Five Key Trends in Menswear from the Fall 2017 Menswear Collections
The hype in menswear has reached fever pitch, led by many of the industry’s top designers. The Fall/Winter 2017 Menswear collections ushered in a mass of wearable trends, and the big ones were easy to spot. The good news is that many of them are sure to suit any style or budget. To help you out, we’ve picked the top five trends worth investing in. Here’s a roundup of what you should be stocking your closet with this fall:
1. Rust Never Sleeps – Shades of Copper
In the past, bold colors were either reserved for accessories or simply as an accent to a man’s wardrobe. This fall, copper, rust and ginger stand front and center, taking your #ootd from mediocre to extraordinary. Unexpected pops of color in suiting, footwear and men’s outerwear are now forever changed thanks to the arrival of athleisure. This season, standout shades of orange rust, mustard yellow, and olive green are key trends, but it’s the continuing influence of neutrals like camel and rust that are being celebrated to the fullest.
The slightly weathered shades of orange, rust and copper have become a must-have “new neutral”, specifically for the modern urban man. “With all the angst that’s out there in the ether and in the world around us, there is a need for more calming colors,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Institute. Step out in this new shade of copper for a show-stopping look.
2. My Morning Jacket – Parkas
The most sensible option for winter is easily the Parka coat. Parkas have been around for decades and were originally made from caribou or seal skin by indigenous Inuit tribes. These days, most parkas are made from technical fabrics and feature a waterproof synthetic outer layer and commonly filled with down for warmth, or a synthetic fiber stuffing, making them the ideal coat for winter.
Slimmer silhouettes and longer versions are one of the best new features of this season’s parkas. Of course, you can opt for traditional styles which pair well with everything from chinos and a shirt to suits. Call it one of the oldest tricks in the book, but oversized fits are a styling staple for a reason – boxy tailoring flatters the physique and is a no-brainer for designers who want their men to walk with an air of cool confidence.
3. Sweater Weather – The Statement Sweater
Whether you’re hitting the slopes or stepping out on the street, cable knit sweaters are a key piece to have in your arsenal come winter. As fall approaches, a cozy, patterned cable knit sweater makes for the perfect layering piece to transition into cooler weather. The fresh spectrum of cable knit sweaters and contemporary graphic elements (most notably seen at Raf Simons, Tim Coppens, Dior Homme, MSGM, and Valentino) are designed to get you noticed. At Dior Homme, bright turquoise and orange sweaters were stitched with phrases like “they should just let us rave” further emphasizing the early 90’s techno influence of the collection.
Similarly, Valentino presented cutout lettering on lightweight sweaters and included enigmatic quotes such as, “Beauty is a birthright, Reclaim your heritage” and “It seemed to be the end, until the next beginning.” MSGM followed suit, showing a white Fair Isle pattern across rich blue, red, and navy cable-knit sweaters. As temperatures drop, an oversized turtleneck or heavy cable knit sweater is just the right piece to cozy up with.
4. The Great White Way – Parkas, Coats and Jackets
The “white after Labor Day” rule is officially a thing of the past. This winter, go all the way with ultra bright whites to stand out against a sea of gray, black, and browns that are typically the norm of the season. The fresh new offerings in outerwear now come in crisp glacier white to put a fresh spin on classics such as parkas, blazers, topcoats, and trench coats.
Slightly less formal but still dress code appropriate is the white blazer, which fits nicely over the season’s on-trend colors of rust and gray. Consider a white, one-button blazer over relaxed gray trousers and a rust sweater to draw attention to your look without overpowering the other neutral colors. On the other hand, white athletic windbreakers and all weather anorak jackets have emerged as the perfect transitional piece for fall to wear over suits and denim. And when a lighter weight jacket just won’t cut it in freezing temps, you can opt for the season’s great white puffer coat to stop the winter chill in its tracks. Another casual jacket to consider is the white denim jacket, especially when paired with matching white denim as seen at Calvin Klein and Salvatore Ferragamo. With endless opportunities to incorporate white into your wardrobe, there’s no excuse not to pick up on this trend this winter.
5. Buffalo Stance – Plaids, Checks and Tartans
A host of designers revisited tartans, checks and plaid for Fall 2017. Some came in classic British style or in more colorful versions multiplied in pattern upon pattern in a single look. One thing’s for sure, plaid is set to become the coolest trend for Autumn/Winter 2017. Plaid has been appearing on all types of clothing at Milan fashion week and was seen on all the major catwalks. We saw the print on jackets, coats, shirts, and trousers from brands like Givenchy, Versace, Balmain, and Gucci. Gucci went with a playful approach on plaids men’s skirts and cropped trousers, while Versace went more street with plaid puffer coats, parkas and trousers.
Designers mixed and matched or showed head to toe looks, bringing an explosion of tartans and plaid to the catwalk.