After slogging our way through a long winter layered up in thick knits and outerwear, we’ve more than earned the right to don brighter colours and lighter garments. Which is why we’re excited to try out one of the trends we spotted at London Collections: Men SS14 – colour segmentation.
From block-colour separates to pieces with multi-coloured sections and details, segmented colour is a great way to inject some freshness and excitement into your look this season.
So whether you want to make a statement or are looking for a more refined approach to the trend, we’ve got it covered…
On The Runway
Colour segmentation could be seen everywhere at London Collections, where models acted as canvases for bold and eye-popping art. This vibrant display of block-hues and segmented pieces was enough to make any man with enough confidence want to give it a go.
E. Tautz mixed bright shades with darker colours to create a real impact, although it was the red and green segmented coloured tee constructed from hi-shine fabric that really stole the show. We loved how it was paired with a traditional hat – the perfect mix of contemporary and classic:
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As usual, Christopher Shannon took a more daring approach with toxic fluorescent hues making up outfits of a single colour.
Although we’re not ready to advocate wearing these pieces on the high street just yet, it definitely made for an interesting visual showcase:
Elsewhere, Agi & Sam layered tonal hues together for a far more wearable approach to the trend.
We particularly loved the segmented coat in a grey/orange mix. However, it might have been better suited for everyday use if the colours were reversed and the sleeves were slightly more fitted:
Get The Look
It’s important to remember that the high fashion runways are designed to be dramatic and offer the most extreme version of any trend. By the time similar pieces reach the high street they have often been diluted and are far more wearable.
With this in mind, here’s how we recommend creating your own take for SS14…
1. Bright & Bold
There’s no getting around it. If you want to attempt this look, you need to have confidence. In comparison to the way the opposite sex looks at clothing, we guys seem to have some sort of macho opinion of the way we can wear colour, if we choose to wear it at all.
We’re often far more inclined to fill our wardrobes with greys and monochrome hues than citrus orange or seafoam green – the blue spectrum and richer shades of brown/burgundy being the exceptions.
We need to start by scrapping this outdated intimidation of bright colours and welcome them into our personal style. A guy can look just as masculine in fluro yellow or pastel purple, it’s all about the way he wears it. After all, once you’ve mastered segmented colour, everything else is child’s play.
Below you will find some examples of bold colour-blocking and segmentation to get you inspired. Keep in mind your colour wheel, stick to two (three max) solid pieces that complement or coordinate with each other and then experiment: