8 Menswear Trends To Try Right Now

You thought the recent batch of menswear shows in our fair city had nothing to do with your wardrobe? WRONG. London Collections: Men may be the least catchy fashion-week title, ever, but it did provide us with a wealth of style inspiration. After all, there’s still a whole month between now and the London womenswear shows, so we’ve got to get our fashion thrills somewhere.
While we’re not suggesting that you should show up at work wearing Savile Row three-piece (although that would look pretty amazing), the menswear collections offered up plenty of ideas perfect for our 2014 closet refresh. From chic statement jackets to chunky knits, here are 10 styles we’re excited to borrow from the boys.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Saunders; Topman; Burberry Prorsum.
1. Statement Top Coats
Nothing lifts the spirits — or the dullest outfit — like stunning outerwear, and the menswear shows had them in spades. We loved the rich autumnal shades at Burberry, while Jonathan Saunders’ marriage of a classic silhouette with a dazzling print results in a topper to love and cherish, forever. The message is loud and clear: If you start with an incredible coat, the rest of the outfit comes easy.
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MSGM Floral Checked-Print Coat, $606, available at Matches.
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Photo: Courtesy of J.W. Anderson; Kit Neale; Richard Nicoll.
2. Floral Jackets
The London runways provided incontrovertible evidence that macho florals are a thing. What’s more, we totally plan to steal them. The spring/summer '14 womenswear runways were brimming with vivid prints that made short shrift of the minimalism that has dominated for so long, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the guys wanted to get in on the act. And, a boxy jacket is the perfect way to do it.
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Photo: Courtesy of Topman; YMC.
3. The Chunky Roll-Neck
We had an earth-shattering revelation during the London menswear shows: Huge roll-neck jumpers needn’t be reserved for sick days, or when your boiler packs in. In fact, done right, they can actually look ridiculously chic. Given the recent bizarro weather, we thoroughly recommend that you to try this trend RIGHT. NOW.
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Photo: Courtesy of Astrid Anderson; Jonathan Saunders.
4. The Luxe Bomber
Bombers for gents got an unexpectedly luxed-up overhaul in London — and frankly, we couldn’t get enough of them. We loved the patched mix of fabrics and oversized boxiness at Astrid Andersen, while Jonathan Saunders’ slick ‘n’ silky bomber is precisely what our weekend wardrobe has been crying out for.
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Photo: Courtesy of J.W.Anderson.
5. Ankle Swingers
Flashing the gap between the mid-shin and ankle has never looked cooler. Not convinced? Just have a gander at J.W. Anderson’s awesome show and you’ll be fighting the desire to reach for the scissors and cut your jeans. On second thought, don’t fight it.
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Photo: Courtesy of Richard Nicoll; Jonathan Saunders; Jonathan Smedley.
6. Loud ‘n’ Proud Knitwear
If 2013 was the year of the sweatshirt, 2014 is officially the year of the statement jumper. Menswear designers raised the bar with zingy Bauhaus-inspired patterns that transform the fail-safe winter staple from cozy to downright edgy.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bobby Abley; Christopher Raeburn; Kit Neale.
7. The Animal-Print Sweatshirt
Need something to replace that ironic fashion-designer pun on your sweatshirt? Sure you do. It’s out with Homiès and in with brown bears, teddy bears, and, er, rats.
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Photo: Courtesy of YMC; Topman; Christopher Shannon.
8. Tangerine
Navy, charcoal, and black may be the predictable cornerstones of menswear, but eye-frazzling orange? Now you’ve got our attention. It was the colour of choice at numerous shows, both as an accent and, for the very brave, a head-to-toe look. While Christopher Shannon’s full-on approach is the reserve of fashion’s most fearless, a dash of orange feels like a fresh and easy way to add some heat to our winter wardrobe.
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