From The Streets
While the runways are great for identifying all the latest trends and must-own items, if you broaden your outlook and cast your eyes to the streets, you might just find a wealth of style inspiration.
Taking inspiration from the people around you works because you see clothes in real life, on real men – not perfectly sized models – allowing you to visualise how specific pieces might look on yourself.
Not only that, the fact that everyone is individual – with their own unique personality, opinions, tastes and desires – means you have an almost endless resource of styling tips and outfit ideas surrounding you at any one time.
With this in mind, we have pored through every street style image we could find from the recent London, Milan and Paris men’s fashion weeks, as well as Pitti Uomo 86, in order to bring you the five major trends that well-dressed attendees were rocking this season…
Well-fitting pieces will always set the foundation of any great outfit, but accessories help make a look your own.
Proving this to be true were the dapper gents on the streets, with nearly every man snapped sporting a stylish accessory of some sort. That being said, three accessories were more common than others: document holders, wide brim hats and mirrored lens sunglasses.
The Document Holder
Set to develop into a major industry trend (more to come on this next week), the document holder was safely tucked under the arm of many gents at the global fashion weeks.
Perfect for storing – you guessed it – important documents as well as your daily essentials such as a tablet and smartphone, the document holder makes a sleek and chic alternative to a traditional briefcase or messenger bag.
Our favourites this season are made from leather and come in classic shades of tan, black or brown – the ideal accompaniment to sharp, tailored looks:
Wide Brim Hats
As detailed earlier this week on FashionBeans, hats in all forms are becoming increasingly popular within menswear. Yet it was the more formal styles that were most prominent at the shows, with wide brim Panamas, fedoras and even bowler hats taking centre stage.
They were often combined with tailoring to bring a relaxed summer vibe and a touch of gentlemanly charm to traditional formal attire:
Bold mirrored lens sunglasses were, without a doubt, the standout accessory trend from the streets this season, with every frame shape and lens colour imaginable being spotted.
Whether paired with tailoring or a simple t-shirt and shorts combination, these types of shades are bound to get you noticed and can be worn with all of your current everyday looks:
Get The Look
- Maison Martin Margiela Leather Document Holder
- Comme Des Garcons Classic Leather Document Holder
- Liberty London Black Liberty London Document Holder
- Ray-ban Clubmaster Sunglasses
- Cutler And Gross Metal Aviator Mirrored Sunglasses
- Maison Martin Margiela Mykita Round-frame Mirrored Metal Sunglasses
- Topman Camel Puritan Hat With Woven Trim
- He By Mango Straw Fedora Hat
- Asos Panama Hat
2. Double-Breasted Jackets
Historically overshadowed by classic single-breasted styles, the double-breasted (DB) jacket is trending again for SS14, cementing its status as a modern must-own. If your personal style leans towards the smarter end of the spectrum, this powerful and confident blazer should be at the very top of your wish list this season.
Able to be worn as a separate or with the matching trousers, the guys on the streets teamed theirs with both formal and casual pieces. Yet whether combined with shirts and ties or crew necks and scarves, the outcome was admirable.
To create your own outfit, we would suggest wearing as a full suit with a simple white shirt and solid tie in the office, ditching the neck wear and switching your trousers for slim-cut chinos for any warm-weather event.
Note: when it comes to buttoning your jacket, take your lead from the streets’ most stylish and always leave the bottom button undone (unless it’s a two-button DB jacket) – it’s an unwritten rule of menswear that applies to both single- and double-breasted styles:
Get The Look
- He By Mango Double-breasted Unstructured Blazer
- Asos Slim Fit Double Breasted Blazer In Cotton
- Red Eleven Slim Fit Suit Jacket Double Breasted Cream Basket Weave
- He By Mango Double-breasted Cotton Blazer
- Next Ink Double Breasted Cotton Linen Jacket
- Topman Noose And Monkey Navy Pindot Blazer
- River Island Dark Grey Double Breasted Blazer
- River Island Light Blue Double Breasted Blazer
- Massimo Alba Aston Slim-fit Unstructured Corduroy Blazer
3. Fashion Trainers
Although the appearance of trainers is nothing new, it was their popularity amongst the more sartorially-inclined gents on the street that made us sit up and take note.
Worn both smart and casually, they brought a more relaxed vibe to the wealth of suiting and tailoring on show, while simultaneously reinforcing the industry’s current obsession with sports luxe aesthetics.
In terms of the trainer itself, there was no real common theme – high fashion designs were spotted alongside classic Chuck Taylors and trending silhouettes such as adidas’ relaunched Stan Smith – although they tended to either be minimal and white or bold and printed. One thing’s for certain, however – hi-tops were nowhere to be seen.
To incorporate them into an outfit, we suggest teaming a statement pair with unstructured tailoring for dress down Friday, switching for indigo jeans and a plain crew neck t-shirt at the weekend.
As always, if you opt for an eye-catching pair of trainers then combine them with neutral wardrobe staples so they become the focal point of your outfit. Likewise, white leather trainers are something every man should have in his shoe collection and will help anchor bold coloured or printed legwear.
Looking to purchase a new pair of sneaks? Sports heritage brands such as Nike, New Balance and Adidas were big hits on the streets this season, particularly retro or limited edition models, while those with a bigger budget should take a look at high-end versions from designers such as Raf Simons, Valentino, Common Projects and Givenchy, which come with added style kudos from those in the know:
Get The Look
- Nike Mens Blue Air Pegasus 83/30
- New Balance 574 Woven Trainers In Blue
- Nike Mens Polka Dot Roshe Run Nyc Sneakers
- Valentino Suede And Metallic Mesh Sneakers
- Valentino Camo-print Suede And Leather Trainers 188489
- Maison Martin Margiela Embossed Digital-print Trainers
- Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Low Top Sneakers
- Saint Laurent Panelled Leather Sneakers
- Raf Simons Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
While a large proportion of men donned the classic tailoring we’ve come to expect at fashion week, just as many went the other way by opting for sports-inspired pieces. From baseball caps to cuffed jogging bottoms, it seems the guys on the street are now taking a far more casual approach to menswear – for now, anyway.
Perfect for those who like to keep things more relaxed – without looking scruffy – this contemporary trend is one which shouldn’t be ignored.
To create your own outfit, we would suggest pairing slim-fitting jogging bottoms with a crew neck jumper and trainers when keeping it casual, switching for a luxe bomber jacket, band collar shirt, jeans and trainers for something a bit smarter.
Although there are no hard and fast rules as to what colours you should wear, our favourite outfits stuck to monochrome palettes. Black and white ensembles look striking, crisp and contemporary – epitomising the high-end sports luxe aesthetic that many designers continue to push on the runways:
Get The Look
- Asos T-shirt With Baseball Placket And Slubby Jersey
- Asos T-shirt With Oversized Fit And Dropped Shoulder
- Topman Black Neopreen Joggers
- Asos Slim Fit Tailored Bomber
- Topman Black Classic V-neck T-shirt
- Selected Sweatshirt
- Allsaints Kato Bomber Jacket
- Asos 5 Panel Cap With Printed Peak
- He By Mango Essential Cotton Polo Shirt
- Thom Browne Loopback Cotton-jersey Sweatshirt
- Topman Light Grey Jersey Shorts
- Wooyoungmi Tapered Wool-blend Jersey Sweatpants
If the streets are anything to go by, this season is all about separates – or, in other words, pairing blazers with trousers that don’t match. Not only does this look great (as proven below), it also ensures you get maximum wear out of your tailoring collection, whether it be a suit, sports coat or pair of trousers.
Showcased by the streets’ most stylish, the separates trend is perfect for those who like to experiment with colour and/or pattern mixing. Whether you favour a two-button, double-breasted or three-button jacket; trousers, jeans or chinos – putting together separates couldn’t be easier.
By far the simplest way to create an outfit is to combine neutral pieces – think a navy blazer with light grey trousers or indigo jeans with a cream jacket. So long as you create a contrast between your top and bottom half, you won’t go far wrong.
For the more adventurous, it’s imperative you counterbalance printed or bold coloured jackets/trousers with muted garments. For example, pink chinos with a navy blazer and white shirt, or a checked sports coat with charcoal suit trousers:
Get The Look
- Topman Brown Twist Donegal Blazer
- He By Mango Herringbone Wool-blend Blazer
- Ted Baker Blazer In Check
- He By Mango Garment-dyed Cropped Trousers
- Topman Purple Ultra Skinny Trousers
- He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton Chinos
- Paul Smith London Kensington Window Pane-check Wool Blazer
- Boglioli Slim-fit Unstructured Woven-wool Blazer
- Asos Slim Fit Blazer In Cotton
- Michael Bastian Regular-fit Washed Cotton-blend Trousers
- J.crew Broken In Slim-fit Brushed-cotton Chinos
- Topman Grey And Blue Check Suit Trousers
Now you’re aware of what the guys on the streets are wearing, we would love to know what looks you are going to show off during the seasons ahead. Have you already adopted one of the trends above? Do you plan to add one to your repertoire?
Let us know in the comments section below…