In many ways the men’s skinny silhouettes imagined for fall 2014 make for a perfect trend: they’re clean, sharp, flattering and cool enough to make a style statement without a lot of added features, without much effort being involved. With the menswear look changing ever so slowly, it doesn’t come as a surprise that when it does embrace a shift in appearance, the new silhouette is bound to become ubiquitous.
Hence the close-fitting pants seen everywhere on the autumn / winter 2014 runways, tailored shorter and tighter, but generally looking great. Read on after the break to read all about the skinny silhouette for fall, complete with key colours, key fabrics and plenty of styling inspiration.
The skinny silhouette for fall 2014.
Without them being everyone’s cup of tea, the slim-fitting silhouettes made relevant again on the fall 2014 runways introduce a flat-front pant that falls straight without a break, sometimes cropped high above the ankle. Mostly flattering to the average man’s physique, the leaner silhouette may take some time to getting used to but the tapered trousers do promise to look good on just about anyone, as long as they skim the body, instead of hugging it, or worse stifling it. The secret to owning the look, as always, lies in the finer details:
Seeing how we’re talking about a particularly close-fitting kind of tailoring, a highly qualitative choice of fabric in such case becomes crucial. You want the pants to feel tight enough, but at the same time you also want to be able to breath and move without restraint. With that being the case seek the skinny silhouette in:
- denim and leather (just make sure they are both on the luxurious side);
- wool, wool-blend flannels, stretch crepe wool;
- neoprene, tweed, moleskin.
Skinny silhouettes at Diesel Black Gold, Gucci and Ports 1961, F/W ’14
Choosing the right colour is another important step meant to help you both complement the slim-fit silhouette according to your own aesthetic, and integrate the skinny pants into a modern capsule wardrobe with ease. For a timeless take on the trend choose between:
- warm, earthy hues and exquisite camel tones;
- light gray, dark gray and black,
- navy and dark green;
Skinny silhouettes at Daks, Ermanno Scervino and Berluti, F/W ’14
If you’re on the lookout for something bolder, something to help you stand out, choose between:
- vivid blues, purples and greens;
- dusty pastels (blue, pink, lavender);
- bright reds, oranges or yellows.
Skinny silhouettes at Berluti, Gucci and Daniele Alessandrini, F/W ’14
Prints & patterns.
Of course, there’s more than one way to make a splash out of sporting the skinny silhouettes for fall. Either worn in a casual manner, in highly sophisticated or Teddy-boy inspired combinations, don’t be afraid to make the look your own by pairing the close-fit silhouette with some bold prints and patterns.
From dark florals, to playful polka-dots, classic pinstripes and geometric prints, the choices are multiple, the final decision belonging ultimately to you.
Skinny silhouettes at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Andrea Pompilio and Lanvin, F/W ’14
How to wear the skinny silhouette this fall.
There are plenty of great ways to sport the tapered trousers during fall and winter, mostly based on a fundamental simplicity, all striving to make the new silhouette look sleek and modern above anything else. Either you plan on wearing it during the day, or for the night, at work or for a stroll around town, here are some fine examples on how to do it right:
A smart casual look can maintain its relevance in many different circumstances and it is without a doubt the aesthetic of choice for most gentlemen, once the colder months arrive. Mixing the idea of comfort with the concept of modern luxury:
- do wear your skinny pants with soft knits and textured-leather jackets, polishing off the look with a pair of loafers and an oversized bag; don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and textures, but it doing so, make sure to maintain a clean palette of colours;
- do pair your skinny bottoms with slightly oversized tailored coats and comfy sneakers, while getting as creative as you feel like with the top-half layering;
Skinny silhouettes at Daniele Alessandrini and Valentino, F/W ’14
Two-piece or three-piece suits, single or double breasted, with the jackets cropped or kept longer, cut in sumptuous plain fabrics, or made interesting through the choice of print. It is more than obvious that the slim-fitted blazers paired to a matching skinny bottom are ready to inspire your work and evening choices by making them come forward with a brand new perspective.
When purchasing such slim-fit suits, make sure the fashionable cut is also done-right, otherwise your entire look will fall flat. Once again a slim-fitting suit should skim the body, not hug it.
Skinny silhouettes at Gucci and Costume National, F/W ’14
Volume on top.
Adding a little bit of contrast to what is the narrow silhouette of the pant envisioned for fall 2014 is always a good idea, particularly when done with the help of a perfectly sophisticated string of boxy outerwear. From super-chic, to comfy-casual, team the skinny silhouette of the trousers with:
- luxurious pieces of belted outerwear in white, beige or other creamy hues, maintaining the color palette as light and minimal as possible for a perfectly sumptuous effect;
- boxy coats, cut in sturdy fabrics, adorned with warm, autumnal shades of coppers and browns, styled with lace-up boots for an overall sharp, but relaxed feel;
Skinny silhouettes at Berluti and Bottega Veneta, F/W ’14
The more fashion forward styles of skinny trousers are most likely to be cut in exquisite leathers, which makes them ready to highlight the edgier side of men’s tailoring. Looking just about as good in warm browns, or crisp whites, but to be sought also in dark gray, dark green and black, do wear the skinny leather silhouettes with:
- cozy shearlings, bulky parkas and cropped biker jackets;
- sturdy leather boots and stiff knits for a casual approach;
- light button-downs and sleek sports shoes for more of a clean, minimal approach.
Skinny silhouettes at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Diesel Black Gold, F/W ’14
For more inspiration on how to wear the skinny silhouette for fall / winter 2014, you’d do well to check out the gallery above.