Yes, yes, I counted every shade; but there are a few black and white details in there too. Now that it has been a full seven days since the end of the chaos that is London Fashion Week Men’s, I thought it would be the ideal time to showcase a couple of my outfits from the long weekend. Embracing all that is British in Winter, and neglecting my natural instinct of reaching for colour, I stuck to a grey colour palette for most of the shows. I’m not sure if that resulted in simply blending into the surrounding environment; I guess only the candid shots from the streetstyle photographers will answer that one.
First up is the more formal look. Suits have always been a mainstay in various shapes and sizes during London Fashion Week Men’s (or LC:M as it was formerly know) and I played it safe on Day One. The key piece was this Grey Wool Double-Breasted Jacket from Topman; not available off the rail just yet, although you can find a similar option here. The thick wool texture kept me both warm and dry and sat perfectly on top of a Black Roll Neck Sweatshirt, also from Topman. Having a thinner cotton base layer is a great choice when you’re constantly transitioning between the colder streets and the warmth of spotlights. Nothing worse than sweating it out on the front row! On my legs, these Cropped Suit Trousers from H&M are well-tailored and show off a little bit of ankle, complementing a pair of Black Loafer from River Island well. To finish, I accessorised the look with my Seventies-style Persol Suprema Round Sunglasses and a Pashmina scarf from home.
Look two, worn on Day Four of London Fashion Week Men’s was mainly focused on this incredible Grey Wrap Coat from River Island. In a slight contrast to the sartorial efforts on Day One, the whole feel for this outfit was more relaxed. Not quite the just-got-out-of-bed-look, but it was close. The long wrap overcoat was unbelievably cosy and, paired with a White Ribbed Roll Neck Jumper, it actually looked surprisingly smart. I then “recycled” (i.e. wore again) my Cropped Suit Trousers from Day One, but dressed the outfit up with these Kurt Geiger Baxter Chelsea Boots; which are much better suited for the wind and rain anyway. Less preparation, but hopefully just as stylish in the fashion gods. It was a little odd not wearing any real colour, but the combination of textures and shades of black, white and grey broke up the outfit and gave each piece some definition.
So, there you have it. Two different looks that are both affordable and fairly easy to acquire. Let me know in the comments below which look you prefer; sartorial grey or the more casual attire?