We’re breaking down men’s fashion for autumn/winter 2017 and giving you the three biggest trends straight off the catwalks of London, Paris and Milan.
There’s the return of an old favourite, a tonal nod to a decade passed, and in the best news to hit menswear since ties became optional, comfort is back.
Gentlemen, here are three garments you need in your wardrobe this season:
1. The duffle coat
Statement coats were big on the catwalks again this year, but no one coat was more popular than the duffle coat.
It’s practical and comfortable for the cooler weather and brings back wonderful memories of being a kid. But remember, the grown-up duffle coat, which featured heavily in the Burberry show among others, is more tailored and structured.
Camel was the most popular colour for duffle coats in the menswear shows, but there were plenty of fashion designers giving their own design tweaks such as large buttons, oversized pockets and hoods.
Tip: Dress up the duffle with another new season menswear trend: the silk neckerchief. To be right on trend, make sure it is bursting with colour and bright patterns.
2. Slouchy trousers
Smart and elegant tailored trousers are the big trend in menswear for autumn/winter 2017.
Befitting a 50s crooner, sharp, loose-fitting trousers have made a comeback in menswear, but with one big difference: comfort.
Hermès was the first major label to showcase design and comfort co-existing with trousers that had an elasticated waist, and it soon became a major trend, with other labels featuring the class and comfort of tailored pants with the relaxed waist.
Tip: Team loose fitting trousers with traditional roll neck or V-neck sweaters, or the emerging menswear trend of funnel or slightly lower mock turtlenecks.
3. Seventies revival
The seventies are back – tonally speaking, that is. All the spicy, rustic hues favoured by fashion of the seventies are making a reappearance for autumn/winter 2017: rusty brown, tan, orange and burgundy.
On the European catwalks the standout colour was copper, featuring heavily in loose fitting button down shirts and suede or velvet jackets.
Tip: Shelve the bell-bottoms. This seventies revival is all about referencing the tones and colours of the decade, not carbon copying the designs.