Now that our hangover has eased from sunglasses indoors to foggy memory, we thought we’d take a look back at the menswear week that was. London Collections Men (LCM), the four-day showcase that’s put the British capital on the global men’s fashion map, powered down its eighth instalment on Monday, leaving us to ponder the big questions. Like will it ever be OK to pair a sequinned jumper with bleached double denim? Or does my head look like a sphincter in this?

These are the five most wearable trends to come out of the event, which you can even try your hand at now:

1. Function First

As much as envelope-pushers like J.W. Anderson are continuing to unpick traditional notions of gender through fashion, there’s a large camp of designers holding fast to the belief that outfitting men is a matter that’s more function, less flounce.

Which is why Italian-English brand Belstaff used Japanese layered technical nylon to make sleek parkas that skimped on weight but not warmth. And why Burberry swapped last year’s (this season’s) velvet blazers and leopard print coats for block-colour track tops.

It’s also why pretty much everything this LCM was covered in pockets – from Craig Green’s olive drab shirts to Hardy Amies’ anthracite grey wool suit trousers.

For a utilitarian piece that’ll see you through SS16, AW16 and beyond, consider adding a field jacket to your year-round wardrobe. A lightweight one will work as top layer in warm weather but easily slides underneath a heftier line of defence once the cold snap kicks in.

Men's Utilitarian Influences on The AW16 London Collections Men Runways

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Men's Utility Clothing Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • Topman Ltd Waxed Khaki Utility VestTopman Ltd Waxed Khaki Utility Vest
  • Topman Camel Field JacketTopman Camel Field Jacket
  • He By Mango Technical Field JacketHe By Mango Technical Field Jacket
  • Rag & Bone Cotton-canvas Field JacketRag & Bone Cotton-canvas Field Jacket
  • He By Mango Nylon Field JacketHe By Mango Nylon Field Jacket
  • Orslow 1950s Cover All Jacket One WashOrslow 1950s Cover All Jacket One Wash
  • He By Mango Cotton Cargo TrousersHe By Mango Cotton Cargo Trousers
  • Reiss Ridley Tailored Cargo Trousers Light GreyReiss Ridley Tailored Cargo Trousers Light Grey
  • Michael Bastian Slim-fit Stretch-cotton Canvas Cargo TrousersMichael Bastian Slim-fit Stretch-cotton Canvas Cargo Trousers

2. Big Up Body Warmers

Still think body warmers are exclusively for John Deere drivers? Think again. Spurred on by AW16’s widespread interest in utility, designers are continuing their efforts to pluck the gilet from bumpkin obscurity and transplant it to city streets.

At Gieves & Hawkes, the 1771-founded tailoring label at No. 1 Savile Row, the gilet unsurprisingly had its most wearable outing, coming in the form of a russet-coloured, zip-up quilted style worn open over an equally rustic heavy-gauge crew neck jumper and spliced with an off-white jean.

Elsewhere, though, designers went all-in, parading gilets you’d sooner see in military barracks than garden sheds: Astrid Andersen’s were cropped, heavily structured in the shoulders and fitted with chest pockets big enough to hold a 5-round magazine, while Pieter’s put a subversive spin on bulletproof vests.

Compact, insulating and an ideal between-season layering piece, there’s a lot to be said for adding one of these element deflectors to your wardrobe now.

Men's Gilets and Body Warmers On The AW16 London Collections Men Runways

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Men's Gilets and Bodywarmers Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • Asos Denim Gilet With Zip Detail In BlackAsos Denim Gilet With Zip Detail In Black
  • Jack Wills Quilted Nylon Gilet In NavyJack Wills Quilted Nylon Gilet In Navy
  • He By Mango Ultra-light Quilted GiletHe By Mango Ultra-light Quilted Gilet
  • Woolrich Auletian Vest RedWoolrich Auletian Vest Red
  • Musto Shooting Quilted Shell GiletMusto Shooting Quilted Shell Gilet
  • Stone Island Shadow Project Garment Dyed Jacquard Gilet MuskStone Island Shadow Project Garment Dyed Jacquard Gilet Musk
  • Neighborhood U.s. Military Down Vest Olive DrabNeighborhood U.s. Military Down Vest Olive Drab
  • Uniqlo Men Wool Blended Checked Down VestUniqlo Men Wool Blended Checked Down Vest
  • Oliver Spencer Loungewear Lounge Lux Jersey GiletOliver Spencer Loungewear Lounge Lux Jersey Gilet

3. Earth Tones

New season, new colour spectrum. As much as we’d like to tell you it was all just one big coincidence that London’s menswear labels unveiled looks in strikingly similar earth tones for AW16, the truth is they probably had the savvy to consult experts like Pantone before getting creative. Hence the crossover.

Regardless, earth tones, like ochre, russet and sienna, were LCM’s undoubted order of the day. Craig Green chose a burnt sienna for one of his laced leather two-pieces, while Lou Dalton went a shade or two lighter, offering up her signature smart-casual staples in ochre and camel.

Less predictable fans of an earthy palette also got in on the action: Tiger of Sweden, the Scandinavian brand known for its penchant for black, broke with form and turned out copper-coloured suiting and outerwear.

Unlike military frogging and ornate chokers, colour is an easy win in getting ahead of the trend game. The obvious choice here is a camel coat, but suede trucker jackets and chinos in earth tones also make for simple ways of signalling your fashion savvy.

Earth Tones on The AW16 London Collections Men Runways

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Men's Earth Tone Colours Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • Only & Sons Wool OvercoatOnly & Sons Wool Overcoat
  • River Island Waffle Knit JumperRiver Island Waffle Knit Jumper
  • Topman Khaki Twill Stretch Skinny ChinosTopman Khaki Twill Stretch Skinny Chinos
  • River Island Rust Brown Stretch Slim ShirtRiver Island Rust Brown Stretch Slim Shirt
  • He By Mango Structured Cotton BlazerHe By Mango Structured Cotton Blazer
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton ChinosHe By Mango Slim-fit Cotton Chinos
  • Ami Slim-fit Merino Wool Rollneck SweaterAmi Slim-fit Merino Wool Rollneck Sweater
  • Reiss Ashby Tasselled Scarf CamelReiss Ashby Tasselled Scarf Camel
  • Topman Limited Edition Camel Hair Double Breasted BlazerTopman Limited Edition Camel Hair Double Breasted Blazer
  • Journal Standard Ribbed Shawl Cardigan OrangeJournal Standard Ribbed Shawl Cardigan Orange
  • He By Mango Henley Cotton T-shirtHe By Mango Henley Cotton T-shirt
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton ChinosHe By Mango Slim-fit Cotton Chinos

4. The Cardigans

No, not the 1990s band (although Nina Persson was partial to a bit of frogging in her time), but those knitted jackets that promise all the toasty warmth of a crew neck jumper, and none of the constriction.

Cardigans, with the exception of the reasonably popular shawl neck variety, have been steadily nudged away from the runways over recent years, edging ever closer to plunging to the polyester-lined depths of your local charity shop bargain bin.

But the cull, it seems, is set to stop come AW16. YMC’s 1960s folk-psych-inspired collection included a muted chunky patchwork style, while Richard James showed a silver-grey cable knit design that, styled with a loose-leg trouser and minimal sneakers, instantly shrugged off its geriatric potential to reveal an up-to-the-minute off-duty look that we’ve already started to copy.

Bolder takes came courtesy of Christopher Raeburn and J.W. Anderson, both of whom went longline with slouchy, knee-grazing styles that were more knit coats than cardigans. Handy if you’re already over the overshirt.

For a style that’s classic but that’ll still check off trend boxes later this year, try a heavy-gauge ribbed or cable knit version in a light neutral like stone or beige (earth tones, remember?).

Men's Chunky Cardigans on The AW16 London Collections Men Runways

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Men's Chunky Cardigans Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • River Island Cardigan With Zip Pockets And Shawl CollarRiver Island Cardigan With Zip Pockets And Shawl Collar
  • French Connection Button Through Twist Chunky CardiganFrench Connection Button Through Twist Chunky Cardigan
  • J. Crew North Sea Clothing Intrepid Cardigan SweaterJ. Crew North Sea Clothing Intrepid Cardigan Sweater
  • He By Mango Shawl Collar Cotton CardiganHe By Mango Shawl Collar Cotton Cardigan
  • Burton Oatmeal Chunky Shawl Neck CardiganBurton Oatmeal Chunky Shawl Neck Cardigan
  • He By Mango Shawl Collar Cotton CardiganHe By Mango Shawl Collar Cotton Cardigan
  • Michael Kors Shawl-collar Cotton-blend CardiganMichael Kors Shawl-collar Cotton-blend Cardigan
  • Strathtay By Inverallan Appin Cardigan BallyliffenStrathtay By Inverallan Appin Cardigan Ballyliffen
  • Edifice Shawl Cardigan CamelEdifice Shawl Cardigan Camel

5. Shearling’s Baaa-ck

Yes, we went there. Still red hot from its debut this season, shearling’s here to stay for AW16, too, promising more of its log fire warmth and 1970s flair. But while both Tiger of Sweden and Gieves & Hawkes gave us the kind of timeless, Steve McQueen-approved shearling jackets we already know and love, it was big-name brands Belstaff and Coach that shifted lanes, showing reverse shearling outerwear that shepherded the trend into new territory.

If you haven’t already invested in a shearling coat, then don’t worry, because we’re broke AF too. Seriously though, if you don’t have the £750+ one of these will set you back, or indeed, if the thought of perfectly happy sheep being skinned for the sake of your style is a bit sick-making, then track down faux shearling for a cost-effective, conscientious alternative.

Men's Shearling Coats/Jackets/Outerwear on The AW16 London Collections Men Runways

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Men's Shearling Jackets & Coats Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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  • Asos Wool Harrington Jacket With Faux Shearling Collar In Light GreyAsos Wool Harrington Jacket With Faux Shearling Collar In Light Grey
  • Allsaints Mortar Leather Biker JacketAllsaints Mortar Leather Biker Jacket
  • Topman Forest Green Wool Blend Jacket With Borg CollarTopman Forest Green Wool Blend Jacket With Borg Collar
  • River Island Ecru Wool-blend Faux-fursmart Pea CoatRiver Island Ecru Wool-blend Faux-fursmart Pea Coat
  • River Island Blue Borg Collar Denim JacketRiver Island Blue Borg Collar Denim Jacket
  • Reiss Tyson Shearling Coat BrownReiss Tyson Shearling Coat Brown
  • River Island Tan Shearling Collar JacketRiver Island Tan Shearling Collar Jacket
  • Edifice Shearling Collar Coat BeigeEdifice Shearling Collar Coat Beige
  • J.crew Wallace & Barnes Faux Shearling-trimmed Wool Bomber JacketJ.crew Wallace & Barnes Faux Shearling-trimmed Wool Bomber Jacket

Final Word

That concludes our hit list of what’s hot from the eighth instalment of London menswear’s long weekend. So which of these can we count on you to try? And which will you be calling bulls**t on?

Let us know below.