Look the Part
Wondering what’s in this autumn? Our friends at Mr. Porter have broken down all the latest fashion trends into a few simple to follow guides.
CORDS AND VELVET
These soft, cotton fabrics can take on many guises. From Italian style and structured corduroy blazers, to loose fitting overshirts and bomber jackets. Try wearing this look with skinny jeans à la Saint Laurent, as a detailed trim on the side stripes of your loose fitting trousers, or go for it and wear a bold coloured bomber jacket (like the Oliver Spencer one pictured) on top of an all-black outfit.
This autumn get yourself some trousers with a slightly roomier cut with either single or double pleats. You’ll find prime examples at brands such as Kent & Curwen and Prada. They’re perfect for relaxed dressing, like with a chunky knit and heavy duty boots but are versatile enough to not be confined to just off-duty occasions. In fact, they lend a rather rakish touch to formal looks.
In the months ahead, when a coat is too wintery and a t-shirt too summery then a generous piece of textured knitwear will provide a smart, comfortable and covetable cover-up. Whether it’s via a cashmere staple by The Elder Statesman, a colourful knitted bomber by Missoni or a statement piece from the likes of Prada, embrace the variety of different coloured options out there.
POP OF COLOUR
Wearing accents of colour not only livens up dark winter outfits, it enables bright colours to be worn without being mistaken for a grown-up child. The contrast of wearing a loud garment such as a pink Gucci sweater under a grey Alexander Mcqueen suit is certainly sophisticated, and it adds life and depth to an ordinarily formal look. So don’t pack away those vibrant summer shades just yet.
After a summer dominated by bold prints and colour, softer shades feel more seasonally appropriate and brown has the advantage that it suits most skin tones. Think brown knits, suits, herringbone coats or suede jackets, but wear them with simple pieces like navy trousers or a white shirt. It’s a wonderfully confident and chic colour just don’t take it too far or you’ll look like a 1970s throwback.
Long gone are the days when heritage fabrics conjured a countrified aesthetic. This autumn classic materials, motifs and patterns can be teamed with contemporary pieces such as Prada tracksuit tops, Saint Laurent jeans and Common Projects sneakers. Embrace the traditional tweed, but it might be wise to team it with modern sportswear to avoid looking like you’re wearing your granddad’s Sunday best.