Top 10 SS13 trends for men

Stuart Ford

Website Copy Producer, Menswear and Sports

1. Mariner

Following on from the seafarer trend of previous seasons, Mariner takes inspiration from the underwater pioneer, Jacques Cousteau and all things marine. Add shots of the brights with the ever popular Polo Ralph Lauren polo or Fred Perry crew neck jumper to keep things looking fresh. 

2. Fluorescent fashion

Say goodbye to the dark shades of winter and hello to an explosion of colour. This season is all about vibrant, expressive colourways, whether you go for the rich red of these Gant Preppy Chinos, or brighten things up around the office with this gingham check shirt from Fred Perry.

3. Summer sartorial

Attention to fine detail, quality and fit are key to this look. With new tones coming through for the warmer months, steel tones are still important, with the addition of navy and neutral shades. This navy tailored suit from Ted Baker uses a deep blue colour palette and 2 button fastening to create a sharp-looking piece of formalwear, or for a smart casual look, this navy flannel blazer from Gant fits the bill. Interest and colour can be applied using decorative ties and handkerchiefs like this floral design from Duchamp.

4. Patterned Pieces

Simplistic designs can soon be livened up with a pattern, but be careful not to go overboard by sticking to just 1 or 2 pieces. Fred Perry’s Sharp Stripe tee will help to bring stripes and all the character of the seaside right into your wardrobe. For something more formal, try the Small Paisley Archive Shirt from John Lewis or the multi stripe silk tie from Daniel Hechter.


5. Explorer

Influenced by a relaxed yet elegant safari style, a mix of dusty shades and patterns form the basis of the palette. Washed, chalky but intense colours look new and fresh, and interest is created with subtle textures and micro-designs. The Preston shorts  from Polo Ralph Lauren have a light, summery feel and the  neutral suede desert boots from Kurt Geiger provide a versatile footwear option.

6. Deck shoes

Deck shoes always provide a stylish alternative to plimsolls in the warmer weather and with Chatham boat shoes, you’ll be looking ship-shape by the sea or in the city.

7. All white

Brightening up your summer days and making a striking, elegant statement, this style is simple to pull off. Try out Tommy Hilfiger’s slim fit polo with these pleated chinos from Polo Ralph Lauren.

8. Swimwear

Leave plain trunks in the drawer this year and head for patterns and prints that are brighter and bolder than ever.Oiler & Boiler give you just what you need with their Tuckernuck Bubbles design.

9. Bow ties

Providing some preppy style to your looks, the bow tie is becoming the must-have formal accessory. You’ll find plenty of different designs, whether you’re looking for something tried and tested like the classic silk bow from John Lewis or something a little more flamboyant with this colour block design from Duchamp.  

10. Hats

A recurring trend each year; a hat protects you from the sun or a chilly breeze while also injecting extra colour, class and confidence into your outfit. The classic Panama from Olney or the Hessian trilby from John Lewis are 2 summer-suitable options.