We’re into Autumn! My absolute favourite season. Changes in colour. Autumn sun and crisp fresh air. I still associate Autumn with the start of school and a new year, and it’s my birthday at the end of September. All very nostalgic and awesome.
Being in the UK the seasons happen hard. It’s one of the great things about UK fashion, it keeps the fashionistas and the designers on their toes. This year for A/W14 I’ve been using Pinterest to get a feel for the colours that people are making part of the season. These can always change but as Pinterest is full of what someone somewhere likes, you know if you like it, you are not alone.
Searching the boards for inspiration is great but I really like to use it to collate styles from the high street stores in a virtual shopping space, then I can go back to my board and see what I am liking all together with my Pinterest inspiration and what I can physically go out and buy/afford. You can’t do this anywhere else so easily as you can on Pinterest.
In the spirit of the new season, here are my tips for looking fresh and prepared for A/W14 #winteriscoming
Accent – This year, muted colours and neutrals are in but I would try to accent your blacks, grays, blues, browns with some Autumnal colour. My colour for the season will be a burnt orange, trying to imitate the fallen leaves and the rugged changing landscape. NEXT Oxford Shirt in Orange – £20
Texture – Textured knitwear seems in early, but follow this rule – if you are a loud person in style or sense, keep the patterns subtle, if you are more chilled, go for louder patterns. ZARA Cable Knit Sweater – £22.99
Action – I don’t own a winter coat. Not like a trenchcoat or smart coat. I always go for a active coat. Something from a hiking or walking range. I love to mix up styles like this and with brands like Canada Goose making their way to our high streets, some activewear in place of smart is a risky but awesome move. My personal choice is a nice Berghaus Mera-Peak – £168.67 – currently half-price at Go Outdoors.
Colour – Finally, and I’m really happy about this one, Ombre has come to men. Blended patterns and colours look great. Here’s a tip for the average chap – try and find ombre where the main colour is over your more flattering areas, this draws the attention there naturally, e.g. shoulders and upper torso. ZARA – Sweater – £35.99
Grow – start growing your hair. The hitler youth, short sides swoofing top and aggressive side parting may be on it’s way out for 2015. Longer hair is in, I’m not sure exactly what styles but if you fancy getting involved you’re going to need to start growing now.
I’ve started a board on Pinterest – http://uk.pinterest.com/raj/average-chap-autumn-winter-14/
And the blog will have some collections and outfits soon.