There’s a common misconception that religiously adhering to trends equates to good dressing. In our humble opinion, this is not the case.
Blindly following each and every seasonal trend is a recipe for poor style. Not to mention an easy way to bankrupt yourself.
The key to retaining your sartorial self-respect lies in the ability to successfully differentiate between the fleeting fads and the future classics.
And in order to give you a nudge in the right direction, we’ve created a carefully selected edit of the menswear movements worth incorporating into your wardrobe this year.
From the return of florals to the continued widening of silhouettes, these are the men’s fashion trends to embrace in 2021.
A return to the 1970s has been one of the overarching trends of the last five years, and it shows no sign of slowing down in 2021.
For the spring/summer season, it manifests itself as floral prints a la grandma’s curtains, which is actually a lot more wearable than it sounds.
Everyone from Tom Ford to Burberry has been at it, splashing bold florals onto shorts, vacation shirts, and tailoring amongst others.
But we’d suggest keeping it to one statement piece per outfit and, as always, ensuring the rest of your look is nice and muted.
Who likes short shorts? Well, not D&G, Gucci, and a plethora of other tastemaking high fashion sense. Not if their SS21 shows were anything to go by.
This season we’ll be seeing the return of longer, wider shorts, echoing a broader shift that has been taking place across all areas of menswear for some time now.
The key to nailing it is making sure you get the length just right.
Aim for a couple of inches above the top of the kneecap and opt for tailored styles that can be paired with either casual or smarter pieces with ease.
As we move further into the 2020s, breezy silhouettes will continue to eclipse slim, form-fitting cuts.
It’s a resurgence of the styles popular in the 1980s and 1990s that has been on the up for some time now and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it can look great when executed well.
If you’re thinking about taking a walk on the wide side yourself, our main advice to you would be to pay your local tailor a visit.
Relaxed cuts can still be flattering, but only when they fit properly.
High fashion and the great outdoors began flirting a few years ago. Now they’re shouting from the rooftops declaring their love for one another.
Fashion journos labeled it ‘normcore (gorp being a colloquial term for trail mix, or ‘good old raisins and peanut’s) but whatever you want to call it, it looks like it’s here to stay.
Recently, we’ve seen collaborations like Palace x Arc’teryx and Gucci x The North Face, further cementing fashion’s relationship with outdoor gear.
But if you want to get involved, we’d suggest working the odd outdoor-inspired pieces into your outfits here and there as opposed to going full cosplay mountaineer.
The reasons for embracing the
vertical stripe the trend is twofold: firstly, it looks great and presents a simple, refined way to experiment with prints;
secondly, it has the nice added bonus of shaving a few pounds off your appearance, making you appear taller and slimmer.
For bonus points, opt for styles with stripes of varying width.
Or simply stick to classic stripes, or even seersucker, if you prefer to keep things subtle.