Loose and casual weekend wear takes centre stage

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 April, 1994, 12:00am


MARKS and Spencer caters for weekend clothing this season with simple layers used as the cornerstone of men's casual wear.

Begin with a pure cotton T-shirt, then add a loose-fitting chambray shirt. Washed twill trousers and chunky, three-eyelet nubuck boots complete a buoyant and appropriate outfit for the season.

Chinos trousers are the casual answer to lightweight summer dressing.

Matched with this season's soft cotton check shirts and tailored jackets, the mood reflects spring.

The grandpa shirt is making a comeback this season and is being worn with everything from single-breasted soft suits to easy drawstring waist trousers.

Waistcoats continue to be popular, adding an element of individuality to formal wear and becoming an essential item in casual spring wardrobes.

Tapered-leg trousers, button-down-collared shirts and knitted-pattern or printed-textural ties update classically tailored suits with a softer, slimming silhouette.

The mood is relaxed and pared down for simplicity.

For contrast there are loose and fitted silhouettes. Blend the layering of a rib T-shirt with a tunic top and narrow or wide leg trousers.

Crossover garments such as the shirt-jacket, jersey jean and knitted tailored jacket are new elements of the casual layered style.

The development of yellow shades extends into the family of spicy orange rust, orange reds, yellow greens and neutrals.

The neutral range evolves and expands into natural undyed tones such as light taupe with sandy yellow-beige and grey-green the newcomers.

Indigo and green-blues make a big impression, while the summer feel is freshened with cool, clear shades of blue interspersed with ecru and oatmeal.

Bold Madras and windowpane checks in tones of indigo, denim and chambray are an important trend that adds patterned interest to tailored clothes.

In the heat of summer, fabric is all important and with the layering required for the season's wardrobe, Marks and Spencer has turned to natural linens in trousers and shirt-jackets with textured T-shirts and waistcoats for the layered look.