Most men find it difficult to look fashionable in the summer months. When the temperatures are high and the humidity is high, the last thing most men want to do is layer their shirts and jackets to create a classy look.
Fortunately, this year’s warm season is coming to an end, and autumn and winter provide more opportunities for men to show off their fashionable outfits. Here are the men’s style trends to watch out for or wear in the upcoming season.
Just as women’s winter fashion turned to warm, cheery hues like peach and rose, men’s winter fashion is getting a much-needed color infusion with virtually overwhelming bright cherry reds. Men can wear red anywhere this season, from shirts to coats to shoes and even full suits in bright red. Men’s fashion is usually colorless, but the bursts of red seen on the runways and red carpets over the past year could herald a wave of change, and brighter colours could be the future of men’s fashion.
No fluffy shearling or fuzzy fur coats in the cards for men this season. In contrast, high fashion uses heavy-duty leather, generally dyed black, as outerwear. Most leather coats from top designers are long and have bold finishes, such as large buttons or wide lapels. The beauty of a thick leather coat is that it’ll last a lifetime if cared for correctly, so while leather is a costly investment, it will pay off this season and plenty of seasons to come.
Those connected to the world of fashion wouldn’t be surprised to see this more men wear skirts for the coming months. As society continues to question fashion lines between the sexes, designers are pushing the envelope with skirts, kilts, tunics, tabards and other long, flowing garments for men. Those looking to push the fashion envelope might consider layering an additional long shirt over trousers or investing in a pleated skirt to pair with a blazer and boots. Confidence is key to pulling off a masculine skirt look, and more and more men are outfitting themselves with styles to match.
As the world moves away from the strictly formal event, fewer and fewer designers are willing to feature the signature stiff poplin shirt, which is too stiff and uncomfortable for casual everyday living. Men, on the other hand, look forward to wearing more knits. Men’s sweaters are very fashionable, from plush and thick to soft and light. They can have collars, such as plain knits, or they can have turtle or fake necks. They can come in bright and flashy colours, or they can be more neutral in tone. Bottom line, there is no wrong way to wear knits this winter.
Blame Gen-Z to reinvent Chandler fashion in “Friends”, but in fact the men’s vest is back again. On the runways this year, everything from knit sweater vests to puffer vests to denim vests to suit vests made an appearance, so men should consider stocking up on some vests for their wardrobe this winter. Vests can be worn with or without a shirt, and any type of shirt underneath can be worn. However, cosy and comfy tends to be a bit dressier than buttoned up, so fabrics that are softer all around work best.
Since the pandemic, men have less need for giant messenger bags or large briefcases. Still, men need options for accessories, so designers have pushed a different type of men’s bag: the teeny tiny sling bag. These little bags cannot hold much more than a wallet and phone, and plenty of can easily be confused with a small camera bag or even a large lanyard. Since so much men’s fashion is moving away from functional trousers and jackets, having a small bag to carry your keys and other essentials really helps.
Men’s fashion is finally starting to do something different, giving men everywhere more opportunities to express themselves with their clothes. This winter, men can invest in high fashion statement pieces while staying warm and comfy during their vacation outings.