Fash­ion es­sen­tials

The style ex­perts at Mr­porter.com of­fer their ad­vice on how to get the most from the au­tumn/win­ter sea­son this year

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Suede is very much back in fash­ion this year—par­tic­u­larly when it comes to men’s styles. How­ever, as with any slightly dif­fer­ent ma­te­rial, there are dos and don’ts when it comes to suede. Olie Arnold, deputy style di­rec­tor at Mr­porter.com, takes us through seven things to keep in mind when wear­ing suede this sea­son.

1. Keep it sim­ple

The best looks are those that some­how man­age to be more than the sum of their parts. Just the core el­e­ments, worn to­gether so well: jeans, a white tee, a suede jacket. But there is a syn­ergy in the sim­ple yet eye-catching com­bi­na­tion of tan suede and indigo denim. This is the un­mis­tak­able ex­pres­sion of a man who knows that he’s well dressed. The take-home les­son here is not to over­com­pli­cate things.

2. Cut it with camo

If you’re go­ing to do some­thing, you may as well do it prop­erly—and there is per­haps no bet­ter way to wel­come suede into your life and your wardrobe than with a clas­sic field jacket. But how to wear it in a con­tem­po­rary fash­ion we hear you ask. Cam­ou­flage trousers break up the tex­tured suede, giv­ing this oth­er­wise clas­sic piece a de­cid­edly mod­ern feel.

3. Try dif­fer­ent tex­tures

Pil­ing im­prac­ti­cal­ity on top of glam­orous im­prac­ti­cal­ity, a suede jacket in cream might seem like a lux­ury too far for some. Whereas the pre­ced­ing looks have been de­fined by their con­trast­ing colours and pat­terns, this is all about the tex­tu­ral in­ter­play be­tween the but­ter-soft suede jacket and the chunky Aran knit sweater. A neu­tral pal­ette gives th­ese con­trast­ing tex­tures plenty of room to shine.

4. Em­brace the dark side

A black vel­vet blazer is a pop­u­lar choice for af­ter dark be­cause of the fab­ric’s abil­ity to soak up light, which lends it a deep, blacker-than-black ap­pear­ance. Suede, an­other richly tex­tured fab­ric, has the same qual­ity. This makes it ideal for adding an­other di­men­sion to the mono­chrome look, which, de­spite its en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity among the fash­ion cognoscenti, is al­ways sus­cep­ti­ble to ac­cu­sa­tions of be­ing a lit­tle un­ad­ven­tur­ous. A bomber jacket in black suede el­e­vates a sim­ple sports­wear-in­spired look into some­thing sharp enough to turn heads.

5. Chan­nel your in­ner cow­boy

If we were search­ing for the roots of the fash­ion world’s cur­rent in­fat­u­a­tion with all things 1970s, we could do worse than to start our in­ves­ti­ga­tion with Mr Hedi Sli­mane, the in­flu­en­tial cre­ative di­rec­tor be­hind Saint Lau­rent’s re­cent suc­cesses. His vi­sion of “psych rock’s new ris­ing” in­formed the la­bel’s re­cent spring col­lec­tion, which was heavy with western-style suede jack­ets—not un­like the camel suede

jacket from Saint Lau­rent. This look demon­strates how to turn a rough ’n’ ready Amer­i­can icon into some­thing suit­able for the front row, with the ad­di­tion of a crisp white shirt that is.

6. Try it with ta ilor­ing

The un­ex­pected con­trast be­tween the sharp lines of a tai­lored suit and the boxy, sub­stan­tial sil­hou­ette of a shear­ling-col­lar suede flight jacket is a strik­ing ensem­ble. This look is all about us­ing con­trast to your ad­van­tage: con­trast­ing colours, con­trast­ing tex­tures, or, in this case, con­trast­ing modes of at­tire.

7. Work it with work­wear

Cham­pi­oned by men such as the leg­endary street-style pho­tog­ra­pher Mr Bill Cun­ning­ham, the blue cot­ton-twill worker jacket has be­come some­thing of a menswear sta­ple over the past few years. About time, then, that it was given a lux­ury makeover. A util­ity jacket in king­fisher-blue suede is best toned down with muted styling, pair­ing it with a sober grey sweat­shirt and pale blue chi­nos.

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