Yes folks, it’s time for my bi-annual look at the upcoming male fashion trends. As always, these aren’t singular pieces, styles or designers; these are universal nuggets of information you can apply anywhere and everywhere.
Not only will you look ‘on trend’, but you’ll also avoid those costly fashion mistakes in favour of more versatile options that can be combined to create a wide array of looks.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at five elements that will help keep your wardrobe “on spec” during the forthcoming seasons:
With the global recession on-going, it’s no surprise to see budget clothing remaining the top of everyone’s agenda. But don’t assume this means going downmarket; high end fashion retailers are doing everything possible to cash-in on the trend. Be on the lookout for ‘essentials’ and ‘basics’ lines that are popping up faster than I can count; here you’ll find all sorts of must-have wardrobe items at knock-down prices.
Another effect of the recent downturn in the market is a break from the metrosexual and the androgynous. We’re back to an aggressive style of business dressing, featuring sharp lines, clean cuts and those ‘power’ looks that plagued the ’80s. This time around, however, we’ve got the benefit of fitted shirts and slim-cut jackets preventing us tumbling down that ill-fitting, puffed up aesthetic of twenty years ago.
I’m always hesitant when it comes to recommending this cotton-based fabric; we’ve had far too many jacket-jean combos ruining male fashion kudos in the past for this to end well… That said, it’s an undeniable truth that denim of all descriptions appears to be heading back into vogue. Don’t go overboard though, and remember that there’s more to life than denim alone!
Why mention military for a second time? Because it’s continuing to burn through stores like wildfire, not to mention the ‘military dandy’ appearing in virtually all male catwalk shows these past few months. Unsurprisingly, it’s the sharp stylish vibe making these fly off the shelves. But be warned – the double-breasted look is especially hot right now; remember, this cut doesn’t flatter the larger man and has a tendency to fall in and out of fashion at a moment’s notice!
Charcoal / Purple / Yellow
Not only do these colours complement each other perfectly, but they’re also fast becoming the ‘in’ hues for next season. Unusually, these summer/spring shades seem to be everywhere, and it looks like they’ll be pulling us into the Fall/Winter period. All you lucky guys with a dark skin tone will be in heaven wearing these colour selections, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to shine in the upcoming months.