It's hard to keep up with what's hot when it comes to modern fashion. Every month there seems to be a new trend or style, with everything from Hawaiian shirts, oversized trousers, sherpa jackets and pinstripe suits seeing a resurgence throughout 2018. In a world where everyone is striving to follow the latest trends and emulate celebrity fashion, sometimes all it takes is a subtle change in your attire to make you that more interesting. Why not swap your usual brand name sweater for a turtleneck in the cooler months or try a unique pair of vintage sunglasses?
Sometimes it's better not to follow the style makers and source an item of clothing or an accessory that not only looks good but makes you feel great wearing it. Here are our picks for 10 wardrobe additions that will make you a more interesting man and have the ladies swooning.*
*swooning not guaranteed
The Turtleneck Sweater
You might think they look a little pretentious but a turtleneck sweater is the ultimate lightweight pullover. From cotton to merino wool to cashmere, there are many types of fabric available to suit anyone, with colours ranging from earthy tones and blacks to bright pinks and yellows. Wear with a dark suit and dress shoes for a cocktail event or pair with slacks when lounging around the house. Or if you're like old mate Drake, it's the perfect dancing outfit.
Peaky Blinders has helped make the flat cap a suitable fashion accessory these days but it's still something many men are wary about giving a shot. While there's always the chance it could make you look like an old man if you cock it up, especially if you're sporting a beard, a flat cap is a unique fashion statement that goes with any outfit. They're also great for those of you losing a few hairs up top and a much better look than your standard adolescent baseball cap.
Our Pick: Garrison Tailors (founded by Peaky Blinders creator Stephen Knight)
When it comes to slip-on shoes you probably own a pair of black vans or a $20 basement bargain pair of canvas shoes from K-Mart, but if you really want to look good, investing in a quality pair of loafers is the right call. A leather pair might set you back a few hundred bucks but they are durable and can be worn with shorts and a shirt in summer or trousers and a jacket in winter.
Our Pick: Tod's Oiled-Suede Loafers
No, I don't mean your dad's old 80s Ray-Ban sunglasses but a pair of sunnies representing the era before your parents. Back in the 50s and 60s round-rimmed sunglasses were all the rage, with large circular lenses and blocky frames the in-thing. While many current brands sell similar styles, they aren't yet that popular, with people preferring lightweight round frames and the classic aviator. Vintage sunglasses show you're a man of good taste who's in touch with his nostalgic side.
Our Pick: Kirk Originals
I know what you're thinking, "Scarfs are for women," but I'm here to tell you, gentleman, scarfs are the new beanie. If Chris Jericho can get away with wearing one without a shirt than I'm sure you can pull it off without a hitch. Not only do they keep you warm but give you a sense of mystery. Coming in a plethora of colours and fabrics a scarf can spice up any outfit. Just don't go overboard like Lenny Kravitz.
Our Pick: Paul Smith Fringed Cashmere Scarf
The Double Breasted Suit
No matter if you're a tradie or an office worker, every male has at least one suit in their wardrobe they can wear when the time arises. If you've got your staple single-breasted navy suit sorted, it's time to add a bit of variety for your once-in-a-blue-moon piece. Look no further than a flash looking double-breasted suit with all the trimmings. Channeling Eggys from Kingsman, a double breasted suit is a bold statement that doesn't require wacky colours or extravagant accessories to make you look good. Hot tip: remember to keep it buttoned unless you're sitting down.
Overcoats are tough in Aussie climates, but when the temperatures drop to an appropriate level you need a sharp wardrobe addition that'll turn some heads. The overcoat, particularly a camel or khaki colour, can add a nice breath of fresh air to the bulky and cumbersome black parkas.
Our Pick: J. Lindberg Wolger Compact Melton Coat
The flannel shirt is a staple of Aussie culture but it's not just bogans who get around in the check apparel. Flannels are a great option when it's not cold enough for a jumper but not warm enough for just a t-shirt. They go with pretty much any outfit, but you can't go wrong wearing a flannie with jeans, a white tee and some timberlands. They come in a variety of styles and colours and prove you have an understated fashion sense. While red and blue checkered shirts are the usual, why not go for a green or brown twist on something different and a little less seen.
Summer is well and truly here. Short sleeve shirts, polos, tees and shorts are the order of the day, but what about footwear? Like most Aussie's you probably own a pair of thongs or sliders, but have you ever thought about owning a pair of sandals? There are so many different types to choose from for all weather conditions (leather, hiking, close-toed etc...) and not only do they add a touch of maturity to your outfit but also a point of difference. Just don't go wearing socks and sandals unless you want to be mistaken for a German tourist.
Our Pick: Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor In Black
The release of Red Dead Redemption 2 has brought out my inner cowboy and there's no better way to show my dedication to the game than wearing a cowboy shirt. There are many different types of the western shirt available to spruce up your outfit. If you've no fear than grab one with embroidery and a splash of colour like this, or if you're a little more reserved, a slim-fitting denim long sleeve shirt with front pockets will do the trick.