Heritage fashion is more than wearing vintage clothing that you’ve found at a stall on Portobello Road; there is a good chance you’ve got an item or two of it in your wardrobe. Heritage can be defined as clothing that stands the test of time without becoming dated or restricted to a snapshot in time.
Certain designers know exactly how to keep a heritage look updated without changing the fundamentals, but how best can you wear heritage mens designer clothes without looking as though you’re auditioning for a part in Peaky Blinders?
Caps and hats
Worn correctly, headwear can speak volumes about the wearer, and you can rock the heritage look by choosing modern-yet-classic flat caps or baker boy hats. The main trick to being able to pull off this look without looking like an extra from a Hovis ad is to keep the rest of your look more modern and casual. Whilst His Lordship may be able to get away with striding about his estate in flat cap, wax jacket and riding boots, this is not a look that translates well to the high street.
Not just stylish but also eminently practical in the winter months, you can make a real statement with a heavy wool overcoat. These coats are elegant items that look good over a modern business suit or jeans and chunky sweaters. There are several different patterns available, but try classic designs such as a herringbone pattern or a small dogtooth print to add a little bit of life to an outfit devoid of any particular texture on its own. Clothing companies such as EJ Menswear provide help and advice when looking to mix and match, so be sure to ask if you are unsure how best to wear any item of heritage clothing.
Heritage clothing will always be in fashion in one way or another, but just which items are “in” at any one time will change with the seasons.
If you keep your look fresh and modern in other respects, you can only improve it by adding one or two carefully chosen heritage pieces. Experiment and go with what makes you feel comfortable, and you’ll soon be rocking that heritage look without looking like your grandad could give you a run for your money.