Get the smart-casual look for spring 2012
Men’s fashion has seen a gradual shift away from casual trends towards smart-casual outfits and the style of today’s modern man is that of a classic gent. Top trends for this spring exhibit a continuation of most of the autumn/winter 2012 trends but with the transition to the warmer months of spring in mind. This season’s catwalks showcased traditional tailoring and proportions, along with an adventurous palette of colour and textures.
If you want to incorporate some of this season’s top trends into your wardrobe, you might want to start with sunbleached neutrals like linen and cotton sand-hued separates. There was an obvious hint of the Mediterranean and beach-inspired accents on the spring/summer catwalks and the great news is that this trend is easy to achieve. For that laid back yet masculine look, why not get a pair of chinos at Debenhams or at other retailers for a pair of trousers that can be worn in summer, too?
If you want to inject life into your spring outfits, you might also want to add vibrant blues to your clothing. Indeed, blue is they key colour this season and it creates an enviable statement look when matched with orange and yellow hues. If you prefer a more subtle look instead, you might want to team navy, azur, lapis and indigo hues with crisp white for a by-the-sea ensemble that will get you in the mood for the sun-drenched months to come.
The interesting mix of the old and new, as seen last season, has continued with leather and suede replacing knitwear as the material of choice for keeping the spring breeze at bay and soft tailoring making a name for itself yet again. Keep your eyes peeled for shorter blazers, tapered 1950s-inspired cropped pants and trousers with dropped crotches – other key looks for the season.
Are you quite the eccentric and like your clothes to reflect your personality? Then the printed shirts and tartans and checks trends are bound to appeal to you. Choose loud, tropical prints for the former and lightweight overcoats, shirts and suits for the latter. You can always try and combine the two, but do this with caution!
Finally, if you like your sports and you like your wardrobe to incorporate sportswear with a difference, you be pleased to know that the spring/summer catwalks mirrored sportswear references. Technical features, zips, multi-pocketed blouson jackets are the features to look out for to get the sporty look with a fashionable twist.