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How to Wear SS17's Most Daring Trends

Not all trends are for everyone but hopefully one of these daring trends will suit your taste. We provide tips and advice on how to pull off each of them effortlessly meaning you’ll own the look in style.

The Techno Trend  

This trend was seen in all its variations at the menswear SS17 shows. From the sleek black anoraks at Lanvin, to the multi-coloured techno-jackets at Prada, the trend often manifested in technical waterproof outerwear and heavy-duty hiking boot styles in footwear. The easiest way to pull of this statement trend is with a trendy technical parka. These are an extremely wearable way of channeling SS17s’ techno obsession and, let’s face it, they won’t half come in handy knowing British summers. The beauty of these overcoats is that their cut and minimal aesthetic makes them a versatile addition to any summer wardrobe. In charcoal grey, stone, or navy these jackets look effortlessly chic, while their boxy shape makes an appropriately stylish statement. They can be worn skimming the backs of the knees with a pair of stone or pastel coloured shorts and a simple white tee. Alternatively, mix vibrant tones underneath the parka, using its pared-back style to balance out the look.

Prada & Lanvin
Prada & Lanvin

Squared Off

Geometric prints, in particular, the beloved four sided equilateral, were all over the SS17 runways. The windowpane check trousers at Paul Smith were a particularly delightful revival of the designer’s obsession with dandyism. While at Christopher Kane the block printed knitwear and matching backpacks in black and white put a new twist on coordinates. Whether you want to go bold this season with large statement square prints, or you want to try your hand at a more understated variation of the trend then look no further. The following guide provides answers to your square print dilemmas in all shapes and sizes. This trend is easy to wear when channelled in a classic grey or navy windowpane suit. This is a much simpler and less daring approach to the square print style. However, if you’re looking to pull off the bold statement checks in contrasting colours seen at Paul Smith and Christopher Kane, it can require a slightly more ambitious dresser. We suggest pairing the black and white variation with bright coloured trousers - bottle green or cobalt blue works well with this and gives the look a slightly retro 80s feel. If you’re looking to pare-down the loud checks then wear a checked sweater or tee with plain dark denim or make the look a little more youthful with light coloured jeans in stone or pale khaki.

Christopher Kane & Paul Smith
Christopher Kane & Paul Smith

Citrus Shirts 

This vibrant sunny hue of yellow can easily transgress into aggressive colour dressing. You know the type. The kind who wear a bright yellow shirt, with salmon pink chinos and a pastel blue pullover thrown over the shoulders and call it ‘colour blocking’. However, there are ways to colour block this shade while keeping an air nonchalance about your dressing. Try paring this citrus yellow shade with khaki, to emulate the SS17 runway looks at Hermès. The shade works particularly well if you block it against earthy tones. Try wearing a bright yellow tee or linen shirt under an olive blazer and jeans, or alternatively, pair it with khaki trousers and roll the hems up to give the look an even more summery feel. This shade of yellow also works well against crisp white lines so bear a little leg and wear it with white shorts and a white cap, using the yellow to break up the head-to-toe white.


Orla Lavery

Orla is a London-based fashion, arts and culture journalist, with a personal and professional habit in menswear. Having worked in the industry for over 10 years, she now specialises in the fashion business space, consulting to a number of brands on their business strategy and optimising for sustainable, long-term growth.

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