Be effortlessly in style with this spring’s colours and trends
Spring may seem a while off but it’s never too early to prepare your on-trend wardrobe for the coming season. According to the ‘colour bible’ – Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2016 – designers have gravitated toward a palette that is “first and foremost calming” and inspired by “lush vegetation, architecture, travel and nostalgia” giving us Serenity, Buttercup, Fiesta and Iced Coffee as the colour trends for 2016. This spring’s hottest trends include the utilitarian look, wider-leg trousers and layering, with green the colour of choice for the most fashion-forward gents.
Utility wear has always had a firm place in men’s fashion; this year the emphasis is not on a military look or camouflage but more desert explorer or early 20th century safari khaki. Think field jackets, gilets with multiple pockets, chinos, bush shirts with short sleeves and the odd zipper.
Get your green on
Green is without a doubt the standout of the spring colour trends for 2016, but the great thing is that this can incorporate almost all shades of green from military to bottle green, jade to olive and khaki. Try pairing green trousers with a patterned shirt or more conservatively, a classic navy top. Navy and grey are excellent dependable classic colours and shades that never go out of fashion. Monochrome is also in so if you’re feeling adventurous, try a head-to-toe outfit in clashing shades of green.
Layering isn’t just a practical concept for winter. This season light layers are where it’s at, whether it’s a light coat over a blazer or a floaty jacket over a suit. To pull this off you will need lightweight fabrics and shorter, more structured layers on the inside and a more relaxed, slightly longer garment on the outside.
Loosen up guys – trouser legs are wider in spring 2016 and the great news is that you can wear them with absolutely anything from t-shirts to shirts and blazers. Jeans are going to be wider too but not baggy and shapeless – on offer will be a wider style but still with tailoring and structure.
It’s hard not to love a great bomber jacket and men all over the UK will be rejoicing that this classic piece is back. Designers have upped the ante this year, creating bombers in a range of colours and materials. Versatile, casual and comfortable, they hark back to the 50s and the 90s but not so much as to lose their cool. Dark and muted colours are best but look out for bombers in on-trend green.
Not a style for everyone, shorter shorts are in this season and, weather-permitting, can be dressed down for the beach or pepped up for a smarter casual look. Pair them with a bright tee or for a dressier look, match with a classic button-down shirt.
Florals shouldn’t be a tough leap for spring, but in 2016 the floral trend is for colourful all-over vintage prints. Think wallpaper and you’ll be on the right track. Floral printed shirts paired with wider-leg muted pants in a matching colour palette will hit the nail on the head, however if you are feeling a bit more adventurous (and have the money to spend) floral-print suits are one of the hottest trends in menswear this season.
Alternatively you may want to consider a tailor made custom shirt. Available in a huge range of colours with many seasonal floral pattern designs for cuffs and collar, you can get a seasonal look with a unique difference.