Style Inspiration: Fred Perry returns to its roots for Autumn 2012

Born from a culture of hard work and perfecting your craft, Fred Perry pays tribute to its brand heritage with its latest Authentic Collection for the upcoming Autumn season.


Building on a unique history based on both sports and street wear, Perry continues to successfully fuse heritage with contemporary design. By taking inspiration from both the factory floor and the working man’s club, the collection features refined but hard wearing pieces alongside traditional designs.



Mens Authentic Footwear: A closer look

Kingston Twill Tipped Trainers
Classic plimsolls created in rich twilled cotton, featuring waxed cotton laces, a smooth rubber sole and Fred Perry’s signature Laurel Wreath embroidered on the side. Twin tipping on the tongue and side walls of the sole reference the brands infamous sporting heritage.



Style it out! Pair these twill tipped plimsolls with with traditional Fred Perry shirts and classic parkas this season for a simple yet stylish look.


Vintage Tennis Trainers


Fred Perry’s sporting inspiration can also be seen in these tennis style canvas plimsolls, complete with a contrast inner lining and trademark twin tipping detail on the sidewall. An embroidered Laurel Wreath gives these plimsolls a classic, vintage look whilst additional branding sits on the sole and heel tab.



Style it out! These low profile canvas trainers are the perfect complement to casual trousers and textured knits this season.


Available in six colours to complete any autumn look


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And for the ladies:


Woodford Floral Print Plimsoll


These simple canvas plimsolls feature a detailed floral print upper, adding a feminine twist to the classic Fred Perry tennis shoe. Thick cotton laces and textured rubber soles add durability, whilst the embroidered laurel wreath and rubber heel tab maintain discreet style.



Style it out! Team these plimsolls with a simple pencil skirt and cotton rucksack to add a playful edge to classic styling.


Phoenix Canvas Plimsoll


These classic style plimsolls add effortless style to any outfit. Featuring flat cotton laces, a single tipping detail on the sole wall and signature Laurel Wreath embroidery on the heel.



Style it out! These canvas plimsolls are perfect teamed with slim cut trousers and zip through jackets this season.


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Have your say to win a Fred Perry Makeover worth £400!


What or who is your style inspiration? We want to know!




SOLETRADER has teamed up with Fred Perry to give away a whopping £400 worth of clothing from the Fred Perry Authentic Collection (shoes included, of course!) to ONE lucky winner.


FIVE fabulous runner-up prizes are also up for grabs; a pair of ANY Fred Perry shoes from the SOLETRADER website!




To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post before the 4th September 2012, telling us WHAT or WHO is your style inspiration.


From sub cultural eras to high street trends, celebrities to music genres, style inspirations can take almost any shape – and most importantly – are unique to you.


Post your style inspiration NOW for your chance to be a style winner!


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54 thoughts on “Style Inspiration: Fred Perry returns to its roots for Autumn 2012

  1. my fashion icon is kourtney kardashian because no matter what the situation she always looks beautiful!!

  2. David Beecham is my style inspiration as he can look cool in casual wear as well as suited and booted in classic wear.i love the casualness of g star raw,superdry and all saints and often shop in these stores but also like shopping at stores such as Thomas pink for a touch of class and classic British design.

  3. I’m inspired by designs that are smart but casual at the same time. Wear anything by Fred Perry, Luke 1977 and lyle and scot.

  4. I am old enough to have worn full Fred Perry kits as a kid, playing badminton for the county. Back then it was considered good sensible trustworthy kit. It washed and washed and looked good. Now I have kids who wear this brand to go out in – I’d love to give them a this prize. It reminds me I wasn’t born at 44 years of age! Inspirational how the brand has gone from functional to desirable fashion. Excellent!

  5. My style inspiration is a mix between Mod and i suppose you could say goth,(without the make up)The mod comes with the jeans and tops and sometimes pumps,and the goth comes with my love of black and grey,love the colour black,i like to wear clothes in a way that is smart yet casual to me,favourite outfit for me at the minute consists of black leggings,with black overskirt,put together with buttoned long tailed cotton shirt black of course with a black and gold shrug to compliment the black and finished off with Amy winehouse black penny loafers,second basic casual outfit based on mod is skinny light grey jeans white fred perry pumps tight white top with light grey long cardigan,for my choice of style i love Red or Dead,H

  6. My Style inspiration is me, if i like it i’ll buy it, i dont like to follow trends i wear what i like and feel comfortable in!

  7. My style icon has to be Kate Moss…effortlessly stylish whatever she’s wearing, and her own (pretty great) Topshop range to boot!

  8. Im loving Rita Ora’s style, ghetto glam! She’s not afraid to mix bold prints and wild colours and always looks great! She makes the trainers/dress combo super stylish!

  9. The Hollywood, sunset strip singer/songwriter music scene of the late 60’s and early 70’s are my style inspiration. From Gram Parsons cowboy Nudie suits to Stevie Nicks’ flowing garments, The Eagle’s denim clad posturing and Neil Young’s check shirts, the whole era epitomised the sunshine filled days and heady nights in The City Of Angels. 🙂

  10. My style icon is Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air because his fashion statement is bold and colourful plus I am also vertically challenged.

  11. My style icon is myself because I dress how I want to dress and not how other people want me to, I am my own person and I see there is no point pretending to be or look like something/ someone your not am happy the way I am and look.

  12. The Queen is my style inspiration because she always looks cool and collected. Her clothes are never creased or stained, you never see damp patches or pulled threads and besides, who wouldn’t want the chance to wear those diamonds?

  13. Being a child of the 60s my style is very Boho, love festival clothing and accessories, long flowing dresses, flowery prints and lots of loud jewellery.

  14. I have had so many!!! Style icons should always change I feel as no one ever stays the same and if they do thats not style, its uniform. That is not to say that fashion and styles can not be the same or influenced by the past, but that style is ever changing.
    Currently I’d have to say Bradley Wiggins

  15. My style icon is Audrina Patridge. She looks gorgeous all the time, and wears some amazing outfits! I haven’t seen her in an outfit that I don’t want! 🙂

  16. My fashion icon is my mother! I have fond memories of her taking me to the tailors for her fittings … I used to sit and admire the beautifully crafted dresses which were being made for my mother. Back then, I didn’t understand enough to blown away by what I saw. Now though, I admire my mother’s individuality … her style was her own, and that quality over quantity was paramount. I try now to embody this concept … by buying functional, dependable yet fashion forward pieces (like Fred Perry!) 🙂

  17. my style icon is my mother, she dresses so beautiful, in the 60s that was her fun years of dressing up in the mini skirts a paisley print top’s and i remember the pillbot hat, she has kept most of her clothes which is fab as we are the same size, i love her bell bottom jeans and paisly print tops with a pair of wedges, so my icon is my mammy xx

  18. Robert Pattinson. Despite dressing in sometimes plain and less eccentric clothes, he always manages to find a trendy image, suiting the occasion perfectly. He has a great choice in suits, and is never boring.

  19. Bradley Wiggins ! After winning tour de france and Olympic golds he has truly been aspiring and has been pictured in some fine mod ware !!

  20. I’m inspired by old photos of my gran in the mid 50’s (she was very stylish!), Helena Bonham Carter’s kooky, zany dress sense, Audrey Tautou’s charming, cutesy hairstyle

  21. I’m entering this competition on behalf of my boyfriend as a surprise if I ever won haha 🙂 He’s influenced by the 60’s mod music scene, and literally will not wear anything else. He wears tonic suits, parkas, paisley print, harringtons, desert boots Fred perry polos everywhere he goes! I’d have to say now he is my style icon, he loves the story behind every piece of clothing he wears and I admire that so much!

  22. I don’t have a style icon but follow a band called Covered In Skas that play Trojan Ska and 2Tone that has inspired me to pull on my Dr Martens and stylish checked button down Fred Perry shirts

  23. My style inspiration is ME 🙂 If I like how it looks on me then I buy it. I think so many people get reeled into the “what you should

  24. Edward, Duke of Windsor. Most stylish monarch in history – great suits, outlandish patterns and basically introduced the world to the casual pullover.

  25. Fred Perry looks great on no matter what age you are, male or female, what fashion or culture you follow. Its always trendy year after year.

  26. Ryan Gosling. His fashion sense wasn’t that great at the beginning of his career. However as time went on the past couple of years his sense has been on point!

  27. My style icon is Plan B because his dress sense can be smart but also casual which I like! Also his hair in a side parting which I have because of him.

  28. My style icon is my beautiful daughter. She is eighteen and always manages to put clothes together with flair and imagination, but without making it look an effort. Even at four she had style!

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