Shake up your occasion wear, pack a power-suit punch in the office or smarten up your weekend look with bright and bold tailoring; it is the two-piece trend that has been gaining serious momentum in the style stakes. From Balenciaga and Balmain to Lacoste and Lanvin, there were no shortage of colourful trouser suits on the runway this season.
A coordinating suit in a strong colourway is more versatile than you may first think and offers up endless styling opportunities ensuring that together and separately the trousers and jacket will become key pieces in your wardrobe.
Accessorising is key; make your suit look less office, more dressy by choosing a barely-there strappy sandal over a court shoe or take your suit from the boardroom to the weekend with crisp white trainers.
Return of the Mac
Some items deserve a lifetime in our wardrobes and the classic mac is one of those, so it is no wonder that designers this season have re-established this cross-seasonal coat as a wardrobe mainstay.
Burberry re-worked its traditional trench with monochrome panelling and diffused stripes, while cropped and ruffled versions were seen on the runways of Alexander McQueen and Simone Rocha respectively.
If you have yet to own a classic trench coat, look no further than Lauren Ralph Lauren’s iteration with tan trimming and a fitted cut, or give your look a contemporary edge with Weekend Max Mara’s gabardine raincoat.
Lighter shades of pink were seen across the Spring Summer 2020 designer collections from soft rose-toned leather at Salvatore Ferragamo, to candy pink tailoring at Paul Smith and frothy tiered tulle at Paul & Joe.
The fashion forward way to wear colour trends this season is top-to-toe and in muted hues this becomes much more wearable. When styling several tones of one colour within an outfit, the key is to introduce different textures to add interest: contrast lightweight lace, with a structured blazer and faux fur bag as seen at The Elys Edit.
This season anything goes colourwise for men as long as it is in a muted hue, but this definitely does not mean dull, as it is all about the combinations of colours and wearing multiple shades in one outfit. Be inspired to try pastels by Givenchy’s soft pink tailoring worn with white versus Fashion East’s casual summer styling seen in washed-out tones of blue.
The good news is that it is much easier to pair pastel tones than their brighter cousins, ensuring little room for error when dressing. While bright greens and pinks worn together may feel too much for the fashion-shy, a pistachio t-shirt worn with dusky pink shorts is easier to put together yet maximises satriorial street cred.
Cast aside all previous thoughts of double denim because this season the top fashion houses are showing that this wardrobe staple really is best in bulk with jacket and jean combinations in every wash and cut imaginable.
On the runway of Celine flared jeans were styled with a darker denim shirt, while at Bottega Veneta denim goes large in an oversized, crisp denim two-piece and Fendi champion the denim boiler suit for men.
Look to cut a rakish figure with lean jeans and a fitted denim jacket or embrace the trend in a subtler fashion with a light denim shirt and contrasting jeans.
The Bowling Shirt
The retro-feel boxy shirt with an open collar is back in endless pattern, fabric and colour options, ensuring there’s a shirt to suit every man this season. As seen at top fashion houses including Dsquared2, where shirts were made up in metallic fabrics and lace, and Jacquemus with botanical inspired prints.
The soft collar synonymous with this style lends itself to casual styling so simply throw on your choice of bowling shirt with jeans or shorts.
For those who prefer a neckline higher than the bowling shirt provides, layer a t-shirt under your shirt or rock a neckerchief to fill the gap inspired by Dolce & Gabbana.
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