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Colour Trends for Men – 2014

The transition from summer to autumn has begun, so now is the time to stock up on autumn/winter 2013-2014’s new and interesting colour palette.

If you’ve not scoured the latest updates from the runway, this season proves to be a shocker. Autumn/winter usually calls upon stereotypical dark hues of plum, black, navy and grey, however this winter will be decidedly bright and optimistic instead.

Zest for life

Designers such as Burberry and Jonathan Saunders showcased various bright shades of orange and yellow for both separates and tailoring. These colours were worn with dove grey and charcoal to show the contrast even more.

On the high street, brands such as Topman, Homme Penn at Urban Outfitters and Levis have picked up on this trend and are already stocking zesty shades to update your wardrobe.

Topman Orange 89 mesh vest £20.00

Topman Orange 89 mesh vest

Homme Penn Tee £22.00

Homme Penn Tee

Levis Short Sleeved One Pocket Washed Shirt £70.00

Levis Short Sleeved One Pocket Washed Shirt

Pastel Power

A major side step away from winter’s harsher tones, the pastel shades from spring/summer have trickled into next season effortlessly. Which is good news if you did invest in a tailored pastel suit this summer, as you’ve got yourself more cost per wear.

Hues such as cornflower blue, dusky pink and mint green have all featured on the autumn/winter 13-14 runways, from designers including Richard Nicoll and Hackett. Even Christopher Raeburn re-invented the military style parker in a powder pink for this season – just make sure your girlfriend doesn’t nab it!

A favourite from the high street is Topman’s blue dip dye blazer at £85.00, this piece could be worn with chinos or jeans to make a subtle impact to your look.

Topman Blue Dip Dye Blazer

For a smart-casual classic pink shirt, Uniqlo stock perfect 100% cotton Oxford, long sleeved shirts for just £14.90.

Uniqlo Classic Pink Shirt

Team H&M’s pair of mint green chinos (£19.99) with a dark grey v-neck sweater to balance out the colour proportions.

H&M Chinos

All-American Style – The Never Fail Look

You may have a signature look or a piece in your wardrobe which never fails to spruce up an outfit, but sometimes you may get bored and fancy mixing it up a bit in the style stakes.

Never fear, there’s a go to look that will suit any body shape and age appropriately – the all-American look. The staple pieces include blue denim jeans and a plain white t-shirt – it’s what you layer over and the accessories you wear with it that can fit in with what you feel most comfortable with.

The Basics

Look for the highest quality plain white t-shirt your budget can afford, and of course these are available in almost every high street and designer store around the world – the most classic style is a round crew neck.

The next investment piece is the indigo denim jean in a slim/regular fit, with or without turn-ups and definitely without any distressed details. This purely depends on how ‘Americana’ you want to go. If James Dean, Danny from Grease or Marlon Brando are your heroes, why not give turn-ups a try?

Layer It Up

For the under 40’s, the plaid flannel shirt in bold shades of red, green and blue can make a real statement with the all-American look, this style of shirt will also nod to the 1990’s trend nicely as well. If plaid flannel shirts aren’t to your tastes, wear a chambray shirt with rolled up sleeves, in a light blue or grey colour to layer up over your plain white tee.

As the weather turns cooler for autumn, a great cover up is the ‘worker jacket’ favoured by the blue-collar workers of the Deep South in America – a boxed, waist-length shape, with long sleeves and a collar in urban tones of charcoal, black or rust are a good choice.

Footwear & Accessories

The key to the all-American look is to keep it simple and stick to the classics. Converse All Star trainers are a fine symbol of American style, which haven’t dated in decades. Stick to their primary range of trainers in white, black, navy or red to really gain a lot wear from these shoes.

If your occasion calls for a smarter look, or you find Converse trainers a little too cold in the drizzly autumn weather, the lace up ‘work boot’ in suede or leather is a great alternative. High street stores have many options available and in many different price ranges, from All Saints to ASOS or River Island to Kurt Geiger.

Like the footwear, keep the accessories down to a minimum. Choose a black or brown leather belt to pull the look together and be sparing with any jewellery.

Best Dressed Footballers

The new football season is upon us with the Premier League set to kick off on the 17th August, so now’s the time when footballers behaviour will be magnified both on and off the pitch – not forgetting their sometimes ‘interesting’ style choices. However some players do get it right, so here’s Timothy Edwards round up of the best-dressed footballers to look out for this season.

Thierry Henry

Not afraid to try new things, French footballer Thierry Henry has been spotted wearing this summers style staple the varsity jacket as an addition to his off-duty, casual style. Thierry also chooses classic pieces such as straight leg jeans and neutral-coloured shirts, which are pulled together with a classic blazer.

Michael Essien
Chelsea player Michael Essien aka ‘The Bison’ may have a tough approach on the field, but off the pitch he pulls together a refined aesthetic, favouring ultra-slim fitting suits and sharp ties for evening wear, and plaid shirts with eclectic accessories for daytime.

Raul Meireles

Portuguese footballer Raul Meireles is covered in tattoos, but his style is suitably polished. Favouring a fashion-forward wardrobe of elegant suits, Breton striped t-shirts, topped off with a good dose of rock and roll swagger. Raul loves fashion so much, he and his wife decided to open a fashion boutique in his home country.

Xabi Alonso

Spanish star Xabi Alonso hasn’t been an ambassador for designer Hugo Boss for nothing, as his look fits in perfectly with the fashion house. Classic and smart, Alonso sticks to classic casual wear such as V-neck sweaters layered over t-shirts, form-fitting suits and a clean-cut hairstyle.

David Beckham

Save the best till last (even though retired), we know Mr Beckham can sell almost anything – from Sharpie pens to D&G underwear. He’s been on the style radar and a role model for over a decade for taking fashion risks, but when the pressure is on to look extra good, David Beckham always delivers. Anyone who can pull off a Ralph Lauren morning suit to the recent Royal wedding or a sarong on holiday gets a fashion salute – even if he does get some extra style tips from his Spice Girl and fashion designer wife, Victoria Beckham.

Sea-faring, Nautical Trend Update

The nautical trend has become a style staple this summer and it’s looking to continue well into autumn/winter 2014 too. The colours red, white and blue make up the typical nautical palette, as well as pieces such as Breton tops and pea coats. However the look has evolved into a much more masculine, maritime appearance.

The fisherman jacket, with its practical pockets and strong water-resistant fabric has become a necessity amongst fashionista males. Brands such as Soulcal, Denham the Jeanmaker and Suit Samson have a selection in bright colours including red and yellow, or wear-with-everything neutral hues like navy and khaki.

As always, nautical stripes are a strong look. Choose Breton tops in traditional navy or grey stripes with white, but experiment by looking for t-shirts with varying stripe widths or a mixture of vertical and horizontal stripes together can update this classic.

Wear your Breton top with chinos or jeans, or for a Riveria inspired look, layer under a white or navy blazer to make your outfit smarter.

For a fun update to your wardrobe, fashion stores such as ASOS, Urban Outfitters, All Saints and Topman are stocking sea-faring prints and patterns with anchors, sailing boats and seagulls seen on every piece from cardigans, t-shirts, shorts and even ties. Just make sure to wear one piece at a time to avoid nautical overkill.

When it comes to footwear, who can’t resist the boat or deck shoes? They tick all the right boxes – practical, comfortable and stylish – and can be worn with shorts and trousers. Other shoes include tan suede loafers or even plain white plimsolls, which will go with your nautical-inspired outfits.

5 Must-Have Classic Accessories

From a beaten up and tired looking pair of trainers, a scratched belt plate or mud-sodden rucksack, accessories are always noticed. Essential to an outfit yet a lot of the time purely ignored, accessories have the power to change an outfit entirely. Below is a multi-tasking list of recommended accessories to take you from weekends away, black tie occasions or even work wear.

  1. A leather belt – To make an outfit look pulled together, a belt is a must. Stick to classic black and brown leather styles with silver fastenings and/or buckles too. Purchase in both colours, or look for a reversible black/brown belt to save your pennies – suit retailers including Moss Bros or Austin Reed stock great traditional-looking accessories.

  2. Pair of sunglasses – There’s nothing like a pair of Rayban aviator sunglasses to add a touch of cool finesse to an outfit, and this style like Converse plimsolls never seem to date. Although make sure to have a trying on session in store to find the right style for you, spending more on designer sunglasses can also guarantee you get quality lenses, but save the fashion-forward and on-trend styles to cheaper high-street stores.

  3. A watch The raise of smart phones have meant the joys of carrying a Filofax and wearing a watch have diminished over the years, with people resorting to peering at their phone for the time instead of simply glancing at a sophisticated time piece. A silver or gold watch is your ‘go with everything’ timeless style, just as great with a t-shirt as it is in the office.

  4. Pair Of Leather Gloves – Rock stars to politicians, most of them own a pair of luxury leather gloves to guard their hands from the cold each winter. Hard-wearing and stylish, leather gloves are much better than wool gloves which can look tired quickly – A truly sophisticated addition to your winter wardrobe.

  5. Leather holdall – You can’t go wrong with a medium-sized leather holdall. Like leather gloves and belts, this super strong material stays looking well-groomed at all times – much better than its canvas holdall counterpart. A leather holdall can be used for many occasions including trips to the gym and weekends away.