I know. We’re only mid-way through 2015. So, why bang on about stuff that’s trending in 2016?
First off, Spring/Summer 2016 is definitely a current affair, with runway shows for this particular season held – in London, Paris and Milan – just several weeks ago. Morever, it’s important to be a fashion mover – as staying still only leads to becoming stagnant.
Plus, if you had the ability to be fashion-forward, why wouldn’t you take advantage? So, after analysing the collections from Spring/Summer 2016, here are five men’s wear trends to take on – right now. In this fast-paced, give-it-to-me world, no-one need wait.
#1 Go Wide
Ditch your stovepipe skinnies (if you haven’t already) for a pair of wide-leg jeans. But before images of washed-up Nineties, shapeless denim enters your mind, next season’s wider variety has a more tailored look about it.
I’m talking a trouser-ed structure to the jean, coming in a heftier, raw denim with little-to-no distressing. Meanwhile, a cropped pant leg, ensures there’s no unnecessary bagginess bunching at the ankle and covering the shoe.
Brands doing it: Fendi, E.Tautz, JW Anderson and Topman
There’s an gender-bender trend creeping into men’s collections of late and a few designers pioneered the crossing of feminine and masculine lines.
While skirts or pussy-bow blouses aren’t exactly going to be a men’s fashion trend, what is surging forward is this notion of delicate fabrics reserved typically for women’s wear
A way to adopt this more subtly is via small details, in the form of a lace pocket squares or silk, robe-inspired outerwear. Both add textural interest, the former being perfect for a garden party ambience tucked into the pocket of a pastel blazer. Velvet is another fabric trend beside lace, giving back depth to a dinner jacket with satin lapels.
Meanwhile, florals – while not so revolutionary for Spring – are becoming more concentrated and colourful on shirting, as well as vintage and large as an all-over print – almost like boisterous wallpaper.
A ‘genderless’ piece only works when the rest of your outfit is masculine – so don’t wear floral prints, lace or velvet in one, complete. Break it up a bit.
Brands doing it: Gucci, Burberry, Craig Green.
#3 Pocket It
Kleptomania is not cool, but large pockets (perfect for stealing things) are. Pockets were plonked on the outside of coats and jackets – as they would on shirts. Thus, the term ‘shacket’ (shirt jacket) is one worth getting used to, given fashion types will be throwing it around quite a bit to describe the look.
The best way to describe this pocket craze on tops is ‘desert explorer’; function that is uber stylish, givng back a uniform, utilitarianism – which isn’t exactly a new trend, because it’s more classic masculinity than seasonal must-have.
Brands doing it: Belstaff, KTZ and Balmain.
#4 Green Brigade
Biscal Bay? We’ll call it a more a playful teal, and the vibrant hue is a key colour in the green brigade. As is, crayon green and bottle. Then, there’s the more sombre olive and khaki. Spring 2016 has indeed enlisted a green army (with army green on board too) and suiting, chinos and outerwear as the main recruits.
A nice alternative to navy, olive tailoring looks sharp and work ready, while a bottle trench is a stylish version of the military-derived coat. A little afraid of the green machine? Opt for a green silk tie or pocket square to colour-up a Spring blazer or go for suede green brogues for a dandy spring shoe.
Brands doing it: Ann Demeulemeester, Berluti and Richard James.
#5 Lightweight Layering
Yes, layers. In summer. While the concept is an well-ingrained to winter garb, layering lightly is the biggest trend to hit 2016. And, you can do it now.
As the workplace becomes less formal, try layering utility jackets over suits, or light over coats over blazers. It’s practical and stylish and adds flowy, dimensions to your look. Even more sports-cas, adopt a technical pieces – like a nylon blouson jacket (think outdoor wanderer) in a neon orange or green over a pastel grey suit. The sharpness of the suit under the floaty jacket, offers a perfect melange of sports luxe for summer.
For off-duty, take a windbreaker and layer over a tee under an open button-down; paired with tailored shorts or light cotton Bermudas. Take off the jacket as the temperature soars throughout the day, replacing it again at night.
Brands doing it: Lou Dalton, Y-3 and Hardy Amies.