All In the details

Constantly looking stylish can be a thoroughly exhausting business, and with the festive season looming spending hours peering into your wardrobe seems like a waste of time. But we’ve come up with five easy ways of giving your look a quick fashion fix…

The Pocket Square

Beloved of every dapper gentleman from Tom Wolfe to Kanye West, the pocket square is a traditional piece of attire that even today somehow adds a touch of polish to your look. Even with the simplest option in classic white, the addition of a pocket square to a jacket hints at a knowledge of sartorial matters and a thoughtfulness that yet doesn’t compromise your masculinity, just look at some Hollywood fans of the accessory – Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and even the hardest ever Bond, Daniel Craig. Just bear in mind that you should use a simple fold for stiff, cotton fabrics, and more elaborate points and folds for silky fabrics.

On the catwalk:

Moschino show off the pocket square as that dazzling finishing touch

Moschino A/W 12

In real life:

Daniel Craig goes for effortless chic with a striking number with his simple suit

Daniel Craig

Touchy Feely

Velvet is one of those fabrics that adds an instant luxurious spin on simple pieces, and its tactile quality just invites the touch. It’s also a firm fashion favourite, popping up season after season on the catwalk to add some depth and glamour to classics that have been done to death. It’s a tactic that works in real life too, switching to a velvet blazer in the evening will make you stand out from the crowd, particularly if it’s in one of the striking jewel tones so prominent for A/W 12. And for those a little scared to go for the full-on dandy fabric, moleskin is a nice subtle alternative.

On the catwalk:

Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum boys prove that you can wear coloured velvet as effortlessly as jeans and a t-shirt with the right attitude…

Burberry Prorsum A/W 12

In real life:

Footballers are not known for their sartorial prowess, so if the sport’s best but shyest player Lionel Messi can pull off velvet you can too!

Lionel Messi

Heads Up

Since a hat goes on your head, where most people’s eyes are directed, it’s the easiest accessory to make a style statement with. And though we have to rule out beanies – relegated to the fashion graveyard after East London hipsters wore them to death even throughout the summer, there are plenty of striking models on the market. Trilbys, fedoras, baker boy caps – teamed with an outfit that successfully balances the smart with the casual, a well-designed hat can become a signature piece and mark you out as a sartorial force to be reckoned with.

On the catwalk:

A master of off-beat Scandinavian style, Henrik Vibskov uses an unusual shape with classic colours for an avant-garde but wearable look.

Henrik Vibskov A/W 12

In real life:

Johnny Depp has long used hats as a way of signifying his fashion maverick status, and here proves a fedora can work even at a black tie event.

Johnny Depp

Secret Sneakers

Well, not secret exactly but certainly not the obvious choice. Trainer junkies always go mad for the latest Nike Air Max models but inevitably, their popularity means you face the danger of appearing to follow the crowd. Many fashion designers take their sneakers extremely seriously and the dedication has not gone un-noticed by several experts in the field, rappers like Lil Wayne are consistently seen out in Jeremy Scott’s outlandish creations for Adidas, and Marc Jacobs has been snapped wearing trainers by fellow American Rick Owens. These two lines, as well as ones by Ann Demeulemeester and Damir Doma are just as intricately designed as the more popular models, but just that bit more fashion savvy.

On the catwalk:

Adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott continues to grow in cache every season, with his passion for bright colours and novelty design features making it easy to stand out from the crowd.

In real life:

Lenny Kravitz is one of rock’s most celebrated dressers, and his taste for the unusual and daring runs through to his choice of trainer – Rick Owens slouchy monochrome sneakers

Lenny Kravitz

A Good Vintage

Vintage pieces have long been revered in womenswear, with hundreds of fashion fans spending hours tracking down old classics on the internet, but save for second-hand Levis and bomber jackets in Beyond Retro and Urban Outiftters, men don’t seem to have caught the vintage bug quite so much. Which is crazy because there are many jewels to be unearthed from the sartorial archives of seminal designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier , Comme des Garçons and Martin Margiela - audacious and fashion-forward pieces from the start of their careers, before commerciality came into things, as well as leather and varsity jackets that have an air of authenticity lacking in many of today’s replicas.

On the catwalk:

Jean-Paul Gaultier is a true fashion veteran, but he still loves to re-visit the flamboyance of his early days.

Jean-Paul Gaultier A/W 12

In real life:

Style pin-up Ryan Gosling really knows his way around a jacket (see Drive), that’s why we’re not surprised to see him sporting a sporty vintage number.

Ryan Gosling

by Hollie Moat

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