Trying Out SS15 Looks Now

One of the great things about the fashion calendar is that collections are debuted a full twelve months before they actually hit shelves, giving us an insight into what we’re all going to be donning the following year.

With this in mind – and despite the fact it’s currently summer 2014 – here’s how to give some of SS15’s hottest trends a go right now…

Denim Days
On The Runway

It doesn’t take a highly-skilled trend forecaster to work out just how important denim will be next summer.

From Dior Homme’s full denim suit to Gucci’s paint-splattered jeans, the runways proved that SS15 will be all about celebrating this rugged, masculine fabric:

Men's Denim Clothing On The SS15 Runways

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Denim is a material that makes any piece of clothing look effortlessly stylish, whether it be a short-sleeved shirt or skinny pair of shorts.

Perfect for casual weekends, team a simple white tee or grey marl polo with a pair of indigo jeans/shorts for an easy take on the trend.

Or, if you’re feeling extra brave, go all out and rock double denim. This 1990s aesthetic is back in vogue and easier to pull off than you might think:

Men's Summer Denim Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Allsaints Miffit Denim ShirtAllsaints Miffit Denim Shirt
  • Allsaints Setsu Denim JacketAllsaints Setsu Denim Jacket
  • He By Mango Ink Color Denim JacketHe By Mango Ink Color Denim Jacket
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Dark Wash Denim ShirtHe By Mango Slim-fit Dark Wash Denim Shirt
  • Allsaints Hanako Switch Denim ShortsAllsaints Hanako Switch Denim Shorts
  • Topman Black Denim ShortsTopman Black Denim Shorts
  • Levis 511 Jeans In CharcoalLevis 511 Jeans In Charcoal
  • He By Mango Straight-fit Dark Bob JeansHe By Mango Straight-fit Dark Bob Jeans
  • Nudie Jeans Steady Eddie In Whistle BlueNudie Jeans Steady Eddie In Whistle Blue
  • Topman Mid Wash Denim GiletTopman Mid Wash Denim Gilet
  • Acne Studios Isherwood Denim ShirtAcne Studios Isherwood Denim Shirt
  • River Island Grey Skinny Stretch Denim ShortsRiver Island Grey Skinny Stretch Denim Shorts
Lounge Luxe
On The Runway

After several seasons dominated by sharp suiting and slick tailoring, it felt like a breath of fresh air to see designer’s adopt a more laid-back approach at the SS15 fashion weeks.

Slouchy loungewear pieces were given a luxurious update, with Bottega Veneta’s range in particular standing out. The fashion house utilised neutral hues and baggy drop crotch shorts to give off a relaxed weekend vibe.

Paul Smith was another high profile designer who backed the trend, sending models down the runway in silky, pyjama-esque trousers and shorts in beautifully rich shades of navy and purple:

Men's Luxe Loungewear Trend On The SS15 Runways

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Jersey shorts and tees in rich satiny textures are definitely key to this aesthetic. Forget distressed loungewear and opt for luxurious fabrics that both feel fabulous and look great.

As for tailoring, unstructured, fuller-cut pieces help give the look a masculine edge that’s off-duty but not sloppy – perfect for weekend dinner parties or summer daytime events.

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Key Pieces
  • Asos T-shirt In Drapey Jersey With Oversized Fit And Dropped ShoulderAsos T-shirt In Drapey Jersey With Oversized Fit And Dropped Shoulder
  • Asos T-shirt With Woven Panel And Skater FitAsos T-shirt With Woven Panel And Skater Fit
  • Asos T-shirt In Drapey Jersey With Oversized Fit And Dropped ShoulderAsos T-shirt In Drapey Jersey With Oversized Fit And Dropped Shoulder
  • Allsaints Aiken ShortsAllsaints Aiken Shorts
  • Libertine Libertine Shorts In MeshLibertine Libertine Shorts In Mesh
  • Esprit Lightweight Casual BlazerEsprit Lightweight Casual Blazer
  • Sacai Corduroy Trousers With Elasticated TrimsSacai Corduroy Trousers With Elasticated Trims
  • James Perse Loopback Cotton-jersey SweatpantsJames Perse Loopback Cotton-jersey Sweatpants
  • James Perse Loopback Cotton-jersey ShortsJames Perse Loopback Cotton-jersey Shorts
In The Red
On The Runway

If denim is the fabric of choice for next summer, red is without a doubt the shade.

Dolce and Gabbana’s collection was a highlight and included both sporty pieces in burgundy and razor-sharp tailoring in ruby hues, with red separates also spotted at Burberry Prorsum, Boglioli, A. Sauvage and Dior Homme.

Similarly, design houses such as Balmain, Calvin Klein, Bally and Dunhill took a statement approach to the colour, applying every shade imaginable to striking outerwear that included everything from cropped biker jackets to tailored overcoats:

Men's Red Clothing On The SS15 Runways

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Why not go all out with a sharp suit in a rich pomodoro hue? You won’t wear it regularly but when you do you’ll be turning heads for all the right reasons. Not only that, the jacket and trousers can be split into separates to help inject a bold punch into any casual summer look.

If a coloured suit is too much for you, try working the red trend into your weekend wardrobe with basic polos and tees in rich ruby or burgundy shades. Avoid over-designed pieces to ensure the colour remains the focal point of your look.

Alternatively, nail two trends in one by pairing a red shirt with camel-coloured shorts and brown tassel moccasins for your own take on the SS15 ‘Latino Joe’ aesthetic:

Men's Summer Red Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Topman Noose And Monkey Red Suit Jacket Topman Noose And Monkey Red Suit Jacket
  • Asos Slim Fit Shorts In RedAsos Slim Fit Shorts In Red
  • Asos Shirt In Short Sleeve With Twist YarnAsos Shirt In Short Sleeve With Twist Yarn
  • Shore Leave Garment Dye Shirt In ClaretShore Leave Garment Dye Shirt In Claret
  • Reiss Montreal Slim Fit Twill Jeans RedReiss Montreal Slim Fit Twill Jeans Red
  • Ymc T-shirt Slub One PocketYmc T-shirt Slub One Pocket
  • Reiss Aviator Honeycomb Weave Jumper RedReiss Aviator Honeycomb Weave Jumper Red
  • Maison Martin Margiela Cotton-jersey T-shirtMaison Martin Margiela Cotton-jersey T-shirt
  • Marc By Marc Jacobs Cotton-pique Polo ShirtMarc By Marc Jacobs Cotton-pique Polo Shirt
  • River Island Red Vito BlazerRiver Island Red Vito Blazer
  • Austin Reed Red Cotton V-neckAustin Reed Red Cotton V-neck
  • Boglioli Slim-fit Unstructured Woven-wool BlazerBoglioli Slim-fit Unstructured Woven-wool Blazer
Vested Interest
On The Runway

The vest looks set to make a huge comeback in 2015, but not in the traditional undergarment sense. Instead, it was worn far more modestly on the runway as an over or under layer.

For instance, Calvin Klein sent vests worn above t-shirts (and other contrasting coloured vests) down the catwalk, while Christopher Raeburn layered bold versions underneath see-through mesh/sheer tops.

Elsewhere, Versace welcomed back the string vest in all its 1990s glory, Ermenegildo Zegna focused on sleeveless jersey tees and Louis Vuitton included a lightweight knitted version in their showcase:

Men's Vest On The SS15 Runways

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If you’ve already blown all your cash on your summer wardrobe update, this is an easy and affordable trend to get involved with now.

The best way to achieve the runway look is by investing in low cost, well-fitting basics from the likes of Uniqlo or ASOS and taking a layered approach. Pull a grey vest over a t-shirt in another neutral hue and team with slim-fit denim jeans and lo-fi trainers to score an SS15 trend hat-trick.

Alternatively, why not throw an unbuttoned lightweight linen or chambray shirt over the top of a statement vest in a bold colour or print? The shirt will help to neutralise its impact somewhat, making it easier to wear.

Finally, on extra hot days, keep it cool and comfortable by teaming a plain white vest with tailored shorts and sandals.

Men's Summer Vest Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Asos Stripe Vest With Aztec Pattern And Extreme Racer BackAsos Stripe Vest With Aztec Pattern And Extreme Racer Back
  • Allsaints Devlin VestAllsaints Devlin Vest
  • Allsaints Ripped Camo VestAllsaints Ripped Camo Vest
  • Topman Blue Marl Classic VestTopman Blue Marl Classic Vest
  • Asos Vest With Tropical Print And Extreme Racer Back.Asos Vest With Tropical Print And Extreme Racer Back.
  • Topman Blue Floral Tropical Classic Fit VestTopman Blue Floral Tropical Classic Fit Vest
  • Asos Vest With Bound EdgeAsos Vest With Bound Edge
  • Topman Topman White Tunis Tile VestTopman Topman White Tunis Tile Vest
  • Asos Long Vest With Vertical Spray Effect And Skater FitAsos Long Vest With Vertical Spray Effect And Skater Fit
  • Saturdays Surf Nyc Striped Cotton-jersey VestSaturdays Surf Nyc Striped Cotton-jersey Vest
  • New Look Navy Tropical Print Sleeveless VestNew Look Navy Tropical Print Sleeveless Vest
  • Saturdays Surf Nyc Printed Cotton-jersey VestSaturdays Surf Nyc Printed Cotton-jersey Vest
Flamingo’s The Way to Go
On The Runway

Another season, another pattern. Flamingo prints were a huge hit across social media when Marc Jacobs sent them strutting colourfully down his SS15 runway.

Although less obviously, the flamingo vibe also surfaced in other collections through the use of colour – Versace’s rose-hued suit and Brioni’s pink digital floral print were just two standout examples:

Men's Flamingo Prints and Coral/Pink Garment On The SS15 Runways

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For the more confident gent, flamingo prints are great for adding some personality and quirk to your summer wardrobe. A shirt or a pair of shorts featuring the motif would suit a holiday abroad perfectly, or a day browsing vintage stores in East London.

If you’d prefer to take a more conservative approach to the trend, however, consider adding staples in shades of peach or pink to your wardrobe, which look particularly great when combined with classic shades of beige, grey, navy and white.

Men's Coral/Peach/Pink Garments - Summer Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • New Look New Look Flamingo/peacock T-shirtNew Look New Look Flamingo/peacock T-shirt
  • Topman Flamingo Print Polo ShirtTopman Flamingo Print Polo Shirt
  • Paul Smith Jeans Blazer In Washed CottonPaul Smith Jeans Blazer In Washed Cotton
  • Orlebar Brown Konstantin Bulldog Flamingo-print Swim ShortsOrlebar Brown Konstantin Bulldog Flamingo-print Swim Shorts
  • Hype Flamingo T-shirt Exclusive To AsosHype Flamingo T-shirt Exclusive To Asos
  • Bellfield Vest With Flamingo PrintBellfield Vest With Flamingo Print
  • Paul Smith Animal Pocket SquarePaul Smith Animal Pocket Square
  • Asos Skinny ChinosAsos Skinny Chinos
  • Pull&bear ChinosPull&bear Chinos
  • Gant Rugger Button-down Collar Cotton ShirtGant Rugger Button-down Collar Cotton Shirt
  • Gant Rugger Sun-bleached Cotton-pique Polo ShirtGant Rugger Sun-bleached Cotton-pique Polo Shirt
  • River Island Pink Chino ShortsRiver Island Pink Chino Shorts
Lo-fi Trainers
On The Runway

After the recent obsession with colourful 1990s-inspired trainers, it looks like we’re about to take a more pared-back approach to our footwear. As recently reported on FashionBeans, ‘normcore’ is all the rage right now and this aesthetic is set to continue into next year with the unbranded designer trainer taking centre stage.

Tom Ford proved that men already have an appetite for minimal luxury with his SS14 plain leather and velvet pumps, which are currently selling like hot cakes:

Men's Minimal Designer Trainers On The SS15 Runways

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Lo-fi trainers go with pretty much anything, from slim black jeans and a short-sleeved shirt for a mid-week night out to jersey shorts and a vest for a lazy Sunday walk.

If you want a weekend outfit that’s perfect for summer’s park life, try pairing white tennis shoes with blue denim shorts and polo shirt, layering a lightweight bomber/varsity jacket over the top when the sun sets.

To nail the perfect smart-casual getup for Fridays in the office, couple your fresh white kicks with charcoal tailored trousers and a tie-less white shirt. This ensemble will have you running from the boardroom to the bar in style.

Men's Minimal Trainers - Summer Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • He By Mango Lace-up Suede SneakersHe By Mango Lace-up Suede Sneakers
  • Reiss Jack Purcell Jack Purcell Trainers NavyReiss Jack Purcell Jack Purcell Trainers Navy
  • Ransom Strata Lite Suede Trainers In Bone WhiteRansom Strata Lite Suede Trainers In Bone White
  • Asos Trainers In LeatherAsos Trainers In Leather
  • Lanvin Textured-leather SneakersLanvin Textured-leather Sneakers
  • Ted Baker Theeyo TrainersTed Baker Theeyo Trainers
  • Adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather SneakersAdidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Sneakers
  • Puma Basket Leather TrainersPuma Basket Leather Trainers
  • Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Low Top SneakersCommon Projects Original Achilles Leather Low Top Sneakers
Final Word

If you’ve already tried all of 2014’s key trends and fancy moving on to something new, why not incorporate some of next summer’s hottest looks into your wardrobe now? Whether it’s luxe loungewear at home or flamingo shade basics at the beach, have fun with your style this season while ensuring you’re always one step ahead of the game.

So what are your thoughts on next summer’s big trends? Will you be seeing red and using your vest as a top layer? Or will you be ignoring what’s hot entirely and taking a more timeless approach?

Let us know in the comments section below…