Guide To This Year’s Biggest Menswear Trends

Posted on May 28 2020

It’s no secret that “fashion trends” perhaps isn’t the menswear community’s favourite phrase. In a world where investing money in timeless, quality pieces will always trump keeping pace with fashion, jumping onto every passing bandwagon tends to be looked upon with a certain degree of disrespect.

But not all fashion trends are created equal. The key to retaining your sartorial self-respect lies in the ability to successfully differentiate between the fleeting fads and the future classics. 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, and why you should give them a try.

 

Spring/Summer 2020

The reasons for embracing the vertical stripe trend are 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.

Noughties Revival

We’ve been living in the midst of 1990s-throwback madness for longer than we care to remember right now. Sneakers ballooned up, tailoring went all Chandler Bing and it was impossible to attend a festival without being surrounded by retro track jackets and ironic bucket hats.

In 2020, however, things are on the turn. The 20-year trend clock is still ticking to the nanosecond and as a result we’re going to be seeing a resurgence of millennium style. Exactly what shape this will take is anyone’s guess but as long as it doesn’t manifest itself as popped polo collars, shutter shades and deep V-necks then we’re happy.

Vests For Layering

This summer will be the time to dig out your singlet. Not to be worn on it’s own mind you. Leave that to the gym bros. The vest is back with a vengeance but this time it’s all about creating depth with your summer shirting. A boxy Cuban-collar shirt (see below) worn over a white vest is set to become your new favourite thing once the warm weather finally returns.

Get Nautical

Menswear has long been looking to the seas for inspiration. You only need to look at the peacoat for evidence of that. But this year it’s going to go to the next level as fisherman beanies, Breton tops and other dock-worker staples creep further into mainstream men’s fashion.

Mid-Wash Denim

It’s a subgenre of workwear that fashion journalists are already cringingly referring to as “shipster”. But while you may not want to dress in it from head to toe, a couple of its key pieces here and there is a good way to bring your wardrobe up to speed.

All White

One of this summer’s biggest men’s fashion trends is a tricky one to pull off. Get it right and you’re king of the Riviera; get it wrong and you’re Andy Murray on match day.

Despite the risks, going all white is one of the best men’s style moves you can make. It’s also a sure-fire way to keep cool in the heat. Try pairing a crisp white T-shirt with matching chino shorts and a pair of tonal leather sneakers. If it’s all looking too much, throw a navy overshirt on top to tone it down.

Warm-Weather Layering

Piling on layers when the sun is shining may not sound like the most practical move to make but it can still be an option if done cleverly. Swap out the heavy outerwear for lightweight jackets and overshirts worn over plain tees, polos or summer-ready shirts. This way you can remove them if you get too hot. Then simply tie them around your waist, shoulders or torso to retain the visual element without the added warmth.

Camp Collar Shirts

Classic collar short-sleeve shirts can carry with them some unwanted “lads down the pub” connotations for some. This breezy summer option offers a stylish way around that. Camp collar shirts have been big for several years now, meaning you can rest assured they have some longevity in them and aren’t just a fleeting fad. The flat, lapel collar styling adds a touch of something different to what might otherwise be a bland outfit, creating a subtle focal point to tie a look together. Perfect when worn with tailored swim shorts for a light lunch at a beachside restaurant.

Pastel Pink

Vivid colours aren’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you should stick religiously to a monochrome palette.

Pastel shades are always a great, seasonally-appropriate option for adding a touch of interest to an outfit. And this year pink is the colour you should be opting for. They say it takes a real man to wear pink and while we’re not totally convinced by that statement, it does certainly take a style-savvy one. Try a pink Oxford button-down shirt or sweatshirt for an easy, entry-level addition that will go with everything in your existing wardrobe.

Maximalist Sandals

Historically speaking, wearing sandals hasn’t always been the best way for a man to bolster his street cred. In fact, they’ve basically always been categorically uncool. No more, because as we transition into the next decade a new breed of sandal is working hard to claw back open-toed footwear’s tattered reputation.

Chunky, street-friendly sandals of the sort championed by Suicoke and Visvim saw a dramatic surge in popularity over the past 12 months and it’s a trend that’s only set to grow going forward. If you’re going to try it, though, make sure to pair with looser cuts and relaxed pieces – it’s all in the name of balance.

Banishing Bare Ankles

It’s difficult to tell what a decade will be remembered for trend-wise without the benefit of a little hindsight. Still, if we were betting types we’d put our money on the 2010s going down in history as an age of exposed ankles.

Everyone had the bottoms of their legs on display over the course of the last 10 years. Manufacturers of no-show socks were doing a roaring trade, but as the decade draws to a close, we’ve been seeing a shift back towards proper socks. If you’re going to make one adjustment to your summer wardrobe, invest in some good-quality tube socks.

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