From London to Paris to Milan to New York, menswear seems to have taken on new dimensions, beit’s acceptance of bright colours and prints, testing new looks with accessories or taking ‘gendered’ fashion to a whole new place.
Here are some of the top trends on and off the International runways that are making their way into everyday wear for men, even here in India:
Hawaiian shirts are making a big comeback in bright vibrant colours and large loud floral prints. They were seen in the collections of Louis Vuitton and SSS World Corp. The best way to wear them is with shorts or wide-leg pants. Do not wear them with jeans. Complete the look with a white undershirt and vintage wayfarers’.
LONG IT IS
Taking inspiration from the Indian kurta, men’s shirts are getting longer and longer and are now are touching the knee. They are either long sleeved or short sleeved with full front buttons or half buttoned. They are mostly in solid colours with some having self-detailing around the neck or pocket area. This street wear look has taken inspiration from the runways of London and New York.
SKIRTING THE ISSUE
Finally its out – men in skirts was the rage in the show of Thom Browne in London. It’s even influenced school boys to ask a question – “why should we only wear pants to school, can’t we also wear a skit?” Though the look has not caught on as yet, in everyday wear, many have started to wear the djellabas or Japanese robe. In India some men have been spotted in this look including Ranveer Singh.
NEUTRALS – NEUTRALS – NEUTRALS
This season some of the most watched shows opted for natural hues as the colour palette. In London single-breasted suits were seen in Pewter and Slate Grey. In Milan brighter neutrals like Cream and Ivory were a rage, with contrasting colours. Neutrals are no longer in the background as they are taking centre stage. Do not pair up the same shade or you will look like a groupie from the 90s. Instead wear two different tones or experiment with colours like Burnt Orange, Dijon and shades of Blue.
KEEP IT COOL
With global warming and increasing temperatures around the world, men have to dress for the scorching heat, yet keep it fresh and trendy. White is summer’s numero uno colour. The best way to wear it is to layer it on, in easy-breezy fabrics like Cotton and Linen, from head to toe, for that cool vibe. Complete the look with white sneakers or high tops for the extra edge.
The ‘Athleisure’ trend is fast catching on. Be it the traditional sweatpants in jersey fabric or the new avatar of formal pants with tapered jogging bottoms, guys are wearing these for comfort and the ‘I don’t care’ look. They should always be dressed-up, not down. Try teaming them with a longline button-down shirt and loopback cotton sweatshirt or something similarly formal – not a football jersey. To really stand out, wear embellished joggers. Recently Max Clothing had a range of formal pants in this style.
Contrary to what Savile Row feels that men’s dressing is waning, patterned suits especially ‘Checks’ are here to stay. Wide Pane checks and Compact Graph checks were seen in traditionally cut suits and some other garments like longline shirts, boxy trousers, jackets and jumpsuits. Pastel hues are the base for most of the looks so that the checks really stand out.
Nothing really seems to be influencing the causal wardrobe and street wear more than ‘the Pyjama Look’. Seen at the Trussardi show this look says it all – “I have just got out of bed”. The garments are in silk or cotton and have the typical loose fit to them. Some are even wearing other nightwear instead of the traditional pyjama. At times the bathrobe is worn to finish it off. Celebrities in New York have been seen sporting this look when at cafes, taking a walk or even clubbing.
Though men prefer wearing dark colours for formal occasions, a hint of colour is ‘Popping’ up to add a fun element. Colours like Pink, Orange, Green, Yellow and Purple are adding a hint of surprise to the already neutral looks of Black, Wite, Navy, Grey or Brown. So to stand out from the pack, start embracing bolder hues where possible, but remember not to go over the top.
Just as women like attention to be drawn to their face, men are becoming as vain and want the same. A brooch or a lapel pin is what the discerning man is wearing to get noticed. They are either jewelled, made from fabric or feathers, or are even funky in design. Traditional war medal looking brooches that were seen at one time, aregiving way to the more modern stylised pieces.
The cross body is the new backpack. Today it seems that men need to carry more than what can fit into regular pant pockets or they are wearing pants with smaller or no pockets at all – hence the man purse is here. Most are slung across the torso so that one can be hands-free. They give off a casual vibe, so it is best not to pair it with a suit. Also make sure that the strap is the right length so that when carried the bag is not lower than your hipline or you will look like a delivery boy.
The attention seekers at the various Fashion Weeks who wanted to get photographed, dressed like their friends or their partners. The models in Paris wore matching t-shirts and London saw couples in co-ordinating leather jackets or his and her suits. It goes without saying that the two had to be seen together to get noticed.