Fashion: Menswear

Picture: Neil Hanna
Picture: Neil Hanna
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Menswear has had a massive transition over the last few years, emerging from the background of womenswear to a level playing field, making it an equally exciting place to shop.

Since last year’s introduction of London Collections: Men, all eyes have been firmly fixed on what is happening in the world of design for gents. It is like a return to the glory of the 1920s when men’s fashion was just as important as ladies’. Tailoring is back in a big way and even more fascinating, shoppers are experimenting, prompting a catalyst for a change in attitude towards male retail.

Picture: Neil Hanna

Picture: Neil Hanna

Here is a breakdown of six essential jackets that will keep you looking sharp over the fresher months.

The Wax

There is no harder wearing jacket on the market. And for this time of year it is a no-brainer that a wax be included in our guide. Attitudes towards it have changed drastically over the last few years propelling it into the style-conscious psyche. Styling this is imperative, whether that be for a dog walk or an afternoon out on the town; it lends itself to a multitude of looks.

The Sporting Casual

The football casual has had a chic make-over; this look is no longer for the hooligan loitering at the terraces. It is a sporty appearance peppered with a preppy edge. Think heritage brands like Fred Perry and Ralph Lauren. Checks and tartans are in, along with light knits and polo shirts. Err on the side of geeky rather than ned.

The Classic

A beautifully cut three-quarter length wool coat can do wonders for any wearer. A classic grey overcoat is just that. This versatile offering can provide a transition from formal to casualwear with the swapping out of a few wardrobe essentials.

The Leather

This is a style staple. Look for a classic cut so it has longevity. Avoid statement leathers that have a lot of zips or embellishments as they will date. The key to styling it this season is with double denim; The leather will cut through it giving you texture and contrast.

The Parka

This coat has come through a bit of a style rebirth. Once synonymous with monobrowed Mancunian musicians it is now perfectly acceptable to sling over formalwear.

The Suit

Not the warmest of offerings but an important purchase. The suit jacket has finally broken its shackles of having to be worn as a whole ensemble and now can be styled any way the wearer sees