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 big trends were easy to spot at the Fall / Winter 2017 Menswear collections, and ushered in a mass of wearable trends. The good news is that many of them are sure to suit any style or budget. To help you out we’ve picked the five best trends we believe are worth investing in. Here’s a round up of what you should be stocking in your closet this fall.
1. Rust Never Sleeps – Shades of Copper
In the past, bold colors were simply used for accessories or as an accents to a man’s wardrobe. This fall, copper, rust and ginger are front and center taking your outfit of the day from hum-ho to extraordinary. Unexpected pops of color in suiting, footwear and men’s outerwear have now forever changed with 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 nuetrals 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,” especially 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 of this new shade of copper for a showstopping look.
2. My Morning Jacket – Parkas
Easily the best option for winter is 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 Parkas have been around for decades, and were originally made from caribou or seal skin by indigenous Inuit tribes.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 are most commonly filled with down for warmth or a synthetic fibre stuffing which is what makes them the ideal great coat for winter.
Slimmer silhouettes and longer versions are one of the best new features this season. Of course, you can go for the traditional designs which will go with everything from chinos and a shirts to suits. It might be one of the oldest tricks in the book, but oversized fits are a staple stlying trick 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 confidence.
3. Sweater Weather – The Statement Sweater
Whether you’re hitting the slopes or stepping out on the street, cable knit style sweaters are a key piece to have in your arsenal come winter. As fall approaches, a cool, 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 design elements, seen most notably at Raf Simons, Tim Coppens, Dior Homme, MSGM, and Valentino and 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 90s techno influence on the collection.
Similarly, Valentino used cutout lettering on lightweight sweaters and included thought provoking quotes such as, “Beauty is a birthright, Reclaim your heritage” and “It seemed to be the end, until the next beginning.” MSGM following suit using a white Fair Isle pattern across rich blue, red, and navy, cable-knit sweaters. As temperatures drop, an oversized turtleneck sweater and a thicker cable knit are just the right thing to wear. This season standout sweaters are the overall theme in knitwear, and your winter rotation should include a head turning sweater.
4. The Great White Way – Parkas, Coats and Jackets
The “No more white after Labor Day rule” is now officially a thing of the past. This winter take advantage of ultra bright white to stand out among a sea of gray, black, and brown that are typically the norm each season. The fresh new offerings in outerwear now come in crisp glacier white to put a fresh spin on classics such as parka’s, blazers, topcoats, and trench coats.
Slightly less formal, but still dress code appropriate, is the white blazer which fits nicely over the seasons 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 jackerts 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 it’s 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 things 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 and coats, shirts, trousers, from brands like Givenchy, Versace, Balmain, and Gucci. Some (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.