That’s It: Episode 3, Trending

I’ve been thinking a lot about trends recently. Not necessarily what’s currently in or out – not being a trend-chaser myself, I don’t put a whole lot of thought and mental energy into that. But more about how trends evolve and shape both our individual and collective thinking about style. And I’ve been mulling over one question in particular:

Is J.Crew going to kill classic menswear?

In this week’s episode of That’s It, we dig into the ideas and psychology behind trends. How do trends start? What makes them disappear? And is the inclusion of a pretty serious sartorial item by a mass-market retailer a harbinger of the demise of the well-dressed modern gentleman?

Take a listen and chime in below with your thoughts. And be sure to subscribe to That’s It so you never miss an episode.

Thanks for listening and enjoy your weekend.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

That’s It is edited by Mack McLaughlin.


Chime In

  • Seth Nelson

    J. Crew’s “trend” will not change things for me. It might for others; you are more knowledgeable about that prediction than I am. But I didn’t get interested in menswear because of a fad, so I don’t feel any danger of changing my habits. My recent interest began because I was finally learning in a meaningful way what it meant to dress well (at any level, casual to formal), and the benefits of using timeless, classic principles. Your blog has been a real catalyst for me. And it is just the emphasis on classics that keeps me from feeling the need to be trendy. Others? Not sure.

    • Brian Sacawa

      First, thanks for the compliments, Seth. Much appreciated. You’re right and what I was getting at in the show was I don’t think classic men’s style is ever going to go anywhere. But, whether or not it’s as widespread as it is now remains to be seen.

      Now that Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire are gone, I wonder what will take their place and how that will affect mainstream attitudes about ways of dressing. Interesting topic that only time will reveal the answer to!

  • Jack Himmelsbach

    Best of the podcasts so far!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Because it’s the shortest?! Just kidding. Appreciate the feedback and glad you’re enjoying them. I’m having fun recording them and connecting with you guys in a different way.

  • Mequell Green

    Hi Brian,

    Love the Podcast. Great to finally get your verbal opinion on style topics in addition to the excellent blogs you’ve been doing for years. In my opinion, these fashion trends are just that, TRENDS. They will come and they will go. Classic style however will never go away. Which is what I like the best about what you do. The same way peak lapels and side vent jackets were no where to be found a dozen years ago I’m sure there will be different cuts and styles that will be more popular in the future. I personally tend to adopt style trends that best suit my body type, my age and my overall self image. I too like J. Crew but not every style that’s popular is meant for everyone.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Hey, thanks for chiming in, Mequell. And good insights. Yes, we always have to wait and see what the next thing will be, but the classics will always be classics. Cheers.

  • Tailor and Barber

    Hi Brian,

    Great episode. You really packed a lot into 6 minutes. I too, look forward to receiving the new J. Crew catalog. I’ve also always thought about this idea of trends. (If you’re looking for a great book on this, check out “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.) I don’t think this is going to end the “suit-and-tie” trend that we’ve seen over the last few years. In fact, one of this things J. Crew has brought to the table in the last decade is choice. J. Crew, more than other mass market retailers, has shown men that they can dress well regardless of their style. if their style is casual, rugged, suit-and-tie, or whatever else speaks to them, J. Crew has shown men that they can put together an outfit that fits their idea. So by bringing the the double-breasted blazer into the conversation, J. Crew has just introduced more choice. J. Crew might not always carry DB jackets and the popularity may wane, but you and I both know they will never go out of style as long as they are well crafted and well tailored.

    • Brian Sacawa

      That is a really, really great perspective. Thanks so much for the comment.

  • vlaanderen

    As a person who wears ludlow suits everyday, due to the fact they fit me perfect off the rack, this was an interesting pod cast.

    Just like the slim lapels they are always going to look for the new trends, but even if you look at all their models and how they dress them, it’s not how I’m going to look, since I tend to dress way more formal. Having that said, I think that’s the best things about wearing suits, and what you write a lot about, one suits can have many looks, so is it a big deal if more people are wearing them?

    I’m not going to lie, the new double breasted jacket looks really nice and i’m going to get it, but I rather see more people wearing those than sweats pants and uggs any day, still the majority of people don’t dress this way so I don’t think it will impact the market much.