Five trends from Pitti Uomo 95
Something that we picked up on at London Fashion Week Men’s, Fair Isle knits are enjoying a healthy resurgence. Whether crewnecks, tank tops or rollbacks (see below), they’ve become the go to layer for Pitti stalwarts. We think they’re best worn to add a preppy edge to a smart-casual look; this guy’s washed white button down and high-waisted pleated trousers work well with his brown and beige vest, as do the tonal colours in his look. Speaking of which…
Tonal style is the trend that just keeps giving. Softly textured, tonal menswear has been in ascendancy for what feels like five or six seasons now, but as long as it continues to look as sharp is this, we’re happy for it to stay that way. We’ve been into tonal style for a while now at The Jackal, swot up on how to do it well here and here.
If tonal style isn’t your bag, never fear. There were statement checks a-plenty to be seen at Pitti, too; worn across double-breasted suiting, overcoats and more casual pieces like this blanket coat from Drakes’ current season. The key in wearing any statement piece is to tone down the rest of your outfit, like this. Plain dark grey or navy underneath and you’ll look sharp, but not too shouty.
Brown and browner
Again, see above. Brown was the new grey at Pitti – it was everywhere, often worn tonally, but also in standout statement pieces like this; a camel rollneck under a navy suit, a tan or checked tweed greatcoat, chunky dark-brown army boots worn with cream cords or chinos. This trend’s not rocket science; find an over-shirt, coat or a suit that you love, buy it in brown and match your shoes, belt and watch strap to it. When in doubt, layer with a dark merino rollneck. Easy.
A-line overcoats are big news; straight cut, single-breasted, revere collared and with raglan sleeves. There were plenty to be seen at the show, and they’re as easy to wear as they’re sharp to look at. I’d recommend snapping one up in either dark tweed (like this guy) or plain, dark gaberdine. Thanks to the raglan coat’s soft lines, they’re perfect either dressed up or down – throw over a hoodie, or a shirt and tie. Whatever works for you.