It’s not just brights that are burning up this season’s catwalk, for the understated neutral tones are also stirring up a summer storm in men’s designer fashion.
To compliment the cacophony of colour, most fashion houses have also released collections in less brash tones that fit well with rising trends such as the passion for the nautical. The blue and white of Breton is flaunted on the summer t and boat shoes are the latest in men’s fashionable footwear available in an array of elegant colours. Won Hundred adopt olive green for their Clay collection, while the Lark Coin Shorts of design house Libertine-Libertine and the Goa short from Acne sport navy, Sixpack France paint their shorts in Cinto style in basic beige and sand is stylish in tailored short designs from Reiss, Dr Denim and Jil Sander. For a knee-length short staple look to the cargo short, in brown from the Mick line by Tommy Hilfiger, simple stone from Henley and cookie-coloured delights from Luke 1977. For darker hues Goodsouls uses earthy greens, olives from Scandinavian label Norse Projects, back to black by Boss Green and dark blues from Henri Lloyd’s Arbroath and Farah Vintage.
Khaki comes back with a kick, combining two strong trends this season: military and subdued neutrals. Home-grown Universal Works are leading the way with a variety of pieces fitting this description including the Scout Jacket, a Hyde Army Jacket, Bakers Pant and simple but effective striped tees, workwear label Penfield also adopt this seaon’s panache for creams and dark greens in their Dover Jacket, Edgertown utility pants and Idlewood backpack bag. To accessorise in theme there is the army hat from Carhatt in olive green or a Hektor Nature cap produced by Norse Projects.
We needn’t be blue, as navy has also inspired, especially in trousers with Dockers stretch-twill skinny chinos, linen drawstring relaxed-fit trousers from Farhi by Nicole Farhi and Our Legacy’s cord chinos, but also in jackets from B Store’s Liberty twill floral lined blazer, washed lightweight cotton toggle parka and cotton Baracuta coat from Polo by Ralph Lauren or YMC’s Gloverall waxed, hooded or peacoats. Hats in navy look to beanies from All Saints, Fred Perry’s cotton flat cap or a Brixton hats Baker Boy cap.
Neutrals are certainly not nothing this season, with Sahara-sprinkled designs keeping it cool this summer. The chino trouser is top-dog in beige but not to be forgotten also sporting the colours is the straw trilby on both the boutique market from Soul Cal Deluxe and Selvage straw hat of Criminal Criminal, on the British high street also sporting the trend are big brands Ted Baker, Ben Sherman, Paul Smith and River Island. A dash of pattern keeps things lively with the flowery hibiscus print of Hartford’s shirt or the faithful Burberry check, or stick with simplicity with Dockers loosely woven linen-cotton shirt in army armours. Contrast with a darker tan or brown shade and top off the ensemble with a light boot to the ankle from Clae’s Khan, the Ruffio deck shoe in camel from Pointer or wiggle your toes in a morecambe open buckle shoe from Red or Dead.
Be it khaki, biscuit, or caramel, there’s a beige shade for those who shy away from the bright and the bold men’s fashion styles. Neutral can also extend to the toes with Pointer footwear and their casual hues. Step out in style!