There are plenty of big events and occasions throughout the year when people get all dressed up in their best outfits, but only one of them is considered a “high-end” night out: Halloween!
Whether you love or hate the holiday, there’s no denying that it’s the perfect excuse to show off your best threads. So if you’re looking to make your outfit extra special, then you should read on.
The Evolution Of Menswear
Over the last few years, men’s fashion has taken a sharp turn towards classic British styling. Our favourite designers have been at the forefront of this movement, reinterpreting old school favourites and adding a modern twist. We’ve gone back to basics with a vengeance and man cannot keep up!
With the resurgence in popularity of menswear classics like Burberry, we decided to take a closer look at how the fashion industry has changed over the years and which designers are leading the way.
The Evolution Of Burberry
If there’s any brand that perfectly encapsulates the “revival” of classic British menswear, it’s Burberry. The brand was originally launched in 1877 and has been a key player in men’s fashion ever since. With a historical connection to the British Army, it was originally designed to be worn by officers during military ceremonies. However, since it’s debut, the brand has gone on to become extremely popular with both men and women.
Burberry’s design director Stuart Vevers said of the brand’s revival: “In the last two years, we’ve seen a real change. People are rediscovering comfort, practicality and functionality, and they’re looking for brands that understand and embody these values. For us, it’s all about quality and craftsmanship. We want our products to last years of heavywear and to be built with the best fabrics and cutting-edge styles. We think that this approach makes the complete opposite of cheap.”
Marks & Spencer: The Sustainable Apparel Giant
Sustainability is at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, so much so that it often seeps into design and fashion, too. British supermarket giant Marks & Spencer has been a leader in sustainable fashion since it was founded in the 19th century. We love everything from its affordable luxury clothing to its vegan leather bags and accessories. So when it came time to choose our favourite sustainable fashion designers, we didn’t have to think twice.
The brand doesn’t just focus on sustainable designs, either; it also invests in ethical trading and sustainable production methods. In addition, Marks & Spencer actively supports sustainable research and development – not bad for an old school firm!
Gucci: Creative And Confident
Everyone knows that the luxury Italian brand Gucci is famous for its floral prints and colourful branding, but did you know that it was founded in 1913 and is considered one of the most innovative fashion houses in existence?
The fashion house brings together cutting-edge designs with strong creative and technical vision – and it shows! We love the understated luxury of Gucci and the fact that it constantly brings something new to the table. If you want to bring a little zing into your outfit, then Gucci is the brand for you.
Jack Wills: A Bold And Beautiful Classic
We couldn’t talk about British menswear revival without mentioning Jack Wills. The brand was founded in 1881 and has been a style icon ever since. Not that we’re biased or anything. It’s just that when it comes to men’s fashion, style icons often make for the best designers.
Jack Wills epitomises the revival of classic British styles. It’s designs are characterised by their use of bright colours and eye-catching prints, and it’s popularity stems from its ability to combine these aspects in a modern way. In 2018, the brand saw sales rise by 23% thanks to online shopping and a more “casual” approach to dressing.
Jack Wills buys a large percentage of its fabrics from Italian mills, so many of its designs are relatively easy to source. This is important when you consider the amount of time that can pass between orders. It’s fair to say that Jack Wills is one of the most reliable and popular luxury men’s brands out there today.
Fred Perry: The Luxury Brand With A Social Mission
It wouldn’t be a top five list of favourite designers if we didn’t include the king of all British fashion, Fred Perry. The brand was founded in 1881, so it knows a thing or two about lasting long in the fashion industry. As well as creating some of the most iconic styles in the history of fashion, Fred Perry also has a social mission – and it shows in every piece of clothing and accessory that the brand makes. Not a bad win-win!
Fred Perry designers use the best British and European fabrics, and we can see that in the way that the brand’s clothing and accessories look so sophisticated and polished. It’s also worth noting that many of Fred Perry’s designs are considered timeless classics, which speaks to their lasting appeal.
Dress To Impress
We can’t talk about iconic British brands without mentioning Dior. The French fashion house was founded in 1909 and has continued to be one of the most luxurious and popular brands ever since. We love the ready-to-wear nature of Dior’s designs, which make them perfect for modern and casual occasions. It’s also one of the few brands that offer a higher level of craftsmanship, with hand-finished and -stitched fabrics.
It’s a combination of high quality and attention to detail along with a distinctive style that make Dior so special. The brand makes some of the most luxurious and popular leather goods and accessories as well, so it’s not just about their clothes!
The Best Of British
There’s no question that British fashion is alive and well, and here to stay. It’s fair to say that we have so many amazing designers, and it would be hard to choose just five. It’s also worth noting that many of these designers also have a social agenda, which makes us even more proud to say “boo” to British fashion.
It’s time to channel your inner child and get festive! While you might not always like the holiday, you can’t deny that it’s the perfect excuse to show off your best threads. So if you’re looking to make your outfit extra special, then you should read on.
How To Dress For The Occasion
Certain outfits are suitable for specific occasions, so you need to consider what you’re wearing when planning your outfit for the day. If you’re looking to make your outfit extra special, then you should read on.
The Dark Knight Rises To The Occasion
It’s time for some stylish capers, and for one lucky citizen, it’s knighting time! We can’t decide if we love Mark Henderson’s or Charlie Pattinson’s version of the iconic Batman outfit – which one will you try out today?
You’re probably wondering why we had to single out one piece of clothing to represent each designer. Well, it’s because they both make such similar and wonderful items that it was hard to decide. So in the end, we decided that it’s better to have two wonderful outfits than one ordinary one. Who knows? Maybe Charlie will make another high-quality piece and Mark will surprise us all with an affordable and colourful design.
What Is The Best Of British Fashion?
It’s not a secret that British fashion is experiencing something of a revival. Thanks to brands like Burberry, Dior and more recently, Jack Wills, the industry is thriving and offering style choices to generations of men and women across the world. As well as creating some of the most iconic and timeless styles in the history of fashion, these designers also bring a social agenda to their work. We love that these qualities combine in unique ways to create something special.