Top 10 Trends to Try: Menswear AW16
Men’s Fashion Weeks have drawn to a close internationally, and we’ve sat back and reviewed every collection that went down the runway for Autumn/Winter 2016. We’ve compiled the ULTIMATE style guide of trends we love for next season that you should try, and which items to avoid like the plague!
Trends to Try
1 | Wild Animal
Leopard print never really goes out of style so it isn’t a trend per say, but the bold presence of it on the runways this season certainly speaks to its resurgence. Whether you opt for a jacket in the print or a playful influence like Christopher Raeburn’s sweater, you will be looking fierce. This is an easy-to-wear “trend” that is worth investing in.
2 | High Art
Every few years, art becomes the chic statement piece. This season saw beautiful wearable art creations ranging from abstract to pop-art to fine art. Even the paint splattered textiles of years past cropped up on the Charles Jeffrey LCM show. In our opinion, investing in a piece of fashion that doubles as a work of art is a worth-while investment that you will cherish for years to come. It effortlessly elevates even your most basic ensembles.
3 | Bound & Belted
Designers hinted at risque BDSM on the runways this season. Models went down the runway in harnesses binding their limbs and hugging their torsos. At first glance it may seem like an extreme trend to incorporate in your wardrobe, but if done properly, this is a fun way to update some of your basics and add a bit of an edge to your look. Take a cue from Jil Sander or Yohji Yamamoto and layer a harness over a minimal jacket. Layering over a dress shirt can look tres chic and take a basic button-up into high-style territory.
4 | Form & Function
World events are accepted as being a strong force in shaping fashion trends season after season. With an unstable economy, climate change, a refugee crisis, political unrest, and war, it is no surprise that function was on the front lines of fashion. Technical fabrics, pockets for everything, and practical features made the utilitarian jacket THE hottest item of the season. While many versions of this versatile style are more rugged and crafted for luxerious practicality, designers like Tim Coppens gave it a high-fashion spin that is polished enough for more formal attire. This is a piece that is well worth investing in as a classic. You will get an extensive amount of wear from this.
5 | Poncho To Me
We never thought we would ever include a poncho on a “must try” list, but this season changed our perspective with polished contemporary designs. These are not the ponchos some of us wore in our college days as we experimented with smoke-ables or backpacked across Europe. These are the chic toppers that will add another layer of warmth to an ensembe, and in Canada that is a major win. If you aren’t ready to launch right into full poncho territory, we recommend the over-size blanket wrap as a gateway garment.
7 | Super Trooper
We were on the fence about jumpsuits last season and we assume most of you were right there with us, but they have really grown on us. We are loving the way we saw this look styled this season. It makes sense that the jumpsuit has burst into the top of the trend heap given the current state of the world. The military-inspired look is evocative of how present war is on our minds. Fashion designers have long taken our worries and expressed them creatively. Hence the jumpsuit – which we are pretty sure will make us feel like a bad-ass paratrooper. Because this is a more “out there” trend that will not be adopted by the majority of men, we don’t know how long this trend will be around. It is sure to be loved by street style afficiandos and more experimental style savants, and we certainly intend to enjoy it while it lasts. We suggest trying this style out at a lower price point before deciding whether to invest.
8| Robe It
Hugh Hefner seems to have inspired some of this season’s trends, although this is the only one we are standing behind. Robe coats are the hot topper for both men AND women. The dressing gown style is relaxed but can still be polished and professional. It is easy to style and gorgeous in an array of textiles. Overall, if you love this cut, invest, invest, invest.
9 | Sweater Monster
Here in Canada, winter is a hellish ordeal that we all wish we could hibernate through. The latest trend on the fashion scene is perfect for us frozen icicles – Oversize sweaters. Cosy oversize knits give an extra layer of warmth and protect from the chill. Bonus points for layering your statement knit over another sweater.
10 | Patterned Suit
Okay, so this is another garment that is not a trend. In fact, we firmly believe that everyone should have a patterned suit in their wardrobe at this point. The style has demonstrated that it is here to stay, and as men become increasingly more confident playing with their style, it will only get stronger. Also, there is a very special advantage to pattern suits. You can wear the pieces together for maximum impact, but you can also separate them and wear separately with either netural or complimentary colours. That means you end up with 3 distinctive looks. If you aren’t ready for something as bold as the suits at Gucci or Dior, opt for a monochrome pattern like at Joseph Abboud or a larger design like at Kenzo.
Stay tuned for Part 2: Top 10 Trends to Die on Thursday