Looking ahead to what will be in fashion for fall / winter 2013 is one thing, but even better is starting to invest now in order to be truly fashion forwards. Whether it’s an statement making accessory you can carry all year round, or a piece that’s versatile enough to transcend the seasons, there are numerous ways to start investing in fall’s upcoming menswear trends while the sun is still shining.

Without further ado here are 5 of the key colours, themes and pieces to invest in now – so that you’ll be bang on trend for fall / winter 2013/14.

menswear FW13 themes

’60s mod rocker.

The fashions of the 1960s have more than left their mark on womenswear, but while menswear might not borrow quite so freely from eras past, elements of mod style made their way into the fall 2013 men’s collections. Rebellious leathers, skinny cuts and monochrome palettes are all worth investing in as summer transitions to fall.

mod rocker mens trend
At Costume National Homme and Daks, FW13.

Deep magenta.

An unexpected star of the menswear colour trend spectrum, deep magenta brings a pink undertone to menswear in a rich and masculine way. This is a perfect transseasonal hue: vivid burgundy or magenta perfect for suiting and accessories alike.

magenta colour trend for men
Magenta for men at Jil Sander, Prada and Wooyoungmi, FW13.

The newsboy cap.

On summer nights, there’s no reason you can’t don a vintage-inspired men’s hat – like one of these slouchy newsboys – with a henley t-shirt and pair of tailored pants. With the bakerboy big on the fall runways, it’ll serve you right through to when the temperature drops.

newsboy caps for men
Newsboy caps at Cornelliani and Vivienne Westwood, FW13.

Outdoor adventure gear.

The autumn / winter collections took menswear up mountains, across plains, through the maelstrom of white water rapids and to the deepest depths of ice-filled caverns. At least, in spirit. Compasses, backpacks, hiking boots and weather-proof outerwear will give you the look of a man who isn’t afraid to face the outdoors, a man who can hold his own. Invest now in pieces that mix luxury and adventure, and you’ll be right on trend come fall.

luxury adventure gear for men
On the runway at Louis Vuitton and Topman, FW13.

Animal prints.

If you thought animal prints wouldn’t make it as a menswear trend, think again: they may still be left to those daring, but leopard and zebra and tiger prints were embraced by big fashion houses like Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Think of these as closely intertwined to the adventure spirit: a vintage-inspired safari. Look for trims and accessories if you’re not game for a full leopard piece of outerwear.

animal prints for men
At Burberry Prorsum and John Varvatos, FW13.

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