In reviewing the menswear trends for fall 2014, one almost gets reminded of the first half of King Kong. Weird, we know, but hear us out. Much like the film’s intrepid adventurers, men’s fashion has gone sailing deep into the fog and crash landed at an unknown, exotic place where everything is furry, floral, and huge.
This autumn, staying on top of menswear trends has been all about navigating and surviving a jungle of sartorial statements, including winter flower patterns, shearling, and oversized coats and scarves. To juxtapose, designers have also been re-invigorating more demure classics like turtlenecks and pea coats into sleek modern basics as well. The hottest colours schemes this autumn are orange, navy, black and white monochromatic, and burgundy.
Feeling a little lost already? Don’t worry. We’ll get you up to speed on your fall 2014 menswear trends ASAP because, much like Skull Island, fashion is eat or be eaten.
When it comes to outerwear for fall 2014, it’s either go long or be wrong. While punk and sportswear remain steady trends for the season, designers are also emphasizing the importance of classic elegance like double-breasted overcoats. Statement outerwear has been a consistent trend for the past few autumns and designers from Burberry to Marc Jacobs to Balenciaga are very much pushing this refined, military-referential option.
Shearling + Fur
PETA beware, you’re in for a scare. Fur has become a familiar face on the menswear catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, and Valentino. The boys are taking hints from the girls’ “fun fur” trend, with over-the-top, head-to-toe outerwear options abounding. For those who like their share of sheep, shearling has also seen a huge return for autumn 2014, with Dior Homme, Costume National, and Missoni. If you like to keep your mink to a minimum, perhaps opt for a fur-lined hood on a parka instead.
Move over flannel, this autumn it’s all about the flowers. Winter florals are the hottest print trend of the season, though you’ll probably want to put away the hot colours of spring/summer. Rocking the look in colder climes generally means big, bold plant patterns in navy, black, and orange. Remember, this is fall after all. Catch winter florals this season on the runways of Casely-Hayford, Burberry Prorsum, and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
As the 90s trend carries on without any signs of slowing, turtlenecks are rolling back into style this fall. Equally elegant under a leather bike jacket or beneath a long double-breasted overcoat, it’s classy and classic. For those who like a bolder look, white roll necks are white-hot this season as well. We love the turtleneck options on the catwalks of Tom Ford, Gucci, and Topman Design.
Sportswear And Street-Style Inspiration
Can casual be chic? Um, a million times yes. Jogger bottoms, neoprene, bomber jackets, white sneakers, shorts and leggings… If you look like you’ve just stumbled out of a London after-hours and are on your way to play some footie, you’re probably doing something right. Throw on a pair of hipster glasses and take a look at the runways of Dsquared2, Bottega Veneta, and Y-3 for some serious street style sartorial inspiration.
Honourable Trend Mentions: military, punk, zippers, pea coats, and excessive amounts of layering.
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