'tis the season for
dancing the night away
It’s time to soften up. This season’s runways were awash with velvet tailoring for men. Jackets, trousers, shirts and ties; you name it, it made an appearance in velvet. There are different ways to approach this trend. Not for the faint hearted, at Ralph Lauren models were engulfed head to toe in velvet. Here the expected velvet blazers and trousers were teamed with the unexpected velvet shirts and ties and the resulting effect was surprisingly debonair. For a more wearable look, opt for one velvet option and let that do all the talking. When wearing a velvet blazer limit other evening wear items (frilly shirts, bow ties and shiny shoes) and keep everything low-key or risk looking like a try-hard. Look out for luxurious jackets from Paul Smith and Moss Bros.
Suited & Booted
AW19 will see the rebirth of the Chelsea boot. The biggest news, shoe wise, for this season is the rise of heavy black boots and it’s a trend that’s easily integrated into your wardrobe. Boots have never looked more formal and this season there’s designs to suit every taste. For a modern and youthful look, opt for footwear with a high shine, such as these styles from Dune. Stick to black and keep details (laces, hardware and buckles) to a minimum for a slick and formal finish. Be good to your boots and they’ll be good to you - invest in some polish to keep your Chelsea boots in tip-top condition and they’ll keep you looking the part.