The young male models of the catwalk have been busy flirting with floral suits and bedazzled beach shoes whilst the rest of us have been getting to grips with the graphic printed t-shirt. From faded beach scenes to aztec inspired prints, the t- shirt has been a wardrobe staple for self respecting fashionistas since summer 2013. So does it feature in the “lookbooks” for 2014?
Monochrome patterns have dominated the last few seasons and whilst geometric graphics are still very much on trend, things are getting a little more colorful. The new hue is most definitely blue. The key to getting the look right is to combine vibrant blue with more neutral shades. Think electric blue trousers worn with a classic navy trench. Key pieces for the wardrobe include electric blue bomber jacket, denim shirt and basic high roll t-shirt......again in blue!
Nautical stripes make a comeback year after year when it comes to the Spring collections. And this year, surprise, surprise....stripes are back once more. However there is nothing remotely nautical about these graphic prints. The modern twist sees single garments featuring a range of different stripe designs and the key is to wear the pattern over the torso. Think t-shirts, tops, shirts and sweaters.
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Military print is back in full force this season. From t-shirts to trousers the camouflage look is still bang on trend. However, the traditional camouflage print is given an overhaul with bright colours replacing typical forest shades. The secret to wearing camouflage, is not to over do it. Pair a camouflage t-shirt with a classic black blazer and trousers.
Here’s one for the farmers. Bold checks are making a big comeback this year. In traditional lumberjack style the patterns encompasses a neutral base colour contrasted with red, blue or green. To avoid looking too “Hillbilly” combine checkered chinos with a plain top. The pattern also transcend into shirts, t-shirts, jackets and jumpers.
The double breasted blazer is big for Spring 2014. A hit at all the major European fashion shows the blazer was showcased in a variety of colours and patterns. Destined to become a high street favourite, fit is the secret to wearing the style well.The jacket needs to closely contour the body, particularly at the waist. For an off duty look wear with simple contrasting t-shirt.
And finally.....fashion for the brave.
If your feeling brave this season and really want to put your finger firmly on the pulse of fashion, these are the must have items for you.
Man Bags- We all know Joey ( from Friends) was a big fan of the man bag and this year he would be certainly on trend. Having grown in size, the man bag is also more soft and supple than previous seasons.
Overalls- Whilst overalls (playsuits) have been popular amongst the women folk for some time, will it be a big hit with the men as well? Many top end designers featured overall inspired pieces for their catwalk shows this year and whilst androgyny is on the up, it is unlikely to become a high street hit.
Flower Power- As mentioned at the beginning, floral print suits have been hitting the catwalks hard for Spring 2014 with Gucci and Milan leading the way. Put your on stamp on the look by pairing a little more subdued suit with a floral poplin t-shirt. On trend but with a masculine twist.