Friday, 24 January 2014 11:10

Men's coats: get spring covered

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You may not be wrapping up in layers and padded parkas, but spring still requires outerwear.

Here's a quick guide to the new season's best cover ups - from the styles to track down to the shades to seek out, you're sure to meet your match.

Metallic Madness

Shine is in! You don't have to go all-out Quality Street-style by taking the offerings of designers like Lanvin and Christopher Raeburn as gospel, but don't shy away from this trend on an unwearability basis; why not try a bomber jacket with metallic sleeves, for example? Not only will you be hitting two trends in one, but this will have enough more traditional fabric to ensure you feel comfortable in it, but with just the right amount of metallic material to pay proper tribute to the trend.

Nicely Nautical

The designers return to it year on year, but with sharp colours, smart/casual appeal and more than a small dose of fun, the nautical trend is worth its reoccurrences. Invest in a navy coat in a light material to give the look a passing nod, or, for a Louis Vuitton-inspired tailored look, why not opt for a blue or white blazer? They're more versatile than you'd think; wear with chinos or even tailored shorts for a casual daytime look, and dress it up with a smart shirt and immaculate smart trousers by night.

Come Around To Camo

It may seem a bit 'surplus army store' to some of us, but it's time to embrace this print-tastic trend. For men, military-inspired outerwear is the perfect way to work this - just be sure to keep the rest of your outfit fairly low-key. A heat-friendly light T-shirt and dark jeans are ideal. If you don't fancy being taken over by the instantly-recognisable smudges of a camo coat, go for a khaki military-style jacket like the one you'll find here to put a classic spin on this trend.

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