Check, mate

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life / Fashion - BY JAN SHURE

UN L I K E W O M - E N S - W E A R t r e nds, w h i c h c h ange so fast it ishardto keep up, menswear trends tend to­e­volve­g­rad­u­ally,which­means sim­i­lar looks are of­ten re­worked from sea­son to sea­son. But that’s no ex­cuse, chaps, to ig­nore the trends en­tirely, so we have been talk­ing on your be­half to Sarah Cook, a free­lance fash- ion stylist and writer, who has seen the menswear col­lec­tions and dis­tilled their essence for the JC’s male read­ers.

“Of the trends which emerged from the au­tumn win­ter cat­walk shows for 2011, the strong­est are a ‘great out­doors /alpine’ look that has a lux­u­ri­ous feel with fine knitwear and shear­ling,” says Sarah.

“Along­side this are plaids and checks, which have been vis­i­ble for the last two to three years and con­tinue this sea­son.”

Checks are on the rails now in lum­ber­jack jack­ets and end­less shirt­ing op­tions, while tar­tans and checks also make a strong ap­pear­ance in edgier suit­ing and out­er­wear.

The au­tum­nal colours to in­vest in, says Sarah, are the tra­di­tional shades: “Earthy tones, with warm or­anges and yel­lows, mus­tard and muted reds”.

Suit­ing trends in­clude a strong 70s feel with slim c uts, or r e f l e c t English Her­itage, crafted in clas­sic fab­rics like Prince of Wales check, her­ring­bone and hound­stooth or cord and vel­vet.

Sarah’s ad­vice to com­plete this smart l ook i s a struc­tured trench coat or a heavy wool pea­coat.

1970s re­vis­ited: blue vel­vet blazer, Paul Smith, £485, ; navy trousers, £60, How­ick; black roll neck, Hugo Boss, £129, all at House of Fraser

Shirt, Dolce & Gab­bana, £225,

Matches

Quilted jacket, Burberry Brit, £395, Browns

Check jacket, Rake, £980, Matches

Navy marl cardi­gan, £50, Top­man

Washed vel­vet trousers, Burberry Pror­sum, £295,

Browns

Alpine fairisle sweater, £42, Top­man

Check shirt, £120, Browns

Her­ring­bone cardi­gan, Jonathan Saun­ders, £390, Matches

Ribbed cord blazer, Kolor, £825, Browns

Tof­fee cord blazer, £70, Top­man

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