Back in January, designers at all the major fashion weeks presented their Autumn/Winter 2017 collections and we noticed a few trends that were recurrent throughout some of the lines. Here's our pick of the top autumn and winter trends you should be wearing once September hits. Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store.
It may seem a little early, but there's no time like the present to get sorted for how you're going to tackle the autumn weather when it most definitely hits us in September. Designers are always one year ahead of the game so really you have no excuses. Besides, if you're living in England, chances are your summer will be cut short and those autumn showers will probably arrive mid-August. While we saw plenty of outerwear and knitwear at the men's shows, there were standout trends that we don't often see from season to season. Winter fashion can be tough to get right (although we think it's much easier than summer fashion) and so we've taken the A/W 2017 trends we think are most wearable and come up with this easy guide on how to wear them when the time is right. From corduroy and double-breasted jackets to bursts of orange and muted shades of moss green, this is set to be one of the best seasons yet for menswear. Here's our pick of the best fashion trends for later on in the year.
Autumn/Winter 2017 trends
Yes, that's right, corduroy is back. The Seventies have been a major influence for some of the biggest designers (the Nineties have slipped ever so slightly behind for Autumn trends) and corduroy is the thing they are pushing most. The easiest way to do it properly, get it right and look good is go full hog. A corduroy suit may seem like a bold look to manage, but if you're daring enough it can look incredibly good.
If not, go for either a corduroy jacket or a pair of corduroy slacks. These you can pair with something muted and monotone so that the corduroy stands out. This was seen best in the collections from Hermes, Prada, E. Tautz and Giorgio Armani.
The season may be autumn and there may be hardly any greenery on the trees and the lawns may be dead, but the designers at Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Men's have more than compensated. Moss green was a major trend at the men's shows across the board, with the likes of Fendi and Valentino paving the way. They used the rich colour of foliage across heavy fabrics.
As ever, roll necks are back with a vengeance for the winter months and they were one of the key trends as seen at the Autumn/Winter 2017 menswear shows. What's changed? They're bigger and more dramatic than ever, so if you're looking to make a statement with your knitwear this autumn, look no further. That said, a roll neck doesn't have to be a bold look and can be easily slipped on under a denim or suit jacket. Winter trends have never looked this good.
This isn't a wholly new concept for Autumn/Winter, as quilting has been a favourite for quite some time when it comes to the cooler months. Brands like Ralph Lauren have always been quick to put quilting out across their outerwear lines, but now labels like Craig green and Ermenegildo Zegna are following suit. We suggest sticking to outerwear with it if you're not feeling too brave, but we are seriously digging the quilted jumpers from the likes of Dries Van Noten.
Sewn In Slogans
Yes slogans have been on trend for a while now, but never before have they been so emphasised. While the likes of Christopher Shannon and Fendi have been putting out slogans over the past few seasons, but now Valentino, Raf Simons and Dior are getting involved. Slogans are now intrinsically sewn into knitwear, rather than sewn onto, giving them a whole new depth. The slogan should be the statement piece of your outfit, so keep everything else muted and let the words tell the story.
Usually with the autumn months designers tend to mute their tones and go for more earthy shades. For Autumn/Winter 2017 that has been flipped somewhat on its head and orange has been introduced as one of the key colours for the season. Burnt orange and bright orange are leading the way, but pair these with black to avoid mismatching colours and looking a bit on the odd side.
Eighties fashion is back, largely in thanks to Demna Gvsalia taking the helm at Balenciaga and giving us boxy shapes and reimagined office wear of the era. With that comes double-breasted jackets and these should be worn oversized. Pair with billowing trousers or simply match with a pair of slim-fit trousers, but let all the emphasis be on the jacket. Remember that office wear doesn't just belong behind the desk anymore and you can wear one with a pair of trainers, unbuttoned and loose.
Another Eighties favourite trend that's back in full swing is pleated trousers. Wear them loose, baggy and flowing (structured are not in) and pair with a plain white T-shirt for full effect. Iron them in immediately!
Key Men’s Trends for A/W 2017
Invest in some corduroy - the Seventies are back.
Moss Green and bright orange should be injected into your wardrobe somewhere.
Roll necks are bigger and better than ever for Autumn/Winter 2017.
Quilted jackets, jumpers and trousers are key for the season ahead.
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