Iso faceriser.jpgIsabelle O'Carroll writes:

Last week you may remember I explained my love for menswear but there's more to men's style than just stealing their jeans and blazers.

Look a little closer and you'll see there's a hidden sartorial world lurking under the surface of menswear.

Take ties: there are a number of knots to choose from, each suited to particular levels of formality and a whole debate surrounding the number of dimples and their location on a tie. Pocket squares and socks are also fiercely discussed, colour and pattern being a bone of contention among many.

When you don't have much to play around with silhouette-wise the details become paramount.
On the more casual side of things I've been persuaded not to wash my jeans for months at a time to achieve the subtle pattern of fading and ageing beloved by denim freaks all across the world. Trust men to take something as straightforward as a pair of jeans and spend hours sanding, treating and wearing them in to perfection in some kind of autistic-like obsession. Apparently wearing a spanner in the back pocket is de rigeur for the fade effect it produces but I'm not going that far!

What can you learn from the restrained world of menswear then? A big micro trend last winter was the use of jumper as a scarf, something quite simple that can transform your look and typifies the way that style savvy men approach fashion. Experimenting with a wardrobe of classics and tweaking them with subtle accessories and changing silhouettes is a great way to make the first steps towards defining your personal style.

Womenswear can be extremely fickle, remember star prints, fur gilets or how about this summer's ditsy print floral skirts? Following the menswear method allows you to look stylish without being a slave to trends and paying attention to the details is good fashion training. So go out there and experiment with the menswear method, and if you need me you know where I am.