With autumn fast approaching, it’s time once again to take a look at the forthcoming high street trends that’ll be making their way to your closet during the next six months.
As always, these are a mix of general looks, styles and garments to give you a better idea of ‘what’s hot’ regardless of your skin tone, weight, height or any other bodily statistic.
Likewise, these are the type of garments any guy can buy without fear of looking garish or ghastly; as is the Guy Style Guide philosophy, this is simple, stylish clothing for all.
Although the mackintosh (or macintosh) was first sold in 1824, it’s definitely back with a vengeance. Next season will be full of double-breasted macs and long coats, with olive looking to be the color de jour for outerwear. Remember though, Mediterranean skin tones don’t suit those mid-tone greens, so adjust your palette as necessary – grey, dark brown and black are eternal as they ever were.
Stick to three-quarter length dark cotton rather than full-length waxy cream too; nothing says ‘midnight stalker’ or ‘private eye’ quite like the traditional cut and color of the garment.
The Cord Jacket
Heritage looks are suddenly appearing wherever you look. The best way to indulge this latest high street craze is by purchasing a cord jacket; refined and timeless, it’ll be providing you with elegant rigueur long after the trend has died down.
Plum-browns definitely seem to have the edge in the forthcoming season, but don’t be afraid to go for more traditional shades if you lack confidence.
Regardless of color, ensure you get a clean, modern tailored finish rather than the stolid blazeresque garment your father used to wear.
Designer Hobnail Boots
Chunky, industrial strength boots are hitting the high street in a big way right now. Think tough looking leather, brazenly displayed aglets and plenty of attitude.
While not a look for fine dining and business meetings, they’ll look great accompanying those checked shirts you’ve got stuffed in your closet; just be careful not to go overboard – those ‘90s grunge looks aren’t due for a revival just yet…
A Touch of Argyle
A mere smattering of argyle is all that’s called for, so don’t over overboard with shirts, pullovers and ties emblazoned with the bold diamond pattern. Instead, a light strand on your socks or a well-chosen merino scarf provides the greatest effect.
Be Cautious When Buying…
Not one to avoid, so much as one to be wary of. This season, patterned chunky knitwear will be everywhere – guaranteed – so make sure you have the body to pull it off before indulging!
When choosing chunky knits, buy those that are as bulk-free as possible without too much ribbing and edging, which add those virtual pounds. Always consider the appearance of colors and textures on your skin and body type, and steer clear of vintage jumpers – you’ll hope for ‘retro’, but end up with ‘obsolete’.