6 Statement Pieces To Consider For Autumn/Winter 2015
In spring, we said it was once bitten, twice shy when it comes to statement pieces, and we werent lying. But despite coming a cropper of the shorts suit once or twice, and summer now nothing but a distant memory, weve hurled ourselves headlong into the autumn/winter months with the kind of dogged enthusiasm they require.
Your cold-weather looks should already be hitting their groove now that were well into November. But that doesnt mean there isnt room for improvement: its time to take your style to the next level.
While throwing on something that looks like a modified duvet definitely satisfies on occasion, the foul weather shouldnt dampen your style. If youre the kind of bloke thats unafraid of sporting bold hues during the summer, theres no reason to keep it greyscale once the weather turns.
Bright-coloured outerwear cannot fail to turn heads. From burgundy to bottle green, cobalt to petrol blue, adding a touch of chromatic excitement to your winter wardrobe pays dividends if done correctly – just remember brights should be contained, so surround them with neutrals.
British label Albam are offering a few mid-length hooded smocks in sanded cotton this season, including a track-stopping raspberry colourway. That one is our favourite, but because youre literally in a bright red jacket, youll want to pare-down the rest of your look: in this case, think winter-ready dark grey flannels and mélange trousers with leather footwear.
There was a time in the not so distant past when graphics (large-scale zigzag patterns, geometrics, cartoon characters) were confined to little more than tees. Emphasis, in menswear, was on classic styling and graphics by their very nature – arent exactly wallflower subtle. Now, though, alls change.
Its probably a good time to explain that when we say graphic jumpers we dont mean graphic sweatshirts we mean proper knitted jumpers. Like in Richard Curtis films, only, you know, cool. None of these are cooler than the crew necks in Valentinos AW15 collection. Inspired by the art-deco styles of Australian artist Esther Stewart, the brands sweaters offer a bold take on 1970s knitted pullovers. Contrasting colours and striking geometry really elevate this piece above your standard BBC Springwatch fare.
Try a style like this (or this if you like us dont have a grand to spare at this time of year) with some muted tailored trousers in grey or black and a pair of minimal leather sneakers for a clean take on colour-clash.
Also worth a look is an extra special item from adidas and A Kind Of Guises recent collaboration: an exceptionally fine-knit sweatshirt-style jumper in off-white (not unlike marshmallow bananas) with a debossed leaf print thats just the right side of weird.
An autumn/winter fixture (owing to its party season suitability), the velvet blazer is admittedly the toughest item to wear on this list, but pulling it off will not only supercharge your formal fits, itll make James Bond want to be mates with you. Probably.
Get it right and the world is your oyster but, as with most statement pieces, you get what you pay for. Nothing quite kills the Christmas party vibe like a cheap velvet jacket. Luckily, if you pick the right design (and treat it with the respect it deserves), youll only need to purchase one in your lifetime.
If you find yourself flush with cash this pre-Christmas period, then you cant go wrong with Haider Ackermanns exquisite, Italian-made, overlap-fastening velvet jacket. Its beautiful but does cost the price of a 51 plate Fiat Punto.
On the slightly more affordable side is the work of Suitsupply a fraction of the cost and still an absolutely top-notch way to shake up a plain suit.
The perfect antidote to the skinny-jean beast Hedi Slimane unleashed a decade ago, wide-leg fits will with any luck have a similarly successful (re)run in the near future.
Championed by century-old houses like Lanvin and E. Tautz as well as new-school shakers like Craig Green, the wide-leg is ridiculously comfortable and its broader cuff means you have way more options when it comes to footwear.
Ever tried to rock skinnies and boots? Its not so much punk as toothpick into a steak. Anyway, perfect with boots or hi-top trainers (both very necessary for the season), a wide-leg trouser or jean works like a charm with low-tops, too.
Either find yourself a pair that breaks right at the line of your trainer or roll them up a few inches for a different, slightly more Japanese-inspired aesthetic.
Still going strong some seventy years after the trend first hit, the shearling jacket is a statement staple thats still criminally underused. Thats likely to do with the fact that real, high quality shearling-lined jackets often cost upwards of a grand. Of course, if you have an end of year bonus burning a hole in your pocket, free to invest in Burberrys shearling-lined flight jacket or Reiss new Premium leather biker and watch eyes turn green everywhere you go.
For the rest of us on a more modest budget, a borg or faux fur collar makes just as much of an impression, bringing a welcome shot of texture to your cold-weather getups while also protecting your neck from winters bite.
In terms of styling, dont overthink it: a faux fur-collared coat will bring a sense of understated luxury to any suit you have in your rotation, while a borg-collared bomber will toughen up your off-duty looks; team with heavyweight denim and a pair of rugged boots and away you go.
Maison Kitsuné and J.Crew both offer a great selection of faux shearling-lined jackets, while River Island have produced some superb detachable (key if you want to use this piece year-round) fur-collared bombers for AW15 that look a lot more expensive than they are.
When you think about statement trousers, images of posh boys in mustard corduroys or bright red chinos probably spring to mind, but thats not all there is to these.
Checked trousers offer up loads of chance for expression and variety, allowing you to sway between subtle (small-scale gingham and houndstooth) and standout (madras and windowpane motifs) with ease. Working well across skinny- and slim-fits, theyll make a welcome addition to your wardrobe.
Our pick would be the work of Milanese fashion house Etro, which has garnered real industry clout due to its signature paisley patterns and high-quality materials. The brands narrow-cut wool-blend trousers, in a green, blue, and grey check, have a real sense of occasion and craft. Not only that but they can be totally dressed down: a simple grey sweatshirt and minimalist trainers will look superb with a pair of these.
Its about being brave out there, guys. You cant play it safe your whole life. A few choice pieces of standout clothing can really set you apart from the rest, and the best bit is youll know others will be too scared to touch them, which means you wont have to worry about too many people biting your style.
Oh, one thing to remember: probably best to just keep it to one statement piece per outfit, yeah? Youll come off a bit Willy Wonka otherwise.
How are you making your style standout this season? Will you be adding any of the above to your wardrobe?
Let us know in the comments section.