He we go again with a collection of picks from around the web this week. Really slow week for fashion like I have mentioned earlier on in the week which makes it very hard for me to get inspired looking at the same old stuff over and over again. A lot of the sales are winding down and the websites are not releasing as much new stuff until they clear stock. On a more positive note, I will be releasing a new outfit/look book tomorrow which should be particularly good for those in the 9-5 routine or the modern gentleman.
So I have only concentrated on new deliveries, and have actually found some great knitwear, shirts and footwear. I am going to try and focus on transitional season items like; lightweight knits, shirts, jackets, bold colours and items that will go from summer days to autumn/winter seamlessly. There is more of a running commentary through this article so you can see some of my thought process.
So let’s get into it…
When buying knitwear in this transitional season, stick to lightweight knits, bold summer colours and great striped cardigans. They will look perfect on cooler summer days, but can be included into your autumn/winter wardrobe seamlessly to add a splash of colour, and layered up in your outfits.
Dark colours and washes for shirts will work as well in summer as they do in the winter for the rockers. What I particularly like are the All Saints half length or 3/4 length shirt sleeves. This is good for summer as it is slightly smarter than the short sleeve look but takes away the effort of rolling/folding your sleeves up. These would also work in the winter as you could layer up underneath with a t-shirt or vest, and add over the top with a light knit or jacket. Layers are key – especially in winter – I can’t stress this enough. If you get layering down, then you will kill any look I promise you.
Get denim shirts in your wardrobe now as well, it’s a great look for summer and will carry through well in the darker washes on their own. Lighter washes will also provide amazing contrast against other darker layers in the winter season. Go for the Chambray options I have featured if you want something that has the denim effect but feels a lot softer (like cotton really) and lighter for summer.
Long sleeve shirts are a must for the new season, and for those that work the 9-5 every day. Again stick to pastels and bright colours because they can be worn on their own in summer or dressed up with a waistcoat, scarf/pocket tie and jacket in the winter. Remember the Pharrell post and how he rocked the pink shirt with navy. Look for slim fitted shirts which give you the fashion edge and loosen it up in the summer with a few buttons open and sleeves folded.
With winter stock comes darker shades and darker washes. PRPS have just had a new delivery along with Nudie as featured this week on site. For the transitional period I would recommend darker blues and indigo’s which would look just as good in summer as they do when the nights get darker and weather more grim. Stay off buying the true blacks until winter kicks in, as you will find much more choice during the season than before.
With coats we are quite lucky to live in the UK where it rains no matter the season! :) On a serious note, bold colours are brilliant for jackets & coats in this season (and the next) and really makes you stand out. I just found the royal blue trench coat below which is beautiful for summer or winter – and I can already guarantee that macs and trenches will be big again this winter. Lightweight Nylon short length jackets are a good investment as they light enough to be worn in this season and layered up in the new season.
The transitional season is great for adding some lightweight scarves which add some style to your look but won’t smother you. The Cravatte scarf below is perfect to mix with a pink shirt (again like the Pharrell example).
Look for summer trends and styles but in more durable materials such as leather. The sailing shoes below in the brown leather are perfect and the Paul smith chocolate brogues to me just look so stylish. I love brown shoes as you can rock them with jeans or a great suit. Sometimes items just come along you want so much you will add them to your wardrobe as an investment and for me these are the case even though I wouldn’t wear them everyday. I know they will last, look amazing and pass through each and every season. Timeless items should always be added to your wardrobe.
So there you go, what started out as a pretty uninspiring trip around the web actually ended up with me being really excited about what the new season brings. Autumn/Winter is my favourite season in terms of fashion as there are so many options and layers to get right. Summer is the best time of year, but the fashion can get lazy and too often controlled by how hot it is. So let’s all look forward to even more deliveries – remember that this is literally just some of the new items filtering through and a month or two from now we are going to be swamped with even more amazing new items.
The Look book tomorrow will feature something revolving around the Modern Dandy which I put together with the guys at MyWardrobe recently. I’ll explain the reasoning behind it, and how to rock it from right now through to autumn/winter.
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