7 Lessons To Learn From London Collections: Men

As the fashion industry heads for Milan and Paris, what can we take from the London shows? Here are the sartorial headlines

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1 | Big Hats Are Back

Oversized hats were out in force this week from Burberry's brightly-coloured buckets (pictured) to the sturdier-brimmed almost-a-bowler at Richard James.

The takeout: While pink hats are unlikely to hit the high street, expect the floppier-style, early 20th century sunhat to make a comeback next summer.

2 | Trousers Still Wide – But Wearable

In previous seasons, the big trouser theme has bordered on the billowing and floaty side. This year, the legs were still wide but tailored from Tiger of Sweden to Oliver Spencer (above). More elegant and interesting than the super skinny trouser and more flattering as well.

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The takeout: You can still keep it narrow on the denim front but prepare to feel a little looser in the smarter trouser stakes.

3 | Tailoring Unbuttons Its Shirt

Across the runways, one of the most noticeable common themes was relaxed and sporty takes on suiting. From formal trousers worn with bomber jackets and espadrilles, to suit jackets broken up with casual shirts and tees as seen here at Gieves & Hawkes - even tailoring doyen Tom Ford shunned suits for trousers and chukka boots. This is one trend that is here to stay.

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The takeout: Prepare to be flexible with smart and casual parts of your wardrobe when building outfits.

4 | Graphic Prints Replacing Florals

The over-detailed arty prints that made their mark last year have been replaced by a push towards strong geometric and graphical patterns - stripes and chevrons instead of multi-coloured patterns (Casely-Hayford, pictured).

The takeout: Expect starker graphics to be the pattern of choice next year.

5 | It's Not just About Navy

Spring Summer 15 saw a variety of takes on every man's favourite colour, with cobalt blues at Burberry, saturated aquas at Hackett, pictured, and washed indigos at Tom Ford.

The takeout: Throw off the navy shackles and experiment a little. With more blue.

6 | The Baseball Shirt Is On Its Way

The classic baseball shirt in short and long sleeves was a star of the shows with Lou Dalton (pictured), Tiger of Sweden and Margaret Howell all embracing its casual but interesting flexibility in a very pared back modernist take on a 20th century classic.

The takeout: Open up your options for the lightweight summer shirt.
 

7 |  Smarten Up Your Dressing Gown

Yes, dressing gowns. Outside. Not only seen on the catwalks at McQueen and Topman but in the crowds at LCM this week, the silky, belted smoking-jacket style could have an impact on summer jackets.

The takeout: If in doubt, make like Hugh Hefner.

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