With New York Fashion Week: Men’s wrapped up, it’s time to reflect on the upcoming trends in men’s style. The recent rise of athleisure and return to looser silhouettes comprise a drastic departure from the tailored, skinny-fit looks that dominated runways less than five years ago. These new styles — which dominated the runways over the last week — allow men to feel more comfortable and look good while doing so.
Though the collections shown this week won’t be released until next year, you can still take cues from them for your summer style now. As outlandish as many runway outfits are, they’re excellent sources of inspiration for new looks and styles. Over the week, we spotted five trends — bright tailoring, windbreakers, wide-legged pants, raincoats and matching tops and bottoms. So if you want to stay ahead of the curve or try something new, check out these pieces — that are shoppable right now.
With relations between the U.S. and Cuba growing murky once more, the bright colors of the Carribean island remain elusive. Designer David Hart had to cancel a trip there due to the new administration’s measures, but the colors are still alive and well in his S/S18 collection. Other designers also utilized a bright color palette, with EFM showing several bright technical tailoring pieces and N. Hoolywood applying muted subtlety to the hues. These aren’t the blazing brights found on peacocks jockeying for sartorial stardom — they can be found now and worn in place of your blue and gray suits on celebratory or casual occasions.
Peach Slim-Fit Linen Blazer by Barena $570
184 Sport Coat by Ring Jacket $1,500
Long Live the ’90s
Windbreakers have returned to announce that the Dream of the ‘90s is alive and well. In a casual ensemble with jeans and sneakers, color block jackets like Patrik Ervell’s pieces, workwear-inspired numbers from Seattle’s Maiden Noir and an embrace of the garment’s athletic roots à la Todd Snyder give the garment a new lease on life. Though the versatility cliché is overplayed, these windbreakers are one of the few pieces you can wear from the gym to the bar to the salad bar without looking like a herb.
Reverse Camo Windbreaker by Adidas $79
Windbreaker by Maison Kitsuné $255
Flutter Print Windbreaker by Marni $586
Sayonara Skinny Jeans
Skinny pants are passé; they were hard to breathe in and prohibited movability. The wide-legged pants on the runways aren’t your dad’s baggy chinos — they have a tailored waist and more shape in the body. Plus, they pair better with all kinds of footwear, from sneakers to oxfords and especially loafers. Roll them up a little to give them some taper, and you’ll never take your skinny jeans out of the closet again.
Allan Cotton-Blend Twill Trousers by Acne Studios $250
1915 501 Jeans by Levi’s Vintage Clothing $260
Chore Wide Leg Trousers by E. Tautz $293
Prepare for Foul Weather
With impending climate disasters, it’s prudent to dress for the weather. Raf Simons led the way with a series of water-repellent spring coats, and Robert Geller’s new Gustav von Aschenbach line debuted an anti-fit variant of the mac. Patrik Ervell kept it classic and minimal, yet played with color, walking a model down the runway in a rich blue raincoat. The calm before the storm never looked so good.
Stockholm Raincoat by Stutterheim $125
Owen Shell Raincoat by NN07 $550
Cotton Ventile Ripstop Raincoat by Private White V.C. $845
Matching Tops and Bottoms
The Jumpsuit Alternative
Matching hues for top and bottom is no longer just for suiting. Monochrome looks are clean and create a sense of continuity, making the wearer look taller and merging form and function in the last frontier against maximalism. Designers played with stripes and patterns, too, with Todd Snyder featuring a standout baseball shirt and shorts combo that’s soon to be replicated by countless stylish gents. Gustav von Aschenbach and N. Hoolywood kept things more familiar, but their mono-fabric overshirt-pant pairings proved a great alternative to a suit in casual situations. If you’ve experiemented with a monochormatic wardrobe, this trend takes the idea one step further.