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,
Quilted jacket, Burberry Brit, £395, Browns
Check jacket, Rake, £980, Matches
Navy marl cardigan, £50, Topman
Washed velvet trousers, Burberry Prorsum, £295,
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