With the onset of spring come the new season palettes and pops of colour once again descend on the drab clothing rails which previously housed the greys, blues, browns and blacks synonymous with autumn & winter months. But for a pleasant change this season, these are not confined to the tee shirts, shorts and sneakers of yester-year. No this year we have colourful and bring mens tailoring.
Inspiration has come from a series of designers fusing form and structure of the traditional blazer and trouser with a modern twist of subtle or bold colour palettes. It has been a look embraced by the “it” crowd with celebrities such as Kanye, Big Shaun, Brad Goreski and Tyga having been snapped in the bolder take on traditional formalwear. With fluorescent and vivid blocks working their way into individual jackets and trousers as well as suiting, it makes for the possibility of a bit more fun in the mix-and-match department. Alas mixing muted tones with bold hues brings life and effervescence to a previously boring outfit and it means the layers you put on increasingly don’t have to match!
I’m gunna lay down a few options which will offer you that splash of colour to add to your outfit, with easy mix and matches, creating multiple outfits from a few key purchases. Teaming bold colours with contrasting bold colours works just as well as pairing up a muted blazer with bright chinos. First up, the blazers!
Mens Coloured Blazers: I like the look of the first option; a pop of orange from Zara. The blazer is not overly structured, and as such would suit a more casual affair, as you can pretty much utilize the principal of the coloured tailoring throughout your day-to-day wardrobe, as well as for the smarter occasion. Team with a blue or cream chino, tee and casual slip-ons for a great day outfit. The option from Topman delivers a little more in the way of structure and as such you could afford to go with a smarter stiffer chino or light coloured formal trouser. Simply roll the ends up, and rock the ensemble out with a pair of tan oxford shoes and a white shirt and silk pocket square. This would be good for a summer party or wedding, and you could obviously dress the blazer down with a tee and some tailored shorts and sandals. Finally a great closet addition would be the salmon toned Preacher blazer from Reiss. This would serve really well for a dinner party, trip to a nice restaurant on holiday or for the trip to that exclusive club & VIP lounge during the summer months. It gives a great silhouette, and although formal in cut, maintains the flexibility to dress down with tailored shorts or dress up with stiff chinos. Add a summer scarf or pocket square to look that little bit more debonair.
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Zara cotton blazer – £69.99. Buy at Zara.
Topman flannel blazer -£100. Buy at Topman.
Reiss Preacher Blazer – £245. Buy at Reiss.
Mens Coloured Trousers & Chinos: The colour-block inspiration is just as applicable in the trouser department as it is with a blazer. These preppy trousers by Ralph Lauren would fit into a that American School mould, but with a little more structure, would dress up really well. Wear with a sports coat, or checked jacket akin to that in the inspiration collage (see above), formal shirt and brogues for a mature and gentlemanly look. With the Tommy Hilfiger Chinos, the fabric is soft and would be best showcased in a smart casual outfit with a roll up, and would look great in a similar preppy ensemble with a muted navy blazer, club tie and deck shoes. I love the lightness of the colour of the ASOS skinny chinos, and they are reminiscent of a pair of trousers in one of the inspiration photos, and work seamlessly with the bold red blazer. It shows that with the right outfit teaming bold with bold can work well.
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Ralph Lauren Preppy Trousers – £175. Buy at Selfridges.
Tommy Hilfiger Chinos – £85. Buy at House of Fraser.
ASOS Skinny Bright Chinos – £23. Buy at ASOS.
Mens Coloured Suits: With regards to suiting, separates are popular and practical, allowing you to shop parts of the outfit, or the complete thing to suit your specific needs. The first is a great wool blend suit from Next in a subtle yet unique burgundy-red colour. There are three pieces available to this suit, and each could find its way into your wardrobe separately, with the waistcoat working nicely under a grey blazer, the trousers working well with a navy blazer, and the jacket would look great with some black skinny jeans. We then have this fab linen suit from H&M in a deep green hue. Simply dress with a light shirt, and tan brogues for a distinguished and mature look. This would be a great wardrobe staple to split up and wear the pieces independently or wear the items together. Oliver Spencer offers a two piece suit as separates, with a pop of blue for the spring and summer. It’s a great tone that wears well with whites, browns, golden tones, and if you are feeling daring pink tones too. Dress this one up with a crisp white shirt and honey knitted tie, or dress down with a pair of pumps, and a print tee shirt!
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Next wool blend suit – £120 (sold as separates). Buy at Next.
H&M linen blend suit – £89.98 (sold as separates). Buy at H&M.
Oliver Spencer Suit – £410 (sold as seperates). Buy at Mr Porter.
There you have a few ideas to get you started in your quest to perfect Mens Coloured Tailoring. With a few key purchases you can create a number of great looks for a multitude of different occasions, so get thinking and then get buying, remembering that versatility in what you buy makes your life easier!
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