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The Manhattan Man: As Seen at New York Fashion Week


Over here in the UK, men’s fashion isn’t given so much attention, so we’re bringing you the comprehensive guide to recreating the street style of the Manhattan man.

Sports Luxe
The men of Manhattan love their sportswear, but it’s always luxurious rather than laddish, unlike in the UK. Monochrome is the colour palette of preference with this street style trend, and branding takes a backseat, with logos printed very subtly onto the clothing in question. 

Luckily for us Brits, subtle sportswear is becoming more and more popular on our high streets, and many brands are toning down garish logos in an attempt to make sportswear a little more chic. Admittedly it’s brands like Vans from across the pond that are taking the lead, but luckily their clothing is widely available in the UK, so click to visit Skate Hut where you can shop the sports luxe look and channel the Manhattan man.

Downtown Darkness
Wood Wood’s AW13 collection reflects the understated style of downtown New Yorkers. Dark, steely greys and blacks reflect the cast-iron buildings of the less-than-glamorous side of The Big Apple, and the shapes are sharp and well-tailored. An accent of khaki green in the winter accessories of this collection adds a military feel to the steely look, but the mixture of sharp and relaxed tailoring manages to make it more wearable for the everyday guy.

Image from GQ

To channel the downtown Manhattan man, you should keep the colour palette dark and opt for strong tailoring. The look can be changed up with a pair of leather boots or some simple black pumps to accommodate different occasions. Accessories like caps and gloves should include an accent of colour, but nothing too garish, so stick to dark greens, oxblood reds and navy blues to retain the strong masculinity of Wood Wood’s AW13 catwalk collection.

Power to the People?
Whilst men might not get much attention at our very own London Fashion Week, the good news is that men can look across the pond for their autumn/winter style inspiration. There’s no doubt that the men of Manhattan have a distinctive street style, and we love that their influence has infiltrated the designers’ collections seen at New York Fashion Week this season.

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