The choice of shopping outlets online can be utterly overwhelming, so let us streamline down our favourites items to lead you through the last of the summer and all the way through autumn.Youtube/fendi

There’s never a wrong time to give your wardrobe a bit of an overhaul, but when better than the start of a new year? With Spring/Summer menswear shows just a month old, it’s a great time to shop pieces which will stay on trend right into 2020, and whether you’re looking to shake things up a bit or completely reinvent yourself for Michaelmas, we’ve got you covered.

Pretty in pink

new look; farfetch

An injection of pink into your wardrobe can’t go amiss – the Spring/Summer 2020 menswear shows embraced the colour fully, with Kim Jones at Dior committing to head-to-toe pink futurism amidst a pink set, and Comme des Garçons styling it with frills and stripes. If you want a subtler way to take it, add it as a bold pop of colour to stave off the oncoming Autumn. It pairs well with practically any other colour, so versatility is another advantage, and it can make a great statement piece for colour blocking.

Bright Pink Neon Short Sleeve Shirt, New Look, £7,

Icon Print T-shirt, Calvin Klein Jeans, £58,

In the bag


Feeling stylish and organised shouldn’t be hard, and statement bags in menswear collections this season, like those at Louis Vuitton, taught us that they’re not going out of style anytime soon. A strong bag is the perfect way to bring together a cohesive outfit, as well as look like you absolutely have it together even though you haven’t done your washing in two weeks and the deadlines are piling up.

Logo tote bag, Calvin Klein Jeans, £78,

Large shopping bag, Comme des Garçons, £77,

A5 panelled tote, NaNa-Nana, £164,

Wave MK tote bag, Maison Kitsuné, £57,

Softboy chic

Elwood clothing; farfetch; Zara; Topman

Take a page out of Celine’s book, rep that late 60s, early 70s vibe and get your hair cut into the soft curls of Timothée Chalamet. The soft elegance and easy appeal of a mix of tailored details and relaxed streetwear is both universally flattering and appealing. You can also swap out individual items to keep things fresh, without disrupting the whole aesthetic, making it a sustainable and adaptable approach.

Mustard corduroy mechanic jacket, Elwood Clothing, £45,

Striped T-shirt, Kent & Curwen, £40,

Tie-dye print shirt, Zara, £29.99,

Textured trousers with pleats, Zara, £49.99,

Indigo belted chinos, Topman, £30,

Tailoring, but not as we know it


While a hint of tailoring can elevate an otherwise unimpressive ensemble, full suited-and-booted is menswear’s longest-lasting trend. Double-breasted and shallow single-breasted suits both took it to the extreme by making appearances on menswear runways in June, but with many opportunities for formalwear in Cambridge, I think it’s the perfect chance to bring some whimsy to a traditional silhouette. Unconventional patterns and cuts add interest and you can never be too extra, so push the boat out.

Slim suit jacket in lace detail, ASOS EDITION, £37.50,

Slim suit jacket in blue tonal jacquard, ASOS EDITION, £85,

Slim longline blazer in all over landscape artwork print in blue, ASOS EDITION, £85,

Who wears short shorts?

farfetch, Elwood clothing; the hundreds

To make the most of the last of the hot weather, take another trip into fashion history, and get your vintage shorts vibe on. With athletic, bright satin moments at Kiko Kostadinov and Versace, and the enduring popularity of activewear, there are options out there to fit a trip to the gym or to Summer parties and festivals.

Bird print swimming shorts, Kenzo, £75,

Kelly green satin track short, Elwood Clothing, £23,

Clubber shorts, The Hundreds, £75,

Logo mesh track shorts in red and yellow, Champion, £27,


asos, 10 deep

Keeping things casual, while looking like you just came back from the gym? Sign me up. Jumpsuits are a fantastic alternative to more explicitly sporty activewear, that still has a wearable feel. Jumpsuits designed for men are hardly new, but are making their way from the catwalk to the high street more and more, and if you’re searching for a low-effort look, you’ve found it. Distinctive accessories, especially belts and cross-body bags, are the key to breaking up the potentially blocky silhouette, and pairing them with boots can add formality, while chunky trainers bring back the Sporty Spice style.

Short jumpsuit in poly tricot with chevron in navy, ASOS Design, £40,

DVSN Sling Pack, 10 Deep, $70,

The new sexy

zara; asos

One of the biggest and boldest trends of the season was the inclusion of sheer fabrics, showed off by so many designers, in everything from vests to trench coats and tracksuits. Combined with the lounging sensuality of open satin shirts, there’s no holding back the new Victorian-style hyper-futurist couture. Things peaked at the show of the young designer Ludovic de Saint Sernin, where shirts were doused with water to bring out their sheer quality, leather and Oxford shirts were thrown over bodies with abandon, and a model walked covered only by a perfectly draped towel.

Faux leather coat, Zara, £99.99,

Regular fit satin shirt with pussy bow in off-white satin, ASOS DESIGN, £28,

Regular fit sheer shirt in navy, ASOS DESIGN, £12.50,

All mouth and no trousers

zara; Elwood Clothing; topman

Trousers are a great opportunity to exploit your favourite trends from the upcoming season, or just grab a wardrobe staple that will last. Pinstripes popped up across the board at SS20 mens’ shows, and add a subtle elegance and some visual interest. If you’re looking for something a bit more striking, pick a pair with an eye-catching print, or head down the semi-tailored route that has become popular, and sport a neatly pressed crease, while still in comfortable joggers – perfect for rolling out of bed and straight into a supervision.

Traveller joggers, Zara, £29.99,

Newspaper twill slim pant, Elwood Clothing, £37,

Blue striped original jeans, Topman, £45,

Natural pinstripe stretch twill jogger, £34,

If the shoe fits

hbx; topman; asos

Footwear fashion is staying overwhelmingly swayed towards a chunky 90s moment, making sneakers a perfect year-round choice, while adding some grunge and punk to an outfit. Style it out in white or black with coloured highlights, or commit to a block of colour for a statement flourish to round off your look. Boots took a backseat at SS20 collections, but remain an elegant sartorial detail, and I challenge anyone not to feel powerful while wearing a cuban heel.

RS-X Color Theory, Puma, $114.72,

Black Leather ‘Glaze’ Trainers, Topman, £85,

Cuban heel western Chelsea boots in white leather, ASOS DESIGN, £44,

Loafers in block red with chunky sole, ASOS DESIGN, £45,

Neal sneaker, Roa, $335,

All about accessories

asos; farfetch

As fashion icon Patsy Stone once told us, you can never have too many accessories, and they truly can be the keystone of a capsule wardrobe. Headwear’s been taken to bold places recently, so add a hit of vibrant print, or take things down the futurist route. The surge in popularity of utility wear, with cargo trousers and pockets galore, has also driven practical accessories, so throw your keys onto a lanyard and never risk losing them again.

Lanyard with plastic neck wallet and slogan detail, ASOS DESIGN, £8,

Sheer visor, Track & Field, £28,

Beret with snake print, ASOS DESIGN, £14,

Faux fur beret in blue with animal print, ASOS DESIGN, £14,

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