Men à la mode

17 Jul 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

From faux fur and foils to monochrome and manklets. Penny Fray brings you the top trends in men’s fashion to emerge from the new season shows

Fashion may be a fickle creature, but some trends take a little longer to get relegated to the rubbish bin than others – especially in menswear. So for those of you who invested in last year’s baseball jackets, check suits and grey sweaters, congratulations! A lot of these pieces are still going strong for autumn.

Among the survivors is the humble jogging bottom. Seen everywhere from Marni to Bottega Veneta, loungewear was suddenly elevated to something altogether smarter thanks to tailoring and double-faced wool cashmere with leather.

Eager to move on from last year’s must-haves? We hear you. Consider swapping your baseball jacket for a biker. Black leather may be timeless, but green and suede are hipper. In fact, for those of you tired of playing it safe with classic neutrals, try combining interesting pastels such as robin’s egg with dusty pink à la Gucci or Bottega Veneta’s sergeant blue with mist water. And be sure to try texture, mixing fur, foil and other “out there” fabrics with traditional tweed and jersey. 

Finally, when it comes to accessories, invest in a man blanket, as seen on the runways of both Burberry and Sibling. Crowns were also spotted at Dolce & Gabbana but that may be taking things a little too far. 



The sports luxe trend is still hot, so step up your off-duty roster with H&M’s refined sweatpants. Detailed with tailored touches, this grey pair will keep you looking slick on your downtime. From RO20.



A clever combination of soft, smooth faux leather and motocross quilted details makes this RO53 Zara biker jacket a classic investment. It reminds me of Balmain’s biker, just without the eye-watering price tag.



These sweaters are on every stylish man’s radar thanks to their air of old-school panache. This dark grey John Smedley version has been knitted in lightweight merino wool, making it an easy layer whatever the weather. From RO85.



Still carrying your work stuff in a carrier bag? Tut-tut. It’s time to get a man tote like this one from Alexander McQueen. With its folded magnetic corners, this bag is sleek and discreet, but opens up for easy access to everything you’ve stowed in its spacious compartments. The supple leather will age elegantly with every season. From RO590.



If you have to inject colour into your autumn wardrobe, make sure it’s orange. The citrus hue was seen everywhere on this season’s catwalks. That’s why we love this cashmere scarf from Mr Porter. Sourced from traditionally herded Mongolian Hircus goats, it oozes craftsmanship. The additional silk threads create an unbeatable lustre that just about justifies the RO360 price tag. For much cheaper alternatives, hit the souk.



These were once the only permissible footwear for skaters, but leave it to Balmain to inject them with a luxurious touch. This pair is made from monochrome black leather with white rubber soles and is ideal for wearing with a sweatshirt and jeans for a city-meets-street outfit. Ideal for Muscat’s warm autumn. From RO283 but you can get cheaper versions in mall stores like Splash and Call It Spring.


Be prepared to move into the new season with sass:

  1. From Men In Black to the catwalk, the power pairing of black and white will never diminish. Make sure you wear yours less formally with stripes and patterned sweaters.
  2. In fact, the humble stripe is the perfect trans-seasonal print – especially when it’s Regatta rather than Breton.
  3. The collision of sportswear and fashion continues with quilted jackets, sweatpants and shorts.

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