Gents, the winter has kept us cooped up inside for too long. Now that the sun is out, we know how you feel – you want to be in the great outdoors, lapping up the natural world in all its wonder.

Of course, you could be stuck in the city. But at least let your sartorial choices reflect your lust for all things natural. Fortunately, for SS16, fashion is taking on an earthy, organic and effortless palette. We’re talking cool slate greys, pewters, to warmer creams and ivories. And when done right, it’s a look that’s far from plain.

Belstaff veered slightly from its signature moto-centric designs and embraced the palette with a lookbook shot against scorching desert sand: Think dramatic brown capes, multi-pocket denim trousers, tough leather gilets, tan goatskin blousons and a cotton trench in dark sand with drawstring details to take you from summer to terrain.

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At the more formal end of the style spectrum, a single tonal look of all-neutral suiting was spotted down the Ermenegildo Zegna runway. Sharp, double-breasted cream combos with crisp tailored lines didn’t need much else to make a statement, save for a checked scarf. Top it all off with mocassins with fringe detailing to bring in a touch of another thriving trend, tribal influences.

Similarly, Emporio Armani’s latest Fusion collection focused on taupe, greige and sand-coloured pieces, starring jackets with pagoda shoulders and puckered sleeve heads. There was just one rule: no white allowed.

Loud colours aren’t the only way to draw attention; unsaturated tones can give off surprising impact just the same. Because sometimes, dear dapper gentlemen, less really can be more.

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