The ’70s Trend for Men: Get it Right…

Convinced that flares are fundamentally incompatible with your Y-chromosome? Well, put that idea – along with those mental images of Harry Styles’ sofa-print AMA suit – out of your mind right now, because After Nyne is here to show you how to make the ’70s trend work for you… 

Men's 70s Party Wear
Clockwise from Top Left – Paisley Shirt: H&M, £29.99; Leopard Print Boots: ASOS, £55; Roll Neck: River Island, £15; Velvet Blazer: River Island at ASOS, £110; Silver Shoes: ASOS, £55; Flared Jeans: Topman, £38; Faux Fur Coat: River Island, £120; Blanket Scarf: Topman, £20; Flared Trousers: Topman, £50; Gold Boots: ASOS, £55; Black Glitter Shoes: Dune at House of Fraser, £76

Feeling a little skittish? Then start small – with a roll neck. Sneak it under a suit for work, then team with skinnies for play.

Ready to take things up a notch? Then it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and invest in a pair of flares… Safest to steer clear of florals unless you happen to be an international pop star – black will do just fine. Rock a flared jean with your favourite tee, or a tailored pair with a classic shirt. For bonus points, pair with your trusty roll neck – no one will point or laugh – I can (almost certainly) promise you.

Bored of black? Mix in some “autumnal” tones – by which I do mean “dead leaf colours” – and you won’t go far wrong. Think browns, burgundies and mustards… subtle paisley prints will also work a treat.

Not ready to go there? Then steal the stylist’s failsafe formula for jzuzhing up an all-black ensemble and pull on a statement shoe or scarf – this is your chance to experiment with metallics, prints… even glitter if the urge should take you – so go for it! Look for classic lace-up Oxfords and Chelsea boot styles to ensure you’re onto a winner – platforms are probably a step too far. And if you are going for broke in the outfit stakes, you might want to tone the footwear down a tad to counterbalance… and avoid any unwelcome Bee Gee jibes…

And to top things off? Whilst there’s no harm in sticking with your default parka/biker formula, slip into a luxe little velvet blazer or cosy faux fur number and you won’t look back… Remember to stick to those autumnal shades (chocolate brown is probably your best bet) and – plus or minus the flares – you won’t look the teensiest bit silly, just timelessly stylish – promise.

Samantha Simmonds