One of the most obvious dilemmas Australia’s fashion industry faces is the fact it’s located in the southern hemisphere. This means opposing seasons for an industry that revolves around seasons, and it also means a difference in weather. When we are swanning our way around Sydney in T-shirts and shorts, Europe and America are rugging up in their winter woolies.
But Australia’s isolation has its advantages. Because big name fashion labels don’t produce garments with the southern hemisphere in mind, Aussies turn to labels like Oxford, because we cater for our native consumers. We know Australian men, we know Australian styles, and we know Australian weather. In other words, we know what fashion is right for you.
We’ve still got a few months of chill ahead of us, so keep these trends in mind when rugging up this winter.
The colour that had people turning heads at this year’s runway shows was rich, orangey-brown shades of copper. Mixed with an off white it gives a fresh autumn look to your cooler weather wear. Worn as a wool coat against a black or dark navy suit it’s a genius combination.
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While your girlfriend might not love you heading out to lunch in a pair of loose and slouchy jogging pants, the fashion world will hail you for it. Flared, loose woollen trousers are all the rage, and as such, they are turning up at even the most sophisticated of events. Just make sure you wear them wide at the thigh and foot. Pair with a blazer or bomber jacket or with a sleeveless puffer vest.
Suitable for the mild Australian winter, a knitted jumper will give you the slightly warmer layer of insulation you will likely need, plus it’s bang on trend. The right knit can add a contemporary twist to your workwear, whilst offering a level of casual sophistication when paired with jeans and boots. Casually thrown over a shirt or T-shirt, slipped over suit or slouch pants it’s an extremely versatile piece of clothing that every man should own.
One of the season’s biggest trends has to be checked prints, which is great news for us Aussies. We’ve favoured the checked print flanno for years! Checks are popping up everywhere this year, and not just as a flannelette shirt. Jumpers, T-shirts, pants, collared shirts, even shoes are sporting checks, and this is one look that shouldn’t be ignored.
Bomber jackets are nothing new, but they are getting louder and bolder. This year’s runways saw jackets crafted out of luxurious leathers, velvets and wools, and many featured intricate hand embroidered embellishments or interesting badges sewn on the surface. Simple to wear with anything, the embellished bomber jacket is an absolute must this winter.
For those not-so-cold winter days when a big woolen scarf might be too warm, the neckerchief is your next best option. Essentially it’s a square bandana wrapped around your neck; a good way to add a pop of colour or a complementary touch to an otherwise standard outfit. Learn how to nail a neckerchief here.
Shoes have always been a bit chunkier come autumn/winter, but this year they are chunkier than ever. Whether wearing a lace-up loafer or a suede sneaker, look for something with a thick, stacked and rubber-soled. It’s all in the detail this winter, so don’t be afraid of buckles or fringing.
Move over roll necks, there’s a new(ish) neckline in town. Introducing, the funnel neck. Slightly lower than a turtleneck, this neckline, which first came to our attention a few years ago, features either a slip-over form or zip to create a funnel-like look. Importantly it doesn’t strangle like a turtle neck, and it doesn’t look as heavy and structured as a roll neck. Instead it flops insouciantly, creating interest and giving a sneaky peak at the nape of your neck. Pair with jeans for a modern look.
While hand stitched embroidered bomber jackets are a hit this year, so too is tough outerwear. What that means is you should start looking for pieces that wouldn’t look out of place on a tour of duty. Think jungle jackets, parkas and olive green bomber jackets – masculine, rugged and uncompromising. A strong coat is all you need to really speak to this trend; team one with a simple black crew neck T-shirt and some skinny black jeans for a classic, utilitarian look.
So there you have it. The top 9 trends you need to know about this Winter. Not stocked up on the latest styles? Get your fix from Oxford.