LC:M Street Style
It’s not just models sent down the runways at London Collections: MEN that can offer style inspiration – there are a host of well-dressed gents to be found outside on the streets too.
While the world’s media are fixated by the extravagant performances put on by the industry’s leading designers, stylish attendees are busy posing outside for pictures taken by the eagerly awaiting photographers.
And once these photos are published, there’s a wealth of budding ‘street trends’ to be discovered and incorporate into your own wardrobe.
But to save you the hassle of sifting through the hundreds of photos taken during the event, today we break down the top five trends that were spotted on the streets of our fair capital…
1. Tweed/Check Blazers
While the blazer has always been a wardrobe staple, this season tweed and checked options seem to be the most prominent within the fashion set.
Ideal for the chillier months that lie ahead – due to its thick and rugged texture – tweed designs were seen paired with a variety of other seasonally-appropriate garments. The most noticeable and effective outfits saw the jacket layered over the top of denim shirts, chunky roll necks and thick winter scarves.
Those gents who opted for the on trend, statement-making appeal of a checked blazer anchored it with neutral dress shirts, trousers and shoes in order to let their jacket do all the talking:
Get The Look
- Topman Harris Tweed Brown Blazer
- Farah Vintage Blazer In Tweed – Exclusive
- Asos Slim Fit Blazer In Tweed
- Topman Khaki Tweed Blazer
- J.crew Slim-fit Harris Tweed Blazer
- Topman Bellfield Tweed Blazer
- Topman Premium Brown Checked Suit Jacket
- He By Mango Unstructured Prince Of Wales Blazer
- River Island Blue Check Slim Double Breasted Suit Jacket
- Topman Selected Homme Check Blazer
- Ted Baker Arwan Check Cotton Blazer
- Topman Navy And Grey Checked Skinny Suit Jacket
2. Monk-Strap Shoes
All style-conscious gents know the importance of good footwear; it can make or break an outfit instantly.
The stand-out shoe silhouette at LC:M AW14 was the elegant monk-strap. Although fairly versatile, this type of footwear is best paired with smart attire – as proven by many of the fashion show attendees, of course.
Traditional brown and black leather versions were the most popular choice, but if you’re the daring type, there are more unconventional designs to choose from on the current market – two-tone styles, recently included within our AW13 footwear trends report, were particularly prevalent during the event.
When creating your own outfits, feel free to experiment. However, we suggest sticking to slim-line cuts in order to create the clean lines and smarter aesthetic that works so well with a pair of monks. For a touch of individuality, wear a coloured/patterned sock to help bring the shoe to life:
Get The Look
- Topman Navy Suede Monk Shoes
- Topman Burgundy Leather Monk Shoes
- Mark Mcnairy Suede Double Monk-strap Shoes
- Antoine & Stanley Knox Monk Shoes
- He By Mango Leather Monk-strap Shoes
- Grenson Gilbert Wedge Monk Shoes
- Topman Dune Leather Monk Shoes
- Reiss Samson Single Buckle Monk Shoes Ox Blood
- John Lobb William Leather Monk-strap Shoes
Either everyone was having a bad hair day, or the widespread use of hats at LC:M signals that they are going to be bigger than ever in 2014.
Whichever way you look at it, head wear made its presence felt and looked great. Fedoras and panamas were the most worn styles, while neutral greys, blacks and browns were the preferred colours.
With this in mind, try pairing a formal hat with your suit when heading to the office or with your evening attire for a special occasion. Remember to always remove indoors, however.
If hats are not your ‘thing’, why not wait until the summer and consider a more casual trilby? Chuck one on with a pair of shorts and a plain t-shirt and you’re good to go:
Get The Look
- Reiss Pevensey Felt Fedora Charcoal
- Topman Navy Puritan Hat
- Topman Charcoal Pork Pie Hat
- Asos Wide Brim Trilby
- Austin Reed Brown Fedora
- Austin Reed Black Bowler Hat
- Austin Reed Viyella Grey Harris Tweed Flat Cap
- Topman Brown Dogtooth Flatcap
- Goorin Times Bakerboy Cap
Black On Black Sportswear
Although the industry is currently fixated with colour and print, the streets of London seemed a little dull this LC:M. Yet, in this instance, dark didn’t mean depressing.
In fact, the introduction of chic black sportswear offered a refreshing change to the endless number of suits on show. Gents were captured in a selection of luxe sweaters, bomber jackets, t-shirts, jeans and caps, with trainers the footwear of choice.
It’s worth noting, although this trend may sound casual, by no means was the aesthetic scruffy. When looking to create your own take on the trend, take note of the clean lines, carefully considered layering and oversized cuts, which many gents used to perfection.
For instance, try pairing a well-fitted bomber jacket with a crew neck jumper, oversized t-shirt, slim/skinny jeans and smart trainers – all in shades of black, of course.
If going all-black isn’t something you feel comfortable with, why not incorporate a few select pieces into your wardrobe? If we had to choose one, it would be the classic (and on trend) bomber jacket. Not only is it timeless, but its versatility means it can be integrated within a variety of looks, smart or casual.
Get The Look
- Allsaints Remus Funnel Neck Sweat
- Pull&bear Bomber Jacket
- Cheap Monday Tight Jeans In Black
- Topman Black Leather Look Sleeve Hoody
- Saint Laurent Sl01h Leather High Top Sneakers
- Saturdays Surf Nyc Bowery Flecked Loopback Cotton-blend Jersey Sweatshirt
- Christopher Raeburn Cotton-blend And Mesh Bomber Jacket
- Blood Brother Power Quilted Sweat Pants
- Stone Island Men’s Black Reflective Mesh Sneakers
The Three-Piece Suit
Nothing says style and sophistication more than a three-piece suit. So, congratulations are in order to those well-turned-out gents who sported them at London Collections: MEN.
Although this trend is nothing new, a reminder of just how good a three-piece (jacket, waistcoat and trousers) looks is always welcome. The most popular versions came in navy blue and grey, with the addition of a tie and pocket square almost second nature.
When wearing yours, there are a few things to learn from the gents on the street: navy and grey are the most effective and versatile colour options; leaving your jacket unbuttoned, to show off your waistcoat, looks best; and in terms of shoe choice, dark brown loafers/monk-straps complement navy suits beautifully, whereas classic black Oxfords pair extremely well with grey versions.
For something a little different, why not choose a three-piece with a different colour waistcoat? Not only does this add depth and a point of interest to your suit, it will also help separate your look from the crowd:
Get The Look
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Navy
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Herringbone
- Signature Navy Slim Fit Suit : Jacket
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Mid Grey
- He By Mango Chalk-stripe Gatsby Suit
- He By Mango Prince Of Wales Milano Suit
- Topman Light Blue Tonic Skinny Three Piece Suit
- Reiss Napoli Three Piece Geo Print Suit Dark Grey
- Reiss Steven Three Piece Textured Suit Grey
Now you know what the guys at LC:M were wearing, it’s up to you to create your own looks for the street. Will you be smartening up with a three-piece suit? Fighting the cold with a tweed blazer? Or injecting your wardrobe with a touch of sport luxe?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below…
The street style imagery utilised in today’s article was sourced from a variety of publications, including: Vogue, British GQ, Phoenix Mag, Grazia, Complex, Details and Chasseur Magazine, as well as our very own street style collective.
To see more street style images from the AW14 London Collections: MEN event, click the links above.