Although the whole world seems to be occupied with now: London 2012 – it’s time to start looking forward. After all, outfits that tackle the “not too cold outside but not very warm either – could rain but might not” season require planning. So swap your Adidas for a double breasted suit and your Great Britain flag for a scarf or a pocket square and your half way there.  Forget trend revamping or a varied continuation of s/s2012 trends – this is the trans-seasonal period where designers treat us to all things new. It’s ok to get excited guys; the a/w2012 collection has arrived…

 

How to do… Accent pieces

Calling all ties, hats, scarfs and pocket squares. At last! Men too can pop their colour this a/w2012 without looking like they were caught in the midst of an explosion at the paint factory. If colour means stepping out of your comfort zone, then limit it to one item. Opt for a red tie or scarf with a dark double breasted jacket. If you’re a trend setter, opt for purple, as this season the colour of luxury dominates the female pieces from head-to-toe – why limit it to one sex? Keep it masculine by having a muted colour as your main outfit, so pair a purple tie with a suit in either black, biscuit navy or grey.

The baseball cap has become an acceptable fashion item in the past year – and the men’s a/w’2012 collection makes no exception. Male models wearing Wang, Lanvin and Dior Homme all sported the look down the catwalks this autumn. Tricky to pull off but following Lanvin and pairing it with a double-breasted long coat in a muted colour such as grey is the perfect start. Carolyn Massey for ASOS has designed a navy, long double-breasted coat originally £190 with a new sale price of £55. The coat is available online and you can get student discount with a valid NUS card.

Not forgetting the corsage, on the catwalk this fall Prada jacket pockets had pens that resembled flowers while Louis Vuitton opted for feather arrow pins. Don’t worry; a simple pocket square will do the job. Classy and sophisticated, the pocket square makes an appearance this season. Again this item is the perfect opportunity to incorporate colour. River Island has two different colours to choose from, both only £6. For those embracing their permission to play with colour, opt for the navy choice with a bold red trim. For those wanting to keep it subtle, opt for the grey pocket square with a black trim.

 

How to do… Knits

Updating traditional tailoring codes, the knits for the upcoming season include new necklines. Okay so yes, they’re all just jumpers. But scoop-neck, V-neck, crew neck, turtle neck or notch neck? You choose. Topman has two notch neck jumpers to choose from, one in camel and one in burgundy, £22. Following Prada’s new high polo neck shirt which stormed this fall’s catwalks in green and purple, opt for the Burgundy polo neck jumper, £22 by ASOS.com and wear with a muted coloured neck scarf tucked into the collar and worn around the neck. Turtle neck jumpers can be hard to find, so use the neck scarf to create the illusion of a turtle neck.

Knits with stripes, bold patterns and strong block colour are a necessity next season. River Island is bang on trend with its crew neck Red Tonal Block Stripe Jumper, £30, also available in green. Keeping it playful, Topman has a Navy All Over Stag Jumper, £30 and very similar to Jil Sander’s brown and blue dinosaur jumper. Championing the brighter hues of fall and sporting a neckline far from the conventional, ASOS has a V neck jumper in bright blue, £18. The knitted jumper really is the Queen of your a/w 2012 wardrobe. Treat her well…

 

How to do… the new trousers.

Did I mention the a/w’2012 wardrobe update was a head-to-toe affair? Well I meant to, because the new season has also reinvented the male trousers. No need to panic – the flat front trousers are still popular, but a/w’2012 will also see the introduction of the pleated trouser inspired by the fifties. Both Yves Saint Lauren and Lanvin are two of the fashion houses who sported the pleated trousers on the catwalks for this autumn. Both designs were wide in the leg and baggier than the usual flat trousers so invest in a belt to sharpen the silhouette. Get the look for yourself with the Barbel 3 Pleat Trousers, now £62 from £165 and the Basil Pleat Tweed Trousers, now £91 from £130, both by B-Stone for ASOS.com.

Lanvin also featured a pair of black pleated trousers which were skinnier in the leg. So if you’re a nonbeliever in the oversized look, opt instead for the Slim Fit Pleated Tweed Suit Trousers, £40 by ASOS.com and pair with a knit jumper to take you from smart to casual. Wear with an offhand attitude and never let it be said that we don’t give you options… 

Images courtesy of ASOS and River Island

 

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