Checks have been a constant part of the male wardrobe for centuries. However, that didn’t stop tartan being one of the most surprising comeback trends
Although a plaid shirt or Prince of Wales check blazer will always be a sound investment, this year will see designers apply checks to everything from knitwear and T-shirts to trousers and bomber jackets. So if you went big, great. Even better if what you have is in a muted grey or neutral (see below) shade.
How to Wear
Checks started off as quite subtle and have moved on to be bolder as guys have become more confident when wearing them. On suits, the trend for a classic Prince of Wales check has now developed to a tonal windowpane.”
If there was one piece we couldn’t move from what’s is trending that will defiantly be, the Cuban collar shirt. Such was the influence of Mr. Montana, open necklines ran the gamut from high street to high end. And rightly so – the cut can look extremely sleek and we’re happy to report it’s here to stay.
Hawaiian prints (think Baz Lurman’s Romeo + Juliet) might have calmed down, but if you picked up a muted botanical print or plain Cuban collar shirt, keep hold of it. This year, combine with a leather jacket and some slim-fit jeans for a rock ’n’ roll update of an old-school classic.
How to Wear
Cuban collars are here to stay for a few summers because they’re practical. The best of these shirts come in cotton or linen, so light and airy on a hot day – and flattering. I’ll often recommend these collars on guys with narrow shoulders, because it makes them look broader.”
Millie Rich, Thread stylist.
A menswear staple since Irish farmers punched holes in their shoes to let bog water out, brogues sit in that smart-casual sweet spot that takes the stuffy out of your suit, but dress up your jeans for lunch with your in-laws. “Craftsmanship and durability is essential for winter,” says Mr Porter footwear buyer David Morris.
‘Made In Northampton’ is shorthand for both – the town’s churned out the world’s best leather footwear since the Civil War and brands like Church’s, Tricker’s and Grenson ensure that reputation remains. The more broguing, the more casual the shoe – let whether you’ll deploy weekday or weekend dictate – but Goodyear welting is non-negotiable. “A Goodyear welt provides a solid structural foundation, which is imperative at this time of year,” says Morris. It also makes swapping the soles a cinch, which adds decades to your investment.
Though classic always works, the demise of #menswear means brogues have loosened up. “Brands have been experimenting with detailing to bring brogues more into casualwear,” says Kasia Katner, stylist at Thread. “Hybrid brogues, with wedges, crepe or a chunky commando sole, give this style a less formal feel, more reminiscent of work wear boots.” Prada even grafted on an air sole, which we’d advise keeping away from office and gym. But wearing everywhere else.
Vintage, from its name it implies something that is old. Vintage has since been in existence since the early 70s and it was widely accepted by fashion lovers around the world. The early major reason why the vintage shirt was created was basically because of the hotness in the beach.
Vintage wears are usually on a very light material and they come in different sizes and shapes. Vintage now are no more specifically designed as beach wears has it has gain its ground in the fashion world mostly in African countries. They now see it has a very unique way of looking simple and stylish and guys have been rocking continuously.
How to wear
Vintage wears don’t really have a specific way of rocking it.It can go on anything ranging from the jeans to chinos.
Light Wash Denim
Light blue was certainly a preferred colour of choice on the streets of Nigeria, with the powder blue trend sustained with the favored. Light and bright were the denim jackets that featured heavily on the European streets. The light wash denim trend didn’t stop there, with some guests interpreting their light wash denim in edgier pieces, including light denim short sleeve mechanic coveralls and distressed jeans. The ultimate for casual wear, invest in some slightly baggy denim jackets for easy over the shoulder accompaniments to white t-shirts or striped sweaters.
Bandanas are perhaps the easiest street style trend to pull off, and they are boyishly brilliant. What makes this trend even better? All you will need is a humble bandana that could very well cost you a few cash. An instant boost to the simplest of silhouettes, neckerchiefs are playful and can be an excellent opportunity to bring more colour to your wardrobe if you are a little hesitant to rock brighter shades. A great cherry red, cobalt blue or monochrome patterned bandana will do the trick, but ensure your knots are neat.