5 Essential Autumn Wardrobe Staples
Fashion has officially crossed over from one season to another and to mark the occasion we have highlighted 5 essential items a man can have for the season in order to remain on-trend and update his wardrobe staples. Do you agree with the choices?
This cosy style of jacket which invariably comes with a fur hood or lining has been a favourite with the likes of Liam Gallagher for years, but as all fashion’s most prominent bloggers have been talking about this year is “statement outerwear”, the parka has experienced an unprecedented rise into the mainstream fashion conciousness. It is a broad style and despite its mod and Britpop connections which sees the likes of Fred Perry and Pretty Green release their own version this year, the style has also been backed for success like the outdoor specialist duo Penfield and Alpha Industries, as well as the likes of Superdry and Lacoste. Such a heavy presence across multiple brand portfolios indicates this is a style which will be destined for success in the near future.
Any regular reader of the Mainline Menswear blog will know that a big emphasis has been placed this year on quality autumn boots and they have been tipped as a popular trend for a long time during the upcoming winter and with virtually no rules on which type it is easier than ever to jump on the bandwagon of this seasonal trend. Timberland have returned with their most impressive collection to date with a number of re-interpreted styles catching the eye at first glance. These boots could be ideal for creating a retro all-American work wear look with denim jeans, a check shirt and some luxury Alpha Industries outerwear for example.
These sort of items might come as something of an afterthought in terms of fashion choices but the presence of many key brands in the accessory market makes it well worth having a look this time around. Thick layers and oversized jackets are among the popular features of designer collections this year and that has left the door open uncomplicated hats and gloves like those by Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren made in pure cotton to become a perfect accompaniment. Fred Perry and Original Penguin have taken it one step further though by jumping on the technologically advanced smart glove trend that allows the user to function their smart phone without taking them off. The fairisle-patterned version by Fred Perry looks perfectly stylish when paired with any plain coloured outfit.
The Colour Black
If you take a glance at high street shop window then chances are you’ll notice their mannequins dressed head to toe in black for the latest campaigns and it is a perfect opportunity to show panache when it comes to layering and toning outfits, a skill David Beckham has shown he can master in recent times. Matt black coats, jeans and trainers- particularly running trainers- are all popular approaches taken by a broad spectrum of brands when creating the latest line. Throwing one pop coloured item into the outfit is another popular habit chosen by those who like this trend.
Roll Neck Jumpers
After its big come back from years in the wilderness last year, the roll-neck is set to make the next big plunge and become a staple of the everyday guy during this year’s winter. Left almost exclusively to the hipsters last time, this is now going to be the easiest item to throw on in your whole wardrobe, sitting perfectly on its own for a night out, or underneath a coat perhaps on a cold winter’s day out- the roll neck keeps you toasty and has the added bonus that your look will be right on point too. With plenty of choice from brands who have made this shape for the first time such as Lacoste, brands with a traditional edge have also been attracted by its retro style too, such as Fred Perry. J Lindeberg’s sophisticated black version stands out as a piece which could never look out of place as they have created it with their usual understated quality.
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