Are we headed back to the 1970s?

Every city on the men’s fashion week circuit has a different vibe. London tends to be a great mashup of classic tailoring and edgier streetwear. Pitti, of course, is for the hardcore tailored dudes. And the others big ones – Paris, New York, and Milan – tend to skew a little more “fashiony”, for lack of a better word.

Our man, Hywel Jenkins, was once again on the ground for us at Milan Men’s Fashion Week capturing some great street style.

In our two previous street style posts, I tried to tease out a few discernible trends based on what we were seeing. It was easy. Some things stood out. Milan, however, was a little different. You can see for yourself in the photos above, but rather than trying to manufacture several “trending” things, I want to point out something a little broader.

We all know that fashion is cyclical. Hold onto anything long enough and it will come back around in style. the 1970s have been on and off the radar in fits and spurts over the past five years, but based on what we saw on the streets in Milan, 70s style is having something of a moment this summer.

It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what 1970s style “is”, per se, but you definitely know it when you see it. It’s in the colors. It’s in the patterns. It’s in the collars. And collars are a great place to start here.

As I pointed out in our street style coverage from London and Florence, one of the most visible and notable trends was gentleman wearing their shirt collars – both polo shirts and button-ups – outside their jacket and over the lapel. In the case of the polo, it’s a brilliant way to strengthen a rather weak collar, but when it comes to the button-ups, it seems designed to make a statement.

Beyond the collar, there was more evidence of a return to the 1970s with a variety of printed shirts, one particularly badass brown bowling shirt that was actually a polo masquerading as a bowling shirt, browns and funky details.

And also plenty of casual suited looks, which always get two thumbs up in this forum.

We hope you enjoy Hywel’s shots. And let us know what you think of this potential 1970s resurgence.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Photography by Hywel Jenkins


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