Menswear Trend Spotlight for AW12: Cruel Sea

One of the hottest looks for men for A/W 12 is Cruel Sea, winter’s take on the nautical theme of S/S 12.

Stripes are still very much involved, with the traditional red, white and blue colour palette evolving to include Autumnal shades of berry, ivory and navy. 

Along with the A/W 12 wardrobe staple of chinos, this look also entails cable knit jumpers, boating-style smock jackets, sturdy boots (white sole preferable) and, of course, the horizontal striped tees and shirts that S/S 12 made imperative to the nautical trend.

The look is showcased here through the Debenhams hotspot that I had to dress to this trend recently, using products by young fashion brands Red Herring, J Jeans by Jasper Conran, Mantaray and St. George by Duffer:

Guys, it’s essentially the coolest way to look like you own a boat without actually owning one!

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