Time to dress up again? Menswear moves beyond Zoom calls

  • Style
  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2021

If you have shopped only to look good on screen, you may now struggle to find the right outfits to return to the office or for a party. Photo: Komono

Our lives are opening up again, as is the fashion world. With trends returning, they bring a plethora of new offerings – ranging from chic outerwear to cool timepieces, sleek footwear and snazzy bags.

Menswear is definitely moving beyond dressing for Zoom calls. If you have shopped only to look good on screen, you may now struggle to find the right outfits to return to the office or for a party.

The key consideration is still comfort, but in a more put-together manner. No more sweatpants or flip flops. As you step outdoors after months of being cooped up at home, it is time look your best once again.

A home run

Hugo Boss is once again collaborating with Russell Athletic. The latest capsule collection pays tribute to the world of baseball. The campaign presents a snapshot of New York’s youth, uniting luxurious tailoring with the ever popular sportswear aesthetic. In need of a casual coat? There is one patterned with a houndstooth motif that is light enough for layering and even comes in a stretch-fit material.

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Artisanal spirit

Berluti’s latest collection is an ode to the works of Berlin-based Russian painter Lev Khesin. A highlight is the beautiful range of footwear, which includes square-toed brogues embellished with white stitch braided embroidery and sneakers in patina leathers. The overall message brings to mind fluidity, adaptability – and, limitless creativity brought about by the human hand.

The great outdoors

Loewe looks to pragmatic, crafty pieces this season. They are designed to live outside, in contact with the elements. The bags have a vintage aesthetic, whereby materials, styles and colours are mixed together in bold collages. Environmental responsibility is a big focus too and involves the reusing and repurposing of materials to produce less, and therefore create less harm to nature.

Ruggedly retro

For MSGM, it is the mountains that provide inspiration. From the lessons of the great Italian mountaineers, the label draws on the passion that combines man and nature, adventure and sport. Highly technical, even belts can look a little different – with a carabiner and a snap hook replacing the usual buckle. The material of choice? Canvas, which harks back to the 1990s.

Read more: While women are swapping out stilettos for sneakers, men are doing the opposite

In the details

Komono, which means “small things”, carries a ranged of perfectly timed accessories. The Belgian brand’s watches have a minimalist look to them but appear as rugged and edgy. The Mono for example, is a design all about expressing oneself. It comes in an array of colours – crisp white to deep jungle green, and is paired with a matching translucent silicone strap.

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