We’ve finally come to a time when fashion accepted gender fluidity. There is less of the “women’s fashion is only for women, and men’s fashion is only for men”. These days most of the designs you will see on ladies, you might also notice on men. And this is probably the greatest thing that’s happened in years. Plaid coats are one of the must-have items that everyone needs in their closet for the season. Females will wear them in brighter and more vibrant colors, while males will probably stay in the comfort zone and rock shades such as black, gray, camel, burgundy, and olive green. GQ’s creative director Jim Moore leads gentlemen how to rock this statement piece of clothing in this video below.
Moore is already determined to make you crave for a plaid coat. The fashionista thinks that it will upgrade your style this season. According to him, you should treat it just like a camel coat. And for all the men out there who are afraid of this pattern he has an important message. The plaid coats are extremely versatile and will make a huge difference in your outfit.
“Be bold, or go home! This is the plaid coat. What I love about plaid coats, is that it’s going to become your signature for fall.”- Jim recommends.
Instead of going with the already safe choice such as parka or puffer, it is time to rock a good coat. The plaid coat will be a great addition to your closet for all possible occasions. The only place where you can’t wear plaid coats is in the gym. Office style will look much better thanks to a confident plaid coat. And if you want to update your casual style, this is the ideal piece. The best thing is that you can also rock it with sneakers and jeans.
Also, there are many options within the range of every budget. Zara is one of the affordable brands that offer high-quality clothing items. You can snatch a great coat under $200 during the holiday sales. And if you want to go with a high-end option, every single luxury brand offers stylish plaid coats. All you need to do is decide on the color and pattern that will fit your personal style. Just like with women’s fashion, the gentleman this season will be wearing fierce maximalist pieces. So step out of your comfort zone and buy a coat that stands out. In the sea of boring clothes, you don’t need to be another ordinary dressed person.
There is one reason why Max Mara is such a famous brand after so many years. Their perfect tailoring and minimalist designs never go out of style. The iconic 101801 coat from the brand just gets better each season. For Pre-Fall 2018, the luxury company upgraded their best-selling coat and gave it several new looks. Aside from that, the fashion house focused on separates which are both elegant and sophisticated.
Max Mara’s creative director Ian Griffiths studied architectural design before his career in fashion. Very often he finds inspiration in buildings and sights. This time it was the photographs of Yasuhiro Ishimoto. The iconic photographer has a collection of black and white pictures from the inside of the Katsura Imperial Villa. The style of the interior perfectly matches with Ian’s neat tailoring, straight lines, and confident cuts. So the connection is more than obvious.
Griffiths showed several different styles from the iconic 101801. The original design of the coat dates back from 1981 when debuted as a classic double-breasted coat with kimono sleeves. Throughout the years the brand worked on introducing many upgrades from this outwear piece. It stayed their best-selling product to this day. You will often see A-listers flaunting it as a part of their polished outfits.
That is why the brand decided to include them once again in their latest collection. Ian re-worked the stylish design into A-line coats, pea winter double-breasted looks and chic belted redingotes. All of these coats are slightly oversized and made of high-end cashmere wool. You can only invest in one and wear it for the rest of your life since they never go out of style.
For Pre-Fall 2018, Ian presented mostly monochromatic looks. His color palette was sized down to only several colors. And these are shades that you always need in your wardrobe. Max Mara’s creative director focused on the classy black, camel, navy and ivory tones. These monochromatic looks have a tendency to sound boring sometimes. But that is not the case with Max Mara. All of the designs radiate with elegance and feature charming details to get you out of the comfort zone. To some of the pieces, Griffiths added frills, to other wide belts at the waist or statement bags.
Another thing you will find very flattering is the gorgeous evening dresses that Griffiths showed. They are minimalist but alluring. He accessorized most of the looks with trendy gloves, ankle socks, and chic bags. In this collection, you will see all of the essentials a fashionable lady needs for pre-fall.
Photo Credit: Max Mara
Layering is a method as old as time, but it’s been recently reinvented in a way not meant just for the winter months. Sometimes a dress can be too formal and jeans can be too casual. A trend we are continuing to see lately is the combination of both. This popular street style look is much more simple to pull off than one would think. There are various ways you can create this look to best mesh with your personal style and fit almost any occasion. In the cooler months, just choose a heavier fabric, and in the warmer months go with something light and flowy, like a chiffon or satin.
Start with your favorite pair of jeans. In my look, I used a pair of medium toned distressed boyfriend jeans and rolled up the hem just a bit. Almost any pair of jeans would work with this, I would just avoid the styles that are more on the baggy side. Obviously, if you are going for a more casual look, go for jeans that are distressed. If you need to be a bit more formal, then stick to a simple pair. For the main piece, choose a dress with a longer hemline, something that will hit the knees. I like to use a dress that has the option to open up in the front, almost as if it’s doubling up as a coat. With that said, a trench coat would also work for this look. Just throw on a cute camisole underneath so that you can leave the top of the dress open. Another great alternative that I have utilized is finding a dress that does not open, but having my seamstress put a slit in it, either in the front and up one leg to around where your belt loops would be, or all the way up each side, again to where the belt loops are.
Because it’s fall I went with an ankle bootie in blue that matched the blue on my dress, but since this outfit is multi-seasonal friendly, a strappy heel in the spring would look great with it as well. I like the idea of a statement shoe to really add a little extra “spark” to this look. So anything that’s a fun color, sparkly, or with hardware would work great. If you feel the look is not as figure flattering as you would like, some dress styles will allow you to add a belt around the waist as I did with my outfit.
Again, there are countless ways to pull this look off, and it’s super easy. I picked out a few of my favorites for you to re-create this, even with the option of the same dress in a different color…which is now on sale. Lucky you.
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Shop these Metallic booties from Boohoo here.
Get these Pearl Detailed Boots from ASOS here.
Get this Wide Black Belt from Nordstrom here.