Easy Ways To Wear The Seasons Biggest Trends
Fashion trends are a lot like wasabi. (Hear us out). Applied sparingly, they lend your outfits a certain edge. Slather them on too liberally and expect tears. And yet, men are increasingly opting for the more-is-more option, diving feet first into looks as though what they see on runways, or on Instagram, has any relation to how anyone should dress in the real world.
Trends should be something that enhance an outfit, from men’s online styling service Thread. Instead, he recommends using trends as a way to make core pieces feel current.
To that end, here are six of this season’s biggest trends and the one thing you should borrow from each.
Pockets on pockets on pockets. The warcore trend, spearheaded by don’t- call-them-streetwear brands like Heron Preston, 1017 Alyx 9SM and Off-White, is all about dressing for the barricades.
You might think warcore is a spin-off from that perennial trend, military. But actually, it’s an extension of the practical clothes ushered in by normcore and then gorpcore (blame Vogue for these names, not us)– think fleeces, cargo trousers and hiking boots. A SWAT team-inspired vest is a tasteless style swerve with which we can not get on board, but we are all about its clever layering and glut of pockets. To nod to this trend, look for clothes that look war-adjacent, rather than like Helmand Province cosplay; think patch-pocketed utility jackets, buckled backpacks and vests in canvas, rather than webbing.
The suit’s death was called prematurely. For the last couple of seasons, every runway has been awash in tailoring, from oversized double-breasted jackets at Louis Vuitton to Dior’s wraparound suits, which had more than a touch of the straitjacket. All share a shift in focus from the weekday to the weekend– they’re always worn with trainers, sometimes with string vests and, increasingly, straight over bare skin.
Double-Breasted And Coloured Suits
When suits get peacocky, they stop feeling fun. Now is not the time to dust off your navy two-button, unless you intend to wear it with a floral, Cuban collar shirt and bucket-sized trainers. And please, unless you’re Jay Z– to be honest, even if you are– please don’t wear it bare-chested.
With the nineties revival in full swing, it was only a matter of time before designers decided to re-assess rave culture. Neon, formerly an accent, went head-to-toe this season, with brands like Versace and Acne (which did Stabilo-hued suits, to tick off two trends) getting their glow on.
It’s the first– and, often, only– thing anyone looks at. A neon panel on a pair of trainers or a simple accessory, say, is easy to wear and pops against black jeans. Unlike its namesake gas, neon is not a neutral, so avoid wearing it with other bright colours unless you want to become a walking migraine.
The long-held rules of pattern– match big with small, busy with simple, echo colours to bring disparate patterns together– are dead. This season’s runways saw scribbled florals alongside stripes (Charles Jeffrey Loverboy), leopard print with tie-dye (Needles) and even newsprint next to snakeskin (Versace).
The everything-at-once approach to pattern, when done well, can land. Get it even slightly off and you looked like you grabbed whatever was clean off your bedroom floor. To dip a toe into this trend, start with those bedrock rules detailed above, then build up. That means layering uniform patterns like stripes (feel free to mix vertical with horizontal) and dots, rather than trying to corral multiple animal prints into something cohesive. It’s also smarter (in every sense) to clash either colours or patterns, lest you slip into magic eye picture territory.
The fashion industry’s regular attempts to make men wear leather trousers is just another sign of the detachment between what works at fashion week, and what works on the commuter train in July. Especially since, this summer, those trousers were joined by leather vests, leather blazers, and even leather all-in-ones.
A varsity jacket, with leather sleeves, taps the trend without leaving you sweating, and leather panels on sweatshirts and trousers are a more accessible way in. Think accessories– leather backpacks and totes aren’t just more practical, they’ve also got a shelf-life of more than one season.
Think nineties meets sixties, in a trend that’s equal parts Hacienda and Woodstock. What began with DIY brands like Cactus Plant Flea Market has now gone mainstream. When Comme des Garçons Hommes, Louis Vuitton and even Craig Green all show head-to-toe tie-dyed looks, you know it’s going to be unavoidable.
Even if you can afford LV, full-look tie-dye can still smack a bit of patchouli candles, so it’s better to think in details. If you’re looking for something more grown-up, try a Cuban collar shirt or even a utility jacket.
Instead, he recommends using trends as a way to make core pieces feel current. You might think warcore is a spin-off from that perennial trend, military. To nod to this trend, look for clothes that look war-adjacent, rather than like Helmand Province cosplay; think patch-pocketed utility jackets, buckled backpacks and vests in canvas, rather than webbing.
A varsity jacket, with leather sleeves, taps the trend without leaving you sweating, and leather panels on trousers and sweatshirts are a more accessible way in. Think nineties meets sixties, in a trend that’s equal parts Hacienda and Woodstock.