mensautumn

It’s time to prepare your wardrobe for the colder months. Those flip flops and canvas pumps just aren’t going to hack it. So a wardrobe overhaul is in order.

Coat

Buy 1 coat

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Images left to right: Pea coat, £129, Linea, Double breasted checked jacket, £220, Full Circle, Peacoat, £280, Armani Jeans.

It’s tricky choosing a coat, you want it to be smart for work, but then it’d be great if it went with your casual looks. Enter the peacoat. What a clever little style invention this is. It looks perfect with suited trousers, keeps you warm and slick, but then with a pair of jeans and a scarf looks stylish and laidback.

It’s easy to wear and will go with any trousers and looks good with a T-shirt or a dress shirt. A really versatile piece. Click here to shop coats.

Jeans

Buy 1-2 pairs of jeans

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Images left to right: Straight leg jean, £110, Paul Smith, Straight leg 504 jeans, £95, Levi’s, Jag slim jeans, £105, J Lindeberg.

Come autumn, we start to look for darker tones. And jeans in a deep indigo, grey or black is a great step away from the washed blues of summer. Because winter usually involves more dressy nights out, and shoes rather than pumps or flip flops, you’ll be wanting straighter leg jeans.

A cheeky denim tip is that the darker the dye, the smarter the jeans look. So if you’re wanting new going out trousers then black jeans may be the way forward. A graphite grey is a fresh new alternative for the daywear jean. Click here to shop jeans.

Shoes

Buy 1 smart shoe
Buy 1 casual shoe

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Images left to right: Cubic leather mens shoe, £90, Bertie, Barcelona round toe brogue, £135, Pied a Terre, Baker side lace trim line shoes, £75, Bertie.

With brogues and Chelsea boots being back on trend, it makes shopping for shoes a doddle. Obviously, casual shoes still have a place and the trainer won’t be dying out in a hurry, but the look and feel for Autumn/Winter is definitely smarter and sharper. The summer’s hit was the boat shoe, and this season the loafer will be the style to be seen in.

Whichever style you choose, team with straight leg or regular cut jeans, if you really want to challenge the world of fashion you may even want to try a pair of skinny jeans with a blazer, a look best reserved for the tall and slender. For everyone else a good jean or tailored trouser with a shirt and blazer, or peacoat will be a winning look. Click here to shop shoes.

Tops/knits

Buy 1 chunky knit
Buy 2 motif tees
Buy 1 fine knit

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Images left to right: Basic shawl with two pockets, £85, Levi’s, Printed T-shirt, £27, 55DSL, Floral shirt, £80, Diesel.

Chunky knits are a great look for autumn. Cable knit, Fair Isle, and muted tones are key and look great paired with jeans and a T-shirt for a laidback look. For work you can’t beat a fine merino, or cashmere jumper to keep you warm. Plums, greys, black, navy and forest green are hot colours for Autumn/Winter and suit all skin tones. Play with tones and layer up different shades. There has also been brights filtering through which contrast against the darker colours. For example a navy with hot pink is a great look used well in New & Lingwood’s range.  Click here to shop knitwear.

Motif tees still reign supreme in the T-shirt world and make a great layering base to work with check shirts and hooded tops. As for shirts, well the paisley and floral are back. But don’t worry, these aren’t girly, created in greys and black, the patterns are toned down and have a fab subtly to them. Have a look, if you don’t believe us…

Click here to shop tops, click here to shop shirts.

Accessories

Buy 1 scarf
Buy 1 flat cap
Buy 1 pair of gloves
Buy 1 bag

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Images left to right: Reversible vertical striped scarf, £25, Linea, Flat cap, £20, Failsworth, Contrast edge painted bowling bag, £90, Ted Baker.

Men don’t really get much to play with in the accessory department. But winter is such a brilliant excuse to layer up and get involved with a few added extras.

Scarves are always a good look. We have a particular thing for stripy scarves, and thankfully there are loads around this season. Who can deny the power of the stripy scarf? You can wear it to work, down the pub, on a walk, on a date, and you always stay warm and looking cool, yes we do love a good stripy scarf. Click here to shop scarves.

Hats and gloves are a little trickier, although beanies are still a strong look, style points must go to flat cap and leather glove wearers. These are set to be huge this season, so make like Daniel Craig, Jude Law and Brad Pitt and get involved with a little flat cap action. Click here to shop hats.

As for bags, there are two key styles; the satchel and the bowling bag. The bowling bag is a wonderful alternative to a boring briefcase, it is smart yet has a cool edge. The satchel is of course a daytime wonder, and when you’re out and about it’s the easiest style to lug about and still look stylish… rucksacks are not cool, fact. Click here to shop bags.

So now you’re all set for Autumn/Winter, that wasn’t so painful was it?!

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