Dr. Martens Spring/Summer 2014

Throughout Dr. Martens’ history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by countless subcultures and tribes – from punks to mods, skinheads to stylers. Extending the ‘#STANDFORSOMETHING’ campaign sentiment from AW13, Dr. Martens’ new SS14 campaign continues to celebrate free-thinking individuals and authentic characters who stand out from the crowd in their own unique way.

This prioritising of individualism and uniqueness is something that resonates with us here at FashionBeans; we strive to develop a completely individual personal style and put our own unique stamp on every outfit we create, utilising pieces that fully embody our character, personality and way of life.

With this in mind, we have pulled together three distinct and original looks using key pieces from Dr. Martens’ superb new spring/summer collection. So whether you want to channel a classic suedehead-inspired aesthetic, give current industry trends an alternative spin or show your British pride, the brand have something for everyone this season…

1. Classic Suedehead

The stand-out piece within this look, and what immediately announces its intentions, is the Brutus Trimfit Shirt. Teaming up for the third consecutive season, after the overwhelming success of previous collaborations, Dr. Martens has taken heritage label Brutus’ classic ‘Trimfit’ shirt and reproduced it in colours synonymous with their boots and shoes.

Incorporating a striking yellow and oxblood check pattern that is designed to instantly grab attention, the shirt features all the famed detail of the original model: a three-finger collar, double button dart vented sleeves and a sewn box pleat to produce a sharp and tailored fit.

Each shirt comes complete with a four-point handkerchief in a contrast hue that references the traditional suedehead look – the early 1970s subculture was an offshoot of the 1960s skinhead subculture and were known for integrating formal pieces into their working lad style.

We team this iconic and instantly recognisable design with another classic silhouette: Dr. Martens Steed Shoe. Part of the brand’s vintage range, which are all hand-crafted by cobblers in the original Northamptonshire factory using traditional manufacturing techniques, they lend this suedehead-inspired outfit a real sense of authenticity.

Coming in timeless smooth black leather, the Steed shoes feature Dr. Martens’ trademark air-cushioned sole for comfort and are Goodyear-welted to ensure longevity. A design that can be dressed up or down effortlessly, team yours with black skinny jeans to bring the aesthetic bang up to date.

Reinforcing the suedehead’s refined approach to everyday style, we finish the look with a signature Dr. Martens Buckle Belt in beautiful cherry red leather. A discerning style with subtle branding to the buckle, the colour ties in nicely with the base tones of the shirt and will really pop against your black skinnies and shoes:

Dr. Martens x FashionBeans - Look 1: Classic Suedehead

2. Alternative On Trend

Any menswear aficionado will already know that prints and patterns are huge within the industry right now. Below we take a gritty and slightly alternative approach to the spring/summer 2014 printed shirt trend by utilising Dr. Martens Skull and Roses Button-Down Shirt for the core of our look.

Made in Portugal from 100 per cent cotton, this short-sleeved style is seasonally-appropriate yet the dark, almost Gothic print will add an edge to any warm-weather ensemble. Again, combine with black denim to introduce a touch of rock ‘n’ roll-inspired cool to your look.

Contrast this sharp monochrome base with a pair of bold colour-pop shoes, another key SS14 trend, such as Dr. Martens Immanuel. Goodyear-welted and crafted from premium Inuck leather – a naturally milled, heavyweight leather with a waxy finish – the slightly pebbled texture gives the design character, while their rich oxblood tone will ensure you effortlessly stand out from the crowd this season.

Finish the look with Dr. Martens Small Plaited Belt in a contemporary purple hue. Made in Italy by traditional leather craftsmen Anderson’s, it’s braided from a single piece of calf leather and features a rounded point tip and single leather ‘keeper’. Coordinating perfectly with the shoes, it’s a considered addition that helps tie your top and bottom half together while proving you’re a man who pays attention to the finer details:

Dr. Martens x FashionBeans - Look 2: Alternative On Trend

3. British And Proud

This final look represents everything that Dr. Martens is about: British heritage and culture. We start with the brand’s Blue and White Stewart Tartan Shirt, which takes a classic sky blue long sleeve design and gives it a modern and patriotic twist with the addition of white Stewart tartan panels to the shoulders, elbow patches and cuff placket.

Offering an authentic, heritage take on the industry’s current check print trend, this 100 per cent cotton shirt will make an effortless statement this season and presents a potent display of British symbolism.

Combine with slim-fitting denim and Dr. Martens Alfred Shoes. A traditional 5-eyelet brogue silhouette, they are crafted from a combination of smooth black leather and a woven Jacquard fabric featuring a Union Jack needlepoint motif. The Union Jack is a symbol that has been adopted, adored and vilified in equal measure, perfectly illustrating the British subcultures that are so closely intertwined with the brand itself, yet it also subtly reinforces the underlying heritage theme running throughout the look.

We accessorise with Dr. Martens’ trademark 15″ Leather Satchel. The one below comes in Green Brando, a heavyweight classic waxed American style pull-up Analine leather, and features an oversized closure flap with sturdy handle and double buckle fasteners to ensure your valuables are kept safe and secure.

Additional detailing includes: an exterior front pocket with old school name holder; an embossed Dr. Martens logo; heavy duty stitching and riveted reinforcements for added durability; and a detachable, adjustable leather shoulder strap for ease of carrying.

The epitome of a timeless investment piece, this satchel will be carried everywhere with you for many years to come and oozes British charm, providing the perfect accent to our look:

Dr. Martens x FashionBeans - Look 3: British And Proud

All pieces showcased today, along with the full spring/summer 2014 collection, are available to buy now at DrMartens.com