All Eyes on the boys

16 January 2014

All eyes are on the boys at the moment in the heady world of high fash-un. London Collections: Men swept into town last week, the great & the good lined the FROW at the menswear shows in Milan this week...

...and tomorrow the boys will stomp the catwalks of Paris and remind us all why menswear is just as important to the world as pretty dresses and killer heels.

The average man doesn't buy as many garmz per year as his female counterpart, but that's mostly because us ladies are spoilt by a vast array of cheap fast fashion on the high street which means an entire outfit can be picked up for the cost of a takeaway. For the man who is more discerning about how he spends his pay check, less will always be more. A beautifully tailored suit can't be picked up on the mega cheap, but as the right suit can keep you looking sharp for years to come it's definitely worth the investment.

Below are 20 of my top menswear picks, inspired by both the collections presented at London Collections: Men and - importantly - by the stylish men in attendance. And remember, accessories maketh the man.

1. Sweatshirt by A.P.C - £66 (reduced from £110)

 

Because winter sun is all we can think about.

Buy it here.

2. Floral Tee by Marc by Marc Jacobs - £45 (reduced from £90)

Because flowers aren't just for girls.

Buy it here.

3. Heritage 3 Piece Suit by Topman - £270

 

Because the designers at London Collections: Men place great importance on the manufacture of their products as well as the design, and this elegant suit is proudly made in England.

Buy it here.

4. Toy Terrier Pocket Square by Akapello - £35

Because if Givenchy's rottweiler was a little too frightening, this pooch patterned piece may be just the ticket.

Buy it here.

5. Duffle Bag by Penfield - £39 (reduced from £65)

Because camo isn't going away.

Buy it here.

6. Matt Paste by label.m - £12.25

Because well groomed hair completes a well groomed outfit and label.m products were used to create the hair looks at Orlebar Brown, Matthew Miller, Roxanne Farahmand, E.Tautz and Barrtmans & Siegel during London Collections: Men. Matt Paste is one of the key hero products in any backstage session kit.

Buy it here.

7. Notes Graphic Tee by Levi's Vintage - £34 (reduced from £68)

 

Because I am the music man and I come from down your way.

Buy it here.

8. Boxer Trunks by Sunspel - £24

Because James Bond wears them. (Really).

Buy them here.

9. Chelsea Boots by Church's - £290

Because you'll turn to these elegantly dependable boots again and again.

Buy them here.

10. Skinny Fit Flecked Suit by ASOS - £125

Because an unusual texture is the easy way to make a boring suit a BLOODY BRILLIANT suit, this flecked blue number is perfect.

Buy it here.

11. Swim Shorts by Orlebar Brown - £225

Because the Orlebar Brown presentation was one of the highlights of London Collections: Men and now we just want to be by the pool.

Buy them here.

12. Sunglasses by Finlay & Co. - £105

Because you'll need some snazzy sunnies to match those Orlebar Brown swim shorts.

Buy them here.

13. Bow Tie by Mark Giusti - £65

Because you just know Tinie Tempah would.

Buy it here.

14. Skincare Set by Baxter of California - £48

Because good clothes demand good skin.

Buy it here.

15. Tee by Levi's Made & Crafted - £32 (reduced from £65)

Because we appreciate the nod to our hero Charlie Brown.

Buy it here.

16. Cufflinks by Monsieur Fox - £180

Because comedy rugby ball cufflinks these are not! They have real life emeralds for gawd's sake.

Buy them here.

17. Card Holder by Veja - £19 (reduced from £29)

Because you don't carry your Oyster card and bank cards in one of those freebie plastic wallets, do you?

Buy it here.

18. Aran Jumper by Ragged Priest - £35 (reduced from £55)

Because every man needs a grey cable knit jumper.

Buy it here.

19. Herringbone Coat by Topman - £200

Because it's a classic cut which is, once again, proudly made in England.

Buy it here.

20. Skinny Fit Suit by River Island - £95

Because Messi's Ballon d'Or shiny suit may have been a bit 'much', but if you want a toned down berry suit that will still stand out from the crowd then this is the suit for you. 

Buy it here.

Poppy Dinsey is the founder and editor of the UK's largest outfit sharing siteWIWT.com. Poppy has been named by The Evening Standard as one of London's "1000 Most Influential People" and has been heralded by Stylist Magazine as "changing the face of the fashion industry". Her favourite cocktail is a Pornstar Martini and you can tweet her at @PoppyD.

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