As we enter the spring months it’s
time to swap those cosy coats for lightweight
men’s jackets, but what are the key outerwear trends this season? Whether
you have a penchant for preppy fashions, Sixties’ style or urban edge, there’s
a look for you.
Spring/summer ’13 menswear shows
at London Fashion Week saw timeless outerwear, synonymous with Sixties style,
make a fashion comeback. The Harrington jacket,
popularised by American film stars such as Elvis Presley, Ryan O’Neal and Steve
McQueen and assimilated into Mod uniform in the 1960s, appeared on the catwalks
of Margaret Howell, Nicole Farhi and Pringle of Scotland. Key details include sharp
collars, stripes and blue and cream colourways. Pair with Breton tops and polo
shirts for true Sixties style.
While other fashion houses may
have tipped a hat to the Mod man look, Jonathan Saunders has gone all out this
season, updating classic styles such as trenches, cardigans and blazers with
geometric prints and Pop Art colours. And a statement jacket offers an easy way
to buy into the trend and update your look.
If you’re planning a coastal
holiday this summer – and we’re talking more Riviera retreat than Whitby weekend
– you’ll need a stylish cover-up for those breezy evenings next to the sea.
Luckily, it seems that many of menswear’s biggest names had such a scenario in
mind when designing this season’s outerwear.
Nicole Farhi and Hackett London
were among the design houses to take the white blazer back from the Del Monte
man and make the style a viable holiday option with double breast and preppy
pocket crest details. And the latter label matched light chambray duffle
jackets with coastal stripes and holiday prints for a more casual look.
Practical parkas have become an
urban style staple, thanks in part to unlikely style icon Liam Gallagher, and
have even become a unisex favourite. This season sees the style hold firm – the
light jackets with safari pockets, toggles and pull-cord details paired with
everything from casual tees to smart paisley neckerchiefs.
Hackett London and Margaret
Howell went for classic waterproof khaki, while Pringle of Scotland added urban
drama with black cocoon pull-over parkas boasting orange detailing. Perfect for
the unpredictable British weather, keep one in in your rucksack to throw over
casual outfits – think chinos, shorts or jeans.