Introduction

So, it’s a new year. You feel foul. You look foul. Too many turkey sandwiches have left you slightly cuddlier. Too many transactions have left you slightly broke. And too many beers have left you slightly undignified and your loved one very upset.

After one hazy night and an anti-climatic countdown, let’s face it, January is just, well, a bit crap. We’re all broke, we’re not looking our best and once we get into February it’s not going to get much better. Positive vibes all round.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. There are a few silver linings somewhere in the heap of hangovers and humbugs: transitional menswear trends. The end of the festive period and beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a fresh start and wardrobe revamp. After all, there’s nothing like a little reinvention from time to time.

We can’t curb your post-Yuletide blues but we can always offer you a few style tips here at FashionBeans. So, take a look at our new year trend preview and put down the selection box – you probably need to…

1. Blue

Finally, a menswear favourite is back on the style colour spectrum. Don’t get it twisted though, dull navy and monochrome is for the colder months only – leave all traces of winter tedium in the past. The new year demands a crisp new hue to provide the backbone of your outfit.

Seen at Calvin Klein, Kenzo and Versace, go for whatever shade suits your personal style and skin tone but try to keep it vibrant. For instance, my current go-to is a bright blue Oxford shirt, paired with charcoal slacks and polished brogues – a timeless combination with a contemporary trend twist.

However, exercise caution. Electric blue can work in small doses but quickly slips into Miami Vice territory. Over-the-top 1980s attire should be reserved for fancy dress parties only.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's 2014 Bold Blue Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Shirt In Slim Fit PoplinPolo Ralph Lauren Shirt In Slim Fit Poplin
  • Ps Paul Smith Bomber JacketPs Paul Smith Bomber Jacket
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt With Long SleevesPolo Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt With Long Sleeves
  • Topman Denim Blue High Roll T-shirtTopman Denim Blue High Roll T-shirt
  • Topman Blue Cardigan With MohairTopman Blue Cardigan With Mohair
  • He By Mango Unstructured Jersey BlazerHe By Mango Unstructured Jersey Blazer
  • Acne Isherwood Denim ShirtAcne Isherwood Denim Shirt
  • Marc By Marc Jacobs Blue Cotton-twill Suit JacketMarc By Marc Jacobs Blue Cotton-twill Suit Jacket
  • Paul Smith London Knitted Cotton CardiganPaul Smith London Knitted Cotton Cardigan
  • Etro Slim-fit Brushed Cotton-blend TrousersEtro Slim-fit Brushed Cotton-blend Trousers
  • Reiss Codey Midweight Crew Neck Jumper Bright BlueReiss Codey Midweight Crew Neck Jumper Bright Blue
  • Burberry Brit Slim-fit Overdyed Cotton ChinosBurberry Brit Slim-fit Overdyed Cotton Chinos
2. Stripes

Not Breton, not nautical, not traditional – this season, stripes have been well and truly transformed. Contrasting directions and upside-down geometry means you can channel a trend that’s seen more reinventions than a Miley Cyrus YouTube search.

The secret here is to opt for the outlandish; differing thickness and bold prints offer visual appeal and an element of texture without going overboard. Making your torso the stripe bearer is often the most successful way of integrating them into your current outfits.

Givenchy and Issey Miyake made real waves this season by adapting the stripe for the modern gent, and you can most certainly grab this trend with both hands. Even if the new innovations aren’t to your taste, the classic options are always available (and remain timeless).

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's 2014 Striped Pieces and Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Jack & Jones Jumper With StripesJack & Jones Jumper With Stripes
  • Ymc Flannel Shirt With StripesYmc Flannel Shirt With Stripes
  • Shore Leave Vertical Pen Stripe Tee In WhiteShore Leave Vertical Pen Stripe Tee In White
  • Givenchy Striped Wool SweaterGivenchy Striped Wool Sweater
  • Marc By Marc Jacobs Oversized Striped Cotton-jersey T-shirtMarc By Marc Jacobs Oversized Striped Cotton-jersey T-shirt
  • Rag & Bone Striped Wool-blend CardiganRag & Bone Striped Wool-blend Cardigan
  • Balenciaga Graphic Stripe-print T-shirt 169528Balenciaga Graphic Stripe-print T-shirt 169528
  • Topman Blue And White Mixed Stripe Short Sleeve ShirtTopman Blue And White Mixed Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt
  • Topman Monochrome Stripe Long Sleeve ShirtTopman Monochrome Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt
  • He By Mango Color Block Cotton CardiganHe By Mango Color Block Cotton Cardigan
  • Jil Sander Diagonal Striped JumperJil Sander Diagonal Striped Jumper
  • Folk Striped Cotton And Wool SweaterFolk Striped Cotton And Wool Sweater
3. Creamy Neutrals

Nicole Farhi, Meadham Kirchoff and Richard James all incorporated 1970s-inspired neutrals within their SS14 collections, providing us with a fail-safe way of pulling off the current tonal dressing trend.

The opportunities are endless for you to experiment yet there are still limitations: opting for exactly the same hue throughout your look is slightly serial killer-esque, so bear in mind our previous advice on pulling together a successful single-colour ensemble and remember to mix and match your shades/textures.

This throwback trend also allows you to effortlessly integrate other vintage pieces into your look. A camel roll neck or beige cricket jumper can be paired with modern staples such as slim-fit jeans or chinos for the perfect balance of classic and contemporary.

Whoever said your dad’s cream sweater is boring was wrong – very, very wrong.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Cream and Neutral Coloured Clothing for 2014 - Outfit and Lookbook Inspiration

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Key Pieces
  • Maison Martin Margiela Light Beige Overdyed Cotton ShirtMaison Martin Margiela Light Beige Overdyed Cotton Shirt
  • Topman Sand Skinny Suit JacketTopman Sand Skinny Suit Jacket
  • He By Mango Textured Knit Cotton SweaterHe By Mango Textured Knit Cotton Sweater
  • River Island Ecru Shawl Neck JumperRiver Island Ecru Shawl Neck Jumper
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton ChinosHe By Mango Slim-fit Cotton Chinos
  • Allsaints Woodville Crew JumperAllsaints Woodville Crew Jumper
  • Loro Piana Leather-trimmed Woven Waxed-cotton BeltLoro Piana Leather-trimmed Woven Waxed-cotton Belt
  • He By Mango Slim-fit 5 Pocket Cotton TrousersHe By Mango Slim-fit 5 Pocket Cotton Trousers
  • Reiss Wayfield Textured Shawl Cardi OatmealReiss Wayfield Textured Shawl Cardi Oatmeal
  • Reiss Belfort Long Sleeve Contrast Jersey EcruReiss Belfort Long Sleeve Contrast Jersey Ecru
  • He By Mango Cotton-blend Piqué BlazerHe By Mango Cotton-blend Piqué Blazer
  • He By Mango Waterproof Cotton-blend Trench CoatHe By Mango Waterproof Cotton-blend Trench Coat
4. Camouflage

Love it or hate it, camo is back in full force. We expected the military print to last a season or two before fading in obscurity, but fast-forward two years and it’s still making waves for SS14 – just ask Lee Roach and Christopher Raeburn.

For 2014, the typical forest tones have been replaced by more innovative, abstract prints. And, to differ even further, other motifs are often incorporated to produce one highly original design.

The best option still lies in t-shirt or sweatshirt form – camo trousers can be difficult to pull off successfully while 1990s-inspired accessories are on the decline as we go forward. Thank God.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Camouflage Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Wemoto Shirt With Camo PrintWemoto Shirt With Camo Print
  • Penfield Sweatshirt With CamoPenfield Sweatshirt With Camo
  • Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Bomber Jacket With CamoFred Perry Laurel Wreath Bomber Jacket With Camo
  • Allsaints Miger Crew JumperAllsaints Miger Crew Jumper
  • Topman Sinstar Brown Camo Hoody Topman Sinstar Brown Camo Hoody
  • He By Mango Jacket Colip2He By Mango Jacket Colip2
  • J.crew Wallace & Barnes Camouflage-print Cotton-jersey CardiganJ.crew Wallace & Barnes Camouflage-print Cotton-jersey Cardigan
  • River Island Khaki Humor Camo Print SweatshirtRiver Island Khaki Humor Camo Print Sweatshirt
  • Nn.07 Derek Camouflage-print Cotton-chambray ShirtNn.07 Derek Camouflage-print Cotton-chambray Shirt
  • Valentino Camouflage Intarsia Cashmere SweaterValentino Camouflage Intarsia Cashmere Sweater
  • J.crew Camouflage-print Cotton ShirtJ.crew Camouflage-print Cotton Shirt
  • Valentino Camouflage Intarsia Cashmere CardiganValentino Camouflage Intarsia Cashmere Cardigan
5. Block Checks

No, checks aren’t for Wizard of Oz geeks and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Block checks are for the serious dresser this upcoming season and will be on everything from tees and blazers to trousers and shirts.

Philip Lim, Fendi and Saint Laurent have taken the traditional and turned it upside down. The result? An almost 1990s-esque print that has subtle pans of pop rock gold.

Your ideal check should be wide and feature a timeless base colour of black, grey or navy – anything brighter can look costume, but mix and match to your own discretion.

The beauty of this pattern really is its versatility: full length chinos can pack a real statement while a flash of pocket square check is enough to exude a sense of style. Across the spectrum, it’s a trend that’s so easy to pick up and run with.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Block Check Print and Patterns Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Asos Shirt In Long Sleeve With Buffalo CheckAsos Shirt In Long Sleeve With Buffalo Check
  • Asos Wool Check JacketAsos Wool Check Jacket
  • Penfield Shirt In Brushed Cotton CheckPenfield Shirt In Brushed Cotton Check
  • Burberry Brit Slim-fit Check Cotton ShirtBurberry Brit Slim-fit Check Cotton Shirt
  • Beams Plus Buffalo Check Wool-melton CoatBeams Plus Buffalo Check Wool-melton Coat
  • He By Mango Check Wool-blend PeacoatHe By Mango Check Wool-blend Peacoat
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Check ShirtHe By Mango Slim-fit Check Shirt
  • Topman Navy Check Wool Mix Bomber JacketTopman Navy Check Wool Mix Bomber Jacket
  • Williams & Brown Check Tweed JacketWilliams & Brown Check Tweed Jacket
  • Topman Navy And Grey Checked Skinny Suit TrousersTopman Navy And Grey Checked Skinny Suit Trousers
  • Marc By Marc Jacobs Check Woven-cotton SweatshirtMarc By Marc Jacobs Check Woven-cotton Sweatshirt
  • J.crew Check Cotton Button Down Collar ShirtJ.crew Check Cotton Button Down Collar Shirt
6. Overalls

After five crowd-pleasing trends, we bring you the most controversial and avant-garde.

Androgyny is back in a big way and the common overall (or the all-in-one for a more gender-balanced name) looks set to make a big impression this coming season.

It’s easy to twist your mouth in hesitation but there’s a formula that works, and formula that most certainly doesn’t. Think less 1973 Boogie Nights and more 1984 Orwellian nightmare – your perfect overall is oversized, available in a muted hue and not diamond encrusted from wrist to heel.

The overall itself is a major statement that only very few will be brave enough to wear, despite heavyweights such as Raf Simons, Balmain and Louis Vuitton pushing the piece for SS14. It remains to be seen whether the major high street retailers will pick up on it and produce their own take.

However, breathe a sigh of relief, rest assured, chill out etc. There’s an alternative. If you want to channel a little comrade-infused clothing, why not opt for Soviet workwear instead? Try pairing grey/brown slacks and button-down shirts with some chunky Dr. Martens. Perfect.

Men's Overalls For SS14 - A.P.C and Balmain

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Final Word

So, in conclusion, what’s better than a few new trends to help reinvent your personal style and wardrobe? After a season of expert tailoring and urban luxe sportswear, start 2014 as you mean to go on – in style and putting your best sartorial foot forward.

What do you think of our New Year trend break down? Like them? Hate them? Any others you would add?

Feel free to let us know in the comments section below…