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Men's Autumn/Winter '16 Fashion Trends

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As the nights begin to close in and the temperatures slowly drop, it's time to put away those shorts for another year - winter is in sight, and I'm here to prepare you with the AW16 menswear fashion forecast. 

This season the fashion world takes a step back to the 70s, with some truly classic pieces returning to the highstreet.

Shearling


The 1970s shearling effect took the men's fashion world by storm back in 2015, and is set to make an appearance once again, bringing a glam rock vibe to your wardrobe. Topman Design showcased a variety of shearling jackets in leather at the recent fashion weeks, which are inexpensive compared to other designer brands and ideal for students looking to keep up with the latest high-fashion trends.

If you are wanting to go a bit more up market however, Moncler do a beautiful padded sleeve shearling jacket - however at prices in excess of £2500, this is likely a tadd steep for the average student.

The Tracksuit


The tracksuit has also made a reappearance this autumn, and I can confidently predict that the streetwear-inspired look will be a big hit this autumn/winter.

Roll Neck Jumpers


Roll neck jumpers are also a re-occurring classic, and is arguably my favourite trend this season. The roll neck can be worn casually with jeans and trainers, or otherwise paired with a blazer and jeans, or even a full suit, at the other end of the spectrum. I myself have purchased three roll necks to date, all in neutral colours so they can be worn with almost anything.

Duffle Coat


Outerwear makes for an obvious winter statement as perhaps the most essential clothing item of the season - pretty predictable, I know. This year it's all about the duffle coat,  the most popular choice by designers in the AW16 fashion shows earlier this year.

As for colour - camel seemed to me a notable pattern, and seemed to go down well with the audience, however military green, like last year, will likely continue to be highly sought after.

Neutral Colours


Neutral colours were featured excessively by brands in the AW shows, particularly Burberry. Neutral colours are perfect for layering and also makes it easy to pair your outfits with accessories, both saving you time and expense. But remember to hold off throwing that military green, as it seems to be making a reappearance this autumn.

Check


The classic ‘check’ look showed up all over the catwalks, and is ideal for both casual and formal looks. Not only can it be styled through a full three-piece suit, but it can also be worn casually through bomber jackets and casual shirts. Burberry used this style to great effect, pairing dark colours with modern check, to bring the look into the 21st century.

Wide Legged Trousers


Wide legged trousers have also made a comeback, making that ‘spray on skinny’ look all but redundant. This 70's cut is perfect for smart-casual attire, and can be manipulated to work with almost any outfit. Neutral colours are again popular, however more extravagant styles are becoming available for the more outspoken individuals.

Pyjama Suits


The pyjama suit is ideal for making a statement. This trend definitely demonstrates how the ‘skinny jeans’ look is slowly dying out after being prominent for so long in the men’s fashion industry. Louis Vuitton was one of the biggest names modelling the trend, and even brought it back during his final show of the Paris Fashion Week this October.

For an idea of how you might go about incorporating a few of these trends into one outfit, take a look at my the photos from recent shoot, photography by the talented Chloe Ellis.

Here I am pictured styling wide legged trousers, with the matching bomber jacket. I paired this with a pink rollneck jumper for some added layering, trainers and a black faux leather briefcase - the perfect finishing touch for this smart-casual look.

The thing I love most about fashion is that it’s all open to interpretation, for example there are so many trends for autumn/winter, but I decided to specify on the ones I personally like the most and think will be the most popular amongst the fashion world. Joe Blogs on the other hand might prefer the extra long sleeves look, which is fantastic as it’s all open to freedom of expression and being confident enough to be who you are.

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