Fashion

Five Items Gents Need This Season

Stay ahead of the masses this season with an expert’s guide to the key menswear trends in 2018. More importantly, we’ll give you an insight as to how to wear the hottest trends this season for an effortless, versatile approach to your styling game.

01 – CHECKS

What is it?

Whoever said that checks were only worn in winter clearly needs to be better educated. Although originally designed with cold-weather fabrics and textiles to keep gents in check (pun intended) throughout the cooler months, the last few years have seen a shift in the way checked items have been work.

How to wear it

Layering is a safe bet to wearing checks effectively. Mix and match a checked blazer with a tailored pair of trousers or chinos for a day-time look. For evening affairs, opt for a full check suit to not only make a statement, but show that your sartorial game is on point.

Make sure your shirt is neutral and finish with a pair of derby dress shoes.

Give these a try

The Aquila Pridham Check suit features a subtle navy check which would look great with the blazer over chinos, or as a complete suit.

02 – LOAFERS

What is it?

We will assume that you are familiar with the classic loafer; a smart-casual alternative to wearing a dress shoe at any formal occasion that permits so. Hardly a “new trend”, it’s the new take on the loafer that will turn heads this year.

From velukid suede to characterised stitching, details are ever so relevant in the loafers’ appearance and design in 2018.

How to wear it

Forever known as the versatile shoe, this season, it’s the casual approach that will be attracting guys to invest in a pair of loafers. Wear yours with denim jeans or tailored chinos, or pair with your best statement suit. The possibilities are endless. For the daring individual, pair with a well-thought out pair of dress socks with cuffed tailored pants and an appropriate shirt.

Give these a try

The Bickford brown or navy tassel loafer epitomises the summer months, with its rich detail and playful design.

03 – STATEMENT PRINT

What is it?

If there was ever a time to make a statement with the outfits in your wardrobe, this is the year to do so. And what better way to pack a punch but with a statement print shirt.

Nothing says, “I don’t give a damn” more than a stylish, loud print shirt. But not just that; statement shirts are extremely versatile in wear as well. From lush floral prints to globally-inspired prints, explore your options this season and sit ahead of the crowds revelling in your effortless style choices.

How to wear it

Mix and match your statement prints; and keep it neutral, as you don’t want too much going on in one outfit. A statement shirt over a pair of tailored denim jeans or chinos would look a treat.

Give these a try

Hit the town in Politix Red Label shirts – these bold designs are sure to set you apart. Styles include Alexandro, Jud, Massey, Lain, Goldwin & Bosley. You can thank them later.

04 – DENIM

What is it?

Although notoriously personified as a symbol of ‘rebellion’, denim has transformed its working-class status over the years thanks to the popularity it received by some of Hollywood’s leading style icons.

Today, denim is seen everywhere. But it’s 2018 which will see men in a sea of denim; from dark denim to double-denim, there’s never been a better time to stock your wardrobe with the extremely versatile fabric.

How to wear it

Denim is great to layer. For example, a denim overshirt can act as a top layer jacket over a tee, or can be worn purely as a shirt. Denim jeans are versatile enough for daily wear. If pairing denim over denim, ensure that there are different denim hues on top and bottom.

Give these a try

Levi’s 501 Skinny jeans turns everyday denim into a highlight piece. Get amongst General Pants Co.’s stacked range of sky blue washes and rigid vintage fits in-store today.

05 – TURTLENECK

What is it?

The perfect number for those chilly days and freezing nights, the turtleneck Is the perfect, substantial sweater to make any guy comfortable and warm this coming winter whilst looking stylish.

Once affiliated with the rich, pompous individual, the turtleneck is nowadays a winter staple for the discerning gentleman.

How to wear it

Wear your turtleneck, first and foremost, with confidence. The key to nailing this look is also to keep it neutral; no patterns, pockets whatsoever. Keep the colours solid, especially with the darker colours.

Playing with texture is also a good idea to mixing it up. Turtlenecks are heavenly if made with a luxe merino wool, or a nice cotton blend. Opt for a cashmere blend if you can.

Give these a try

M.J. Bale’s Cape Horn midnight rollneck is a versatile choice. Woven in Italy from Super Fine Australian Merino wool, this finely knitted jumper is lightweight and durable. Wear it under a suit for an ultimate polished impression.