Sports Luxe Vs. ’70s Comeback: Which Trend Will You Be Sporting This Season?

Last years runways saw tons of different trends take centre stage, showing us that SS15 would be a season to remember. With its polished yet laid-back style, the presence of Sports Luxe continued to be felt in big-name collections such as Burberry Prorsum, whilst the psychedelic prints of the 1970s comeback dominated runways from the likes of Topman Design to Saint Laurent. With both set to be huge, which is the trend for you this season?

Sports Luxe

A trend that has been prevalent in men’s fashion since back in 2012, Sports Luxe continues to live on both on the runway and the highstreet. This look is extremely easy to pull off, and gives an effortless, stylish vibe to your outfit that can work perfectly for both your casual and formal attire.

Casual Style

CSL Backpack      CSL Joggers

CSL Sweatshirt CSL Trainers

Adding a hint of Sports Luxe into your casual wear is simple. Replace your old pair of jeans with a pair slimline joggers, or swap out your favourite jumper for a sleek sweatshirt. The bomber jacket also fits perfectly into this trend, and, with it also being this season’s must-have piece, it is definitely a good idea to pick one up if you haven’t already. Trainers are an obvious essential with this look, and a cool, fashion forward pair are the key to Sports Luxe success this season. Finally, invest in a back pack with a minimalist design for anything you might need to carry around. Although these items are most commonly found in block colours such as back, grey and navy, don’t be afraid to mix things up this season with brighter shades and stand-out prints. Scuba and leather-look pieces will also allow you to put an SS15 twist on this trend without stepping too far away from its urban appeal.

Formal Wear

FSL Jacket FSL Trousers

        FSL Trainers

Finding a way to incorporate Sports Luxe into your formal wear is much more difficult as most pieces are associated with casual, street style. However, it can be done. Ditch your usual formal footwear and pair your favourite slim-fit suit with a pair of crisp, all-white trainers to add an urban-dapper look, similar to that of Nick Jonas.

The ’70s

From the fringe-filled, floral fashion of hippie culture, to the leather covered rise of the punk-rockers, the 1970s were full of different styles and trends, all of which are back in men’s fashion this season, just waiting for you to add them to your wardrobe.

Casual Style

CSC Flares       CSC Suede Jacket

        CSC ShirtCSC Glasses

Unless you want your outfit to end up looking like a fancy-dress hippie costume, try not to go all-out with the ’70s inspired look, keeping to no more than a few pieces per outfit for a look that channels the decade without fully replicating it. For example, swap out your regular, slim-fit shirt for a baggier alternative in a psychedelic print, or keep the slim-fit pieces on the top half and match them with a daring pair of flared jeans for an authentic ’70s feel. A fringed, suede piece could easily replace your trusty leather or denim jacket this season for the same effect. Let a pair of John Lennon-esque sunglasses be the crown jewel of your ’70s look as you enjoy the sun later this SS15.

Formal Wear

FCS Zig Zag Shirt FCS Blue Flares

FSC Mint Flares FCS Twig Shirt

70s influence is probably best added to your formal style in small parts, especially at work where you want to dress stylish but not too over the top. The easiest way to do this is by pairing your regular suit with a wide-collared shirt, and by trying out earthy or pastel colour schemes. Flared, smart trousers could also be used to channel the decade in your formal wear, but are a lot more of a risk. If you are brave enough to try a pair however, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit slim to prevent a costume-like look that throws off your body proportions. Topman is undoubtedly the place to go this season when looking to pull this look off, with their Topman Design range being inspired by the ’70s and ’90s.

So, which trend are we more likely to see you in this season?

How will you be fitting it into your wardrobe?

Let me know in the comments below!

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New Season, New Style – 5 Ways You Can Take Your Formal Wear Up a Notch

Looking to finally ditch your dull suits this SS15? These tips will help you step away from the same old, same old and add some much-needed excitement to your formal wardrobe!

Bare Some Skin

Although its probably inappropriate to turn up to the office shirtless, baring some skin in the work place is most definitely not. In fact, a great way to amp up your formal looks this season is to ditch your socks and show off a bit of ankle. This look can easily be achieved with pretty much any pair of low shoes, but looks best when done with a simple pair of loafers. Not only is the look extremely fashion forward, but can work for anything work may throw at you. Wear your trousers as normal if heading to a more formal event, or, for an instantly perfect, semi-formal style, roll them up or invest in a stylish, cropped pair.

Get the Look

Black Cropped Trousers    Black Leather Loafers

Brown Leather Loafers      Grey Cropped Trousers

Pocket Square-Flare

Often overlooked by suit-wearers, the right pocket square can add a whole new level of sophistication and style to your outfit. It’s understated yet elegant appearance not only has the ability to liven up even the most tired looks, but, done right, will launch you to the top of the office best-dressed list. Go for whichever colours and patterns suit your style – the most simple pocket squares can make just as loud a statement as the most vivid. For a refined, classic look, opt for something that compliments the rest of your outfit. However, the more adventurous dressers out there should not be afraid to use a pocket square as an opportunity to colour clash. A bright yellow pocket square paired with a pale-pink tie can provide you with a look that oozes the same sophistication whilst also drawing everyone’s eyes.

Get the Look

Floral Pocket Square 2   Purple Tie & Pocket Square

Grey Tie & Pocket Square     Floral Pocket Square

Clash of the Textures

Another fun and effective way to mix things up with your formal wear is to add some different textures to your look. Pull suits apart and pair a classic pair of pants with your favourite tweed or houndstooth jacket. Accessories like neck and bow ties are also great and easy ways to add textures to your outfit. For something more laidback, go for one that’s woven or knitted , or for a more sleek, edgy look, a leather or velvet tie may be more up your street. A pair of suede brogues or textured leather loafers could also give the same effect without you having to alter your look too much.

Get the Look

           Yellow Knitted Tie Grey Suede Brogues

Brown Tweed Blzer      Blue Velvet Bowtie

Hints of Prints

Adding prints to your formal attire also adds excitement, and, of all those listed here, is probably the method most likely to get you noticed. The choices here are endless really, with everything from shirts and suits to pocket squares and shoes, you can easily add prints and patterns to any part of your outfit. However, for style success there are a few things you should remember:

1) If going for a printed shirt or suit, make sure everything else is solid colour – too many patterned pieces will leave your outfit feeling too busy and maybe even a bit silly.

2) When adding prints through your accessories, feel free to add quite a few pieces. However, while its fine to wear the same print in different sizes or prints with matching colours, do not match prints exactly; it doesn’t look good.

3) It is okay to clash patterns and colours, just make sure you do it right. Pattern clashing works best when the colours in each pattern match, whereas with colour clashing you should use the same print for each colour or only go for one item that’s printed, as clashing colours and patterns at the same time will leave your outfit looking confused.

Get the Look

Feather Print Shirt      Printed Dress Slippers

Splash Pattern Pocket SquareTartan Suit

Embrace the Braces

Ditch the belts this season and give your formal outfits a bit of a dapper feel  with a pair of braces. Whether you decide to go for a clip-on pair or a traditional button pair, braces work both as a statement piece or as a great accessory. To make a pair of braces your outfit’s key piece, find a pair in a bright colour or bold pattern, and make them stand out even more by keeping the rest of your outfit plain. However, if you’re just looking to accessorize, go for a plain pair in a shade that compliments the rest of your outfit.

Get the Look

Braces Black     Braces Paisley

Braces Striped  Braces White

So, will you be taking your formal looks to the next level this season? If so, how?

Have any other ways to make formal wear more interesting?

Let me know in the comments below!

SS15: 5 Colours Your Wardrobe Needs

As we finally near the end of what was a fashion-filled winter, it’ll soon be time to ditch the scarves and woolly jumpers, and crack out this year’s spring-summer colours. But what are they?

1. Paint the Town Red 

From bright scarlet jackets to wine-coloured suits, red dominated the SS15 runways in every way and shade possible. Whether you opt for a more bold, vibrant hue or something a bit darker and richer, red is the go-to colour for anyone looking to make a statement this season. Keep things casual with a pair of fun chino shorts or this burgundy, jersey bomber jacket, however, if you’re looking to go a bit more formal, try this deep-red oxford shirt, or these unmissable tartan trousers.

Red Chino Shorts   Deep Red Shirt

Burgundy Bomber Jacket       Red Tartan Trousers

Unless, like David Oyelowo, you plan on rocking a sharp, red suit this season, I’d recommend limiting this colour to one item per outfit, especially with big, attention-grabbing pieces like jackets and trousers. However, if your outfit only has hints of red (e.g. part of a print on a shirt), feel free to highlight these details with accessories. Play it safe with a red neck-tie or a pair of dark, burgundy brogues, or, if you really want to stand-out, invest in a pair of vivid, suede loafers or a smart pork pie hat.

Red Tie   Maroon shoes

Red Loafers   Pork Pie Hat

 2. All White Everything

Continuing its reign from AW14, head-to-toe white is set to be just as big this season as more and more stores and designers tackle the trend in more and more ways. Great examples of this include this sleek, white biker jacket  and this unique, embossed backpack. However, as the trend carries on into SS15, we do see one main difference to last season, as creamier shades are brought into the mix. This is good news for those of you out there with paler skin-tones that maybe didn’t try the all-white look last season in fear of it washing you out. If that’s the case, then I’d recommend this off-white, ribbed jumper from and these ecru, denim dungarees.

White Backpack White Biker Jacket

White Jumper   White Dungarees

Unlike red, with this colour less certainly isn’t more. In fact, the more white you add into an outfit, the more of a statement you’ll make. For a look that’s both cool and fashionable, team a pair of white, skinny jeans with an ivory bomber jacket and your favourite pair of all-white trainers. accessorize perfectly with a white, minimalist watch to complete the look.

White Air Force White Bomber Jacket

White Jeans White Watch

3. Forest Green With Envy

That’s exactly how you’ll have people feeling this season if you find a way to add this rich shade to your outfits. This colour is everywhere this SS15, working great both on its own and as a part of a pattern to give you a fun, exciting look perfect for summer! Just like with the red, River Island currently have a great pair of chino shorts in this shade, and this floral shirt from Topman offers a formal twist that could easily jazz up your casual looks. Want to introduce your feet to this new trend? You can’t go wrong with a pair of these suede Era 59 Vans. Their deep colour and classic design make them perfect for topping off your summer outfits. Finally, for those of you beach-bound this SS15, try these Tokyo Laundry tropical swim shorts for an effortless, stand-out look bound to turn some heads.

Green Shorts Green Shirt

Green Vans   Green Floral Shorts

Although this colour is perfect for, and likely to be huge, this summer, that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t find a way to add it to your post-winter/spring wardrobe, with looks such as this oversized sweatshirt, acid-wash denim shirt and this slightly faded bomber jacket all providing that extra bit of warmth along with a look that’s edgy and modern. These green, leather Dr Marten boots also give the same grungy look, and will come in handy when trying to walk in those inevitable spring showers.

Dark Green Bomber Dark Green Denim Shirt

Dark Green Dr Martens Dark Green Sweatshirt

4. The Dawn of Dusk Blue 

SS15 greets us with a colour that most people, myself included, probably haven’t seen much of before, especially in men’s fashion. Despite this, its predicted to be huge this year, with most stores already filling their shelves with everything from Dusk Blue jackets to socks. This shade of blue isn’t very bright but is quite unusual and therefore still draws a bit of attention, making it perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit without completely taking away from all its other components. Zara currently have a great jacket that is designed in a way that not only allows you to add colour to your outfit without hijacking it, but to do the same with its patchwork pattern. Another fantastic piece is this mixed knit jumper from Topman, which works great for both layering and wearing alone. H&M have also got in on the trend, and these skinny fit, twill trousers are a great piece that can not only act as the key to any casual look, but can be easily dressed up with a matching shirt and your favourite pair of smart shoes for any formal events you have on the calendar.

                                                                                                           

Dusk Blue Jumper      

Dusk Blue Bomber

Of all the SS15 colours, this is one of the most easily adaptable, and there are ways to fit it into wardrobes of all different styles. ASOS currently carry quite a few shirts with Dusk Blue patterns, ranging in style and pattern from casual, florals to dressier, chevron prints. Don’t be surprised if you also see this colour pop up when shopping in summer, with items such as these Burton shorts already in stores, we can be sure that the (hopefully) warm weather will help plenty more items like these find their way onto the highstreet. Again, this is a trend that your feet can also take part in, with sun-ready footwear such as these classic Toms just waiting for you to take them home.

Dusk Blue Chevron Shirt  Dusk Blue Toms   

Dusk Blue Shorts  Dusk Blue Flower Shirt

5. A Hint of Lavender 

Purple is a colour that we see far, far too little of in men’s fashion and it’s great to see a shade of it amongst the trends for SS15. As with Dusk Blue, Lavender is a colour that can be easily adapted for any style or event. You can add a purple twist to your formal wear with this slim, textured tie or this classic poplin shirt, whereas these 5-pocket, slim fit chinos and this contrast sleeve tee are the way to go if you’re looking to try out some Lavender in your everyday looks.

Lavender Shirt    Lavender Tee

Lavender Tie Lavender Trousers

By the looks of things, this is yet another colour that everyone will be wearing this summer. Want to get yourself a head start? Get your hands on items like these Quay sunglasses or washed chino shorts that work perfectly to compliment an already-great outfit, or use this colour to make your outfit great with pieces like this Friend or Faux printed vest or these star-print swim shorts. Whichever look you decide is best for you, be sure to expect more than a few second looks when sporting it this summer.

Purple Vest Purple Shorts

Purple Star Shorts Purple Sunglasses

So, what are your thoughts on this year’s SS15 colour trends?

Will you be adding any of these colours to your wardrobe next season?

Let me know in the comments below!

Awards Season 2015 – The Best of Men’s Fashion

As awards season draws to a close, we look back at the best men’s looks from this year’s ceremonies, and how you can add some red carpet-chic to your wardrobe.

Eddie Redmayne – The Golden Globe Awards


Eddie Redmayne - Golden Globes

Eddie Redmayne kicked off 2015 in style – the actor on everyone’s radar this season put an interesting twist on the usual black tux when he showed up to the Golden Globes in this stylish velvet blazer. Paired with a classic bow tie and a pair of high shine brogues, the 33 year-old actor’s look certainly lived up to his new movie star image.

Get the Look

Obviously, the key to achieving this look is the jacket and, unfortunately, velvet blazers don’t tend to come cheap. However, if you head over to ASOS, you’ll find velvet blazers in a range of different colours for a reasonable price of around £80. Paired with these slim-fit trousers, black bow tie, and these glossy, Base London brogues, you’ll be rocking the Eddie Redmayne look in no time.

Velvet Blazer Shine Brogues

Bow Tie Slim Pants

Jared Leto – The Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jared Leto - SAG Awards

Jared Leto stole the show at the 2015 SAG Awards when he stepped out onto the coveted blue carpet in a bright, dodger-blue jacket that stood out with ease amidst a crowd of plain, black tuxedos. With this colour set to be huge for Spring 2015, Jared’s look was way ahead of the trend. He also sported a pair of rhinestone covered loafers that added even more excitement to an already head-turning ensemble.

Get the Look

The statement pieces of Jared’s look are his colourful blazer and jewelled slippers and, although no exact matches seem to be present on the highstreet right now, this blue Ben Sherman jacket and these polka dot Ted Baker loafers come close. Accessorised correctly with this rose pink lapel pin by Alexander Dobell and the blue socks from this Next multipack, and this look will be yours before you know it.

Blue Blazer Polka Dot Loafers

   lapel pin                  Socks

Nick Jonas – The Grammys

Nick Jonas - Grammys

From his sharp, perfectly tailored suits to his bang on-trend, casual style, Nick Jonas has been setting the bar for celebrities everywhere in terms of men’s fashion. This years Grammys were certainly no exception, as the former Disney channel star dressed to impress in a grey, checked suit. Worn with a pair of sleek, white trainers, the up-and-coming musician added a modern edge to this year’s red carpet.

Get the Look

For an on-trend, checked suit similar to Nick Jonas’, look no further than your local Topman, where you will find this smart, slim fit suit that is certain to make you stand out this coming season. Paired with this contrast button shirt and these white Nike Air Force 1 Mid trainers, Nick’s dapper, yet urban, look can be yours easily.

Checked suit Contrast shirt

Trainers

David Oyelowo – The Academy Awards

David Oyelowo - Oscars

By far the most daring male on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars, David Oyelowo ditched the blacks and navys that most actors opted for in favour of this striking, maroon tuxedo. Matched with a bright red waistcoat and bow-tie, and a pair of high-shine burgundy shoes, the “Selma” actor has never looked better.

Get the Look 

Although David’s bright shades of red are sadly nowhere to be found on the highstreet, over at ASOS, you can still find a look that’s quite similar. This darker burgundy suit may not be as eye-catching as David Oyelowo’s, but is still extremely fashion forward and will set you apart from the crowd. Add these gloss-finish, burgundy Derbies, a matching dark red waistcoat and bow tie for a look worthy of the red carpet.

Maroon suit Maroon shoes

   Red bowtie   Red Waiscoat

So, will you be adding any of these formal looks to your wardrobe next season?

Which celebrities do you think dressed to impress this Awards Season?

Let me know in the comments below!