Taking Stock Of Street Style

Kick the brogues off, unknot the neck tie, and hang your overcoat up to dry – the European men’s fashion weeks are over. We’ve seen hulking models in bright pink knits and a shedload of 1970s references; we’ve seen new designers, old brands, as well as new things from old brands. And we’ve even seen (can’t unsee) some entirely unexpected peen, courtesy of Rick Owens.

As always, the menswear shows offered an insight into what we’ll all be clamouring after come autumn/winter 2015. But, just as important as dissecting what went down the runway is taking a look at what the menswear elite chose to wear off of it.

Here’s our edit of eight key street style trends we spotted across London, Pitti, Milan and Paris, which you can try out now:

1. Checked Tailoring

Particularly prominent at London Collections: Men and Pitti Uomo, checked tailoring is a trend that is still going strong. And with everything from classic Prince of Wales and tartan motifs to subtle gingham patterns and statement-making windowpane checks on display, versatility is clearly the driving force behind its continued popularity.

While many attendees opted for just one check piece (a well-cut overcoat or suit jacket) as the focal point of their outfit, our prime props are reserved for those men who nailed head-to-toe looks, or layered different types of checks for an effect that may sound over the top, but in reality looked superb.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style Trends - Checked TailoringPhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Trousers In CheckAsos Slim Fit Suit Trousers In Check
  • Ted Baker Endurance Luboc Large Scale Check CoatTed Baker Endurance Luboc Large Scale Check Coat
  • Suitsupply Lazio Blue CheckSuitsupply Lazio Blue Check
  • Austin Reed Black Watch Tartan Wool JacketAustin Reed Black Watch Tartan Wool Jacket
  • Austin Reed Overcheck Wool JacketAustin Reed Overcheck Wool Jacket
  • M&s Collection Luxury New Wool Blend Tailored Fit Check Jacket With LinenM&s Collection Luxury New Wool Blend Tailored Fit Check Jacket With Linen
  • Reiss Shotel Three Piece Check Suit GreyReiss Shotel Three Piece Check Suit Grey
  • Suitsupply Havana Burgundy CheckSuitsupply Havana Burgundy Check
  • Etro Tapered Checked Wool And Cotton-blend TrousersEtro Tapered Checked Wool And Cotton-blend Trousers
2. Contrast Sleeves & Gilets

Ever since the varsity jacket made its comeback a few years ago, contrast sleeves have worked their way into many modern gents’ wardrobes.

We’ve moved on from a simple black leather sleeve though – this season the menswear tastemakers kicked the trend up a notch, opting for jackets with sharply contrasting sleeves, whether in terms of colour (canary yellow against a body of light olive) or fabric (leather sleeves against a body of tweed).

Though not technically a contrast sleeve, plenty of menswear’s major players achieved a similar effect by layering gilets or tailored vests over suiting or smart separates – a trick that not only adds essential warmth to a winter look, but creates an attention-grabbing contrast to boot.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style Trends - Contrast SleevesPhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • He By Mango Contrast Sleeve Bomber JacketHe By Mango Contrast Sleeve Bomber Jacket
  • River Island Bomber JacketRiver Island Bomber Jacket
  • Suitsupply Light Brown BodywarmerSuitsupply Light Brown Bodywarmer
  • Allsaints Gunner CoatAllsaints Gunner Coat
  • Allsaints Glade Pea CoatAllsaints Glade Pea Coat
  • He By Mango Cable-knit Panel Reversible GiletHe By Mango Cable-knit Panel Reversible Gilet
  • Club Monaco Leather And Wool-blend Bomber JacketClub Monaco Leather And Wool-blend Bomber Jacket
  • The Brooklyn Circus Leather Sleeve Moto Varsity JacketThe Brooklyn Circus Leather Sleeve Moto Varsity Jacket
  • Uniqlo Men Ultra Light Down VestUniqlo Men Ultra Light Down Vest
3. Statement Overcoats

A given, really, considering it’s the autumn/winter 2015 show circuit we’re talking about here, and yet, this season really consolidated the importance of the overcoat in contemporary menswear.

Pity the fool whose outerwear game isn’t on point – it’s no longer acceptable to throw on whatever’s warm and hanging around the house. From classic camel styles to more adventurous designs, show venues were teeming with nattily tailored overcoats this season.

If you haven’t already secured one, a statement overcoat – whether it’s a timeless single-breasted classic in jet black or ash grey, or something louder in bright blue or red – should be top of your sartorial wish list.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style Trends - Statement OvercoatsPhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • He By Mango Faux-fur Lined CoatHe By Mango Faux-fur Lined Coat
  • River Island Long Camel CoatRiver Island Long Camel Coat
  • Allsaints Yuto CoatAllsaints Yuto Coat
  • Sisley Overcoat With Gradient BodySisley Overcoat With Gradient Body
  • Suitsupply Brown Double Breasted CoatSuitsupply Brown Double Breasted Coat
  • Reclaimed Vintage Herringbone OvercoatReclaimed Vintage Herringbone Overcoat
  • Hardy Amies Wool OvercoatHardy Amies Wool Overcoat
  • Richard James Mayfair Checked Contemporary OvercoatRichard James Mayfair Checked Contemporary Overcoat
  • Ted Baker Hamzted Shearling Collar CoatTed Baker Hamzted Shearling Collar Coat
4. Blue

We’re not sure what got into the water in Florence, but blue was big at Pitti. Though neutrals and pops of colours like burgundy, pine green and orange dominated the main European fashion weeks, Pitti was awash with blue, from cobalt to cerulean.

Along with a playful use of checks, Pitti attendees either used bright shades to accent their tailored looks – a petrol blue fedora here, a baby blue neck tie there – or they really went for it with tonal tailored looks that epitomised the humour of Pitti, in contrast to the sometimes stone-faced aloofness of other major menswear events.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style Trends - BluePhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • He By Mango Cable-knit Cotton SweaterHe By Mango Cable-knit Cotton Sweater
  • Topman Cobalt Blue Trilby HatTopman Cobalt Blue Trilby Hat
  • He By Mango Garment-dyed BlazerHe By Mango Garment-dyed Blazer
  • Gap Mac JacketGap Mac Jacket
  • He By Mango Slim-fit 5 Pocket Cotton TrousersHe By Mango Slim-fit 5 Pocket Cotton Trousers
  • He By Mango Cotton Silk-blend CardiganHe By Mango Cotton Silk-blend Cardigan
  • Drakes Printed Cotton And Silk-blend Pocket SquareDrakes Printed Cotton And Silk-blend Pocket Square
  • Reiss Chiswick Chunky Weave Jumper Bright BlueReiss Chiswick Chunky Weave Jumper Bright Blue
  • River Island Blue Double Breasted Slim BlazerRiver Island Blue Double Breasted Slim Blazer
5. Voluminous Scarves

The ‘manket’ may not have taken off to the same extent that the industry expected it to, but what the past few weeks have proved is that scarves certainly aren’t getting any smaller.

From relatively slender styles that snake almost to the ground to hulking woven scarves coiled carefully around the neck, scarves mean serious business this season.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style Trends - Voluminous ScarvesPhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • New Look Black Blanket ScarfNew Look Black Blanket Scarf
  • Esprit Chunky ScarfEsprit Chunky Scarf
  • Saint Laurent Oversized Patterned Wool And Cotton-blend ScarfSaint Laurent Oversized Patterned Wool And Cotton-blend Scarf
  • Ami Alexandre Mattiussi Chunky ScarfAmi Alexandre Mattiussi Chunky Scarf
  • Topman Dyed Checked Blanket Scarf.Topman Dyed Checked Blanket Scarf.
  • Colour Block Check Blanket ScarfColour Block Check Blanket Scarf
6. Trainers With Tailoring

Though there are still plenty of us that wince slightly on seeing something as casual as a pair of trainers worn with tailoring (whether a full suit or trouser separates), the trend has gone from burgeoning to big-time over the last year.

At the recent shows, there was a move away from panelled, neon New Balance styles to smarter, minimalist trainers, most of them in white (with the go-to model being the Stan Smith). Comfortable and classic, this look is perfect for striking the balance between form and function when you’re traipsing through the streets all day.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style Trends - Trainers With Tailoring/SuitsPhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • Allsaints Crescent Low TopAllsaints Crescent Low Top
  • He By Mango Leather SneakersHe By Mango Leather Sneakers
  • Nike Tennis Classic Ac – Size? ExclusiveNike Tennis Classic Ac - Size? Exclusive
  • Puma Mens Court Star Clean Pack SneakersPuma Mens Court Star Clean Pack Sneakers
  • Asos TrainersAsos Trainers
  • Ralph Lauren Jermain Leather TrainersRalph Lauren Jermain Leather Trainers
  • Converse Jack Purcell Leather SneakersConverse Jack Purcell Leather Sneakers
  • Adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather SneakersAdidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Sneakers
  • Common Projects Original Achilles Leather SneakersCommon Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
7. Denim

Already capitalising on one of spring/summer 2015’s biggest trends, several men’s style aficionados chose denim either for the bulk of their outfit or as a contrast layer.

Doubling up on the fabric with a pair of jeans and a denim shirt underneath a sharp overcoat was a favoured combination, while swapping the traditional Oxford button-down for a denim version was another go-to move we applauded.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style Trends - DenimPhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • Asos Denim JacketAsos Denim Jacket
  • Cheap Monday Denim Bomber JacketCheap Monday Denim Bomber Jacket
  • Wrangler Chambray Denim Shirt In Light IndigoWrangler Chambray Denim Shirt In Light Indigo
  • Reiss Royce Washed Denim Shirt IndigoReiss Royce Washed Denim Shirt Indigo
  • Reiss Redford Slim-fit Stretch Jeans BlueReiss Redford Slim-fit Stretch Jeans Blue
  • Topman Blue Bleach Denim Long Sleeve ShirtTopman Blue Bleach Denim Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Maison Martin Margiela Washed-denim OvershirtMaison Martin Margiela Washed-denim Overshirt
  • Incotex Slim-fit Washed-denim JeansIncotex Slim-fit Washed-denim Jeans
  • Officine Generale Slim-fit Selvedge Denim Suit JacketOfficine Generale Slim-fit Selvedge Denim Suit Jacket
8. Folios

Given that most of the men we’re featuring were likely lugging around an average of ten show invitations on any given day, it’s not surprising that many of them carried a folio to store them.

That said, where totes and holdalls were previously the first choice of menswear’s most formidable, now folios are the invitation holder du jour.

From compact to capacious, classic black to all-over camo, a folio is the perfectly sleek accompaniment to a well-appointed outfit.

Men's AW15 Fashion Week Street Style - FoliosPhotos: Yu Yang & Yana Davydova For FashionBeans

Key Pieces
  • Reiss Paris Zip Document Holder BlackReiss Paris Zip Document Holder Black
  • Asos Leather Document CaseAsos Leather Document Case
  • Ted Baker Global Clariz Metallic Gradient Suede Slim Document BagTed Baker Global Clariz Metallic Gradient Suede Slim Document Bag
  • Ted Baker Phanfa Printed Leather Document BagTed Baker Phanfa Printed Leather Document Bag
  • Jil Sander Mens Grey Document WalletJil Sander Mens Grey Document Wallet
  • Want Les Essentiels De La Vie Black Barajas Leather Folio PouchWant Les Essentiels De La Vie Black Barajas Leather Folio Pouch
  • Tarnsjo Garveri Icon Macbook Leather PortfolioTarnsjo Garveri Icon Macbook Leather Portfolio
  • Valextra Grained-leather Pouch 1012087Valextra Grained-leather Pouch 1012087
  • Richard James Ombre Leather Zip PouchRichard James Ombre Leather Zip Pouch
Final Word

If you’re on the lookout for some sure-fire ways to bring your current wardrobe bang up to date, then incorporating one, or more, of these trends is a great place to start before delving into spring/summer 2015.

Will you be trying your hand at any of these? Were there other trends you spotted on the streets?

Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.