Style staples jazzed up with retro design touches are fast outgrowing ‘trend’ status, in fact, menswear with a retro edge is in danger of simply becoming the norm this winter. We’ve had a good four or five seasons now (of which Autumn Winter ’18 is the latest) with even very conventional wardrobe basics receiving a chic ‘70s or ‘80s-inspired treatment from designers across the board.
So, as the cold weather sets in, take advantage of the chance to layer-up with easy pieces that work just a touch of vintage design into your wardrobe – they might seem old school, but they’ve never looked so sharp.
1. Gant washed denim overshirt
The overshirt is as simple, easy and versatile as can be, and Gant Rugger’s latest offering feels cool and clean, lent a subtle ‘70s edge with its hardy denim fabrication. Indigo dyed and with a rugged ring-spun twill weave, the collar’s suitably generous too – perfect for popping. Keep for the weekends and layer over a chunky fair isle knit and chambray shirt combination. Wear with raw denim jeans in a darker shade than the jacket for a double-denim look that’ll actually work.
£110, shop now
2. Levi’s Vintage Clothing mock neck sweater
Here’s a piece that does what it says on the tin. Levi’s Vintage Clothing specialises in reviving designs held in Levi’s remarkable clothing archive, and this mock neck knit has a smart early ‘70s edge to it. The mock neck is a chic alternative to a rollneck, and the geometric pattern isn’t too brash. In a soft shade of terracotta it’ll work comfortably with well-worn denim workwear – like your new Gant work jacket, for example.
£130, shop now
3. De Bonne Facture ‘Grandad Trenchcoat’
It might be called a grandad trench, but really, this coat is as fashionable as can be. Made by De Bonne Facture in France and stocked by Trunk Clothiers, it’s cut in heavy Italian wool with mid-century double-breasted looks, a belt, and on-trend raglan shoulders. Quite apart from its generous silhouette and luxurious cloth, in a dark shade of navy it’s easily dressed up or down. Throw it over a sharp charcoal suit and shirt combination for work, and dress down on the weekends with tan pleated chinos and a simple burgundy knit.
£1,175, shop now
4. YMC ‘Groundhog’ jacket
If tailored coats aren’t your bag, YMC’s quirky checked jacket offers a contemporary take on a classic workwear look. With a square cut, soft shoulders and a button-through front, it’s a relaxed design, but its soft woollen fabric is smarter than a cotton canvas or drill. It’s also baby-bottom soft, and lined in cropped faux shearling for extra warmth. The navy fabric, with tan and cream checks is very easy to wear, too; just think cream rollneck and dark tan chinos.
£350, shop now
5. Camoshita cable-knit zip-up cardigan
In bottle green, this zip-up cardi has more than a whiff of Mr Camoshita’s signature Ivy League style about it. The cable-knit and funnel neck are both suitably old school, and the green melange woollen yarn succeeds in feeling cosy but thoroughly wearable. Play up its grandad-worthy credentials and wear over a sky blue button-down shirt with tapered grey flannel trousers and chunky suede brogues.
£450, shop now