The menswear wardrobe is updated with a cool palette of neutral shades, lending a newfound sense of refinement to contemporary retail collections. From slate and pebble to ash and gunmetal, these muted tones come together to create the Grey Days Gent trend, a key men’s merchandising theme that infuses apparel and accessories with sophisticated formal undertones. Originally analysed for Fall/Winter 2014-15, the Trendstop experts have predicted that this theme will also transition well into the upcoming Fall/Winter 2015-16 buying season. Discover which must-have styles can help improve seasonal collection planning, as greyscale colours demonstrate their versatility across a wide range of surfaces and textures. This week, our blog readers are presented with four must-have product trends from the Grey Days Gent merchandising theme.
GREY DAYS GENT
50 Shades of Tailoring
Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Burberry Black Label, Club Monaco, French Connection, all Fall/Winter 2014-15.
Across two-piece suits or formal separates like blazers and pants, we see men’s tailoring transformed with soft shades of grey. Warm woollen blends feel ideal for cold weather dressing, while slim-fit silhouettes and single-breasted shapes enhance the modern appeal. These elegant ensembles work well with a crisp white shirt and cosy knit scarf.
The Patterned Shirt
Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Son of Wild, Kris Van Assche, ASOS, all Fall/Winter 2014-15.
Distinctive prints are pared back with subdued casts, making for a subtle statement look. Applied to smart button-downs, polo styles and casual tees alike, patterned surfaces can be seen with tonal effects or clean white shades for contrast. Highlights include masculine conversationals and gradient blocking effects, along with repeats of photoreal graphics.
The Rustic Knit
Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Reiss, Calvin Klein Collection, Topman, all Fall/Winter 2014-15.
Ideal for winter wear, a new wardrobe staple emerges in the form of The Rustic Knit. Chunky yarns and tactile compositions make for appealingly warm designs, adding interest to casual sweater shapes. Interest can be added with thick V-necklines or sportive blocking, while head-to-toe colour coordinating introduces a directional feel.
Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Saint Laurent, Maison Martin Margiela, John Smedley, all Fall/Winter 2014-15.
Completing Grey Days Gent stylings, Greyscale Accessories emphasise the trend’s distinguished aesthetic. Simple jersey scarves offer an easy-to-wear option that works well with any outfit, as formal lace-up shoes look new with mattified surfaces. Additionally, boxy backpacks stand out with textured combinations of boiled wool with glossy leather.
Top image: Zara Fall/Winter 2014-15
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