Summer is finally on its way (or at least we hope so). With the heat blazing down on you, we’ll go through some of latest men’s summer fashion trends for 2017. Some you’ll love, some you’ll hate, but all are here for the season – so let’s get started, shall we?
Men’s fashion looks tend to focus on fits, specific pieces and even brands, but not this year. This year it’s just a colour – and that colour is pink. For too long pink has been something men have actually been afraid to wear, and really, you want to be a scared of a colour? It’s the season to reclaim pink as a colour for both women and men, and whether you decide to go for a clean pastel pink or a deeper ruby toned shade, there’s bound to be something you’ll like the look of.
If you’re nervous about dipping your toe into the pinky waters, just start small. A black T-shirt with a pink graphic design on it or a pink baseball cap can allow you to enjoy some men’s summer fashion without going in too deep. On the other hand, if you’re not concerned about the colour, why not go full on? A pastel pink Oxford shirt can be a great addition to your office outfit, and a light-weight hoodie is the perfect statement piece.
Wide Leg Trousers
Menswear trends come and go, but when it comes to wide leg trousers, there’s a fair amount of hanging around. We’re not complaining though as this is a piece that can be styled in an endless amount of ways, is comfortable, flattering to a whole range of shapes and sizes, and is actually pretty easy to customise to your liking. You can go for extreme wide leg trousers to create a statement look, or keep them fairly discrete and channel a subtle yet unique style.
Keep them cropped to the ankles or maintain a standard length, grab them in a classic black or navy or experiment with bolder colours. With the variety of looks you can create with these trousers, this is a men’s summer style that’s hard to dislike.
Cuban Collar Shirts
You know we mentioned how you’ll love and hate some of these trends? Well, this right here is a prime example of fashion splitting the room. The Cuban collar is one of those shirts you expect an old school gangster, you know the one who really cares about his mother and can make a ‘mean spaghetti’, to wear, and has a classic 50s flair that’s hard to beat.
What the shirt is comprised of is a small, notch lapel collar, a loose body and short sleeves, making it an ideal piece for warmer weather. It’s set to be one of the biggest summer trends for 2017 because of its summery vibe. It’s best to get one in a soft linen or poplin cotton, ensuring it’s breathable, cool and has a comfortable, relaxed finish. You can wear this statement shirt in a number of ways, but matching it with a pair of slim fit chinos is a classic look and one you can’t really go wrong with.
Go for a plain design for a more understated vibe, or go full on with colour and patterns. One thing we would recommend however is to avoid playing around with too many contrasting prints. If you’ve got a busy shirt, keep the rest of your outfit neutral – don’t let your clothes fight for the spotlight.
We all get the idea of spending more on things like suits and watches as well as those other classic formal pieces that kind of need to look premium. However, despite a lot of us spending a decent cut of cash on our formalwear, we can sometimes opt for cheap and badly made pieces when it comes to our basics. Well no more.
Men’s spring fashion 2017 is all about investing in our basics and making sure they’re made from materials that are going to be good to our skin, not fall apart after a couple of washes, and maintain their colour. Although it might seem a waste of money at first, a high-quality T-shirt that fits perfectly and is made from a material that’s soft, easy to clean and lets your skin breath is really going to make a difference. Whether it’s hoodies, T-shirt or shirts, it’s time to get some basics are a little more expensive but will last you for years.
Old School Footwear
Old school footwear – the latest men’s fashion trend that puts comfort first, ensuring that you don’t just look good, but your feet don’t hurt at the end of the day. Ignore those leather loafers that you’ve been meaning to break in, and instead pull out your comfortable Vans, Chuck Taylor All Stars or minimal Superga plimsolls. They’re great for throwing on with a whole range of pieces, from jeans and shorts to slim fit chinos and wide leg trousers.
Try out less conventional looks by pairing these typically casual shoes with smart casual outfits, or just keep things simple and stick to the summer basics. The Summer trend for 2017 is about enjoying the classics, so you can easily play around with different combinations to see what works for you.
On That Note
This season’s trends may be mixed, but there appears to be a push towards bolder colours, unique cuts and just generally going out there a little more. Even the basics have stepped up their game.
While you might not fancy throwing on a pink Cuban shirt with a pair of wide leg trousers and some Converse, there are ways you can mix and match this season’s looks and make them work for you. So get out there, buy something in pink, re-think that Oxford shirt and find a way to embrace a unique look.