There’s no doubt in my mind that Beams has some of the best stylists out there. The Beams Plus AW 2015 line reinforces this fact. As our Managing Editor put it, it’s “If James Dean wore baggy pleats…” That might sound like an insult, but it’s James Dean, who can make anything look cool. The collection’s overall silhouette is looser, but not messy. It’s full of textures recalling English countrysides and includes a bit of military inspiration.
There are two denim pieces in the collection both of which use the same 14.5 oz. raw stretch denim in an updated look and fit. The jacket is a modern Type III jacket that uses snap buttons at the pockets and placket. It also includes two on-seam hand pockets with canvas pocketing. The jeans are a looser fit with a cropped length and, although they are not selvedge, Beams felled both the inseams and outseams for an overall cleaner and better construction. It also includes 7 belt loops rather than the usual 5, taking a cue from trousers.
Admittedly out there, their Indigo Crazy Button-Down Shirt is a plaid patterned patchwork that’s maybe a bit daring for most. The exciting part about this is that the yarns of the shirt have been dyed in indigo. So, as crazy as this shirt is, it’ll get even crazier (or more subdued depending on how often it’s washed).
There’s a good amount to the collection like single-needle OCBD’s, down vests, shaggy dog sweaters, and more. You can view the entire collection at the Beams website.