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For Winter

This season’s menswear embraces bold checks, smart colour combinations and a new take on texture, as the modern man proves that understated elegance isn’t just for women.

SQUARE ROUTE: UPGRADE YOUR WARDROBE WITH KEY PIECES IN GINGHAM, CHECK AND HOUNDSTOOTH.

Checks were everywhere at the autumn/winter 2013 menswear shows – not just on the catwalks (Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Valentino), but on the front rows too. As a trend, it’s moved swiftly from high fashion to highly wearable, making linear prints the season’s savvy style investment.

WINTER LAYERS
Elevate your smart-casual wardrobe with the addition of argyle knitwear.

ICONIC STYLE
The heritage-influenced blazer is given a sophisticated twist in Prince of Wales check.

PLAY WITH PLAID
Wallets, iPad sleeves and laptop cases receive an on-trend makeover in tartan tweed.

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Embrace checks and discover touches of tartan and sharp geometric prints now.
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NEW BLUES: NO LONGER THE SAFE COLOUR, BLUE IS NOW A STATEMENT IN ITSELF.

This season sees blue promoted from your outfit’s supporting act to headlining the show. Mastering the look couldn’t be easier: it’s all about layering up multiple shades. There’s no hero piece, but the tonal colour combinations are surprisingly striking and offer a fresh take on the standard winter palette.

COLOUR BLOCK

Resist the temptation to break up your outfit with another hue; mixing different blues is key to this trend.

GO TONAL
When it comes to selecting accessories, the same principles apply – don’t be afraid to blend accents of blue.

OFF-DUTY COOL
Midnight blue outerwear partnered with a sleek sweater and dark denim is a match made for winter weekends.

FORMAL FOCUS
Give the classic navy suit a fresh update by pairing it with a sky blue shirt and patterned tie.

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From cobalt to sapphire – create a compelling mix with our all-blue edit.
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SOFT TEXTURES: SUBTLY CONTRASTING DETAILS REFINE THE ART OF DRESSING DOWN.

Whether it’s the intricate weave of a scarf, the corduroy detailing on a jacket collar or the tactile textile of a knitted silk tie, contrasting textures will add interest to your casual winter look.

MIX AND MATCH
Pair a ribbed scarf with a waffle-knit cardigan for a cosy take on texture clashing.

FROM THE TOP
Faux fur trims, quilting and patchworking lend hits of texture to winter warmers.

SMART CHOICE
A wool blazer is one of the easiest ways to add depth to winter outfits.

WRAP UP
Take your style cues from all things maritime: opt for chunky cable-knit jumpers and cardigans.

FINISHING TOUCHES
Complete your look with statement accessories in a fusion of fabrics. Think suede shoes, a wool hat, padded leather gloves and a silk knitted tie.

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Make the trend work for you with our collection of winter wardrobe essentials.
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