Hot stuff: the finest trends and buys for winter
Saturday 06 October 2012
Take your inspiration from the ski slopes this winter and invest in a puffer. The quilted overcoat is having a resurgence; worn over a suit, it makes something uptown a little more downtown. French label Moncler is still the go-to brand for puffers and this season has collaborated with the British designer, Christopher Raeburn. His military-inspired take on cold-weather clothing is a masterclass in the trend. £215, Mauro Griffoni, thecorner.com
A print that can be traced back thousands of years to its Persian roots clearly has staying power. On neck ties, pocket squares and shirts, the tear-drop motif continues to adorn menswear. And because it makes more of an impact than its sedate cousin plaid, a less-is-more approach when wearing this pattern is advisable. £5, topman.com
The roll neck
The humble roll neck is the only knit to wear with a suit this season. On the catwalk, Prada layered them under shirts for the ultimate in dandy refinement. If you do opt to wear one on its own, then avoid tucking it into your jeans or trousers. You want to be the epitome of Left Bank suave; not look as though you have unwittingly enrolled in the Simon Cowell school of dressing. £130, johnsmedley.com
Traditionally men only ever wear colour on the top half of their bodies, usually in the shape of a shirt or tie. But this season there's a veritable rainbow of jeans and chinos on offer. From raspberry and cerulean to forest-green, these vibrant hues will certainly let your legs do the talking. To anchor this flash of colour, simply team with neutral tops in greys and blacks.
Red: £145, Folk. Yellow: £145, Faconnable. Both from mrporter.com
No longer just the uniform of bankers and city traders, pinstripe suiting is fashionable once again. This time, the cut of the suit is key to your sartorial success – gone is the bulky, shoulder-padded giant of the 1980s and instead a slimline version, be it single- or double-breasted, is left in its place. Dress down with a chambray shirt and bright-coloured, paisley-print tie. Power lunches optional.
Suit £425, shirt £79, reiss.co.uk
Jack Spade + Barbour
A collaboration between British heritage brand Barbour and American label Jack Spade was only ever going to yield satisfying results and the waxed canvas bags are a sight to behold. Choose from a tote, briefcase or pocket messenger, all lined with Barbour's signature check, so even the interiors of the bags are easy on the eyes, even if what you fill them with isn't. £290, jackspade.com
Winter's coming. What better way to indulge your olfactory senses than with a warming amber fragrance? Nearly two decades old and filled with complexity, Ambre Sultan is one of master perfumer Serge Luten's bestselling scents. £69 for 50ml, House of Fraser, houseoffraser.co.uk
The monkstrap – a term which refers to the buckle on the side of the shoe – is perhaps the most versatile piece of footwear. Here's a shoe that can easily be worn with either a suit, jeans or shorts. This autumn, even wearing a suede version is a subtle and clever way of giving your favourite pair of jeans a confidence boost. £245, russellandbromley.co.uk
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