Spring brings with it the chance to shed those winter coats and show off jumpers and T-shirts with plenty of colour – and there’s really no better way to do it than with stripes. Block colour has its place, but it’s so easy to overdo it with the brighter tones. Stripes allow you to splash in some colour while still looking understated – and they can also help your physique too.
Horizontal or vertical?
Ladies have much more choice when it comes to horizontal or vertical stripes; men’s stripey options are most of the time horizontal – probably because it’s so hard for a man to wear vertical stripes and not have it look at first glance like a football shirt. Horizontal stripes do have their uses though; men with thin frames will look wider with a horizontal stripe.
Thick or thin?
Bigger stripes tend to make a bolder statement than thinner ones, while ultra-fine ones will prevent those with a broader frame from looking too wide. Mixing fine and thick stripes is not often seen because it’s a difficult one to get right – mix in colour and it usually looks too busy, but when done well it can be an interesting look.
The top designers love stripes, and most have a range throwing together dark blues and whites or creams for a nautical look. It’s popular every spring and summer and that never looks like changing! Black and white as a combination is similarly timeless, but don’t be afraid of mixing colours; Original Penguin’s range shows that by offsetting the body stripes with block colour on the arms, or by using stripes only on the top half of a T-shirt, you can get away with combining some brighter colours -more than two, even – without being too flashy.
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This greatly-anticipated spring/summer season brings with it a surprise: the reinvention of men’s tailoring into something that is not only suitable for wear on warm sunny days, but something that can be as practical as it is stylish. No sign of tatty flip-flops and ill-advised vests here!
The Full Suit
Ok, so you’re not going to be reaching for that full black or navy number in the summer’s heat, but as Louis Vuitton recently proved with their spring/summer 2013 collection, a checked suit in the right blend of lighter shades can make for a smart but easy to pull off look that won’t leave you looking out of place in the city or strolling through seaside streets.
The secret to the success of the French fashion house’s sublimely tailored collection lies in the accessories: shades are a given but the model also wore neckskarves tied subtly underneath the open collar of shirts and wore watches that were large enough to command attention, yet sturdy enough to say ‘this is daywear, not occasionwear’.
The Smart Shirt
The perfect item for summer: it’s lightweight but offers coverage against the sun and is available in all the shades you could want to complete any look, from every summer’s favourite – nautical, to the trend that divides men each time it appears – pastel shades. For an idea of the sheer multiplicity of shirts available out there, take a look at the offerings from Hackett; you’ll soon be pairing a smart shirt with tailored shorts or lightly coloured chinos for a daytime look that gives your style everything it needs for summer.
The Summer Savvy Shoes
Boat shoes (also known as deck shoes or loafers) are the stylish man’s best friend for the spring/summer season. They’ll work perfectly with the tailoring that we hope will now define your look, be that shorts or trousers, and since they come in such a range of colours, they’re the ideal way to add an extra splash of personality to your look.
Cooler weather is right around the corner and by adding a few key pieces to your summer shorts now, you can keep them out later on. The idea is to pick pieces that you’ll get tons of use and are stylish enough to mix and match later on with jeans, cordoroys or slacks. Pair them with a pair of boots, oxfords or sneaks and you’re good to go! Check out some examples below
Now: If you prefer simple functional basics try a light weight jacket like the ones by Penfield over at Size? with just about any of your summer favorites. Later: Add a stylish scarf, a hoodie and a button down… guaranteed style and it’s layering heaven!
Now: For cooler nights try a preppy sweater (it’s a classic and stylish piece for any season), shorts and slip ons. Later: Pull out your cordoroys and favorite summer slip ons to wear with your sweater for a effortless laid back look.
Now: Pair your shorts with your favorite tee and a button a down. Later: Add a a vest for some stylish layering and ditch the shorts for your favorite jeans
Kellan’s double denim look is the perfect blend of cool and casual. It definitely epitomizes the laid back Cali style captured by his personal line of Abbott and Main. Get Kellan’s look for less with pieces from American Eagle, Swell & more!
Denim Shirt - $49.50 at AE.com
Jeans – $49.99 at Swell.com
Oxfords – $49.99 at Urbanoutfitters.com
Aviator Sunglasses – $18.18 at ASOS.com
Newsboy Cap – $43.46 at Urbanexcess.com
Love a man with a stylish backpack… it gives any outfit an old school (somewhat chic/geeky) street vibe that’s so sexy! Tip: Don’t go cheap on backpacks. They are always handy and if you choose the right one, it’ll look even better with a little wear and tear. When it comes to style points, consider this: Pair it with a hoodie and slacks for an old school touch; blazers and a scarf to class it up; or a pull over, button down and baggy jeans for a smart look. Check out some of my faves below and let me know your thoughts on backpacks.
Wool-Blend Jacket - $56.90 at Forever21.com
Jeans – $42.99 at Tillys.com
Hoodie – $26.94 at Oldnavy.com
Sneakers – $111 at ASOS.com
Canvas and Leather Backpack – $76.99 at Bluefly.com
Sunglasses – $46.90 at Nordstrom.com
Leather and Canvas Backpack – $57.30 at ASOS.com
Faux Leather Backpack – $112 at Yesstyle.com
Ralph Lauren Backpack - $74.99 at Rugby.com
Idlewood Backpack - $85 at Urbanoutfitters.com
I’m prepared that a lot of you out there will think Brad Pitt’s outfit is a hot mess; but I can’t help myself. I love it! For reasons I can’t quite articulate, the khakis/sweater combo gives off this sexy Mr. Rogers look that just…works for me. And yes, I even think the dirty, tussled hair adds to the whole vibe. So if you’re in the mood to get down and dirty with your inner nerdy, try Brad’s look for less with pieces from Hanes, Karmaloop, Kohls and more!
Shawl Cardigan – $58 at Karmalopp.com
Hanes Classic Tee – $21 at Kohls.com
Skylow Supra – $70 at Suprafootwear.com
Retro Sunglasses - $21.95 at Asos.com
SO excited for Banana Republic’s new Mad Men line! I’m a huge fan of the show and a even bigger fan of the 60′s style revolution. I loved the clean American lines for the men’s wear and the reserved yet sexy modern touch of the women’s clothes. Designed by Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen in colllaboration with ‘Mad Men’ Emmy Award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant, the collection will be carried in Banana Republic’s North American stores and online at BananaRepublic.com starting Thursday, August 11.
Banana Republic Facebook Fans will have exclusive to shop collection first, before it hits stores and online. An early access Facebook boutique goes live on the Banana Republic Facebook Fan page on Wednesday, August 10th, allowing fans to beat the crowds and shop the collection first.
Gone are the days when fashion trends were simply meant for women. Guys have now become equally conscious about what they wear and how they accessorize themselves. Men are now equally interested in fashion weeks held at the four major destinations Milan, Paris, London and New York.
Whether you are a style guru or an average guy, fashion trends for spring 2011 will not disappoint you.
Globe Totter: The hottest trend of spring 2011 reflects the Captain Cook look. Do you remember the captain sailing on Pacific Ocean? The fashion idea for 2011 is similar – West meets East. The fashion week held in New York played with the idea – clothing as storytelling. Clothing that gives a feel of adventure are going to be a big hit this year.
Duckie Brown: The Duckie Brown collection displayed by Daniel Silver at New York 2011 Spring Fashion Week clearly conveyed the message that the effort was to make every single piece unique. This collection perfectly reflected the West meets East look. If you are in search of a similar style, opt for garments that exhibit an eccentric mix of patterns and colors.
Gilded Age: The clipper ships and the Pan American World Airways uniforms are the inspiration for this style. You can find shirts designed with fabrics that look aged by the sun. Drawstrings at your waist, epaulettes and multi-pocket jackets are going to bring the vintage look.
Billy Reid: The Billy Reid collection was another major success at New York Fashion week spring 2011. The designer was inspired by his birthplace Louisiana and his creations captured the essence of the Louisiana style. His collections displayed madras jackets with hand made patchwork, heirloom buckled belts, the kind of dresses that would evoke a sense of tradition. Wearing a Billy Reid garment can give you the vintage look you are crazy about.
If you want to keep pace with the spring fashion trend 2011 look for some of these things including epaulettes, leather travel bag, vintage prints, sun aged fabrics, lived-in leather jackets, jackets with multiple pockets, handcrafted detailing, awning stripes and many more.
Worth every penny spent, the timeless leather jacket continues to be one of the most versatile pieces in your closet….whether kicking casual wear up a notch or adding a little edge to your look. Pair it with jeans like Brad Pitt; over a white tee like Justin Timberlake or keep it simple with solid colors like Kanye West or the always stylish David Beckham. With tons of styles and fits, check out the selections below from www.AllSaints.com and put your own spin on the classic leather jacket!