The best at cheese. The best at wine. The best at pastries. The best at being rude and surrendering. And now, it seems, it’s one of the best in style.
Is there anything Paris can’t do?
Here we take a look at some of the best dressed men from Paris Fashion Week AW17 and how you can achieve their look through affordable high street alternatives, because it’s still January and no one’s been paid yet.
Talk shirty to me
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Minimalist shirts are over. Besides, who could really keep a crisp white shirt clean for longer than a weekend? This isn’t Downton Abbey, real men spill pints and curry everywhere.
This year it’s all about the return of the loud shirt, and nothing is louder than a load of bloody tigers like this style from Topman – apart from Guy Fieri’s flame shirt, but they can only be worn if you’re in a Smash Mouth covers band.
The shirt does all the talking, so keep the rest of your outfit plain and simple – black trousers, neutral coloured jacket and some white trainers will do.
Up the duffle
The prospect of dressing like a hipster Paddington Bear doesn’t look that good on paper, but when executed in this way with a premium duffle coat with a Seventies style check and camel lining, it most definitely works.
Channel your inner fictional children’s character in the least weird way possible with a navy tartan duffle coat from House of Fraser.
Wax on, wax off
Wax jackets come and go in terms of popularity, because every now and again we realise that blue blooded aristocrats wear them for their weekends away fox hunting and dogging in the country - but this gentry outerwear staple shot here is far away from chasing down Basil Brush on a horse when it’s combined with statement yellow trainers and a bright orange beanie.
Bag yourself this winter icon from the waxed legends themselves – Barbour.
Football’s coming home
Football scarves are bang on trend, as is anything cut and sew. So this inventive lad has only gone all DIY on us and decided to combine the two into this beautiful Frankenstein accessory.
God knows who he supports, but if you want to avoid getting your head kicked in at a match anytime soon, we’d suggest going for a sports-inspired scarf instead of a club you know nothing about, like this pink Iets Frans one from Urban Outfitters.
This season sees a number of trends that’ll make you look like you’re in a completely different profession to your cushy office job, like cowboy western shirts and technical hiking gear. Now you’ve got another to add to the list – workwear that actually makes you look like you work in a garage.
If you can get past the issue that people may ask you to check their tyre pressure in the street, then boiler suits could be the standout piece you’ve been searching for, and for only £50 this indigo denim all-in-one suit from ASOS won’t break the bank.
Top of the crops
In school we used to make fun of the kids with short trousers: “Is the tide coming in, mate?!”, “Could ya mum not be arsed to finish them off?” etc etc.
But how wrong and naive we were. Those ankle flashers were forward-thinkers; prophets of the hyped cropped trouser that’s now absolutely everywhere, from high street to catwalk.
Whether you’re wearing them with your favourite pair of Nike Air Max and printed socks or preppy loafers and sockless, these All Saints cropped trousers will go with any footwear choice.
The traditional ways of wearing a suit are pretty much dead, with the shirt, tie and smart shoes combo that was once required for most office jobs now completely extinct.
But that doesn’t mean that the suit doesn’t have a place in this world, it just means that it has to be worn differently, like swapping out the former holy trinity for a roll neck jumper and trainers instead.
We suggest opting for tailoring with a little more detail, as opposed to plain, so it can be worn casually and formally, such as a versatile grey with subtle checks from Feraud.
Double or nothing
Normally the sight of double denim is also accompanied by the dulcet tones of Jeremy Clarkson talking about V8 engines and why sandwiches aren’t for dinner, but now the classic Eighties look is being reclaimed from aggressive automobile enthusiasts and given back to the masses.
Light denim can be a bit too Bruce Springsteen, so opt for a rawer dark denim instead with a Levi’s trucker jacket and indigo jeans.