Demand Attention In An Understated Way
If you’re an avid reader of FashionBeans you’ll already be familiar with most of the new season collections. We’ve been filling you in on SS15’s first drops since the turn of the year, and now that the first scent of spring is in the air, we thought it was time to take a look at a few standout pieces you might have missed from some of our favourite brands. These five garments aren’t headline-grabbers, but ‘sleeper picks’ – they will help subtly separate your look from the masses due to their high quality construction, perfect cut and understated detailing. Use them to inspire your own wardrobe choices and let us know what your key purchases will be this season in the comments section below.
The Raey Yellow Cashmere Sweater
Your search for perfect staples ends with Raey. Matches’ new in-house menswear brand is a lot like Cos, but with much better production quality and detailing. This canary yellow sweater is as soft as you’d expect from 100 per cent cashmere, but finished with a back-yoke and ribbed cuffs and waistline for a sharper fit. The bright hue is not only ideal for spring, but will also complement your existing blue shirts and grey blazers, meaning that you can wear it in the office and at the weekend. Available at MatchesFashion.com, priced £250.
The Topman Lux Grey Ankle Grazer Trousers
You should already be familiar with Topman’s Lux range: now in its fifth season, it’s a capsule collection of reworked classics designed with a slightly more fashion-forward edge than the mainline. It will soon be time to bare those ankles – and slightly cropped legwear offers an easy way of going sockless without having to go the full hog with shorts. These 100 per cent cotton trousers are cut just on the ankle, and finished with a military-inspired stripe and a crease along the leg for a formal nod. Dress them up with a sharp polo and linen blazer, or down with a tee and white trainers for an effortless summer-ready look. Available at Topman, priced £25.
The Sidian Ersatz & Vanes Diamond Zip Jacket
A lightweight summer jacket is an essential for the shift of seasons, but anything in a loud or oversized print really won’t do. This summer, soft geometrics in neutral colours are infinitely cooler, and this boxy jacquard bomber is the perfect example. Crafted from 100 per cent cotton, it cuts a sharp, contemporary silhouette and features an all-over diamond print created in conjunction with graphic designer the Emperor of Antarctica. Coming complete with an elasticated rear waist and shirt collar, it straddles the office-weekend divide perfectly. Available at OTHER/shop, priced £159.
The Folk Printed Cotton Shorts
If you’re already plotting your first shorts outing, then these from Folk are a good place to start. Using a printed matchstick design in a palette of navy and grey, they have the same minimal, geometric feel as the Sidian blouson, and they’d look fresh whether you chose to wear them with a plain crew neck jumper or something a little more colourful. Made from a lightweight cotton and featuring a straight fit, they’re testament to the notion that it really is time to chuck out those denim cut-offs. Available at Mr Porter, priced £115.
The Reiss Suede Jacket
London Collections: Men designers have gone crazy for denim-style jackets in non-denim fabrics for SS15, but Reiss’s clean-cut cornflower blue suede version is our pick of the bunch – subtly nodding to the season’s seventies and rugged workerwear trends without going overboard. From the brand’s more youth-focused 1971 range, it comes in a slim-fit with a slightly spread collar, taking the classic trucker silhouette and giving it a luxe overhaul. Wear it over a plain white T-shirt and dark jeans with some desert boots for an old-school Americana vibe. Available at Reiss, priced £275.