The Menswear Edit

From wraparound silhouettes to statement knitwear, AW21’s trends are a stunning amalgam of the cool and the classic.

AW21 at McArthurGlen is a smorgasbord of colour clashing, rustic tones, modern silhouettes and neo-tailoring - here’s how to incorporate it all into your everyday wardrobe for a fresh new look…

The Wrap-Around Coat
With so many of us working from home over the last 18 months, it was inevitable that the WFH life would infiltrate fashion, this time in the guise of the wrap-around coat. Yep, dressing gown couture was prevalent in many a collection, from Ermenegildo Zegna to Louis Vuitton and Fendi, providing a coolly casual take on the classic long-line coat. It’s power dressing with a lower-case p, punctuated by soft shawl lapels, waist-high belts and muted tones, perfect to pair with relaxed tailoring and black loafers. For something with a little more structure, the modern trench coat is a failsafe, with the likes of The Kooples and Boss showcasing some of the finest examples of the season.

Red Alert
You’ve heard of painting the town red, well now it’s time to let nature’s boldest colour go to town on your wardrobe! The strongest hue of the season is an attention-grabbing red, worn in flashes against dark or neutral tones for maximum ‘look at me’ impact. Brands such as Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander and Wooyungmi used the boldest of red tones to great effect through various length jackets and knitwear paired with neutral tones and even red-on-red layering in some cases. Knits by Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger and outerwear by the likes of Levi's are in our sights. If you prefer to be a little more subtle with your integration of red, look to accessorise with it instead, notably in the form of ties, scarves, shirts and accented sneakers and boots. Avoid clashing with other bright colours and instead contrast with black or cream for a strong autumnal look.

The Statement Jumper
1960s and ‘70s influences abound this season, the most notable being the penchant for bold statement knitwear. From Hermes and Dolce & Gabbana to Casablanca and Dior Men, there were eye-opening knits to jump-start any winter wardrobe. Intarsia graphics and bold geometric patterns are the way forward, and on a canvas of kaleidoscopic colours. Crewnecks by Diesel and State Of Art are genuine head-turners, especially when contrasted with a neutral-tone pair of wide-leg trousers. On the runways, many looks were styled with a block-colour roll neck beneath the loud jumper for a subtle layered effect and accessories included playful jewellery, ankle boots and small shoulder bags. As for the cut, well, slouchy styles are non-negotiable right now so don’t go for anything too fitted.

Rustic Royal
Think old-school country attire meets modern outerwear silhouettes and you’ve got the rustic royal trend nailed. With a decidedly utilitarian vibe (functional pockets and technical fabrics) this trend maximises traditional patterns such as heritage checks and typical countryside tones like olive green, earthy brown and khaki beige. Give your outdoorsy look an instant upgrade with a wax jacket by Tommy Hilfiger, rollneck sweater by Diesel, rustic check shirt by State Of Art and beige tailored chinos by Gant. The secret to pulling off the look is in your fabric diversity and sticking to the classic tones. Accessorise with traditional countryside items such as a flap cap and rugged leather boots.

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