It’s no secret that “fashion trends” might not be the preferred term of the menswear world. In a world where spending money on iconic, premium pieces will still trump keeping track with trends, hopping on the moving bandwagon seems to be regarded with a certain degree of disrespect.
Although not all fashion trends are produced on an equal basis, the trick to preserving your sartorial self-respect lies in the ability to discern between transient fads and future classics effectively. To send you a nudge in the right direction, we’ve created a carefully curated edit of the menswear movements that are worth integrating into your wardrobe this year and why you should try them out.
The factors behind the vertical stripe trend are twofold: first, it looks fantastic and offers a simple, refined way to play with prints; second, it has a good added benefit of shaving a few pounds off your appearance, making you look taller and slimmer.
For bonus points, pick styles with stripes of different widths. Or stick to classic stripes, or even seersucker, if you want to keep it subtle.
We’ve been stuck in the mid-1990s—throwback madness longer than we want to know right now. Sneakers blew up, tailoring everything Chandler Bing, and it wasn’t easy to visit a festival without being overwhelmed by retro track jackets and funny bucket hats.
However, things were going on in 2020. The 20-year pattern clock is already ticking to the nanosecond, and as a result, we’re going to see a rebirth of the millennial look. No one’s guess is precise what shape this will take, but as long as it doesn’t show itself as popped polo collars, shutter shades, and deep V-necks, then we’re satisfied.
Vests For Layering
It’s time to pull out your singlet this season. Not to be worn on your mind. Leave it to the bros of the gym. The vest is back with a vengeance, but this time it’s more about adding depth with your summer shirt. A boxy Cuban-collar shirt (see below) worn over a white jacket is set to become your new favorite item until the warm weather eventually returns.
Menswear has been searching for inspiration to the seas for a long time. You need to look at the peacoat for proof of that. But this year, it’s going to go to the next step, as fisherman beanies, Breton tops, and other dock-worker classics go deeper into mainstream men’s wear.
It’s a subgenre of workwear that trend reporters are now cringingly referring to as “hipsters.” But while you do not want to dress her up from head to toe, there are a handful of her main items here, and there’s a decent way to keep your closet up to date.
Dark or raw denim is a staple of bona fide men’s clothes. But when the weather is humid, it’s no longer practical.
Luckily, there’s a solution to the problem this season. It’s a few shades lighter, it’s casual, and it’s almost everything. Mid-wash denim was everywhere in the menswear collections, and this time it seems like it might be here to linger.
One of the main men’s apparel trends this summer is a tough one to take out. Get it right, you’re King of the Riviera; get it wrong, and you’re Andy Murray on the match day.
Despite the drawbacks, going white is one of the better men’s style moves you can make. It’s also a sure-fire way to keep the sundown. Try mixing a crisp white T-shirt with matching Chinese shorts and a pair of tonal leather sneakers. If all of this looks too much, throw a navy overshirt at the top to tone it down.
Piling on layers while the sun shines does not seem like the most sensible decision to make, but it can still be an alternative if done cleverly. Swap out bulky outerwear for thin coats and overshirts worn over simple tees, polo shirts, or summer-ready shirts. You can delete them this way if you get too hot. Then tie them around your waist, shoulder, or torso to hold the visual aspect in place without the extra warmth.
Camp Collar Shirts
Classic collar short-sleeve shirts can hold some unwelcome “lads down the pub” connotations with some of them. This breezy summer alternative provides a smart way around it. Camp collar shirts have been big for a few years now, which means you can be assured that they have some durability in them and that they’re not just a temporary fad. The smooth, lapel collar styling provides a hint of something different from what would otherwise be a soft dress, providing a discreet focal point to bind a look together. Perfect when worn with fitted swim shorts for a light lunch in a beachside restaurant.
Vivid colors aren’t for everybody, but that doesn’t mean you’re expected to stick religiously to a monochrome palette.
Pastel colors are still a perfect seasonal choice to add a bit of interest to your wardrobe. And this year, pink is the color you can pick. They say that it takes a real man to wear pink, and while that assertion does not completely persuade us, it takes a trendy one. Try a pink Oxford button-down shirt or sweatshirt for a simple, entry-level addition that goes with everything in your current wardrobe.
Historically speaking, wearing sandals has not always been the safest way for a guy to improve his street cred. They’ve all been categorically cool. No more, for as we step into the next decade, a new generation of sandals is working desperately to claw back the tattered image of open-toed flats.
Chunky, street-friendly sandals of the kind championed by Suicoke and Visvim have seen a drastic rise in popularity over the past 12 months, and this is a trend that is only expected to expand. But if you’re going to try it, make sure you pair it with loose cuts and casual bits – all in the name of harmony.
Banishing Bare Ankles
It’s impossible to predict what ten will know ten years for trend-wise without the help of a little hindsight. Even if we were betting types, we would have put our money on the 2010s going down in history as an era with bare ankles.
They all had the bottoms of their legs on show for the past ten years. Manufacturers of no-show socks were making a tough trade, but as the decade comes to a close, we’ve had a change back to the right socks. If you’re going to make one change to your summer wardrobe, invest in some decent quality tube socks.