At FashionBeans, we are big fans of giving our readers a heads up on what to expect for the season to come. It gives everyone a chance to have a good hard think about what trends and looks they want to incorporate into their style, before actually being knee deep in said season.
However, there is another aspect of a coming season that we, as writers, never really mention. And that is what looks or trends we are personally looking to try out and test this time around. As we all know, what’s ‘in’ this season doesn’t always sit well with all the people all the time. Just take a look at any of our comments sections to see what I’m talking about.
So this time around I decided that rather than bashing out yet another ‘Top 5 Items/Looks for AW12′, I’d let you guys have a little bit of an insight into what I intend to be rocking this season, outside of the realm of my extremely streamlined wardrobe of men’s fashion basics.
For autumn/winter 2012, that would the overshirt. Or perhaps it would more appropriate to say ‘shirt on shirt’ – because I am not talking about a shacket here at all. Not that I have anything against them, I’m just specifically talking about wearing two shirts on top of each other.
The inspiration came a few months back, when I was looking at some old black and white school photos from 1940s/1950s New York. Nearly every picture I looked at featured someone from a blue collar/working class background wearing a shirt and tie with another heavier shirt loosely buttoned over the top. It was perfect for the coming autumn, when the weather has yet to turn freezing but you still require that extra layer for warmth.
But, as always, there are a few rules I’ll have to follow (and you too if you fancy it):
Here are three example looks that I will be rocking come October. These would also be a good starting place for anyone wanting to try out this particular look:
By now you should all own a lightweight blue chambray shirt. Pair this with some navy chinos and a blue and red striped bow tie and you’ve already got a solid preppy look in itself. However, throw an overshirt on top and you’ve got a whole new beast on your hands.
Pick up a flannel or cashmere-blend plaid shirt in a complementing colour such as purple, red or mustard yellow and leave the top three buttons undone. Then all you need is a tweed drivers cap (or snap back hats for those of you out there) and some brown suede desert boots:
Why not just inverse the look? Pick up a broadcloth check shirt in a rich autumnal colour such as scarlet, olive or a deep brown and pair it with a thicker denim overshirt.
Give a nod to the coming cold weather with a herringbone necktie and a pair of grey wool dress trousers. Top the whole thing off with a pair of burgundy brogue boots:
Ever wondered what purpose a corduroy shirt could possibly have? Well, it works pretty well within this look.
Go for a contrasting colour shirt combination such as red and blue or green and yellow but change the hues. For example, a pink button down Oxford cloth under a navy corduroy over shirt with a knitted brown tie would look perfect.
Pair this one with some raw selvedge jeans and some brown double monks for the perfect weekend look. This can easily transition into a evening look by swapping the overshirt for a navy blazer, losing the tie and swapping the Dub’s for some black loafers.
So there you have it guys, the main look I’m going to be attempting this AW12.
Before you all jump to the comments section to politely inform me how misinformed I am with trying this look out, why not first share what looks and trends you are going to try out this coming season? Or maybe what essential items you’re looking to purchase this time around.
Let me know guys!