Get into the groove
Retro suits, polo necks and oversized knits? The 70s' are back.
If you thought tailoring was the remit of the 9-to-5ers then think again because this season the suits are the creative bunch. Charcoal uniformity is out and 70s-inspired suiting is in, with retro cuts by Moss and Ben Sherman being paired with multi-coloured knits and polo neck jumpers by Jaeger and Tommy Hilfiger. Trousers ditch the tapered look in favour of wide flowy styles by GAP, while cardigans come slouchy and embellished with vibrant prints. The tie (remember that?) takes a back seat as geometric print polos by Lacoste gazump the old idea of ‘smart’. All hail the 70s!
Cord is making a comeback. And these are the key pieces to make pulling this look off, easy.
Once the predilection of geography teachers, corduroy is now well and truly a fashion fabric and we can get behind that. The super tactile cloth has been rejuvenated by the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Moss in tailoring, trousers and oversized outerwear, adding texture and depth to baggy silhouettes. At McArthurGlen outlets, you’ll find stunning co-ord suits in rich autumnal hues by Crew Clothing and GAP, but the real head-turners come via Calvin Klein and Levi's in the shape of funky cord outerwear. Sophistication is a tonal look of browns and beige, but be sure to break it up with a few pops of bright blue, orange or yellow hues.
Function, meet fashion
Take cues from utilitarian styling with protective layering, oversized fits and functional details.
If 2020 was the year we had to be ready for anything, then designers took note with a utilitarian trend that focused on functionality. Brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger took a protective approach with oversized padded layers, quilted outerwear, and more pockets that even the modern man could fill with personal gadgets. With coordinated commuter trousers by GAP reinforcing the streetwear-inspired look, there’s nothing that this aesthetic isn’t ready for. Pair it with your favourite sneakers and sweatshirts and you’re good to go.
Welcome to the wild west
Channel your inner cowboy with denim jackets, chequered shirts and oversized silhouettes.
There’s comfort in nostalgia this season as designers from Hermes to DSquared2 took a trip to the midwest in a celebration of Americana. All the classic motifs are there: the shearling collars, oversized capes, Buffalo check, fringe details and Stetson hats, but it has all been rounded up with a modernist’s lasso, with some strong outerwear silhouettes by Lacoste and Levi's. The trick here is incorporating big layers and mixing up your textures, so think suede, leather, faux fur, corduroy and denim to achieve that rugged, outdoorsy look.