Fashion has been exploring the realms of gender in recent years with gender neutral shows increasingly becoming the norm. With the occurrence of discussions on how any sex can hold attributes of either the male or female gender, it is hoped that fashion is becoming more of a level playing field in terms of experimentation and expression. Because of this it seems men’s fashion shows have become more exciting as they break with the traditionally safer menswear looks to bring us new interpretations of trends. Below are some top picks from the men’s A/W shows earlier this year to give some inspiration on how to introduce these trends into your wardrobe if you’re brave enough.
- Leopard Print
For the past year or so leopard print has been everywhere in womenswear looks but now it seems menswear is jumping on the bandwagon. While this print might seem terrifying, it is surprisingly versatile given its neutral colour palette and can be worked into your wardrobe as subtly as you want. Seen on multiple runways, such as Celine and Dior, this is the ultimate cool pattern given its association with the times of Rock ‘n’ Roll icons in the seventies such as The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart. You can brave this trend with a simple pocket of leopard print on a t-shirt or brave a leopard print jumper or jacket.
- Velvet Vibrance
Here we have another trend that lends itself to the rock ‘n’ roll years of the 1970s. Velvet seems to be entering the world of men’s fashion in the form of suiting, with such suits being worn recently by the likes of Harry Styles and the Jonas Brothers. Dolce and Gabbana showed velvet suits in bright jewel tones of purple and blue, but if you’re looking for more subtle inspiration than look no further than the darker tones of Ralph Lauren. While suits are our top inspiration, keep an eye out for velvet in easier to wear items such as simple jackets à la Emporio Armani.
- Denim Daze
Oh, how we laughed and swore we would never return to the days of double denim à la Britney and Justin, but here we are. Double denim for guys was noticeable earlier this year when a couple of male Love Island contestants sported the look. Now, judging by the A/W runway shows, double denim is back with a bang, with a distinctively western feel (do we have Lil Nas and Old Town Road to thank for this?). Let’s face it the idea of double denim is slightly terrifying so if you’re brave enough to try it then good for you!
- Puffer Paradise
Puffer jackets are here to stay! These jackets have taken over all corners of the fashion world in recent seasons and they don’t seem to be leaving any time soon. The latest A/W interpretation of this piece leans more towards a long line cut. With shows such as Rick Owens showing this look, it seems to be time to dust off your puffer jacket from last year yet again, or even invest in the new long line cut if that’s more your style.