There are moments in the fashion calendar that define a season to come, and that set the style agenda for the best part of a year. Now we’re moving into autumn, we’re in just such a moment; as new collections drop, trends emerge and soon-to-be cult favourites make their way into the shops.
It’s time then to give your wardrobe a seasonal refresh, and these 10 pieces from our favourite designers, independents and heritage brands tap into this season’s sharpest style must-dos, and are guaranteed to help you channel the Autumn Winter ’18 menswear zeitgeist. Go forth and experiment now, and don’t forget to thank us later.
1. A corduroy overshirt
Corduroy’s everywhere this winter, and the easiest way to channel this season’s most fashionable material is in an overshirt. There are dozens to choose from, and it’s up to you whether you pick a classic that will blend in – A Day’s March’s navy cord shirt, or Universal Works’ camel needlecord trucker jacket are both classic options – or go for something that makes a statement. Our money’s on A Kind Of Guise’s precision-made ‘Matsuba shirt’, which is stitched in Germany with a distinctive boxy cut in heavy jumbo cord. It’s available in a number of different colours this season, but this pine green number feels suitably swish. Layer over a merino rollneck and pair with dark brushed cotton trousers.
£185, shop now
2. Some ecru denim
Off-white denim is this season’s indigo selvedge. If you’re after some proper jeans, Drake’s has run up some sharp pairs of its classic No.3 jeans in partnership with Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, but a smart way to wear cream denim this season is to rock it on your top-half instead. This trucker jacket from The Worker’s Club is cut from serious 13oz denim, sourced from Okayama, Japan, and finished with classic buttoning breast pockets and a wide, ‘poppable’ collar. The copper stud buttons are a smart finishing touch.
£265, shop now
3. A camp collar shirt
Camp collars are still in, and Studio Nicholson’s handsome shirt is a classic take on the style and beautifully made, to boot. The collar has a structured lining so it holds its shape, and it’s finished with smoked mother-of-pearl buttons and smart swelled edge seams. It’s cut from an unusual blend of cupro (a silk-like fibre made from cotton), viscose and wool, so its reasonably heavy but drapes like satin. Its front welt pockets give it a subtle overshirt feel, perfect for wearing over fine merino knits or jersey tees.
£325, shop now
4. Pleated trousers
In the past two years, pleated trousers have steadily reestablished a place in mainstream menswear, thanks in part to the current craze for louche ‘70s and ‘80s inspired style. There’s tons to choose from, from classic tan chinos by Ralph Lauren, to these quirky grey cotton peg-leg trousers from French brand, Hartford. If you’re willing to splash out, British tailor Edward Sexton makes beautifully flannel ‘Hollywood top’ trousers ready to wear. These mix a contemporary cut with a nod to 1930s styling. Deep pleats, a soft waistband and dropped belt loops allude to the iconic trousers worn by the likes of Fred Astaire, Cary Grant and Clark Gable during the golden age of Hollywood – hence the name. Avoid a shirt and wear with a suede bomber and fine gauge rollneck for a smooth look. Speaking of which…
£430, shop now
5. A chunky rollneck
This dark camel ribbed wool and cashmere rollneck from Scottish cashmere powerhouse Johnston’s of Elgin is as luxurious as knitwear gets. With its ribbed structure, it’s satisfyingly thick, but not so thick that you can’t layer it beneath a suit or tailored jacket, plus its dark camel colour is surprisingly easy to pair with navy, grey and other wintery colours. Knitted on Johnston’s traditional looms in a butter-soft blend of merino wool and superfine cashmere, a knit like this feels as good as it looks.
£229, shop now
6. Brown tailoring. Yes, brown…
You read that right. Brown is one of this season’s key colours. Whether a deep chocolate like this, versatile tan or warm, rusty tones, it’s up there alongside classic shades of grey and charcoal as a wardrobe foundation this winter. This sleek Hugo Boss suit is a smart way to get in on the trend; it’s cut in warming, velvety cotton moleskin with a touch of natural stretch, in a slim, contemporary fit. In other words, it’s ideally suited to dressing down – for a modern look that’s anything but formal. Wear with your new Johnston’s rollneck to the office or on a swish evening out.
£399, shop now
7. Striped knitwear
Bold striped knits are in, alongside chunky styles like Johnstons’ rollneck. This piece is from Howlin’, a Belgian knitwear brand that makes all its key pieces in Shetland with a soft a brushed finish. Its earthy green, grey and taupe hoops feel distinctly autumnal, and work a treat worn over classic white or sky blue Oxford button-downs, or relaxed chambray shirts. Pair with tan brushed cotton chinos, and throw a tailored overcoat on top for a relaxed, but put-together seasonal look.
£215, shop now
8. Suede boots
While we’re thinking about all things brown, suede boots are a must-try right now. There’s more of them about than usual, and it seems many shoe brands are offering suede boots as a sleeker alternative to heavy country leather or waxed calf this winter. Mr P. (Mr Porter’s own-brand collection) has just launched its own footwear range, including these smart tan boots, here. They’re made in Italy with durable rubber crepe soles and fashionable Derby lace-up fronts. Wear with heavy denim jeans, turned up so they graze the top of your boots, for a weekend look with attitude.
£425, shop now
9. A bi-colour watch
Stick with me on this. I’ve got a theory that slightly retro bi-colour watch designs are going to be big news at the Swiss watch fairs next January, and Breitling is an early adopter. The brand’s Superocean Heritage collection was remodelled last year, and offers the style-driven watch wearer a handsome mix of brushed steel, rose gold and smart black enamel. This piece is the Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44, and its chrono complication adds a sporty touch to an otherwise dressy watch. Invest in a future classic like this, and you’ll be well ahead of the pack.
£6,140, shop now
10. A statement shearling coat
Shearling’s always around come the winter months, but this year there are some particularly sharp coats to choose from. Notably, Valstar (the Milanese jacket-maker known for its iconic ‘A1’ bomber jacket) is moving into shearling this season. Its new dark chocolate blouson is a thing of beauty; luxurious and refined. Its dark, tonal mix of leather and wool is more sophisticated than classic white and tan shearling, and considerably less ‘Del Boy’. Moreover, it will layer comfortably over other dark, understated colours, try it with a charcoal rollneck and grey flannel trousers for a mean look. Handmade in Italy from some of the best lambskin money can buy, it’s an investment piece, but it won’t date and it’s lovingly built to last.
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