What you’ll be wearing this summer

Summer fashion mens

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“Vitamin D, how I have missed you!”

Tired of rain, parkas and a million layers? Escape the cold and start dreaming of your summer wardrobe. No thermals required.

So what’s in store? SS15 saw a distinct 1970s flavour, and for men this means denim and lots of it. But the era that brought us Starsky and Hutch, The Sweeney and Kojak, also brought some fashion faux pas that are still cringeworthy today.

So what should you wear and how should you wear it? Here’s our guide to what’s hot and what’s not in 2015.

Denim: Double or quits?

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Cutting edge fashion or still cringing from the 70s?

When Tom Ford turned up at London Fashion Week last year, he turned heads with his daring decision to wear double denim. Think dark jeans, lighter denim shirt twinned with suit jacket and black mens shoes.

Though Ford is certainly a trend setter, he’s not the originator of this look. The credit for that goes, among others, to Ziggy Stardust creator and pop legend, David Bowie who first doubled it up in the 1970s. They say fashion goes in cycles – but let’s face it, Bowie can get away with anything, anytime. For the rest of us, now is your moment to double up on denim. If you’re feeling brave.

For those concerned with looking a tad too ranch-ready, ditch the double look and incorporate denim on a strict one in, one out policy. We’re talking a faded denim jacket with a pair of relaxed chinos. Or for the more reserved, nod to the trend with a pair of classic cut jeans.

How low can you go?

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Do you dare to bare?

Perhaps inspired by the skin revealing clothes selections of the latest slew of teen pop idols, fashion houses like Bottega Veneta have opted to continue the trend towards low necklines for mens shirts.

We agree that low neck tees can look great with a pair of casual jeans and brightly coloured pumps. But if that’s the style you have in mind, better hit the pec’ deck before picking off the peg!

Change your stripes

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Nautical stripes are a summer classic set to stay.

Spring summer 2015 re-emphasises the super slim 70s silhouette for men. Think figure hugging tees topped with unbuttoned slim fit shirts, twinned with hip hugging flares.

That’s bad news for anyone of a chunkier build. Luckily there are ways to maximise your length and minimise your breadth! We’re talking stripes. Tempted? The way to a style that suits is to match the direction of travel of the lines to your body type. Take a peek at Gucci’s ultra hip mod-look vertical stripes for a svelte look that emphasises height and draws the eye away from your midsection.

If you are super slim, you might want to make more of your appearance by opting for shoulder line enhancing horizontal stripes. Checkout nautical horizontal stripes courtesy of lithe designer Jonathan Saunders.

50 shades of blue

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From baby blue blazers to dark denim jeans.

Forget 50 shades of grey, this summer is all about blue (sorry, we couldn’t resist). We’re talking blue jeans, blue tees and blue accessories. But before you dismiss this as boring monochrome take a look at Versace’s baroque inspired blue tees and Fendi’s washed out blue denim jackets to give you inspiration.

Blue overload? Break it up with some unabashedly retro flower power. As well as the 1970s theme, there are Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean influences showcased by designers like Brazilian born Alexia Hentsch. Think hawaiian shirts, Panama hats and brightly coloured suits, all washed down with rum. Sounds good to us!

Simple kicks

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Simple shoe silhouettes are order of the day for SS15.

Forget snazzy faddy fashion kicks, this summer plain shall reign! Super simple plain leather pumps by Stan Smith and Tom Ford are the order of the day. Can’t afford pricey designer shoes for men? Just stick to plain silhouettes such as summer friendly espadrilles. Jazz things up with a punch of colour, but leave it at that.

For a more classy classic look, twin shorts with suede loafers or black brogues to send a distinctive message that oozes flare and is bang on trend for SS15.

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