By Jacki-Lee Munckton
… are you ready for the change in season? Here are our top 5 tips for trends this spring.
Number one. White Out
As the weather begins to warm up, classic white gets taken for a serious spin as it elevates to the colour of the season.
Popping up repeatedly across major collections in the form of shirts, pants, shoes, suits and blazers, designers were keen to showcase its sheer versatility.
If a runway-esque ‘all white’ ensemble isn’t quite your thing, it’s simple to ease into the trend. A looser-fitting white linen shirt (we’re loving the soft linens by Jac + Jack) paired with tailored shorts will become a favourite summer daytime get – up. We’re also eagerly hopping on the white jean bandwagon this season – just be sure to keep them slim – fit, a solid white and you’ll be set to pair them back with every colour and item in your wardrobe.
R - Jil Sander. L- David Gandy for Lucky Brand 2014 catalogue
Number two. Sandals
Breathable, durable and ever so stylish – it’s easy to see how the leather sandal will be every gents’ footwear go - to this coming summer. A low – cut gladiator sandal paired with cropped or cuffed trousers dominated the runways. If you’re a sandal first – timer, we recommend opting for a pair in timeless black or rich chocolate hues which will keep your shoes rugged, versatile and ready to be slotted into any of your current high summer outfits.
L - Dolce & Gabbana. R - Marni
Number three. Bloom Bonanza.
Graphic prints take a backseat as oversized blooms and fun paisley patterns lap up the attention and afternoon sun. Always a favourite of European designers and even more so this season, we see them adorned on silk shirts, trousers, dinner jackets and tailored shorts.
To be super safe lads – if the print is wild, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit tame and let the print speak volumes.
L - Tom Ford and SABA
Number four. The Navy Suit
Traditional black and greys were kindly shown the door, with blue in every possible shade (particularly Navy) becoming the Spring suiting colour of choice.
Opt for a single – breasted jacket with one or two buttons but no more. Keep the suit trousers slim and always buy two pants.
If going for a cotton or wool blend option, don’t be afraid to mix and match the jacket with lighter coloured tailored shorts or chinos for a suave weekend look.
L - Etro. R - Raf Simons.
Number five. Block Stripes
With the rivalry between checks and stripes always a contentious one, this season the latter reigns supreme with designers experimenting heavily with block and variegated stripes. Both Valentino and cult – favourite Wooyoungmi were standouts, offering block stripes in nautical shades as well as textured, structured fabrics.
As GQ Creative Director Jim Moore puts it “…Not only does a hefty stripe bring to mind athletic endeavours, it also visually broadens a guy’s frame, making him look like he’s been hitting the gym hard – whether or not that’s true.”
Well, all we can say to that is; #JackLeeLoves!