If we can be obvious for a second, we’d like to state, for the record, a well-known fact: menswear is having a global moment. And it’s a wonderful thing. For the style-conscious among us – and that’s likely everyone reading this site – it’s vindication. And for those who are just beginning their menswear journey, it should be empowering.
One of the effects of the burgeoning global menswear movement is the attention being paid to men’s runway shows, especially the recent addition of a standalone New York Fashion Week dedicated to menswear.
If you’re baffled by fashion shows and feel there’s a bit of a disconnect between the runway and reality, you’re not alone. Yes, some are quite theatrical with looks not necessarily to be worn “in the wild,” but they do serve a purpose. And that purpose is to present the direction of the upcoming season based on forecasted trends.
Yes, trends can be cringe-worthy, but don’t assume ‘trend’ is a dirty word. We were at the shows last week and identified several of the trends you’ll actually want to pay attention to and work into your personal style.
So here are five trends that you can easily wear now (and look forward to wearing next fall).
Though color coordination can seem a bit intimidating at first, there is something elevated and luxe about wearing a head-to-toe look built with pieces in a similar hue. Don’t worry about matching colors exactly – and actually, this is something to be discouraged.
If you’re going to try the monochromatic look, pick a shade (light heathered grey, dark charcoal, navy, chocolate browns, dark red) and find similar shades in different textures or fabric. The subtle differences in the thread and finish will allow the outfit to appear perfectly imperfect.
We’ve been preaching the utility of the turtleneck for a couple of years now, and it looks like they’re not going anywhere. Turtlenecks of the chunky woven variety, looser fits, and even under two- and three-piece suits, all made a very strong showing.
A turtleneck is a very easy piece to start practicing layering techniques with. It’s simple, stylish and always looks sophisticated. Ideally, you’ll have two in your wardrobe – one in a lightweight merino wool and another that’s a bit more chunky.
Textures & Prints
Whether it was shown through the simple knit detailing of a sweater at Zachary Prell, a jacquard suit at Perry Ellis, or a subtle plaid wool print at Public School, the attention paid to details was not overlooked – and it was exactly what we were hoping for.
This round of shows paid respect to the subtle nuances and craftsmanship that the American menswear market has grown accustomed to, and that it deserves.
We’ve become accustomed to various layering techniques in both menswear and womenswear, but the Joseph Abboud runway was full of many new variations. It also was the first time we’ve seen silk neckwear layered under turtlenecks. A scarf under a turtleneck, under a waist-coat, under an overcoat – the turducken of menswear?
While the looks from Joseph Abboud are admittedly a bit hard (not to mention warm) to manage in your everyday style, the aesthetic seen here and at Public School, Perry Ellis and Todd Snyder can easily be translated from the runway to every day.
Similar to the monochromatic trend, the outfit in the photo above works because of the similar colors that bring the look together.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there’s nothing sharper in the fall or winter than the addition of some rich jewel tones.
The slideshow above is filled with luxe greens, blues, reds and golden yellows – all great additions that will add a pop of color to any of the colors on the classic menswear palate. If you’re a bit color-shy, look to your accessories to play around with color, to start.
Assignment: review the slideshow, then chime in below with your thoughts on the trends from this season’s shows.
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