways
6. Braces. I love accessorizing a style. If you don’t accessorise your style, you are just a copycat because accessorize let’s you shout your fashion sense. It’s an easy way for a trendy look. Last year we saw some braces but we will see it more this year. It’s a little bit tricky though. If you don’t use braces correctly you may look silly. My suggestion is braces should be used in a style without a hat. Keep that in mind.

Braces are easy to find almost every store. My favourite ones are mostly from Ralph Lauren.

7. Hats. – If you are not a hat person at least try beanies!  Trapper hats are cool too.

8. Statement carves and snoods. Do not hesitate to go big as blankets or twisted up and knotted tight.

9. No roll neck jumpers. V-neck maybe. Shawl and Crew Neck for sure. Besides the plain jumpers you may also try striped, textured and cable knits. On the other hand monochrome is on trend. Plain jumpers that will fit perfectly over a shirt and tie combo, and will be a stylish addition to wear with a suit. I’ve always liked ‘layer on layer’ trend so jumper over a shirt would be my first choice. Grunge and oversize jumpers are popular for AW 13 too. It’s also said that animal prints are for AW 13 but not my favourite.

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10. Messenger bags & Backpacks. I’m not a fan of bags (Shoulder bags) when it comes to menswear but messenger bags and packbacks seem reasonable and good; also on trend.

Inspirational Photos
For men bags I would go with Bally.
To have some inspirational Winter Wardrobe ideas from designers, click here.

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