For guys who are new to the fashion world, or don’t quite have the budget to embrace all of the latest fashion trends, there are plenty of ways that you can dip your toe into the waters of men’s fashion without needing to spend thousands of dollars.
We’ve seen a variety of different trends throughout the year, and are still seeing new takes on 70s and 80s fashion for guys as we head into winter.
Earlier this year we finally had a more relaxed alternative for the super-tight suits of 2015, and men were wearings slightly looser pants and jackets, and brighter shades were on point. That meant more patterns compared to the typical grey and black suits, and while navy has always been popular, 2016 saw a much brighter shade. White is also big this winter, and you’ll see men everywhere going for the head-to-toe look. If this is a little too much (and it often will be), break it up with a dark belt, hat, and shoes to avoid looking a little too “LA”.
For shoes, sneakers were back in a big way, and a new take on the old staples saw woven detailing on many different types of shoe, particularly Nike’s luxury running shoes and even the more low-key minimalist shoes seen on hipsters everywhere.
When it came to colour, olive green is still hugely popular, as are copper, burgundy, navy, and of course, grey. We finally saw men stepping away from the man bun, although longer hair is still big for many guys, and we saw more layered, textured cuts instead of the long, flowing locks that were somehow popular in 2015.
For winter, you can expect to see plaid everywhere, and especially in outerwear for guys. Fur is coming back (stick to fake), and the puffer jackets of the 90s are also seeing a revival.
Just as suits became more relaxed, skinny jeans are officially on the way out, and we can expect to see baggy trousers, oversized coats, and men basically dressing down (although in lush fabrics such as cashmere and alpaca wool).
For shoes, desert shoes are big this year, and guys will find that they’re a great option for any outdoor activities, including a quick walk or long hike. Desert shoes can be dressed up or down, and you’ll find that the hi-top designs with thick rubber soles and laces will give you support and a ‘sturdy’ look.
This winter, texture will be huge, meaning expect to see guys rocking fur, velvet, suede, and other lush fabrics. For an everyday look, keep it simple and stick to one or two textured pieces or accessories to avoid going overboard.
For guys who are just getting into fashion, there are many different ways that you can embrace the above fashion trends. Stick to pieces that are on point but don’t go overboard, and you’ll find that as you grow in confidence you can embrace more and more of the best menswear picks.
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