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M&S: menswear

Autumn 10

The look

Grey dominates the menswear palette at Marks & Spencer. It shows through in chunky knitwear and washed-out casual jackets, and in suits teamed with grey flannel shirts and ties, providing interest through contrasting textures and tones.

Heritage fabrics such as tweed and flannel are in evidence, while the slimline three-piece suit returns in a grey Prince of Wales check.

Velvet has been expanded via more colourways on a dandyish jacket, and also features as subtle details such as piping.

The perennial checked shirt comes in bright flannels and is layered with chunky knitwear.

The military theme is toned down, with subtle epaulettes and oversized funnel collars on outerwear, but none of the gold buttons and braiding seen in the retailer’s womenswear collections.

Key pieces

  • Funnel-neck military coat
  • Velvet jacket with silk piping
  • Aviator jacket with small collar

Right for the market?

There are more nods to catwalk trends than in previous seasons, but many are so subtle that you almost miss them. So yes, this will go down well with the classic M&S customer, who is likely to be at ease with a straight-cut, small-collared aviator jacket, or a touch of velvet or faux fur as trims or linings.

M&S says this directional approach is down to returning consumer confidence in menswear, with the classic male shopper seeking more texture and detail.

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