The nights are closing in and the leaves are turning shades of rust and ochre. The summer wardrobe has been tucked to the backs of drawers and wardrobes and we’re all looking at our autumn / winter attire feeling in need of a revitalization to get us through the long seasons to come.
One of the most solid investments you can make for a boost to your autumn/ winter wardrobe is a fine bomber jacket. With its origins in military wear, the bomber jacket has undergone many changes and is enjoying a real renaissance of late with high quality leather and moleskin pieces available. You may have to push the boat out and it’s not unusual for a moleskin bomber to set you back over £300 but it is a piece that will last a lifetime if well cared for and in terms of fashion the bomber jacket is going nowhere. This season navy is the colour to go for if you opt for a moleskin design, while timeless black is the leather preference.
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When it comes to smarter wear and the world of men’s suits if you have one mantra it should be “go vintage.” This can also be relevant for those autumn or winter weddings. We see it everywhere, a return to simple elegant fashion is happening and luxury fabrics too. This has combined with the retro appeal to bring the likes of suits with leather elbow patches and wide lapels, Harris Tweed and corduroy all back into the limelight. Flaws can be seen as stylistic additions in this retro look. Another wedding option involves a mix and match suit with a paired jacket and waistcoat (think country tweed) with black smart trousers and a white shirt, with no tie or a cravat.
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In addition, wool is really in this year. Look for Scandinavian wool jumpers with bold but traditional patterns in classic colours, for instance. But you can also get your wool fix from outerwear and a top notch wool blend jacket will serve you very well. The thing about wool blend jackets is they are very comfortable to wear and bring life to your winter wardrobe while keeping you very warm and cosy on those evening trips to the pub.
In terms of tones, earthy and industrial are very in vogue, applied to greens, greys, blues and browns, while oranges and reds contrast exceptionally to give a splash of colour and vibrancy. A wool blend jacket in grey with burnt orange criss-crosses will be on point paired with a burnt orange polo neck jumper, for instance, while no winter wardrobe should be complete without a dark green long sleeved shirt – think either velvet or corduroy for this. Other shirt options are checked shirts. Checks are big this year and this style is so versatile. Combine with a quality pair of blue jeans.
In terms of footwear, boots are definitely the way to go, for a wardrobe freshen up. Think premium leather hiking boots in dark brown with a touch of chestnut hue and brighten them up with some bold (yellow anyone?) laces.