As we approach the end of the current winter sale period, the fashion seasons begin to shift in tandem and yet another round of spring/summer beckons. Of course, the industry works in advance and in reality we are still in the midst of winter – leading to a peculiar scenario where retailers are peddling shorts, vests and lightweight tees while we continue to experience sub-zero temperatures and gale force winds.
However, today we do our best to belie the inclement weather and break down five key trends for 2014 that are set to be big news not just for this season, but next as well.
1. Cuffed Trousers
Kicking off on a controversial note, cuffed trousers are set to make a steady rise in 2014, despite an ill-fated phase a few years back. This year’s cuff has a distinctly more futuristic feel than previous incarnations, and has been applied to everything from sweatpants to suit trousers.
Slim and neat is the way to wear this trend. The only thing distinctly different about your legwear should be the elasticated cuff, and even that should be in keeping with the garment as a whole. No jersey waistband and/or cuffs on jeans please – that’s one hybrid that can remain dead and buried.
This trend has been influenced by the industry’s current obsession with sports luxe and subsequent rise of the slimline sweatpant. It’s also strictly one for casual settings: suit trousers may have been given the treatment but try explaining that to your boss in the boardroom.
How To Wear
Create a look full of depth and character by dressing up a pair of cuffed woollen trousers with a tailored brushed cotton shirt and textured knit. The jumper’s rich burgundy colouring draws the attention away from your unconventional lower half and acts a strong focal point for the outfit.
Finish with sleek minimal trainers that complement the casual overtones given off by the trousers:
- Reiss Star Slim Fit Cotton Shirt White
- Reiss Pilot Textured Cotton Knit Wine Berry
- Topman Charcoal Wool Chino Joggers
- Converse Navy Maison Martin Margiela Jack Purcell Painted Sneakers
- Asos Regular Cuffed Chinos
- Topman Charcoal Wool Chino Joggers
- Paul Smith Stretch Wool Tailored Trousers 182248
- Beams Plus Regular-fit Check Wool Trousers
- Allsaints Madison Sweat Pant
- Topman Pale Grey Cuffed Skinny Chinos
2. Pinstripe Tailoring
Pinstripes have finally shaken off their dreaded ‘banker’ association and now offer a viable way for the modern gent to separate his formal wear from the rest of the crowd.
Greed may be good, but keep your pinstripes subtle and closer together for a friendlier, less abrasive approach – especially for an office environment.
If you are looking for ultimate versatility, favour pinstripe over chalk stripe as they are much more understated. Those wanting to make a statement should instead look towards another on trend option: checked tailoring.
Despite its previous style exile, the pinstripe suit has an air of timelessness to it and will seamlessly integrate into any work wear rotation. Stick to the guidelines above and have a read of Matt Allinson’s master class on the pattern and you can’t go wrong.
How To Wear
Work your stripes overtime by dressing them down with a long sleeve polo – it’ll certainly go a long way to banishing that banker image.
Camel and navy is a colour combination made in heaven and one worth having in your sartorial arsenal. Some classic brogues cement the smart-casual aesthetic and finish the look on a heritage note:
- Asos Polo Shirt With Long Sleeves
- Richard James Hyde Navy Pinstripe Wool Suit
- Reiss Gillespie Classic Brogues Tan
- Austin Reed Contemporary Fit Grey Stripe Jacket
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In 100% Wool Pinstripe
- River Island Navy Pinstripe Waistcoat
- Asos Slim Fit Jacket In Pinstripe
- Alexander Mcqueen Pinstripe Flannel Trousers 172836
- Paul Smith London Navy Kensington Slim-fit Pinstripe Cotton Suit
3. Something In Pink
Each new season brings with it a major colour trend that infiltrates both the high fashion runways and subsequent high street collections. For SS14, pink gets its turn. And not just a particular tone – every shade imaginable was spotted at the global fashion week previews.
This variety allows you to integrate pink into your current wardrobe in a number of ways. As we approach the warmer months, a pastel hue is always an appropriate and stylish choice; a blazer or pair of trousers would be ideal for summer weddings or smart-casual events.
Those wanting to make more of a statement should look toward bold, highlighter tones. Bright pink requires some confidence to pull off but it will bring a high fashion edge to your wardrobe.
Lanvin applied the hue to bombers, Paul Smith to trousers and Tom Ford to tailoring – take your pick but make it pink.
How To Wear
Take a timeless approach to this trend with a pastel pink blazer. Dress it up with a white shirt, navy knitted tie and boutonnière for a wedding-ready look. Suiting separates are always a stylish choice and grey trousers work extremely well here.
Finally, add some continental panache with a pair of tasselled loafers:
- Burton White Plain Slim Fit Shirt
- Reiss Cutler Knitted Silk Tie Navy
- Asos Slim Fit Blazer
- River Island Navy Flower Lapel Pin
- J.crew Bowery Slim-fit Wool Trousers
- Topman Hudson Tan Leather Tassel Loafers
- Topman Rasberry Ultra Skinny Suit
- Huntergather Men’s Pink Cord Shirt
- Mathieu Jerome Iguana Tie Bar 184306
- J.crew Broken In Regular-fit Cotton Chinos
- Commodity Stock Basic One Pocket Tee
- Burberry Brit Elbow Patch Cashmere Sweater
4. Block Stripes
It probably comes as no surprise to hear that stripes are trending for SS14. They hardly ever fall out of favour, especially during spring/summer, and a Breton top is an all-time classic that every man should have in their wardrobe.
However, this season’s edit sees a larger, block stripe reign supreme, which makes much more of a statement than traditional nautical or Breton varieties.
The next step in the evolution of colour-blocking, the block stripe can be found in all colours and orientations this season, and has been applied to every area of the wardrobe. Whether it’s socks, scarves, ties, knits, trousers or outerwear this is a pattern worth considering and definitely one that will catch the eye in any outfit.
How To Wear
A block stripe will add a point of interest to knitwear without sacrificing its versatility. Perfect for making a subtle statement, opt for a heavy, textured knit (like the sweater below) and it will get plenty of wear as we transition from winter through to spring.
Contrast the monochrome of this crew neck with some light pink jeans – two trends in one look – and add some beat-up boots for a rugged feel. If the weather refuses to relent, throw a single-breasted Crombie coat over the top:
- Burton Red Multi Colour Stripe Roll Neck
- Asos Stripe T-shirt With Roll Sleeve
- Esprit Jumper With Block Stripe
- Topman Monochrome Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt
- Paul Smith Jeans Block Stripe Polo Shirt
- Burberry Brit Seddon Cable-knit Stripe Sweater 182940
5. Something in Camo
We started this list with a controversial trend, so let’s finish in the same vein. Yes, camouflage looks here to stay, for this year at least – so expect to see it right the way through spring/summer 2014.
Camo print has always polarised opinion and it’s something we’ve covered at length on FashionBeans since it began to emerge back in 2012. Our Editor, Luke Todd, even utilised the print as the inspiration for his recent London Collections: MEN Tateossian bracelet design.
Of course, for those early adopters, the pieces you’ve already invested in will continue to serve you well right through to the end of SS14 and perhaps even beyond – so don’t go throwing away that camo blazer/bag/shirt/tie just yet.
How To Wear
Integrate this militaristic print into your off-duty wardrobe via a classic cotton button-down.
Neutralise the camo print slightly with a textured, grey crew neck jumper worn over the fully buttoned-up shirt. Pair with some slim dark denim and retro-style runners for an on trend weekend outfit, ideal for a casual night out:
- Saturdays Surf Nyc Crosby Camouflage-print Cotton Shirt
- Reiss Chestnut Tuck Stitch Jumper Grey
- Allsaints Naniwa Cigarette Jeans
- New Balance 574 Trainers
- Nn.07 Derek Camouflage-print Cotton-chambray Shirt
- Suit Ritter Camo Pocket Shirt
- Wallace & Barnes Camo Shawl-collar Cardigan
- Topman Camouflage Print Umbrella
- Carhartt Roberts Tote Bag
- Valentino Camouflage-print Silk Tie
There you have it, five key trends/pieces to try in 2014, which are set to make waves as we approach spring/summer.
It’s crucial to remember that trends aren’t there to be followed blindly and should fit seamlessly into your own personal style – a pop of camo or a highlighter pink won’t do much for you if you’ve not got the confidence to pull it off.
But now we want to hear your view:
- Which of the five trends showcased today are you most keen to get on board with?
- How you will be styling it?
- Are you a camo fanatic or simply sick of the sight of it?
- How about cuffed trousers – a successful comeback?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…