Colour might seem an obvious trend for Spring. Florals, too. But with minimalism shunning anything happy-hued in recent seasons, men’s wear is about to enter a place into which it were forbidden to foray. ‘Team colour’ is on the come back.
While men won’t be flirting with fuchsia pink or fluoro yellow this summer season, what is returning are different kinds of pastel (think dark and chic), retro prints, and a brand new blue.
Lastly, vibrant outerwear has joined the attack; on a mission to liven up the monochrome suits and white sneakers that remain a key look for 2015. Some things needn’t change.
That Seventies Hue
Colour doesn’t evade the return of the Seventies for men’s wear in 2015. So what does that mean? Muted or dark shades of traditionally warmer colours such as yellow, red and orange. Not to mention green, purple or burgundy and lots of brown.
Approach the trend with block colours, selecting a neutral bottom like a brown chino or dark chocolate trouser. Then team the bland with it with a burgundy, mustard or forest green shirt or tee, and experiment with with a satiny bomber for some extra retro sheen with tailoring.
Tonal blues and desaturated yellows offer a Nordic aesthetic this spring. Whereas blue has typically been electric or pastel in seasons past, the masculine hue carries a mid-tone and softer feel, for something that is earthy.
Team your blues with an old favourite combo: caramel tones and crisp whites. Not feeling so French Riviera? The down-played blue is a perfect match for a casual bomber in satin
A great way to work with colour is via accessories. If you wear a monochrome black outfit, for instance, try adding a pop of colour with vibrant white or blue luxury trainers. If you’re wearing a blazer, a coloured scarf or pocket square adds instant heat to somber jacket and if it’s a business suit that needs jazzing, then add some colour via a leather folio with a subtle stripe.
Colourful accessories are interchangeable with many classic looks so invest in a few quality items and intermix accordingly.
It might sound obvious to say – ‘no neon’. But unfortunately festival goers insist on the acid-bright clothes and statement flesh to boot. Which leads us to our next point: colour is not just for a tanned body or bronze physique.
Sophistication comes in softer hues like dark pastels, which are far more worn in than neons. And they work dapperly for suits; the muted pastel creating a tonal tailored ensemble perfect for summer nights and chic days. Or why not try a blazer and trouser combination with a vivid print, the latter in monochrome to create a black-and-white foundation.
While monochrome and colour-blocked will always have their place in contemporary men’s wear, vivid tones – as a pattern – are having their turn this spring.
Paired with darker neutrals, the shirt – be it, tee or short-sleeve button down – is the best use of the statement print.Whilst minimal design likes to keep things simple, you can break up the monotony with a printed, colourful shirt. Key examples are black Hawaiian shirts with pops of dark-petalled florals or graphic print tees with a high-end streetwear vibe.
This next point is for the minimal, anti-colourist. We get it. Black is sophisticated and white is clean and neat. But, teaming a solid colour jacket ( be it blazer, bomber or shacket) over a white tee and black cropped pants adds a level of creativity to your outfit. Not to mention an unquestionably spring demeanour.
In one all-over colour, experiment with texture too – via different fabrics and finishes – to make the coloured outerwear a true feature. It’s like art really. And just like Instagram, any untalented Mr Filter can work it out.
“Once again tonal blues feature strongly this spring season. Although this time around they have a more Nordic aesthetic, and the colours are lighter and softer with an earthy feel – think de-saturated blues rather then pastels. Stronger colours such as burgundy and yellow are used sparingly and, again, are muted versions of themselves.
I personally love this Nordic look and feel. The relaxed tailoring, simple lines and colours all lend themselves perfectly to classic casual wear.”
Rebecca Riegger – Stylist & Art Director, Rebecca Riegger