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Style me savings: 3 Winter/Spring fashion trends for men

Meld Magazine

Wed Jul 31 2013


TRENDS aren’t just for the ladies. Amrit Kaur and Elisa Scarton Detti share three looks that are stylish and effortless to pull off this Winter/Spring season. 

Bundled up in burgundy 

This understated colour offers versatility as it can be easily dressed up or down. If you’re keen to keep it casual, opt for oxblood chinos with a light-coloured cardigan. If you’re up for being a little more adventurous, why not choose a burgundy suit and white shirt?

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to look stylish and be warm all at once! Here are some ideas from shops around town (or in the virtual world).

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Look flash in this all burgundy suit from Asos, $105. It’s a bold choice, but there’s no better time to be fashionably adventurous than when you’re young. It’s such a statement piece that a white shirt and black tie are all you need.

Perfect for a day at uni or a relaxed weekend, this Bench Hoodie Zip Through from Asos, $57, is stylish without looking like you made the effort. Match it with a pair of dark denim and clean sneakers and you’ll have casual cool in the bag.

The winter winds are a killer in the CBD. Don’t get caught out in the cold when you can rug up in this ASOS Hooded Jacket, $70. Not only is it waterproof, it’s warm enough that you can don a white t-shirt underneath and save yourself from overheating in the uni classroom.

If you think flashy fashion statements are better left to Kayne West, try these Fenchurch Slim Fit Chinos, $52. The deep colour goes well with pretty much everything, but you can easily dress it up with a grey shirt and bow tie or dress it down with a soft wool jumper in emerald green or dark blue.

Hoodies, hats and head covers

Donning hats have been a must for men since the 1920s. But celebrities like Michael Jackson and Johnny Depp have reinvented their appeal, making them timeless.

If you’ve always been unsure of hats, don’t fret. This Winter/Spring, hats are back in season! At the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival we saw the comeback of bowler and fedora-style hats with designers like Brent Wilson incorporating the accessory into their collections.

To ensure a look of cool sophistication, make sure your hat is the perfect size and shape for your face.

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Fedoras aren’t the easiest accessory to pull off, especially if you don’t consider yourself particularly fashion forward. This Obey Cooper Fedora from The Iconic, $69, is perfect with its understated colour and short brim. Keep it super casual by sticking to t-shirts in neutral colours like black or white and donning a pair of plain jeans.

Like something out of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, this flat cap from ASOS, $25, adds a bit of character and individuality to your usual uni getup. A cable jumper in the colour of the season (burgundy) and tan chinos would work perfectly with this.

Who says straw hats are just for summer? Protect yourself from the winter sun with this ASOS Straw Pork Pie hat at the bargain price of $25. The great thing about this hat is that it’s not as casual as our other three, making it a great choice for a date or semi-formal lunch matched with a light coloured shirt and black suit pants.

Warm and on trend – it doesn’t get much better than that! The trick with beanies like this one from the North Face from The Iconic, $25, is to make sure it fits you perfectly. You should be able to cover the tops of your ears without having loads of extra fabric drooping above your head.

Blast from the past in mod suit jackets

Mod suits are, for those who are unsure, finely-tailored with narrow lapels. Think Don Draper from Mad Men. If you consider the idea of an entire suit ensemble too OTT, try simply getting the jacket on its own for a great semi-formal piece that would work well at a nice restaurant or lounge situation.

The trick with this jacket is to leave the bottom button undone, making you look a little less uptight and a little more suave. A good mod suit jacket isn’t going to be ridiculously cheap, but it will be timeless and you only need one, so consider it an investment that will last you a good couple of years.

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Look fresh with a mod jacket in an unconventional colour like this Politix Watts Suit Jacket, $199. It’s the sort of jacket that you can easily wear on a weekend shopping trip or at work paired with skinny chinos and loafers without socks.

ASOS makes a great slim fit blazer that’s both stylish and cheap at just $96! Rock the khaki with a pastel shirt with no tie and dark jeans for a look that works day or night.

Jackets are an easy way to make a statement without looking like you’re trying too hard. For a long lasting and interesting piece, try getting a mod jacket in an unusual pattern like this ASOS Herringbone Slim Fit Jacket, on sale for $40. It’s so versatile, you can dress it up or down as you please.

Another super cool slim fit mod suit jacket, this one from ASOS is a very sweet $63 and will have the girls turning for a second look. There’s no reason why you can’t pull off a really bright colour like this red at uni or on a casual date to the movies as long as you stick to a white shirt and dark jeans or suit pants.