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Taking Stock Of Men’s Style

By Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist on July 14, 2015 in Other

Photo: Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist

Photo: Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist

With the temperature plummeting it’s time for the lads of the Eastern suburbs to give their full winter wardrobe an airing. For well-dressed gents looking to bring their current attire up to date here’s my edit of six key menswear trends this season:

1. Contrast Sleeves & Gilets
Ever since the varsity jacket made its comeback a few years ago, contrast sleeves have worked their way into many modern men’s wardrobes. This season menswear tastemakers have kicked the trend up a notch, opting for jackets with sharply contrasting sleeves, in terms of colour and juxtaposed fabrics. For a similar effect you can layer a gilet over a camo top or tailored vest over smart separates, adding essential warmth to a winter look, with attention-grabbing distinction.

2. Checked Tailoring
This is a trend that’s still going strong. And with everything from classic Prince of Wales and tartan motifs to subtle gingham patterns, versatility is the driving force behind its continued popularity. Use a checked piece like a well-cut overcoat or suit jacket as the focal point of your outfit or, for those sartorially savvy gents, try layering different types of checks for an effect that may sound over the top, but in reality is a striking look. Check out Sam below for a case in point.

3. Statement Overcoats
It’s no longer acceptable to throw on any old thing hanging around the house. This season offers all kinds of quality overcoats from classic camel styles and timeless single-breasted coats in jet black or ash grey, through to more adventurous outwear in louder colours like bright blue and red.

4. Blue
While we’re still seeing pops of colours like burgundy, pine green and orange I can safely say that from petrol blue suiting through to cobalt and cerulean knits and navy blue fedoras, blue is the most dominant colour trend in menswear right now.

5. Voluminous Scarves
From relatively slender styles that snake almost to the ground to hulking woven scarves coiled carefully around the neck, scarves mean serious business this season.

6. Denim

Continuing one of spring/summer 2015’s biggest trends, denim has continued to feature as a contrast layer. Double denim, doubling up on the fabric with a pair of jeans and a denim shirt, underneath a sharp overcoat is also a favoured combination.

On the streets this month I found:

Name: Sam
Lives: Woollahra
Occupation: Director, George and King Menswear
Fave Item This Season: A grey messenger bag by Gustav.
Street Style: Sam’s checked jacket and pant, shirt, pocket square and socks are all from George and King. He also wears Tom Ascott shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a Panerai watch.

Name: Chris
Works: Bondi
Occupation: Barista, Panama House
Fave Item This Season: A black leather bag by Simon Carter.
Street Style: Chris beats the chill in a Ben Sherman coat, Burberry scarf and a Jeff Banks shirt paired with Jeanswest jeans and DC shoes.