The blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s finally time to pack away the parka and stock up on some spring essentials. As always, there are countless new styles and trends to try this year. With men’s fashion less constrained by old rules and more open to adventure, opportunities for change abound.
Perhaps the return and reinvention of tailoring among streetwear designers will pique your interest. Maybe you’ll gravitate towards pastel pieces when compiling casual ensembles. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these 5 menswear trends for a stylish refresh to your warm weather rotation.
A clear sky and mild breeze are naturally more suitable for olly-flipping than the dark and cold clouds of winter. It’s when the former prevails that each year for the past two decades, skatewear has steadily moved further into the mainstream. Think Supreme logo tees, Vans canvas sneakers, Stussy hoodies and Carhartt WIP trousers.
Here, it’s just as much about the brand as how you wear it. Most skatewear tops run larger than normal, so opt for your usual size or make an impact by sizing up – especially if you have the characteristic slim skater physique.
Unless you’ve already stepped out of your sartorial comfort zone, you probably find it in the cozy cocoon of some shade of black, gray or navy. And fair enough – those colors are menswear basics for a reason. However, there’s a time and place for everything, and spring is better spent in a bit of mint green or dusty pink.
Don’t worry – you can always anchor your pastel pieces with darker staples before venturing into tonal looks. A gradual transition will keep you from falling into the deep end.
In recent years, the rise of athleisure and technical fabrics has shifted the focus to function in many areas of menswear. This season, utility-wear is where that trend culminates. The result is practical designer gear with military inspiration and more pockets than you can ever hope to fill.
A few examples are found in the Burberry SS21 collection, which includes reflective parkas and packable jackets in addition to lighter garments for less demanding outings. You can stay up to date with Burberry’s designs and buy their latest pieces at SSENSE. The website stocks virtually every major brand, making it an ideal spring shopping destination.
When it comes to layering, an open collar shirt is the way to go. Not only is it versatile enough to look at home with both casual jackets and tailored tops, but it’s also more refined than any buttoned polo. Feel free to pick up a patterned design, preferably in faded khaki, pale blue or another muted shade.
In case you thought they were on their way out, thick-soled trainers are stomping through another season of casual menswear. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a sneakerhead to enjoy the trend. A range of hybrid silhouettes that retain their formal heritage are available as well.
So, what else should you consider donning this spring? Be sure to look into denim, embroidery, tonal layering and varsity jackets to complete your SS21 wardrobe.