Brace yourself: gentility is back in style, as seen at the first-in-a-decade New York Fashion Week: Men.
Why, suddenly, does men’s fashion get its own week — 60 shows — on the runway? Because urban Millennials are interested, and high-income boomers are buying. Retail sales figures for men’s clothing are eclipsing the growth rate of women’s wear in the U.S., according to research firm Euromonitor. By 2017, menswear is anticipated to grow by 8 percent to $110.3 billion.
Men: If you haven’t upped your wardrobe game in years, it’s time to reboot. As I covered the menswear shows for my blog, I noticed several trends that will provide an immediate refresh. Menswear today includes elegant, sophisticated silhouettes, a style of dressing that may remind you of your dad or grandpa. But don’t go digging in the attic for tiepins, neckerchiefs, vests, your papa’s oxford shoes or suits that belong to another era. Unless done with extraordinary finesse, picking through the past will leave men looking like they have emerged from another era — more pastiche than pizzazz.
Keep in mind that how clothes fit is key to finesse. Today’s tailored look is a boon for men who don’t bike to work and have a little to hide.
Also tune in to the modern geometric prints and vibrant shades (think taxicab yellow) that are trending this season, as well as the camouflage trend that’s good for a novelty pick-me-up.
Keep in mind that how clothes fit is key to finesse. Today’s tailored look is a boon for men who don’t bike to work and have a little to hide. Designer names to know for great fit: Tom Snyder, David Hart, Eponymovs and Michael Bastian. They switch up their style game while sticking to classic silhouettes. Life is better when you’re natty, not ratty.
More trends from the week: