There is a pervading sense of nostalgia around just now, perhaps prompted by the turbulent political climate, and this is undoubtedly trickling into men’s fashion. The new Downton Abbey film has also added to the trend, and Peaky Blinders has been surprisingly fashion ‘forward’, sparking a new love of the waistcoat and flat cap.
Tread the Fine Line
It is not the time to get in full-on historical costume, but your wardrobe may benefit from the odd nod to the past right now. There are some staples out there that can really give a new/old vibe to your attire, whether you team them with something ultra-contemporary or one of your timeless Farah shirts.
This look towards an Edward jacket made from a beautiful Harris tweed, for example, is a great contrast to the streetwear and urbanwear dominance that we have seen in recent months, adding a softness to a fashion field where utilitarianism, hard edges and aggression have been de rigueur of late.
An oversized wool coat teamed with a shirt from the likes of https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah could make a welcome change to utility pants and camouflage fabrics. Taking inspiration from days gone by also allows for looser shapes and easier silhouettes, especially when it comes to outerwear. Items become easy to wear with a modern shirt or t-shirt and contemporary jeans.
While the likes of the Beckhams are happy to look like they have come straight from the set of Peaky Blinders, there is no need to go all out with the look. Instead of donning top-to-toe tweed and a flat cap, think of adding a tweed jacket to a shirt and jeans ensemble, for example. You want to look like you have wandered off the catwalk rather than straight out of the BBC’s costume department. Find out more about Peaky Blinders at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045fz8r.
The Goodwood Revival is also providing to be an inspiration to some people in the fashion world. This look involves evoking a feel of the golden age of motoring, without looking like you should be an exhibit at a motoring museum. Think swashbuckling accessories, dynamic silhouettes and plenty of leather.
There is something genteel and gentlemanly about these trends, and there is also plenty of opportunity for comfort. What better garment than a cashmere knit to wear as the nights draw in?