Autumn fashion tips for men

First published: 23-09-2013

With autumn now kicking off with a vengeance and summer already feeling like it's long gone, its time to say goodbye to the short-sleeved, sockless way of life that men have grown to enjoy during July and August's long overdue warm weather.

However, as much as summer maybe lets you feel that little bit free-er in what you wear, autumn promises comfort and warmth to protect against the increasingly harsh outdoor elements. The key is to achieve this while still looking good and on-trend.

Stick to these simple pointers, and that shouldn't be a problem.

Emerald green and orange

Now, these are the colours to be seen in as the year reaches its twilight. While it might not be wise to combine the two for fear of looking some way towards resembling a walking traffic light, if selected carefully as part of an outfit you can really reap the rewards.

Emerald green has been selected by Pantone as this year's Colour of the Year and its set to be around for a while, already cropping up in certain spring catwalk shows for 2014. 

Throughout autumn and winter however, a pair of emerald green trousers look to be the easiest way to utilise this fantastic colour.

Similarly, orange knitwear can be an easy way of adding a bit of colour to your wardrobe without looking overly-garish. Just like emerald green, expect to see this colour walking the runways well into next year.

Bomber jackets

Forget bulky winter coats, its all about the bomber jacket this autumn.

Printed bomber jackets in particular are set to be en-vogue, and you can embrace the trend fully with a contrasting collar and hem or outerwear with an iridescent sheen.

Roberto Cavalli recently showcased a suede aquamarine bomber jacket with an all-over polka dot pattern which received plaudits from around the world of fashion and you would do well to keep an eye out for similar looks.

This Just Cavalli watch would look fantastic too if you like to keep your designers down to a minimum.

Accessories

If you have the eye for fine detail, then you've probably already noted the must-have men's accessories for autumn 2013.

Woolly gloves are out this year - its all about leather. Deep burgundy or sunshine yellow are the popular colours.

Lapels and suit pockets are also worth paying attention to - by matching your under layers with your lapels can create a really striking look. Pocket squares are also no longer a look of times gone by and you can score maximum style points by choosing to add one of bright, bold colouring to your outfit.

Pleated trousers

With pleated shorts really taking off this summer, expect the trend to continue into the trouser department this autumn.

Its risky business though - and getting it wrong can really be the difference between being a fashion hero and fashion victim.

Subtlety is key here, and it can be achieved by opting for darker colours in order to avoid over-egging the pudding.

In other words - take a minimal approach as you do run the risk of giving yourself a much less-flattering flattering figure if you take on too much.

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