Trans-seasonal dressing can be difficult – you lived the whole summer in a pair of leather gladiator sandals, a panama hat and little else and then winter in London hits you like a tonne of freezing cold bricks and you suddenly have to re-evaluate your wardrobe! Personally I sink into dark colours during winter, and shades of black and navy become a uniform for me – like Stefano Pilati I think ‘It’s my mood’ – but this year I wanted to experiment more with lighter colours during the festive period!
I’ve always found it so intriguing yet chic to see someone wearing pale neutrals whilst it’s below freezing – that sense that your personal style is so strong that no amount of slushy snow of cold temperatures will put you off (thankfully we haven’t got to that yet).
For my look I decided to dig out my linen trousers that I’d packed away in my summer wardrobe and try to style them in a palette of soft neutrals. Grey has been a huge trend on the mens catwalks for fall/winter 15, it was seen from head to toe in various shades or just in a luxurious knit – one of my favourite shows was Paul Smith where the looks included pixel-print coats in a variety of neutrals! My inspiration for this look comes directly from that beautiful outerwear, so I paired my linen with a luxuriously soft pale grey merino knit and an almost white, pale grey cashmere scarf.
The key to a look where you’re keeping the colours within a very specific portion of the spectrum is to mix it up with texture, (this doesn’t however mean that you need things sticking out of every part of your outfit) go for subtly textures like plaited leather and fuzzy cashmere to ramp up the luxury factor.
I accessorised my look with a plaited tan belt and my old favourite loafers from Gucci (which yes, I agree desperately need a good polish, but I’ve been busy!). I then threw on a pale olive green coat over it all to keep me warm and to add just that perfect hint of subtle colour to the look. I’ll definitely be exploring more of these pale shades during the colder months and this (hopefully) not so scary look will convince more of you to embrace the lighter shades!
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Sandro Double-Breasted Herringbone Wool-Blend Overcoat, Beams Plus Ribbed Wool-Blend Rollneck Sweater, Club Monaco Washed Cotton and Linen-Blend Twill Trousers, Begg & Co Kos Washed Cashmere and Linen-Blend Scarf, Berlutti Andy Suede Loafers, Mulberry 3cm Brown Woven Leather Belt, Maison Marginal Mykita Round-Frame Mirrored Metal Sunglasses.