Going out looking like a child’s painting, in every colour of the rainbow or wearing one bright colour head-to-toe is very rarely a good look. Do not get me wrong, colour is great and should be utilised even during the autumn/winter season but you need pieces in there to mute those vivid colours and make them a little easier on the eye. This is where River Island comes in, so “Welcome to the dark side, where muted shades of white, grey and black form the colour palette of your chilling look.”
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River Island – The Dark Side Collection
I feel River Island are marketing this collection as a way of creating an indie/rock look, I do not really like such labels but you get the point. Take for example these Black Denim Jeans, the Black Leather Empire Jacket, Black Chicago Print t-shirt and Black High Tops and your looking like one of The Ramones (below left) in no time, if a little more up to date. Not a fan of The Ramones? Well shame on you! But do not despair, pull on the Dark Side Black Casual Trousers, Black Formal Lace Up Shoes, a white shirt and the Grey Smart Military Coat and you have created a look similar to that of Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner (below right).
It would surely be impossible to deny that River Island have been inspired by military clothing and the “rock look,” but this does not mean that these pieces of clothing should be confined to displaying just those styles. If anything, I do not personally feel particularly comfortable when I attempt that look, whether it is down to my build, personality or large head, I do not know, it just does not work for me. So let us take Mr. Bearded Man below, add a few things and create a work wear type look as an alternative. We can start with the Black Sid Stretch Coated Jeans, then create an underneath layer with one of the many t-shirts in the collection, put a River Island Red Aztec Check Shirt over the top and do not forget to keep yourself warm with a Dark Grey Cable Docker Beanie as we transition into winter. Just like that you have a bit of colour and a different look that may suit your style a little more.
Now I went easy on the colour with that one, this time I am going to use red but I am going to really use red. The young man above is the inspiration behind this one; for the primary red statement piece we can use River Island Nolan Chinos and Grey Contrast Plimsolls to tone down and finish off your bottom half. Instead of white, we will go with the Grey Acid Wash Corduroy Shirt, layered with a Black V-Neck Cardigan and the Black PU Biker Jacket. For the cherry on top you have a choice of two ties; The Executive by Pocket Square Clothing and The Subpoena Cherry from The Knottery.
There you have it, whether your going for rocker, worker or a geek chic look, River Island’s The Dark Side Collection has something for everyone and at an ever-affordable high street price. As Darth Vader quite rightly said, “You don’t know the power of the dark side!“