Streetwear Basics: Carharrt A/W 12

Carharrt A/W 12 Reliably Warm and Rugged

Looking reliably warm and rugged as usual, Carhartt have released images from its Heritage Collection Lookbook for Autumn/Winter 2012. No small lookbook, but then Carhartt don’t exactly do small collections either. The lookbook retains that analogue, DIY aesthetic that Carhartt have been playing with in their lookbooks over the last few collections. It’s a style that fits with the brand and the lifestyle of most of it’s loyal followers.

The collection makes use of rich autumnal tones, orange, brown, plum as well as a continuation of camo print, which has dominated a lot of looks already this year. Simple in appearance but extra rich in detail, Carhartt show that the best looks are all about the quality of the garment and the layers you put with it: plaid button downs, sweatshirts, thick chinos, parkas and work coats are staple outerwear that will carry you through the harsher winter months.

The rich colour palette as well as the mix of quality materials used – oilcloth, corduroy, teflon, cotton Poplin, twill, ripstop nylon – has already got us looking forward to the colder weather. Streetwear basics is one of Carhartt’s strongest elements, right at the core of the brand, and this collection is no different. It’s hard to pick a specific area where they excel, with the outerwear, shirting, trousers and knitwear all being so strong. There’s a good variation of simple pieces and more stand-out pieces, and all are very accessible regardless.

Every look is pretty solid as you would expect. Utilitarian, work wear aesthetics and general manliness is the name of the game. Not many brands can claim to tread firmly in both the camps of the relaxed skater and the smart young man, but Carhartt are one of the few.

Carhartt:  Available at Stuarts of London

Carhartt  WIP Anchorage Sub Blue Parka i000728132

Carhartt Master Navy Sandstone Shirt l01282913

Carhartt Sid Lamar Twill Pants I003367273

Carhartt Master Bottle Green Shirt l01282913

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