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Published: 17th September 2015
Author: Queensgate Blog


Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Ian, a menswear advisor at John Lewis in Queensgate. We spoke about the top trends for men this A/W and he showed me some of the key pieces he would recommend. Ian gave me a brilliant overview of the styles that are emerging across a variety of brands.

Formal Wear

We started with suits; John Lewis stocks a variety of brands as well as their own collection. Ian went through the top A/W styles including the birdseye weave. One particular brand he highlighted as having a strong birdseye weave was Chester; the Birdseye Blue Jacket pictured below has beautiful detail and costs £225. Ian also educated me on the difference between luxury and basic suits; one of the main things is the working cuff, with buttons that actually open – these are considered more luxurious as more basic suits have buttons just for show.


The three piece suit is making a comeback this A/W with brands such as Ted Baker, Chester and Daniel Hechter offering a very stylish selection. They are all available in lovely A/W colours including various shades of grey and navy blue; I even spotted a beautiful burgundy suit from Ted Baker which is a real statement piece. When it comes to accessories, John Lewis have ties in a huge array of warm autumnal colours, as well as the ever popular dickey bow. You can get these in two options: ‘ready tied’ or ‘to be tied’ – so I guess it depends on how much time you allow yourself to get ready!


If the likes of Ted Baker and Chester are a little out of your price range, then take a look at John Lewis’ own-brand range where you can get the jacket and trousers as a set for £130. They also have the Kin range of slim fit suits coming in at around £159, so there is something super stylish and suitable to all budgets.

Ian offers a fashion advisory service for men at John Lewis so if shopping for a suit is something you find quite daunting, this is the service for you! Ian will help you find the perfect fit, colour and style. This service isn’t limited to suits; Ian can also help you build a casual, or even a seasonal wardrobe. To book a consultation with Ian you can either pop into the Menswear department or give Ian a call on 01733 344644 ext 5235.

Casual Wear

One of the key casual looks for A/W15 is the smart jacket with contrasting trousers; you can find smart jackets in corduroy and moleskin in those fabulous A/W shades. They looked great on the mannequins (as seen below) with jeans and a casual shirt. A lot of the casual wear is saturated with wine, navy and moss green colours which is ideal for this time of year. This includes the famous rugby style shirts from Joules, and the polo shirts from Ralph Lauren. Ted Baker’s casual wear includes standalone jackets with colourful patterns and artwork on the lining, as well as intricate detail around the pockets (seen on the jacket from Ian’s picks). The patterns that appear on the casual tees also pop up in women’s wear, but in a bolder style.


Ian’s Picks

My tour ended with Ian highlighting the key pieces for A/W15. This included the standalone jacket because you can do so much with it; smart casual shirts for the party season; and wool blend coats that are perfect for a sophisticated look that will keep you warm during the colder months.


1. Barbour Laundryman Albany Laundered Check Shirt in Merlot- £69.95

2. Ted Baker Bayvil Birdseye Suit Jacket in Blue- £259

3. John Lewis Wool Cashmere Tailored Fit Coat in Navy- £230

Hopefully this post has helped you with some key trends for A/W menswear at John Lewis. Make sure you pop in store and visit Ian for some great style tips – he has definitely improved my knowledge on menswear.

Don’t forget the centre is open #L8 on Thursdays and Fridays with free parking after 5:30pm.


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