Men’s SS13 Fashion Trend: Statement Tailoring

by / Wednesday, 26 June 2013 / Published in FASHION TRENDS

It’s no surprise that when spring/summer comes around, the penchant for colour and print in menswear becomes much more popular and acceptable – 2013 is no exception.

Although last year brighter tones became widespread, due to coloured chinos being worn by many men, this year the industry seems to be going a step further, with high fashion designers advocating colourful and patterned suits. Whilst this is a look which could appeal to all fearless men, it’s a trend that could be of particular interest to those who don’t have to wear suits day-to-day in their working life.

If you are not required to wear a suit on a daily basis, why not opt for something bolder and more daring on the occasions where tailoring is a must? It can help you make a more memorable impression and stand out from the crowd, for all the right reasons.

There are two main options when considering more colourful, eye-catching tailoring this season: block-colour and patterns/prints. Both were featured prominently by fashion designers at the various SS13 fashion weeks…

Block-Colour Tailoring

Two of the biggest designer proponents of block-colour tailoring were Gucci and Paul Smith.

The collection by Gucci featured block-coloured suits in hues reminiscent of a Mediterranean summer: mint green, mustard yellow, burnt orange, bright fuchsia and aquamarine blue. The suiting was generally paired with white shirts, an accompanying tie (in a tone reflective of the shade of the suit) and white loafers for a slick yet sophisticated summer feel. They were also featured in both single- and double-breasted options, providing even more variation.

The collection by Paul Smith was entitled ‘Optimism’ and this underlying message really shone through in terms of the tones and colours applied to the tailoring. In fact, the collection was described as “rainbow-as-rock-band” due to the barrage of vivid colour and 1960s-inspired cut of the suits.

Both double- and single-breasted variants were again showcased, with double-breasted suits coming in a vivid orangey-red and a slightly more subtle powdery orange, whilst single-breasted suits appeared in rich red, pastel lilac, deep green, striking mustard and hot pink.

Paul Smith also featured a double-breasted canary yellow jacket, which was worn as a separate with contrast black trousers – demonstrating that colourful suiting can be toned down when paired with more restrained neutrals:

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