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STYLE NEWS

NEW TREND: SLATE PALM

By Matt Glazebrook, 8 April 2017

April’s here and with it the chance to give your wardrobe a thorough refresh – packing away your summer wares and tired trend pieces, and working in some fresh, straight-from-the-catwalk gear – like our new Slate Palm trend, for instance.

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Tonal greys and washed-out blues and khakis aren’t going anywhere for 2017, but Slate Palm sees the cool, calm palette elevated a notch with subtle floral prints and camos.

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Dip a toe into streetwear steez – as opposed to going full luau – with floral prints in muted hues, and mix in soft military-inspired pieces for a utilitarian edge.

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Slate Palm mixes Japanese-flavoured patterns and details with a Scandinavian focus on simplicity and faded shades. Cuts are boxy and the general vibe is clean and airy.

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Styling-wise, it’s all about easing through the in-between weather season with copious – but considered – layering. Don’t be afraid to mix stripes or prints, and let oversized shapes help you play with proportion.

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Key pieces include wide-leg smart pants, functional shackets and slouchy bombers. Oversized hoodies and sweatshirts will keep the late-summer chills at bay.

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Seek out camouflage patterns and floral prints like leaves and palms, but keep the whole vibe understated with tonal takes on the grey/tan/khaki/blue sections of the colour chart.

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For catwalk inspiration, look to the likes of Jil Sander, whose typically minimalist SS17 menswear show incorporated faint florals across tonal two-pieces.

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Similarly, Dries van Noten’s SS17 collection mixed clean Nordic lines with faded prints inspired by medieval art, while Kolor took the sting out of bold print-clashes with a subdued grey/blue/gold palette.

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