The start of a new year is the perfect time for men to address their style and make radical changes (if required). We’ve earmarked the key trends and styles, which are set to be big in 2015. Delve in and take a look at our fashion picks for 2015.
The men's New Year style handbook
1. The denim
Jeans are, it's fair to say, probably the one item of clothing that you will find in every man's wardrobe and they are such a style staple due to their unparalleled versatility but for spring they will really come into their own as the forefront of your wardrobe.
Mark O'Connor, founder of men's online magazine, Marksman, says, "Denim has always been a staple in a man’s wardrobe but next year the big news will be the denim collaborations. Textile companies such as Pendleton have combined with raw Japanese denim to create some great new stories for spring." The denim from Japan is considered amongst the best in the world due to the intricate way it is crafted and many brands are using it in their jeans in 2015.
Key denim brands to watch out for are Edwin, an iconic Tokyo based purveyor and Farah Vintage, who boast an exceptional selection of denim, most notably a fantastic array of skinny jeans for those of a hipster-esque persuasion. The likes of Burberry and Prada are also set to make waves with the innovative approach to denim in 2015 and keeping things looking precise and sharp will be the call of the day with denim.
2. The shoes
Ask anyone and they will tell you that you can tell a lot about a man by his choice of footwear and in 2015, the key contender for the footwear crown will be the espadrille.
"Espadrilles seem to be making a big comeback in all sorts of bright colours," says Gary Kingsnorth, founder of The Style King. "They have been popular on various designer catwalks including Burberry and Richard James. And with a contemporary makeover they are perfect for the holiday season and bound to be popular around town with shorts or cropped trousers."
Until the weather warms up, the simple, slip-on loafer, such as these from Reiss (pictured), with a sharp tailored trouser make a great alternative.
3. The coat
One's choice of jacket this year will largely be dictated by the prevailing weather conditions, but for a versatile and immeasurably stylish offering, something like the Vintage Belstaff biker jacket, as modelled by David Beckham, will fit the bill.
If the weather does become more biting as we move into 2015, a quilted jacket from Barbour will keep the cold at bay. O'Connor explains: "The biker jacket was a key look for autumn/winter, with the heritage brand Barbour collaborating with Australian motor cycle company Deus Ex Machina to create a range of motorcycle styles, including the classic belted wax jacket. The resurgence of the Moto GP style for spring takes on lighter fabrics like soft suede and calf leather, and with David Beckham modelling the new collection for Belstaff, they are sure to be a big hit with the ever style-conscious man-about-town."
4. The grooming essential
"We are probably witnessing the death of the beard but hair will be kept short and well groomed, think short back and sides," says Kingsnorth, so for those who want to keep their facial hair ship shape, elegant grooming accessories such as the wonderfully dapper badger hair shaving set from Molton Brown should be residing in your bathroom in 2015.
Molton Brown is available at Fenwick stores nationwide.
5. The Accessory
One's accessories play a fundamental role in finishing off a look but which should be on your radar in 2015? Well, former fashion editor O'Connor says, "Sunglasses are always the thing to shout about come spring/summer. My favourites are from Saint Laurent, a black aviator shape with leather side shields.”
Sunglasses might not seem an essential purchase right now but, trust us, you're going to want to get your accessories in order as early as possible. For the ultimate, Saint Laurent are difficult to top but for classic, trendy sunglasses the likes of Paul Smith boast so many fantastic frames to choose from.
Saint Laurent is available at Fenwick Bond Street.
6. The hue
If you want to breathe some life into your wardrobe this spring, do it with strong, vibrant blocks of colour.
As Kingsnorth explains: "While we have seen a return to more muted and natural colours on the catwalks, if you are looking to add a bright colour to your summer outfit then electric blue or red will be the hues of the summer."
The brave will go head-to-toe, as seen here at Dolce & Gabbana, or for a flash of life it will be injected in a bright separate as seen at Helmut Lang.
7. The name to watch
This is set to be another great year for lovers of men's fashion. "There are so many great designers and brands out there at the moment it would be difficult to choose one,” says Kingsnorth. “Moschino seems to be making a big comeback at the moment due to Jeremy Scott reinvigorating the label."
Moschino has undergone a renaissance of late and the new ideas and styles that they are now consistently producing really does set them apart as a name to watch.
Part of the fun of fashion is finding new brands to enjoy and the next 12 months are sure to be another great year for some of the biggest menswear brands on the market.
8. The high street hero
Picking the best high street menswear brand is something of an impossible task given the sheer volume of top-notch purveyors of men's clothing and accessories there are out there but a real favourite among men in 2015 is sure to be the long-running, iconic and infinitely stylish wares from the eponymous Fred Perry brand which has been producing exceptional goods for over five decades.
From coats, to shirts to shoes, there are few items of menswear that Fred Perry don't excel in and they will unquestionably have another big year in 2015.
Fred Perry is available at Fenwick stores nationwide.
By Leo Davie