According to Vogue, things have taken a decidedly strange turn in men’s fashion for the spring season, which might be welcome new for those yearning for a bit of pizzazz in their wardrobe. Whether you want to add just one or two toned down trends, or go the whole hog, this spring allows for a lot of previous styles to be recycled from your closet.
Blasts from the past
The ‘80s and ‘90s graced the spring catwalks quite heavily, so drag out those pastel colored suits, all-white attire, and even the Simon Cowell-esque high-rise pants as they all made a comeback.
The ‘90s also extends its reach further into fit and cut this spring, with wide-legged pants seen on many runways such as Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, and oversized jackets at Dries van Noten.
To inject a bit of a ‘70s feel, short shorts have returned, and even cycling shorts feature. So, if your short-lived speed cycling phase left you with unused spandex in your bottom drawer, and if you’re feeling brave, bring it out for a fashionable revival.
Whether it was glitter, tassels, satin or chiffon, traditionally feminine fabrics overflowed onto the male catwalks. Bottega Veneta went for silks, Alexander McQueen and Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus went for sparkle, and Balmain incorporated tassels.
Aside from ‘90s color schemes, blush pink and earthy tones are the colors to be seen in this season. Tom Ford incorporated all shades of pink into his spring collection, but his blush pink jeans were a big hit.
It’s doubtful that this trend will take off on the streets of George Town, but catwalks did also see male skirts – unsurprisingly from more quirky designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy.
Funky prints and stripes galore
Hawaiian shirts made a comeback last year, and here they are again. Whether it’s totally outlandish bright options like Balenciaga’s, or more subtle designs, tropical looks are taking over. And for those with an even more daring style, dragon and tribal prints were also seen.
When a Hawaiian shirt just won’t cut it, pull that vertically striped suit out of the closet and sashay down the Paseo, as this flattering look rocked on the catwalks of Versace and Topman Design, to name a few. Stripes also appeared in the form of bowling shirts on the runways of Prada and Balenciaga.
Taking into account the boxy suits and flashbacks to the ‘80s, it seems that this spring, men will be looking like their dads did 30 years ago. And the ‘Dadcore,’ as Vogue termed it, doesn’t end there. Simple dad-like styles were seen at Balenciaga, Vetements, and JW Anderson among others. Think plain or slightly vintage sweaters with jeans, and maybe a blazer thrown in for effect.
Another continuation from last year’s styles, outdoor wear has survived for another season, taking more of a technical turn. Anoraks and windbreakers in aesthetically pleasing colors, many evoking memories of yesteryear, are what’s hot. While you might not get too many chances to wear them in Cayman, hopefully a storm or two will bring the temperature down enough for a day of wear!
Other technical theme trends are RompHims/jumpsuits/overalls/boilersuits. Whatever you call them, all-in-ones for men are in fashion. Alexander McQueen, Prada and Missoni all featured these.
Logos and slogans a la ‘90s and ‘00s, continue to feature. Last year, they took center stage on T-shirts, and while this remains for many brands, some have gone more understated, incorporating them into hems, straps and accent strips. Dior Homme and Christopher Raeburn are excellent examples.