Top five men’s style trends for 2015
Denims, florals, stripes…take your pick.
Men are safe shoppers, preferring to stick with tried and tested favorites and investment pieces. They also shop less than women but that doesn’t mean they can’t be on top of fashion trends. Check out the five reigning trends this spring/summer and then take your pick of the sartorial styles you want to make your own.
Block color theory
It’s easy enough for women to inject a pop of color into their look with a poppy hued lippie or statement handbag. But what about men? There’s a strong trend towards eye catching bright hues this spring. They were emblazoned over coats and jackets at Burberry Prorsum, Dior Homme and Raf Simons. Why not change up your boring gray and navy blazers with take-no-prisoners orange or acid green? If nothing else, people will remember the jacket if not you!
“Of course I wear stripes,” you exclaim. Sure, it’s been the mainstay of both the casual and formal side of men’s wardrobes for eons but it’s come into its own yet again. Stripes were given pride of place in collections from Gucci and Jonathan Saunders to Casely-Hayford and Emporio Armani. Wear them emblazoned not just across shirts and suits, but also on tailored staples like smart trousers, jumpers, ties and kerchiefs. You might want to even opt for thicker block stripes or bold colored motifs to bring a modern twist to a timeless favorite. But before you run out to buy more striped ensembles remember that horizontal stripes tend to make you look wider while vertical stripes draw the eye down to give the illusion of length/height.
If you thought crimson was only for girls, perish the thought! This is the season to flaunt bold and vibrant red in all its glory. At Dolce & Gabbana the matador themed collection came alive with an array of tailored and sportswear-inspired separates in many shades of red, from blood to brick. Dying to wear red? It’s best to stick to just one statement making red to make a splashy statement. Try wearing a black or white Tee shirt with cherry chinos. Or pair deep red loafers with button down shirt and comfy long shorts for Sunday brunch.
It’s another timeless classic. Go casual or refined, it’s hard to go wrong with denim. It’s a solid foundation for scores of looks; pair your jeans with a smart casual shirt for lunch with friends or a denim jacket with a knitted tie for quirky chic. Tom Ford’s spring 2015 collection combined a denim shirt and jeans with a simple navy blazer and black leather boots. Meanwhile, Prada showcased Seventies-inspired denim coats, jackets and jeans in its catwalk shows. Keep it sophisticated by opting for darker hued denims.
Prints and florals
Break out of your block print-boring blue shirt routine and give prints and florals a chance. Take your pick of subtle, nuanced prints or splashy brush stroke florals. At Alexander McQueen, block-color swirls ruled while Hardy Amies chose to go with rich, intricate mosaic tile prints. A. Sauvage and Topman Design also went floral; the former lavished African landscapes on bomber jackets, shorts and basketball trainers while the latter relived the 1970s vibe with daisy-covered bell bottoms and lightweight knitwear. Incorporate the trend by making one floral printed piece the focus of your look by pairing it with neutrals.