While the season’s luxury balaclava trend might not be for you if you’re a 40-year-old man, there are plenty of Autumn Winter trends for you to try. Here, the GQ Style Shrink tells you what you should be wearing
Dear Style Shrink,
I know you lot always talk about the big new trends but, in reality, what are the trends that I, a 40-year-old man from Cheltenham, can wear? I’m your bog-standard, meat-and-potatoes, chinos-and-blazer kind of guy, but I want to branch out a bit. Help.
M Symonds, Cheltenham
You’ve come to the right place. Here at GQ we’re all about inclusive (if beautifully made and eye-wateringly expensive) fashion. Although I’m sensing that this season’s luxury balaclava trend might not be for you and that the new shell suit look might be a step too far, there are several easy-to-access trends that’ll be up your (clean and tidy) street.
First up, hiking boots. Styled with leggings at Louis Vuitton and with tracksuit-esque trousers at Giorgio Armani, the boots you should be sporting are big, chunky stompers with traditional eyelets and commando soles. The way to wear them is with weighty tailoring in tweed or a cashmere-wool mix. Your trousers should be tapered and feature a turn-up that sits at the top of the boot. Above that, a thick sweater or a matching blazer with a fine-gauge crew neck will look smart and new-season ready.
Another easy-to-access trend this season comes from Hermès, Philipp Plein and Hugo Boss, which all sent out heavy-duty shearling duffels, bombers and flight jackets. If it’s your first time venturing into the heady world of shearling, I’d recommend something classic. A chocolate-brown leather shearling bomber by Belstaff, for instance, or a shearling-trimmed canvas jacket from British brand Kent & Curwen.