Fashion Trends For MenOn April 20, 2022 by Melissa Castillo
It’s a frequent misperception that following trends religiously leads to good dressed. This, in our judgment, is not the case. Following every seasonal fad blindly is a recipe for bad style. Not to mention a quick way to go bankrupt.
The ability to correctly distinguish between passing fads and future classics is crucial to maintaining your sartorial self-respect. And, in order to point you in the right direction, we’ve put up a carefully curated list of menswear trends worth including in your wardrobe this year.
These are the men’s fashion trends to watch in 2021, from the return of florals to the continuous widening of shapes.
Outerwear that is oversized
In 2021, tailoring isn’t the only thing loosening up. Slouchy overcoats, boxy puffer hanfu jacket, and long parkas will all be trendy as we go towards winter. Oversized belted overcoats, in particular, are deserving of special consideration.
This trend has a lot to recommend because it emphasizes one of the best aspects of winter menswear: the ability to layer. Oversized outerwear gives you a lot of leeway with your underwear, allowing you to play around with textures and tones to create a lot of depth. In our opinion, this makes it a winner.
It’s impossible to predict where we’ll be in ten months, but coronavirus limits will almost certainly continue to fluctuate over the world. As a result, high-end loungewear and house shoes are expected to be in high demand.
Socks and’stocks, hoodies, slouchy overshirts, drawstring leggings, and loose-fitting tees are all on the menu. Clothing that is nearly as comfortable as pyjamas, but won’t get you fired if you have to attend an unplanned Zoom call with your boss.
The resurgence of fleece is indicative of a larger trend in menswear toward outdoor-inspired clothing. For several seasons, thick-pile vintage fleeces have been popular as independent outerwear, and designers are continuing to incorporate the fabric into their autumn/winter lines.
This is a trend that works best in modest doses. To avoid going full sheep, limit yourself to one fleece garment per outfit and mix and match it with other textured fabrics to offer additional tactile depth to your cold-weather ensembles.
Leather will be a trend year after year because to its fantastic appearance, toughness, and timeless appeal. A high-quality bomber jacket made of the material is likely to be one of the best stylish investments you’ll ever make. It will not be inexpensive, but it will last a lifetime. This coming winter is the perfect moment to add one to your collection if you haven’t already. Why not go for a model with a belted waist if you truly want to be on trend?
When the winter weather arrives, ditch the smooth fabrics and watch your tailored styles take flight. Tweed, wool, corduroy, and twill are just a few of the materials that may help you up your sartorial game by adding character and establishing focal points to any outfit.
Keep in mind that it will never look as sharp as classic tailoring, so save it for casual occasions like parties, dates, and weddings (assuming the world has returned to normal by then).
Jackets with technical features
One of the overriding trends of the last several seasons has been the rise of technical outerwear in the fashion world, and it will continue well into the new year. Cropped, zip-up silhouettes are taking center stage this season – perfect for a quick trip to the shops or as a middle layer beneath your winter coat for added weight and protection from the weather.
Global outerwear brands like Canada Goose, Woolrich, and The North Face will continue to be great investments, but smaller labels like Crescent Down Works and Adsum, as well as full-fledged outdoor businesses like Arc’teryx, will also be worth considering.
Legs that are at ease
Slim leggings are no longer available, and slim-fits are becoming scarce. We’re seeing a return to the relaxed-fit pants of the 1980s and 1990s in their place.
For the better part of a decade, many of us have been squeezing ourselves into tight-fitting jeans, and old habits die hard. If you embrace a looser leg, though, you could be surprised at how much you enjoy it. Not just in terms of elegance, but also in terms of comfort.
Chelsea Boots with Commando Soles
The Chelsea boot has long been regarded as one of the most stylish, sleek, and low-profile boot styles available. While this is OK in warm weather, once we’re hit with ice and severe rain, they’re no longer useful.
The Chelsea boot with a commando sole. Thick, robust soles have become increasingly popular in men’s footwear, but nowhere are they more appropriate than here. Finally, this timeless silhouette is completely prepared to face the elements. Not to mention that the extra chunkiness expands your clothing possibilities, letting you to experiment with looser fits and heavy layering.
Pinstripes were seen everywhere at the menswear shows, whether on large suits or wide-leg pants. It’s a welcome return for one of tailoring’s best patterns. If business casual is too casual for you, go for a high-end pinstriped suit.
A single-breasted jacket is traditional, but why not go full 1980s stockbroker with a double-breasted jacket with peak lapels? That’s correct, the world of tailoring has come full circle.
In some way, shape, or form, checks are always in style. The Black Watch tartan, buffalo, and windowpane are the ones to watch in 2021’s cooler months.
There are a plethora of methods to incorporate these patterns into your daily wardrobe, but one of the most straightforward is through the use of an overshirt or flannel shirt.
It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that cargo pants were the pinnacle of uncool. A pair of jeans with additional pockets became less fashionable. This year, though, nothing could be further from the truth.
Pockets are regaining their former glory. Premium casualwear brands like Brunello Cucinelli and Barena have resurrected cargos, and to be honest, we’re loving the extra storage. Look for multi-pocketed outerwear from some of the industry’s biggest names as well. Pockets have returned, and this time they’re staying put.
One of the overriding trends of the last five years has been a return to the 1970s, and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2021. It takes the form of floral designs a la Grandma’s curtains for the spring/summer season, which is actually a lot more wearable than it sounds.
From Tom Ford to Burberry, vivid florals have appeared on shorts, vacation shirts, and tailoring, among other things. However, we recommend sticking to one striking piece each outfit and, as always, keeping the rest of your ensemble simple and understated.
Short shorts aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. D&G, Gucci, and a slew of other high-fashion houses don’t fall into this category. If their SS21 performances provide any indication, they won’t be. Longer, wider shorts will come back this season, echoing a broader change that has been occurring across many sectors of menswear for some time.
Making ensuring you get the length just perfect is the key to nailing it. Aim for a few inches above the kneecap, and choose fitted styles that can be easily combined with both casual and fancier pieces.
As the decade progresses, airy silhouettes will continue to outnumber slim, form-fitting designs. It’s a comeback of fashions popular in the 1980s and 1990s that has been on the rise for a while, and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, when done right, it can look fantastic.
If you’re thinking about taking a stroll on the wild side, our first piece of advice is to pay a visit to your local tailor. Relaxed cuts can still be attractive, but only if they are well-fitting.
Gorpcore is back!
A few years ago, high fashion and the great outdoors began to flirt. They’re now shouting their love for each other from the rooftops. It was dubbed ‘gorpcore’ by fashion critics (‘gorp’ being a colloquial name for trail mix, or ‘good old raisins and peanuts’), but whatever you call it, it appears to be here to stay.
Collaborations like Palace x Arc’teryx and Gucci x The North Face have recently emerged, solidifying fashion’s association with outdoor gear. However, if you want to participate, we recommend including the occasional outdoor-inspired piece into your clothes rather than going full cosplay climber.
The reasons for embracing the vertical stripe trend are twofold: first, it looks wonderful and provides a simple, sophisticated approach to experiment with prints; second, it has the added benefit of making you appear taller and slimmer by shaving a few pounds off your appearance.
Choose styles with variable width stripes for extra points. If you want to keep things simple, go to classic stripes or perhaps seersucker.
The sea has long been a source of inspiration for men’s fashion. All you have to do is look at the peacoat to see proof of this. But this year, when fisherman beanies, Breton tops, and other dock-worker mainstays make their way into mainstream men’s fashion, it’ll take it to the next level.
It’s a workwear subgenre that has already been dubbed “shipster” by fashion editors. While you may not want to wear it from head to toe, including a few important pieces into your wardrobe is a wonderful way to keep it current.
Denim with a Medium Wash
Denim, whether dark or raw, is a true menswear classic. When the weather gets heated, though, it’s no longer practical.
Fortunately, there is a remedy to the dilemma this season. It’s a few shades lighter, more laid-back, and pairs well with practically anything. Mid-wash denim was seen all over the male runways this season, and it appears to be here to stay.
Shirts with a Camp Collar
For some, traditional collar short-sleeve shirts have unwelcome “lads down the bar” connotations. This airy summer option is a chic way to get around it. Camp collar shirts have been popular for some years, so you can be sure they aren’t just a passing fad.
The flat, lapel-style collar lends a modest focal point to an otherwise uninteresting ensemble, creating a subtle focal point to bring a look together. Perfect for a quick lunch at a coastal restaurant when paired with fitted swim shorts. Look for long-sleeved versions this year to provide a twist to the ordinary.
One of the most popular men’s fashion trends this summer is a difficult one to pull off. If you get it right, you’ll be the king of the Riviera; if you get it wrong, you’ll be Andy Murray on match day.
Going all white, despite the risks, is one of the best men’s fashion choices you can do. It’s also a sure-fire way to stay cool while it’s hot outside. A fresh white T-shirt looks great with matching chino shorts and tone leather sneakers. If it all looks a little too much, throw on a navy overshirt to balance things off.
Layering for Cold Weather
While layering when the sun is shining may not seem like the most practical option, it is still possible if done correctly. Lightweight jackets and overshirts worn over basic tees, polos, or summer-ready shirts can take the place of heavy outerwear. This way, if you get too hot, you can take them off. Then tie them around your waist, shoulders, or torso to keep the decorative element while avoiding the extra warmth.
Getting Rid of Bare Ankles
Old habits die hard, but if your ankles are still exposed, now is your last chance to cover them up. Bare ankles were a big trend in the 2010s, but they’re starting to appear a little antiquated now that we’re a year into the 2020s.
If you must flaunt your lower legs while wearing trousers, we recommend doing so just during the summer. On a chilly winter day, nothing appears more out of place than a pair of exposed ankles peeking out from beneath the cuffs of a pair of jeans. There are some excellent socks available. Why not get a pair for yourself?
Men’s Overshirt Jackets from the Best Brands: Shackets You’ll Wear All Year
There are a few clothes in menswear that work harder, do more, and demand less than the others. Leather sneakers, slim-fitting selvedge denim, and a well-made Oxford button-down are just a few examples. These are pieces that can be worn in every season, with any ensemble, and can be counted on year after year. The overshirt is unquestionably one of the most important members of this superteam of ultra-versatile all-stars.
This do-it-all miracle garment, which falls halfway between a light jacket and a hefty shirt, is more deserving of wardrobe-essential status than others. It usually has a classic collar, a few patch pockets, a somewhat thicker fabrication than regular shirt styles, and a slightly looser fit than regular shirt styles.
But before you go out and buy something, there are a few things to think about. So let us take you through the finer nuances of this menswear must-have, from purchasing considerations to where to get the best bang for your buck.
What Is The Purpose Of An Overshirt?
Overshirts have a special place in our hearts, and while there are many reasons for this, one stands out above the rest: adaptability.
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to think of another piece of clothing that can be dressed up, down, recycled for multiple seasons, and worn as frequently as this one. In the winter, layer it, in the spring and autumn, throw it over your knitwear as a light jacket, and on summer evenings around town, roll the sleeves and slip it over a T-shirt. An overshirt genuinely covers all bases, making it one of those uncommon and valuable clothing that can be plucked from the hanger without hesitation each morning.
This is the layer worth investing in if there is one. Simple, comfortable to wear, and one of the best all-rounders a man could wish for.
How to Pick the Perfect Overshirt
First and foremost, there are a few things to consider before investing in a new overshirt. Here’s all you need to know about finding the proper fit and choosing the right fabric.
What you intend to do with an overshirt determines how it should fit. A slim fit will suffice if you’re only going to wear it over a T-shirt. A roomier cut, on the other hand, is recommended if you want to wear it with extra layers. The latter is definitely the greatest option for obtaining the most wear throughout the year.
When it comes to overshirt fabric, there are several alternatives, some of which are better suited to particular seasons than others. A hefty wool or denim overshirt, for example, is ideal for wearing in the winter but not so much in the summer. Choose a plain cotton twill or nylon version for something that will last you all year.
This is mostly a matter of personal taste. An overshirt’s appearance can be substantially altered by adding features such as zip or button closures, pockets, and embellishments. Before you go out and buy something you’ll regret, think about the appearance you want to achieve. We’ve found that simplicity and minimalism work best.
Overshirts come in a wide range of colors and designs, from vivid patterns to bold block colors to subtle neutrals and natural earth tones. The season plays a big role in deciding which one to go with. Year-round, grey, black, or navy are safe bets, whilst colorful designs and deep autumnal hues should be saved for summer and fall/winter, respectively.
Overshirt Brands to Look For
One of the reasons we love Wax London so much is that the pandemic has underlined the significance of doing things locally. All of the overshirts are created in England as part of the brand’s commitment to bring manufacturing back to the UK. The Whiting overshirt is the brand’s signature garment, coming in a variety of colors, designs, and fabrics. You’ll get the same great quality, comfortable fit, and adaptability regardless of which you choose.
ASKET offers some of the best wardrobe staples on the market, but it was the overshirts that caught our interest. Only one overshirt is made by the Swedish label, but it’s the only overshirt you’ll ever need. It comes in a variety of subtle, flexible colors and has a traditional, straight style with three pockets. As usual, the quality is excellent, and the direct-to-consumer business strategy means you pay less than you would elsewhere.
L’Estrange is a British brand that specializes on classic wardrobe staples that can be combined and matched for any occasion and worn day in and day out. Its overshirt exemplifies this philosophy, bringing the classic silhouette bang up to date with a polished, slim cut that can be worn with anything from dress pants to jeans. You can wear it all year long because it’s made of organic stretch cotton and merino wool flannel.
Percival, a London label, pays homage to the multipurpose garment’s workwear roots while modernizing it. Percival’s selections come in warm colors and attractive fabrics like a Melton wool blend and a blanket-style Italian Casentino, acknowledging that very few of us wear our overshirts for the hard labor they were originally created for. There will be less forecourt and more WeWork. In the brand’s commendably modest runs, look for contemporary fits and slight departures from the conventional workhorse jacket style.
Closed is a family-run business based in Hamburg, Germany, that started off as a denim specialist. Sustainability has always been at the core of everything the company has done since its establishment in 1978, which translates to garments made from the finest textiles acquired globally from like-minded firms. Its overshirts come in a limited number of styles, with rich indigo denim, buttery-soft suede, and 100% cotton twill taking center stage.
The month of March has here.
It’s difficult to pick a favorite aspect of A Day’s March, but if forced to choose, we’d have to suggest the overshirts. The brand’s attitude of manufacturing only the most important goods and putting all of its effort into making them the best they can be works well with a garment like this. Perhaps this is why the overshirt has been a staple of ADM’s wardrobe from its inception. Perhaps this is why it produces some of the top players in the game.
Norse Projects is the kind of label that could outfit your complete wardrobe, fusing workwear and streetwear elements with a hefty dose of Scandi minimalism. Norse’s collection is built around functional staples like overshirts, sturdy chinos, and thick sweaters. It’s apparel that’s both fashionable and durable, making it well worth the investment.
Percival, based in Hackney, East London, fuses classic British style with the finest foreign fabrics and materials to create new twists on wardrobe staples. Its overshirts have a distinct workplace aesthetic and are available in a variety of finely textured, sturdy fabrics such as flannel, wool, cotton twill, and corduroy – perfect for layering over a tee or tucking beneath an overcoat when the weather cools.
H&M-owned Arket (featured image, top), the high-street home of Swedish minimalism, is the discerning shopper’s pick when it comes to selecting a quality overshirt that won’t break the bank. Expect simple style, a decent combination of contemporary and traditional cuts, and a cost-per-wear ratio that is incredibly enticing.
It hasn’t always been easy to find decent, trendy apparel on a limited budget. Uniqlo, on the other hand, has made it no longer be a challenge. The seasonal collections of the Japanese high-street icon are meticulously crafted, with an emphasis on high-quality fabrications and structures. With subtle style and reasonable price ranges, the overshirt is a year-round staple.
Stone Island, an Italian luxury brand known for its unique textiles and unorthodox dyeing procedures, has long been a force to be reckoned with in menswear. The overshirt is a staple of the label’s seasonal collections, with current updates and compass-badge branding serving as signature design elements.
Works by Universal
There’s a lot to like about Universal Works: the loose tailoring, the vintage fabrics, and the designers’ ability to create outfits that are both current and timeless. Above all, though, is the Baker Jacket from the brand. It immediately became Universal Work’s hallmark piece and is now considered one of the best overshirts available.