he past week has seen the guys drawn onto the catwalk as London Fashion Week Men’s AW18 event took place. As usual, there were a whole host of looks on display which caught the eye throughout the 3 days, and within them were a few trends that we picked up on.

We’ve looked at each of these trends and how you can draw inspiration from them to freshen up your looks later in the year.

Masculine dress

While recent years have placed an onus on non-gender restrictive dress, this year saw a surprisingly masculine theme emerge from day 1 of the show. From the demeanour of the models themselves, to much of the fashion on display, the general vibe proved to stride away from the what we’d become used to.

There were a whole host of dark garments and heavy boots making their way down the runway with the masculine edge being offered by designers such as John Lawrence Sullivan and Edward Crutchley. Leather seemingly made the fabric of choice with it being incorporated into many of the looks in one form or another. In terms of adopting this trend in a tasteful manner for yourself, there are a few ways in which you can go about it.

Much of the tones on show were very muted, so we’d suggest putting together an ensemble with dark tones. Take for instance a suit in black, navy or very dark grey and team it up dark accessories. The use of leather can also provide a masculine edge, and this can be incorporated into your look with striking shoes that’ll make a statement alongside such muted tones, think heavy brogueing or a high shine finish.

Checked fabrics

One of the most prominent patterns to emerge from the event were the checked fabrics. Designers such as Astrid Anderson and Charles Jeffrey favoured timeless checked fabrics which have proven to be a staple when it comes to suit tailoring. The eccentric nature of fashion shows saw the models adorn oversized garments, however we’re sure that come Autumn 2018, a well-tailored checked suit will be the chosen style for you.

Checked patterns are a great choice if you want to change up your look. One of the great things about the pattern is that while it can be showy if you want it to be, it can also be toned down, making it great for any occasion whether that be a wedding, business affair, or a far more informal occasion altogether. You can incorporate checked fabrics in a bold manner with a full suit, or take a more reserved approach and include it using your shirt or accessories (in the form of your tie and pocket square).

Smart layering

Layering has proven to be a trend which we’ve seen maintain its prominence for a couple of years now, and we were pleased to see it being fully utilised on the runway. Models strutted their stuff in big jackets, roll neck sweaters and oversized shirts, with each layer adding its own touch to the overall look.

Layering is an approach which works wonderfully well with smart attire, especially in the colder months. You not only have the choice of teaming up your shirt and suit with a sweater, but also the added warmth and sophistication of an overcoat. The key to layering your smart attire is to ensure the tones and textures all compliment one another and it all still fits well, the last thing you want is to look like the Michelin Man, so ensure you don’t wear too many thick layers.

Final words

Fashion shows make for the perfect place to draw inspiration and freshen up your looks. The trends above are what stood out to us and we’ve also provided our own take on how you can incorporate them into your looks, however you can easily you your own creative touch to apply them as you wish. On that note, this should go some way in setting up your wardrobe for autumn/winter 2018.

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