Man on the Move: Navigating New Neutrals

Neil Barrett Fall 2016

Neil Barrett Fall 2016

This is the point where black and navy will temporarily exit stage left, while brown, cream, olive and grey will enter their roles as new neutrals in the modern man’s wardrobe. In the age of the daring sartorial repertoire for men, guys are now being encouraged to be bolder and edgier. This is no small feat, and can be not only intimidating but unappealing to a whole host of stylish men. The approach recommended here is one of a more plausible transition. Finding less pronounced ways to infuse statement making details into your wardrobe is essential. As it concerns color, go for the pop, but use unconventional neutral tones as opposed to incandescent color ways. Let Neil Barrett’s splash of coordinated brown be the blueprint.

Style Advice: The full look, as seen on Neil Barrett’s Fall/Winter 2016 runway, can be achieved with any of the new neutrals. Try it with olive. A little bolder, a little more boundary pushing, but still a reserved enough color configuration to integrate into a workable personal sense of style. Start with this olive pure wool overcoat from Suit Supply. Then plug this imperceptibly green roll neck knitwear piece from River Island underneath. A great way to coordinate our pants with an olive base is by going for the grey, preferably this dark grey frock from Suit Supply. Furthermore, the footwear featured on the Neil Barrett look, of which is serving as our model, has a tinge of grunge that underscores the refinement of its overall aesthetic. This lug sole boot from Frye with double buckles has that same quality and will finish this head-to-toe brilliantly.

Must-Have: While consistent and well thought out ensembles will always be of premium value concerning things fashion followers love, during the months of frigidity the garment that covers your outfits tend to take center stage. That’s why as we immerse ourselves in the contentiously coldest month of winter we need to put our best coats forward. If we are going to be held captive to outerwear throughout the duration of winter, why not let them create a dialogue? When it comes to outerwear a great philosophy to adopt is: invest, invest, invest. Paul Smith features a great selection of pieces that fit the bill in making a statement, while keeping the items worn underneath a part of the conversation. Like in this hounds tooth check, or in the muted check grey number, or lastly in this double breasted bouclé check silhouette of sophistication. A faint checked pattern in a color outside of the limited spectrum of black on black is just the tool to inject a sumptuous quality of male elegance, without the overwhelming ostentation.