‘Fashion for men, is almost more an expression of their comfort zones and their own sense of selves and the way they wish to be portrayed as a person‘ Mark Frost.
London-based model and creative designer, Mark Frost is a throwback to an era of vintage Hollywood. Classically handsome and cut from the same cloth as the likes of James Dean and Paul Newman, with perhaps a palpable air of an early Johnny Depp about him. As well as being effortlessly good-looking with an exceptional sense of style that radiates sophistication; he is also gifted with enviable and brooding cheekbones that could be comparable with Cillian Murphy.
Now, as the UK braces itself once more for the cold winter chill that embraces us so tightly at this time of year, there is perhaps a temptation to layer up, lock up and hibernate for the foreseeable future, until once more we are visited by more desirable climates. After all, how is a gentleman to dress appropriately whilst remaining stylish when snow in the air and the threat of ice everywhere?
Well, I’m so glad you asked because we have the answers. The Atlantic Dispatch had the pleasure of catching up with Mark Frost, who sat down with us to deliver and dispense his invaluable fashion tips and advice for making this winter look as stylish as possible.
Where does your style inspiration come from?
I would say my style inspiration is an accumulation of taking little snippets of goodness from style icons through the generations and other individuals. But ultimately creating something that feels right for me. Style is about developing your own identity and mine is an ever-changing personal sense of style and taste.
Most of my outfits have a smart casual element to them but quite often feature an edge, that could be paying homage to vintage styles merged with some more contemporary pieces and I’m sure this will continue to evolve as I do really like a lot of streetwear looks also.
What is your favourite outfit to wear?
That’s a great question, a tough one too! I would nearly always feature a long jacket in my favourite outfit. I love how they elevate a look while giving expression to the outfit when you’re on the move. I’d combine this with high waisted pleated trousers and a printed knitwear. And I’d accessories with a watch and rings. For me this is when I feel my best.
Who would you say is your style icon?
I actually real like the model Richard Biedul’s style, he cuts a mean suit and looks equally on point with a blend of bolder colours and edgier outfits. He gets it right in every way for me!
What would be your main fashion tips for this winter?
I like to think it’s a time of year where function and fashion go hand in hand. You need a way to seamlessly blend fashion and function, so that our aesthetic needs are not entirely dimmed out by the desire to simply wear the most insulative piece of clothing laying around the house. Enter layering, each visible layer should be something you can wear on its own, with the ability to remove or add items as the temperature changes.
If you also want to look classier in winter, opt for classic silhouettes in luxury fabrics such as merino wool to keep you warm. I like to wear a winter suit, pea coat, wool blazer, or a turtleneck, then accessorise this with a stylish scarf and shoes to give a well-dressed finish.
What new trends or styles have you seen this year?
Relaxed fit and flared trousers are back on the menu. Varsity jackets seem to be all the rage this year and work really well as part of a preppy look and cool street style, we’ve seen major brands like LV and Dior give some really smooth offerings.
You can also find some of the best varsity jackets in vintage stores. Bright and bold knitwear including jacquard print are also very much in. Accessory wise the chunk is making a play, chunky chains can be a versatile accessory that can add a high-fashion or edgy twist to any outfit, and it matches every aesthetic!
What are some of the biggest fashion mistakes you see?
There are numerous ones, but some that I see quite often are wearing too many colours at once. Try to stick to palettes that remain neutral or complement each other and keep contrasts to a minimum.
Buy clothes based on how they fit, feel, and look, rather than the brand badge they carry, it’s okay to like designer brands but I don’t think big logos of various brands naturally make your outfit cool in combination.
Ripped jeans and skinny jeans on guys: just no from me. As are mixing too many patterns and incompatible fabrics or textures. As you create your own personal style and get comfortable with the rules you can branch out but I quite often see people get this one way wrong.
Do you think men are now far more fashion-conscious?
Yes, men do care more and more about how they look. With men, it’s almost more an expression of their comfort zones and their own sense of selves and the way they wish to be portrayed as a person. I think the narrative around shopping has changed with the onset of the pandemic we had. Whether it’s because of financial situations or simply a shift in priorities, many guys are trying to buy fewer items but of higher quality.
With thanks to the gentleman that is Mark Frost. For more information on Mark, you can follow him here