Now that sportswear is officially out, what should men be looking at when dressing up? The classic suit aside, a plethora of trends are rearing their heads on the fashion runway. Some designers are playing with bright colours, contrasting them with with vivid prints. Others, are offering outwardly muted looks but styled in a more raw and rugged way.
Exaggeration is of course a key point, whether in terms of shapes or sizes. But then there are the retro elements of former fashion eras that are making a fresh comeback too. Here, we have the roundup of seven key menswear trends to adhere to for Autumn/Winter 2019.
Half And Half
It seems that fusing two different pieces of clothing together is now a trend. For example, a half tuxedo and half denim jacket. Or a knitted pullover and shirt merged into one top. You have probably heard of broken suits, where a guy dons a pair of trousers and jacket that clash in colour or material. Well, they now literally exist in a vertical half and half instead – two for one appeal.
Tie-dyes are no longer just for hippies. They are a big thing this season. While they may evoke a vision of 1970s style, modern tie-dye apparels are a lot more edgy and cooler. It is a veritable explosion of colours with the current and abundant use of tie-dye by designers. On the runways, they make for a visual spectacle as parkas, trenches, shirts, and jeans all sport the psychedelic swirls.
Pink In Every Shade
Salmon, magenta, blush, rose, fuschia, watermelon, bubblegum. No matter what you call them, they are all shades of pink. The colour is the star of Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion – and yes, this is the case even for men. And we are not talking about just accents of pink as a form of embellishment or to achieve an effect of statement contrast too. Most outfits are in full-blown pink, from top to bottom.
Animal print is back. Menswear is embracing the savage beauty of zebra, leopard, snakeskin and tiger prints for the season. Want to add a zing of fierceness to your everyday look? Add a little animal print to your outfit. The trend saw a revival last year and is here to stay. Totally understandable, as the appeal is fresh and timeless. There’s no reason to hate animal. It’s daring, it’s bold, it’s animal.
While bright colours are always a good thing, the lack of them, also makes a statement. Neutrals – especially from top to toe, plus accessories – can be a standout trend as well. Camel, for example, is a choice pick by designers. It is deemed as a sober choice that is easy to pull off. Think of it as more of a grownup colour that is sophisticated and chic.
You can’t run away from outerwear when it comes to the autumn and winter seasons. But this time around, it is the oversized puffers that are seen as essential for an on-trend look. The simple puffer jacket has been given the high fashion treatment. It now comes in an exaggerated silhouette, which offers a feel of both comfort and style at the same time.
Look To The Future
Some designers went the futuristic route for their looks sent out on the runway. Either in a sci-fi, military-esque way or a post-apocalyptic world manner. These rugged ensembles signify a return to a more raw aesthetic. Black is of course the chosen colour. Add on the excessive layering, plus embellishments like metal hardware and leather, and you have yourself ready for a perceived dystopian future.