Introduction

As we approach the end of the current winter sale period, the fashion seasons begin to shift in tandem and yet another round of spring/summer beckons. Of course, the industry works in advance and in reality we are still in the midst of winter – leading to a peculiar scenario where retailers are peddling shorts, vests and lightweight tees while we continue to experience sub-zero temperatures and gale force winds.

However, today we do our best to belie the inclement weather and break down five key trends for 2014 that are set to be big news not just for this season, but next as well.

1. Cuffed Trousers

Kicking off on a controversial note, cuffed trousers are set to make a steady rise in 2014, despite an ill-fated phase a few years back. This year’s cuff has a distinctly more futuristic feel than previous incarnations, and has been applied to everything from sweatpants to suit trousers.

Slim and neat is the way to wear this trend. The only thing distinctly different about your legwear should be the elasticated cuff, and even that should be in keeping with the garment as a whole. No jersey waistband and/or cuffs on jeans please – that’s one hybrid that can remain dead and buried.

This trend has been influenced by the industry’s current obsession with sports luxe and subsequent rise of the slimline sweatpant. It’s also strictly one for casual settings: suit trousers may have been given the treatment but try explaining that to your boss in the boardroom.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Cuffed Trousers, Chinos and Sweatpants Trend Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

zara soft wears 2013 j crew ss14 topman cuffed 2013 topman aw13 primark winter 2013 mauro grifoni aw13
How To Wear

Create a look full of depth and character by dressing up a pair of cuffed woollen trousers with a tailored brushed cotton shirt and textured knit. The jumper’s rich burgundy colouring draws the attention away from your unconventional lower half and acts a strong focal point for the outfit.

Finish with sleek minimal trainers that complement the casual overtones given off by the trousers:

  • Reiss Star Slim Fit Cotton Shirt WhiteReiss Star Slim Fit Cotton Shirt White
  • Reiss Pilot Textured Cotton Knit Wine BerryReiss Pilot Textured Cotton Knit Wine Berry
  • Topman Charcoal Wool Chino JoggersTopman Charcoal Wool Chino Joggers
  • Converse Navy Maison Martin Margiela Jack Purcell Painted SneakersConverse Navy Maison Martin Margiela Jack Purcell Painted Sneakers
Key Pieces
  • Asos Regular Cuffed ChinosAsos Regular Cuffed Chinos
  • Topman Charcoal Wool Chino JoggersTopman Charcoal Wool Chino Joggers
  • Paul Smith Stretch Wool Tailored Trousers 182248Paul Smith Stretch Wool Tailored Trousers 182248
  • Beams Plus Regular-fit Check Wool TrousersBeams Plus Regular-fit Check Wool Trousers
  • Allsaints Madison Sweat PantAllsaints Madison Sweat Pant
  • Topman Pale Grey Cuffed Skinny ChinosTopman Pale Grey Cuffed Skinny Chinos
2. Pinstripe Tailoring

Pinstripes have finally shaken off their dreaded ‘banker’ association and now offer a viable way for the modern gent to separate his formal wear from the rest of the crowd.

Greed may be good, but keep your pinstripes subtle and closer together for a friendlier, less abrasive approach – especially for an office environment.

If you are looking for ultimate versatility, favour pinstripe over chalk stripe as they are much more understated. Those wanting to make a statement should instead look towards another on trend option: checked tailoring.

Despite its previous style exile, the pinstripe suit has an air of timelessness to it and will seamlessly integrate into any work wear rotation. Stick to the guidelines above and have a read of Matt Allinson’s master class on the pattern and you can’t go wrong.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Pinstripe Tailoring Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

barneys new york aw13 Rose & Born aw11 ramsey aw12 h&m modern classics 2011 suitsupply aw13 massimo dutti the-689 5th avenue windsor ss12 digel j lindeberg aw12
How To Wear

Work your stripes overtime by dressing them down with a long sleeve polo – it’ll certainly go a long way to banishing that banker image.

Camel and navy is a colour combination made in heaven and one worth having in your sartorial arsenal. Some classic brogues cement the smart-casual aesthetic and finish the look on a heritage note:

  • Asos Polo Shirt With Long SleevesAsos Polo Shirt With Long Sleeves
  • Richard James Hyde Navy Pinstripe Wool SuitRichard James Hyde Navy Pinstripe Wool Suit
  • Reiss Gillespie Classic Brogues TanReiss Gillespie Classic Brogues Tan
Key Pieces
  • Austin Reed Contemporary Fit Grey Stripe JacketAustin Reed Contemporary Fit Grey Stripe Jacket
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In 100% Wool PinstripeAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In 100% Wool Pinstripe
  • River Island Navy Pinstripe WaistcoatRiver Island Navy Pinstripe Waistcoat
  • Asos Slim Fit Jacket In PinstripeAsos Slim Fit Jacket In Pinstripe
  • Alexander Mcqueen Pinstripe Flannel Trousers 172836Alexander Mcqueen Pinstripe Flannel Trousers 172836
  • Paul Smith London Navy Kensington Slim-fit Pinstripe Cotton SuitPaul Smith London Navy Kensington Slim-fit Pinstripe Cotton Suit
3. Something In Pink

Each new season brings with it a major colour trend that infiltrates both the high fashion runways and subsequent high street collections. For SS14, pink gets its turn. And not just a particular tone – every shade imaginable was spotted at the global fashion week previews.

This variety allows you to integrate pink into your current wardrobe in a number of ways. As we approach the warmer months, a pastel hue is always an appropriate and stylish choice; a blazer or pair of trousers would be ideal for summer weddings or smart-casual events.

Those wanting to make more of a statement should look toward bold, highlighter tones. Bright pink requires some confidence to pull off but it will bring a high fashion edge to your wardrobe.

Lanvin applied the hue to bombers, Paul Smith to trousers and Tom Ford to tailoring – take your pick but make it pink.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Pink Trousers, T-Shirts, Shirts, Blazers and Shorts Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

he by mango aw13 tesco f&f ss13 ted baker ss14 tommy hilfiger tailored ss14 tesco f&f ss13 mj bale ss12 perry ellis ss14 gant rugger ss14 m&s ss13
How To Wear

Take a timeless approach to this trend with a pastel pink blazer. Dress it up with a white shirt, navy knitted tie and boutonnière for a wedding-ready look. Suiting separates are always a stylish choice and grey trousers work extremely well here.

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that stripes are trending for SS14. They hardly ever fall out of favour, especially during spring/summer, and a Breton top is an all-time classic that every man should have in their wardrobe.

However, this season’s edit sees a larger, block stripe reign supreme, which makes much more of a statement than traditional nautical or Breton varieties.

The next step in the evolution of colour-blocking, the block stripe can be found in all colours and orientations this season, and has been applied to every area of the wardrobe. Whether it’s socks, scarves, ties, knits, trousers or outerwear this is a pattern worth considering and definitely one that will catch the eye in any outfit.

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Block Stripe Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Calliope aw13 lbm 1911 ss13 h&m ss13 scotch & soda aw13 tommy hilfiger SS14 Westcoasting Calliope aw13 gant ss14 drykorn aw13 ben sherman ss12
How To Wear

A block stripe will add a point of interest to knitwear without sacrificing its versatility. Perfect for making a subtle statement, opt for a heavy, textured knit (like the sweater below) and it will get plenty of wear as we transition from winter through to spring.

Contrast the monochrome of this crew neck with some light pink jeans – two trends in one look – and add some beat-up boots for a rugged feel. If the weather refuses to relent, throw a single-breasted Crombie coat over the top: