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5 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN

16.06.15

A lot can happen in four days, take this week's London Collections: Men. As the showcase exhibited its last designer and the menswear world decamped to Florence, a new sartorial agenda had already been set out. What are the five takeaways from SS16's London Collections: Men? We reveal the five style observations to take notice of now.

1. TAILORING IS BEST DRESSED DOWN

How were London's sharpest dressers wearing their tailoring? Dressed down. Menswear's general mood continued to tend towards the casual, meaning that although suits were still worn by plenty, shirts, ties and formal shoes were banished to the back of wardrobes, with T-shirts and trainers taking their place.

The key to getting this look right lay in the suit's cut. Slim, sharp tailoring made the perfect companion for laid-back classics and the result was smart/casual dressing perfected.

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2. THE MONK STRAP IS THE SHOE TO STEP OUT IN

The monk strap shoe is no stranger to the streets outside the shows at London Collections: Men, however at SS16's shows this footwear favourite anchored the feet of stylish men in an impressive array of guises.

In keeping with the seasonality, these steps felt lighter. Whether double or single strap, in suede or classic leather, the monk strap shoes on show drew from a paler colour palette and unexpected design details came to the fore. In short, the monk strap shoe stamped its authority all over London Collections: Men SS16.

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3. NAVY IS RELEVANT ALL YEAR ROUND

The most sartorially savvy men who attended this summer's menswear showcase found that the colour navy was so much more than a fail-safe choice. Going against the conventional wisdom of summer dressing, navy was worn top-to-toe.

How to get the look right without feeling inappropriately dressed for the season? Break up the uniformity of navy by wearing your shoes sock-free, and know that well-placed accents of white are essential in order to give this look relevance for days when the sun shines.

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4. LIGHTER SHADES SHOULD BE WORN NOW

For some, considerations of practicality were cast aside in favour of a lighter approach, as numerous menswear aficionados stepped out in shades of stone, cream, ivory and stark white.

The trend worked best when subtle colour and textural variations were utilised, giving liberally layered shades of white a whole new lease of life. Unlike wearing copious amounts of navy, there has never been a better time to look to the light.

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5. DOCUMENT HOLDERS SHOULD BE HELD CLOSE

The messenger and the backpack may be the most ubiquitous bags on the morning commute, but for the attendees of London Collections: Men document holders provided the only way of carrying essentials between venues. And, even more tellingly, the customary sea of tote bags had diminished to become a mere handful.

All streamlined charm and quiet luxury, the document holder may not offer roomy proportions but, for what you lose in practicality, you more than make up for in style stock and sartorial versatility. On-duty, off-duty, the document holder can't fail to look sharp.

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