London based menswear label Christopher Shannon knows how to do menswear well. His combination of a sports luxe aesthetic mixed with an array of prints and designs is proof of this.
For a Spring/Summer 12 wardrobe update, it would not go a miss to follow in line with or at the very least take inspiration from this trend that allows the man to be fashionable yet functional. Christopher Shannon’s use of performance fabrics really adds motion to the already clean silhouettes that are evident this season and in his previous collections also.
Often taking inspiration from the familiarity of everyday objects, Christopher Shannon is able to develop the idea of sportswear without being too obvious about it. In this same way, men should be able to take from the sports luxe trend and convey their own interpretations within their wardrobes in order to work pieces that suit the style they already have. Getting the right balance of proportion here is extremely important, as you do not want to end up dressed like you are ready for an athletics track or the gym. Another tip is to not limit yourself when it comes to colour. Block colours are great but do not work for everyone so think prints in small areas – for SS12 Christopher Shannon works this onto the bottom halves of shirts and in rectangle motifs on t-shirts. Again the attention to small details is key in creating a luxurious yet casual appeal.
Trousers are seen in the form of refined track pants, think away from your lycra lounge jogging bottoms and towards a slimmer line pant with a bit of an edge. These can be paired well with trainers, not necessarily your obvious branded ones but there is also room for plainer styles. The main aim is to work towards creating a wardrobe with stand out investment pieces, something that Inhale Fashion believes will give you great style choices and variety. Taking inspiration from this collection or making an investment will help in this direction. Sports luxe style is one that can be achieved by every man so long as you adopt your own style alongside it. It is all about the key pieces.
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