Old style for a new world

Call it the Don Draper effect, but tweeds and classic cuts are the key menswear looks of the season. Here are the essential pieces to invest in this winter.

In the past, menswear for me has always equated to an endless teenage disco of Ben Sherman check shirts and Lee Cooper jeans, punctuated with the odd novelty t-shirt.

It wasn’t their fault, our menfolk just didn’t have many options when it came to what they wore. However, times have thankfully changed and in the last few seasons menswear has really come into its own.

Whether you’re into classic tailoring, love a jeans and jumper combo or like to mix it up sartorially, there is something for everyone.

Add these essentials into your wardrobe to create a perfect autumn/winter menswear look.

A three-piece suit is your new best friend, preferably in the fabric of the season, tweed. The blazer can be worn with skinny jeans and brogues to dress the look down while hipster gents add a pocket square (handkerchief) to really embrace the look.

I feel mildly ridiculous raving about coats in Ireland, when obviously it’s never an option to go without one in winter but they are having a major fashion moment. Pea coats, Crombies and fur-lined Parkas are all classics.

When it comes to cosy knits, opt for a chunky stripe or fisherman’s style.

There was a time when merely wearing shoes counted as being accessorised but not any more.

Scarves, leather bags, button hole pins and pocket squares are big news this season and add a great finishing touch to your outfit with minimum effort needed.

Call it the Downton Abbey effect but tweed is everywhere right now. It’s a great classic fabric that wears well and smartens up even the most casual of looks.

Blue seems to be a staple in every guys wardrobe but be brave this season and invest in some burgundy. A beanie or tie gives a gentle nod to the trend.

Natasha Crowley


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