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AW12 Key Colour: Winter Blues

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Never have the winter blues been more enviable and as the dark nights draw in, dark colours are most definitely being pushed out. The abolishment of black has left the new go-to colour undecided, a strong contender currently taking centre stage is blue and its range of shades.

From understated Egyptian blue shirts, powder blue bowties and navy suits, catwalks have seen contrasts embraced and fully experimented with, creating montages of same coloured clothing guaranteed to steal the show. Style icons have ventured into the emerging trend since 2009, but this winter catwalks have designed and retailers have supported the style, ensuring it shall have its premier this Christmas. Brad Pitt teamed a powder blue suit with a mixed tone blue chequered shirt and contrasting patterned tie on the cover of Esquire magazine 2009. This inspiring mix of patterns, shades and tones is a confident and bold collaboration which ticks every box when it comes to indulging trends. 2012 has seen a subtle, classy and controlled combination evolve, actor Matt Bromer proves this in his Egyptian Blue suit, with a blue tinted fresh shirt and lightly patterned tie. A detail that would go unnoticed at first glance, this is the key to statement formal wear.

Winter Blues

To recreate the updated timeless classic for yourself, opt for a rich blue suit and waist coat combination with as little detailing as possible. The aspect of layering is a unique characteristic of winter, which helps to tame your bright colours and successfully welcome them into the winter months. A fitted nearly-white shirt continues the repeated blue throughout, whilst controlling the collaboration and creating the perfect canvas for a patterned, multi-toned tie.

Reiss Blue BlazerReiss Blue WaistcoatReiss Blue TrousersTopman White ShirtMulti Toned TieBlue Suede Mix Brogues

Allowing Access to Accessories

Coloured accessories are the signature on the master piece, and accessing a wider range enables you to explore the depths of an outfit’s versatility or effortless style without committing fully to the introduction of colour. Colour is all about confidence and if you’re not ready to involve strong, royal blues in your wardrobe, light passionate French blue accessories are your way to not miss out.

Drakes Blue Pocket SquareNavy Silk Tie

Topman have celebrated 2012’s revolution of the 1800’s braces fad, by adding a change of fabric and a burst of colour, perfect if you’re aiming to achieve the quirky-gentleman look , team with your vintage fitted suit, crisp French cuff shirt and brogue shoes. This is a lifestyle approach to fashion, where casual pre-owned suits are given a lease of life by vintage-styled accessories in modern prints and colours.

Topman Navy BracesBlue Ripple Knit Bow-Tie
The importance of accessories can be noted and used without limiting masculinity; It is time to carefully choose your accessories and not hide from the inevitable fashion decisions. Accessories can be used to add individuality to looks. If you’re afraid of implementing trends boldly, opt for accessories to offer a subtle nod to the trend.

Statement Wear

Statement pieces can be combined for a mind-blowingly eye catching appeal, or added to a soft casual palate to add strength to an outfit, it also draws attention to particular parts of the body and can act as a distraction from specific problem areas. Structured blazers enhance the width of shoulders, whilst sharply increasing the smartness of clothing and creating the ultimate day-to-night favourite. Teamed with heavily patterned trousers it helps to add height and give the impression of a wider set torso, a work-party favourite if you want a change from your everyday office suit.

Here are some pieces perfect for implementing this key colour into your look, making a statement at the same time.

Richard James Blue BlazerBurberry Blue Knit JumperMartin Margiela Blue BlazerAllsaints Pipe Chino

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