One for the Boys
Look around and you’ll see that gone are the days of boyfriends, husbands and brothers being dragged around the High Street by their girlfriends, wives and mothers, a look of complete disdain and disinterest plastered across their face as they moan the occasional, “Can we go yet?” Here are the days where men’s fashion is rising steadily to become almost as in demand as women’s. And with Men’s Fashion Week in full swing right now, we’ve decided to round up the latest menswear trends on the High Street right now.
This season it’s time to stand out, and the best way to do so is with bright, almost neon, colours, seen everywhere at S/S 13, on the runways of Michael Kors, Burberry, Jil Sander and Salvatore Ferragamo. Forget about the drab typically associated with men’s suits and instead opt for one in cobalt blue, magenta, orange or bright yellow. Pair with crisp white shirts and a matching tie as per Ferragamo and Gucci. For those wanting to keep it a little more casual, opt for bright accessories instead, such as a watch, belt or accented shoes.
If bold really isn’t your thing then the season still looks promising with bomber jackets becoming increasingly popular, thanks to Dior Homme, Diesel Black and Gold and Burberry Prorsum. Keep it light with fabrics such as nylon, cotton or chambray and pair with anything from tailored trousers to the new season’s shorts.
Last year, shorts were verging on teensy, with hems sitting very high. This summer, the style to wear is a tad more relaxed, with shorts falling just above the knee, as seen at Lou Dalton and Markus Lupfer.
For the more masculine of men, camouflage is certainly making its mark, as designers such as Dries Van Noten, Valentino and Comme des Garçons feature the print heavily in their collections. With this one, we’d suggest minimal coverage of the trend and certainly not head to toe.
Finally, men’s footwear has taken a more comfortable turn this season with smart-looking sneakers, as seen at Hermes, becoming popular. Wear with a light coloured suit or with your after work wear for the ultimate in comfort. But if that’s not your thing, then loafers, once seen as a little too casual, have come full swing thanks to Gucci and Tods. Whilst you can’t go wrong with a solid black or tan pair, a lighter coloured set will take the look from boardroom to weekend.
Words by Ashleigh Kane
Left: Camouflage Jacket from Bellfield (£45), Blue Blazer from Topman (£110), Smart Sneakers from Reiss (£89), Shorts from H&M (£19.99), Bomber Jacket from Forever 21 (£39.80), Tux Trousers both from Topman (£34), Loafers from Aldo (£89) and Shorts from Reiss (£55)