King & Allen Style Predictions 2015

High Waisted Trousers – Fashion trends for men in 2015

High Waisted Trousers – Fashion trends for men in 2015

London. Paris. Milan. The three main men’s fashions weeks of the year all took place in January, and we’ve kept an extra close eye on the catwalks in order to provide you with the most relevant Style Predictions a King & Allen customer could wish for. But as well as looking to the catwalks for inspiration, we also analyse the buying habits of hundreds of K&A customers – and see what trends we should expect in the suiting world based on our own customer’s requests.

 


1. High waisted trousers. Naturally there’s a fine line to be sought here, but a high waisted trouser in the right context is a striking, original and comfortable option (see above). To complete the look you

 

2. Grey on grey. This was particularly popular at LCM, but was also spotted at Milan (above). Remember – you don’t need fifty shades to have a bit of fun – just two or three will suffice! The advantage of keeping things tonal is that you can experiment with different textures. For something simple and stylish, try a wool tie with a grey check waistcoat under a grey suit. Or you could experiment with accessories – especially scarves and pocket squares.

 

Grey on grey fashion trends for men in 2015

Grey on grey fashion trends for men in 2015

3. Layering. We wrote about layering on this blog back in December last year, and the catwalk shows confirmed that this style is here to stay. The key to getting layering right (and this was not evident on the catwalks!) is to start with the finest cloth and get thicker and heavier as you work away from the body. Try a cashmere woollen jumper over a cotton shirt, followed by a suit jacket and/or overcoat – all in complimentary tones.

Layering – ready for 2015?

Layering – ready for 2015?

4. A flash of red / a flash of yellow. We’re predicting that red and yellow are going to be dominant colours in casualwear this year – but in the world of suiting we do things a little differently. Red and yellow will only ever be accent colours: ties, linings, pocket squares, checks, boutonnières – even meltons:

 

Flash of red with a bespoke melton

Flash of red with a bespoke melton

Here’s Michael Caine sporting a lovely yellow windowpane check in the new Kingsman film (read our lowdown of the suits here):

Michael Caine wearing a yellow windowpane check suit

Michael Caine wearing a yellow windowpane check suit

5. Velvet: Seamlessly moving on from red, we particularly liked this burgundy velvet suit that was shown at London Collections: Men. While we’re not expecting orders for three piece velvet suits to start flooding in, this splendid example shows what’s possible.

Velvet suits – on trend for men in 2015?

Velvet suits – on trend for men in 2015?

And here’s a handsome red windowpane overcoat currently on display in our Liverpool St showroom:

Red windowpane check, as seen in our Liverpool Street showroom

Red windowpane check, as seen in our Liverpool Street showroom

6. Floral

Tailored floral suits set to bloom in 2015?

Tailored floral suits set to bloom in 2015?

Again, we’re not going to suggest you rush out and order a floral suit – although kudos if you did! The idea of this article is to observe the runways and re-interpret them in a King & Allen context. With that in mind, why not consider a floral pattern as an accent pattern on a white shirt?

Tailored floral shirt from the King & Allen range - Note the unique shape of the cuff,  allowing a glimpse of the pattern beneath.

Tailored floral shirt from the King & Allen range - Note the unique shape of the cuff, allowing a glimpse of the pattern beneath.

7. Pattern Mixing. Not for the faint hearted, pattern mixing is extremely difficult to get right. The easiest way to start is a check suit, a striped shirt and a spotted tie. The secret for beginners is to ensure that the pattern becomes smaller and more subtle as you move towards the tie.

For advanced pattern mixing, try mixing colours as well. Good luck!

 

7. Pattern Mixing. Not for the faint hearted, pattern mixing is extremely difficult to get right. The easiest way to start is a check suit, a striped shirt and a spotted tie. The secret for beginners is to ensure that the pattern becomes smaller and more subtle as you move towards the tie.  For advanced pattern mixing, try mixing colours as well. Good luck!

7. Pattern Mixing. Not for the faint hearted, pattern mixing is extremely difficult to get right. The easiest way to start is a check suit, a striped shirt and a spotted tie. The secret for beginners is to ensure that the pattern becomes smaller and more subtle as you move towards the tie. For advanced pattern mixing, try mixing colours as well. Good luck!

8. Double breasted. Some trends come and go in a matter of months. Their pan flashes and they’re gone. Others arrive stealthily, biding their time, preparing for the long haul. This is the story of the double breasted suit, which has been gradually building momentum for some time now.

Set to make a huge impact in 2015 – the classic double breasted suit

Set to make a huge impact in 2015 – the classic double breasted suit

If you’ve been debating which direction to take, now is the time to take the plunge. DB especially suits a tall, slim businessman – but with the right cut (and the right fit) this distinguished, gentlemanly suit style is available to all.

If you would like to arrange a fitting for any of the suit styles you have seen here then please call 0800 0274430 or contact us here for more information. We have fitting locations in London: Liverpool St, and Wilmslow and Surbiton. We also take consultations on Savile Row, by appointment only.

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