With white-on-white and nude tones set to be key trends this SS15, the market has seen a huge influx of neutral-coloured outerwear recently.
However, plainer colours aren’t as easy to pull off as you may think. It’s a myth that off-white, cream and beige go with everything, but it’s also false that you have to be sporting a deep tan to wear lighter hues.
It’s all about what you layer underneath these jackets and the confidence you wear them with. So, if you’re currently on the lookout for a new winter coat, or a lightweight silhouette for the transition into spring, here are five of our favourite examples, along with some advice on how to wear each of them:
1. The COS Jersey Jacket
This off-white jacket is so light it’s almost translucent, so you’d be right not to wear it while swigging a latte or enjoying a large glass of red.
You should, however, layer it over a fitted denim or indigo shirt to really lift the colour. Plus, if you’re pale, this shot of blue will bring a bit of life back to the whole look.
The bomber takes stone, essentially a more knitwear associated tone, and gives it a new urban feel.
Padded Jersey Jacket, available in stores and online at Cosstores.com, priced £99.
2. The ASOS Hooded Trench Coat
Add this neutral number to top of the list if you’re up for experimenting with a sportier, hooded reworking of the classic trench coat.
Made from pure lightweight cotton, it’s a versatile design that would look just as good over a well-cut suit as it does a simple chinos and sweatshirt combination.
Hooded Trench Coat, available at ASOS.com, priced £65.
3. The Peter Werth Topcoat
A single-breasted overcoat is the perfect option if you’re looking to incorporate beige into your nine-to-five look.
Yet although people may automatically associate this outerwear silhouette with suits and tailoring, it doesn’t mean it can’t be dressed-down at the weekend.
For instance, try combining it with your favourite pair of jeans, an Oxford button-down, cashmere hoodie and minimal leather trainers for the ideal balance of smart and casual.
Peter Werth Beige Topcoat, available at Topman.com, priced £249.
4. The River Island Suede Bomber
Who knew that high street favourite River Island would be a go-to for suede?
Not only will this retro-looking bomber help you nail the seventies trend that’s set to dominate SS15, but it will also bring a much-needed tactile element to any of your off-duty ensembles.
Layer it over a classic white shirt and grey crew neck jumper combination to keep things smart and simple. Alternatively, if you want to go full 1970s, why not try a merino wool roll neck underneath?
Stone Holloway Road Suede Bomber, available at riverisland.com, priced £200.
5. The M&S Double-Breasted Camel Coat
A camel overcoat is ideal for gents who want to introduce a little bit of luxury to their autumn/winter wardrobe.
Crafted in Italy from a camel hair and wool blend, this striking double-breasted option from M&S is bound to make a powerful statement on the morning commute.
However, a key street style trend at the AW15 men’s fashion weeks saw well turned-out gents matching their tailored coats and suits with trainers, so why not give the look a go yourself? Just make sure you pick a decent, minimal pair – Common Projects and adidas produce some superb examples – and you won’t go wrong.
Made in Italy Camel Hair Double Breasted Coat, available at marksandspencer.com, priced £499.