Sunday, May 24, 2009

Men's Fashion Today: Belvest Lookbook

Men's fashion line Belvest has released their fall/winter 2009-2010 lookbook. It's classic style with a minimalist bent, and it's exactly what I look for in a collection.

Here are a few highlights.

Layering a sweater or cardigan underneath a suit can be tough to pull off -- I think most people who try it don't do so succesfully. But the bright blue paired with the brown suit looks great. I particularly like that rather than the typical v-neck sweater, they've used what appears to be a cardigan. It's an interesting variation on the look.

This suit also counts as more points for the overly maligned brown suit which, I think, can be one of the best colours around in men's fashion.

Single breasted coats can be tough to wear. They're more dressy than their double breasted counterparts and so it's important that they fit impeccably. Not only does this one fit beautifully but the check pattern also adds interesting flair that the typical black topcoat often lacks.

There's a few men's fashion lessons in this picture. First, co-ordinate, don't match, your tie and pocket square. The tie includes the colour of the pocket square but it also has other colours in it. If anything, I think the pocket square and tie here are too similar, but that's a matter of personal taste. In any case, the point is that you should be co-ordinating, not matching. Second, make sure your patterns are of different scale. The checks on his suit are of a different scale than the stripes on his tie so they don't blend together weirdly.

For the full lookbook of men's fashion designer Belvest, click here.