It’s time to ease up, boys! While sharp tailoring and an obsession for luxe details remain essential for stylish gentlemen, fashion trends for 2017 point towards artful nonchalance, tailored comfort and youthful rebellion. We’ve scoured runways and red carpets to bring you the five hottest trends in menswear for the year. Gear up and get going…
It never really went away, did it? Kill complacency from your wardrobe and revisit fashion’s favourite subculture, with experiments in zips, plaids and studs. Couture labels like Dior Homme, Dsquared2 and Louis Vuitton — where creative director Kim Jones married an Indian orange and fuchsia palette with zipper, bottle cap, brooch and badge detailing — have ushered in Spring with plenty of attitude and unexpected anarchy. If there’s any time to revisit those drainpipe acid-wash jeans, it is now!
THE STATEMENT OVERCOAT
Not every 44-year-old man can pull off a bubble-gum pink overcoat with a Gandalf-inspired hat and layered necklaces. Even if you aren’t Pharrell Williams — the singer rocked his quirky street cred in the pink trench — a stately grey or navy number will elevate your look to the upper echelons of fashion royalty. While opting for a dramatic piece — think animal prints, faux fur collars, military regalia and bold checks — keep your pants and shoes simple. Blend the classic shearling with checks, and keep that parka close to the body without being too boxy. Pair simply with jeans and sneakers and you’re golden.
THE ANTI-FIT SUIT
Runways are offering men freedom from slim-cut suit slavery (despite them looking unquestionably sharp), by bringing back the loose fitting yet supremely elegant style of the golden age of Hollywood and Bollywood. Think Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable, the suave Dev Anand or Raj Kapoor, Richard Gere in American Gigolo and even the testosterone gang in Reservoir Dogs — a plethora of gorgeous men have mastered the stylishly baggy suit. This year, Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Etro brought back easy-breezy charm with wide-cropped trousers and roomy jackets. Take the informality up a notch by layering with a tee.
The crisp, starched, fitted white kurta pyjama is the secret weapon of a sartorially blessed Indian male, and has remained so for years. If you’re Saif Ali Khan, you’ll find a way to squeeze a pocket square and Nehru jacket in there too. But 2017 brings slouchy, layered and asymmetrical accents to both Indian and Western ensembles in pristine, summer-busting whites. Keep your Rajesh Pratap Singh kurtas oversized and your Shivan & Narresh linen suits cropped at the ankles with a slim yet comfortable silhouette, and you’ll be the coolest cat this season.
Camouflage is the winner across genders on runways and streets this year. The print’s combative spirit channels effortlessly into menswear, but you don’t have to fight a war to fit it in. Givenchy, Dries van Noten and Valentino’s vision for the urban adventurer rolled out as military parkas in greenback prints, tech fabrics with toggles and rip-cords. Instead of bashing full-on into the trend, try accents like artistic raincoats or woollen sweaters with muted camouflage prints. It’s time to let fatigue(s) set in!
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