Menswear made easy: the only 4 things you need this winter
Sam Lobban, Mr Porter's buying manager shares his favourite trends for
A/W '16 (and beyond)
If you're the type of guy who goes shopping twice a year (summer and winter), then you'll be stoked to hear what Mr Porter's buying manager Sam Lobban has to say about autumn/winter '16: "We're starting to sell a lot more separates," he says. "Instead of stiff tailored suits that match, you can now have a wardrobe of separates that can be worn together. A jacket and jeans is more the uniform of the day now, rather than wearing a suit on a day-to-day basis."
With an eye for relaxed tailoring and what he calls "standard issue" pieces - such as parkas, bomber jackets and "military-inspired outerwear", this season he suggests buying an array of clever separates that work equally hard for day and night. "A broader trend that we're seeing is this idea of a transitional wardrobe," says Lobban. "While I'm not a big fan of the term 'athleisure', I think guys in general are dressing down. I guess that's one of the indicators of the massive success of sneakers over the last three or four years."
When asked which sneakers are the go-to for A/W '16, Lobban is loathe to pick out just one particular style. He lists high-end options like Lanvin, Balenciaga and Valentino as equally popular as styles from Nike, Common Projects and Adidas. So what is his number one buy for A/W '16? "The field jacket - you can wear it super smart or super dressed-down with washed-out jeans and a crew neck T-shirt. There's a Saint Laurent one on site at the moment in a camouflage print which works really well as a transitional item."
With five exclusive capsule collections from Officine Generale, Reigning Champ, Saturdays NYC, Public School and Maison Kitsuné launching on the luxury e-tailer this month, Lobban has picked out a few of his favourite trend pieces in the gallery above.
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