Streamlined suits, pomade, dandy details and plenty of 1950s elements took over the fall 2014 runways, in what appears to be another modern rendition of the classic British teddy-boy look. Partly inspired by the styles worn by dandies in the Edwardian period, the Teddy boy aesthetic born in London collides worlds with the 70s glam rock influence this season, and as a result louder colours and richer textures are envisioned to complement the newly emerged trend.

Somewhere in between the fashionable disheveled Teddy-look and the Edwardian elegance, a new aesthetic arises, one that is equal parts retro and cool, one that you too can adopt without fearing looking like a movie character on set.

After the break, a look at the trend and how you can wear it for fall 2014.

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Teddy boy (new Edwardian) for fall 2014.

A high stiff collar, tight pants, an exaggerated Edwardian jacket and a patterned scarf, are just some of the emblematic rockabilly silhouettes and accessories building up the Teddy boy look for fall 2014. The new Edwardian strikes balance between the old elements defining the rebellious aesthetic, and its contemporary edge, punching up the glam factor in order to offer the look a proper update.

Main elements.

Either you plan on recreating the full-on Teddy boy look bordering on costumy, or you want to dip a toe in the aesthetic without fully committing to its legacy, here are the key pieces to consider come fall:

The drape jacket.

Reminiscent of the 1940s American zoot suits, defined by dark shades, trim collars and pocket flaps, the drape jacket is unarguably being turned into a cold season staple. From long Teddy boy blazers that you can easily use to update your fall wardrobe, to elongated Edwardian jackets in rich fabrics, lightly crossing the limits into costume territory, the runways weren’t shy of putting it all on display.

To keep things from looking dated, do seek a cleaner silhouette, replacing the typical dark shade of a drape jacket with a louder colour, or print; green would make for a wonderful pop of colour, particularly when set in contrast with a regular neutral palette of hues.

Teddy boy mens trend fall 2014
Teddy boy / Edwardian inspiration at Saint Laurent & Songzio, F/W ’14

The skinny trousers.

High-waisted, slim and fitted, often exposing the socks, these are the skinny trousers expected to complement the Teddy boy look for fall. Reworked mostly in classic black, cut in denim and wool alike, the “drainpipe” trouser renderings do come also in louder prints, bearing polished finishes and being styled with big-buckled belts.

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1950s elements at Lanvin & Junya Watanabe, F/W ’14

The smart shirt.

The high-necked, loose-collared white shirt that served as the core of the Teddy boy look back in the 1950s morphed into a smart, but equally attention-grabbing shirt for fall 2014. While white certainly prevailed, other colours took on the runway, amongst them faded blues, dusted pinks, leafy greens. Adorned with androgynous ruffles, cut in shiny satins or vivid animal prints, the shirts are clearly the statement to be made this fall.

Worn underneath long blazers, oversized coats or leather jackets, the smart shirts reminiscent of the Teddy boy look are often styled with a narrow tie, or a classic waistcoat.

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Teddy boy aesthetic at Saint Laurent & Lanvin, F/W ’14

The loud tie.

The Teddy boy look wouldn’t be considered complete without a slim, or western “Maverick” tie to successfully round up its dandier set of details, although the runways did manage to somehow resume the Edwardian aesthetic to a more simply put, loud tie, reimagined as to meet the needs and expectations of the modern men.

Replaced with a scarf, or missing altogether, the tie may no longer be perceived as a must, but it does serve to echo the dashing elegance of England at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Use it to style a smart shirt, or a slim suit, or as a luxurious way of effortlessly updating the rebellious attire of the 1950s.

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Teddy Boy inspiration at Saint Laurent and Richard James, F/W ’14

The thick crepe sole shoes.

At John Lawrence Sullivan and Saint Laurent, the thick crepe sole shoes made a comeback on the runway, continuing to complement the nonchalant, rock ‘n’ roll Tedd boy aesthetic. From classic black, to unique shades of red and dark green, the brothel creepers paired to visible socks do look best when teamed with a cool motorcycle jacket and a patterned scarf.

As an alternative in the shoe department, lace-up boots and velvet slippers were also seen reworking the rock & roll / Edwardian aesthetic by also keeping things on safer grounds.

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Thick crepe sole shoes at John Lawrence Sullivan & Saint Laurent, F/W ’14

Teddy boy / new Edwardian aesthetic for fall.

Say you do want to indulge in the Teddy boy trend, but you’re not ready to fully commit to its crave for attention. Keep in mind that a pair of rolled-up trouser, a leather bomber and a wool scarf tied with extra flourish are enough to relish the trend, making for a totally wearable look.

If you’re more inclined towards smart sophistication, a cape in double-face worn with a high-necked white shirt and a cool pair of sunglasses, suffice in imitating the Edwardian elegance in a way that still feels utter contemporary and refined.

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Teddy boy / new Edwardian aesthetic at Saint Laurent & Ports 1961, F/W ’14

Other elements.

Hair carefully greased and waved, a cool pair of dark specs, and a youthful varsity jacket to replace any of its leather, or draped variations, make for other remarkable elements granted to evoke the essence of the Teddy-boy aesthetic with minimum compromise.

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Teddy boy aesthetic at Lanvin & Saint Laurent, F/W ’14

For more inspiration on how to put specific Teddy-boy looks together, you’d do well to check out the gallery above.

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