The buzzword for menswear in January is ‘trends’. With fashion month well underway, designers are already starting to dictate what’s cool from their runway shows. But, we thought we’d beat them to it. Here are the fashion trends for men 2016.
The Lowdown: Fashion Trends For Men 2016
A hue for both seasons, red is the bulls-eye colour for men in 2015. From neon and fiery to deeper blood tones, choose one (or two, max) red pieces to freshen up the wardrobe. Wool-blend trousers or a bomber coat make a colour statement for winter; while red linen shorts or suede loafers are summer ready. For accessories, go for a red silk scarf or pocket square to brighten up a dull formal look. For the street, red trainers are a colour-pop and heat up your casual look.
Controversial for its attack on classic silhouettes and tailoring, the long-line trend looks to tighten its hold on streetwear this year. Made famous by Kanye West and the best of Japanese brands (think Undercover, N.Hoolywood and Nonnative) the anti-fit look applies to upperwear, such as tees, sweaters and jackets. Pieces come with long sleeves and a slouchy longer fit, often reaching the top of the wearer’s legs. The look is great for layering under parkas in winter months, paired with slim-to-skinny jeans and sneakers. Just don’t let it anywhere near a formally-attired occasion.
#3 Wild West
We all love a good theme and this year nods its akubra-head to the Wild West. From ponchos to wide brimmed felt hats, as well as suede and textured, hyper coloured knits, it pays to be a little gun-toting in 2015. While we’re not suggesting a complete cowboy look or native American indian, adopt key pieces like a suede jacket, plaid button-down shirt and leather (round toe) boots. – worn separately at all times. And keep the Cuban heel for a dress-up party.
#4 Relaxed Blazer
The amicable relationship between formal and loungewear is strong in 2015 and the role of each genre is intermixing. So dare to change things up. Stuffy suits for work aren’t your only option now with looser cut shapes that promote movement and comfort. Meanwhile, impeccably-constructed casual jackets are permitted at the bar, with formal fabrics and intricate pleat details entering the equation.
There’s never been a more relevant time to work denim-on-denim looks than in 2015. After Prada’s SS15 collection showcased layered denim looks, both tailored and relaxed, the trend was cemented. Darker, raw denim (unwashed and unripped) make for dressier occasions (not for the office, of course); while faded-out 90s Levis are perfect for the weekend. Why not mix high-end garb with vintage pieces to create texture and colour contrasts.