The new year brings a rash of men's fashion shows, firstly London Collections: Men, with Pitti Uomo, Milan and Paris coming hot on its heels. I don't report on the detail of these shows, unless something has caught my eye. There are scores of blogs and websites you can visit for detailed reports (visit GQ magazine for example). There is much to inspire us.
|Photo Tommy Ton, taken at Pitti Uomo, 2013|
- Dressing sustainably is becoming more important. It's not always possible, but buy locally-made or designed products. Readers of this blog will recall the exciting voyage of discovery I embarked on in September when I reported on just a small selection of British designers and manufacturers of interest to the stylish man. If you don't live in the UK, see what you can find in your own country.
|Made and designed in UK, tweed woven in London S.E.H Kelly|
|Made on Savile Row|
- Dress classically, but add a twist to lift the look above the merely conventional.
- Try drab background colours with bright accents in trousers, knitwear and socks - oranges, corals, pinks, yellows.
- Pocket squares.
- Slim cuts. Try garments that follow the line of the waist and body.
- Tweeds. There's a move towards larger checks. Suits are more frequently used in informal situations, so designers are exploring bolder looks; I like it.
- Polo neck (roll neck) jumpers, worn under jackets, blazers, coats.
|Image Tommy Ton, Pitti Uomo 2013|
- Blue evening suits.
- Pinstripes. Once the preserve of lawyers and car salesmen, pinstripes are making a welcome comeback. Nothing is more flattering.
- Traditional knitwear.
- Planks on heads. It's amusing to see people's reactions to the more outrageous shows. 'I'd never wear a plank on my head/ male boob tube/ orange trousers/ bowler hat', were comments made by many shocked men this January. However, these eye-catching displays are simply the efforts of designers wanting to stand out from the herd - and shocking a gullible press works every time.