The biggest men's style trends of 2015

Life is fast and these days, digital technology makes things happen sooner. That means key runway trends from mere months ago are already hitting the streets.

As the super-gents get ahead of the fashion-game, we'll get you caught up in record time.

Because you don't want to be left looking so last season, we've honed in on the five major style trends for 2015.

Seeing red

While navy and olive green consumed 2014, red or 'marsala' is the official colour for 2015. Marsala is named after a famous Sicilian wine and embodies the colour of the thick brew.

Its dirtiness gives warmth back to outerwear in winter, as seen in a thick wool overcoat or a soft-look cotton trench. In summer, the deep hue lends natural heat to tailored chino shorts and short-sleeved button-shirts.

Marsala's neutral tone makes it as versatile as navy when it comes to colour blocking, balancing out purples, yellows and greens in the same outfit, much like the standard black and white.

And marsala is a clever, more brilliant colour for suiting – from tuxedos to blazers to three-piece suits.

Neck-off

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Whether it's called a neckerchief, cravat or man-scarf, the neck tie has never been so on-trend. Perhaps it's the recent disregard for traditional ties (outside of work) that has us begging for some other throat constraint?

Despite popular belief, these neck pieces are well suited to casual looks (think knitwear and open button shirts), given they appear to be tied without too much precision.

To begin, select your piece of cloth (silk or cotton blend is best) and note that the shorter ones are easier to tie (but too short and you've got a choker). When it comes to tying the knot, it's your choice – but keep it smaller and loose-ish – taking notes from the French monsieur, the Italian yachting maestro and the Americana rancher.

Denim exploration

Far more than just jeans, denim – as a fabric to be explored and played with – is a big trend for 2015. Once solely the basis for a casual outfit, denim is the star of your ensemble this year, working its way into jackets, coats, shirting and blazers and even full-blown suits.

In varying shades of blue, as well as grey and black, the key to working denim is picking your hues and washes, and knowing when and where to wear them.

Raw and selvage are immediate smart casual options, while vintage wash and distressed play off-duty well. We love the rise in soft-wash denim blazers as a cunning way to stand out from typical linen and stay in tune with the recent blue craze in tailoring.

And not since the '80s has double denim been so in fashionJust don't go too monotone with the colour, being sure to mix your raw with your vintage and blues with blacks.

Shearling and suede

While the black biker jacket will never leave us, 2015 is the year of alternatives to leather. Suede fringed jackets assaulted the runways in February, so it's high time we thought about saddling up and investing in the brownish coat (but maybe leave the fringing for a cowboy party).

Western jokes aside, suede is making a comeback and not just in brown. Dark purple, navy and olive green are key suede hues. And we're not just talking outerwear; Elvis' hit Blue Suede Shoes feels oh-so-right this season.

Shearling – made from sheep skin that has been tanned with the wool left on – is another popular jacket alternative. The clipped fur remains inside, acting as a lining.

Still not sold on suede? Fake shearling can be inserted as a lining for denim and leather jackets coats. No excuses, now.

That '70s show

Just when you thought the suit coat couldn't get any slimmer, it has. Typical of the disco decade, blazers and suit coats go razor-sharp in 2015 and cut-clean off the shoulder, cementing a trend that has been building in recent months.

While double-breasted, gold button blazers held strong in previous seasons, '70s-inspired single-breast separates with small double-button details are on par this year.

Trousers sport less detail, appearing flat at the front. Without pleats, it's a cleaner finish. The change reflects the increasing shift in effortless, fuss-free tailoring for men, but modern elements such as textural wools, silks and cottons replacing the horrible polyester fabrics of the past.

And don't be afraid of a little colour with dulled-down greens, greys, blues, reds and yellows for tailored pieces.

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