With a seemingly endless trickle of new-ins and new-outs, it can be difficult on both your pocket and your own wardrobe to play catch-up with the latest menswear collections.
Fortunately, this year sees a few of 2019’s biggest trends spill over into 2020. So in addition to breaking down what you ought to be holding on to so as to nail the key seems, we caught up with some industry insiders to get the styling tips that’ll increase the wears from last season’s investments.
Form-hugging fits had been on their way out for a little while but 2019 was the year that really finished them off. From baggy denim to Chandler Bing-approved oversized tailoring, loose cuts detract from the fringes of fashion and into mainstream menswear, marking a sartorial shift that looks set to last long into the next ten years.
The way to Wear It
When you have spent the past year pouring yourself into slim- and – skinny-fit everything, the notion of wearing something which doesn’t cling desperately to your calves can be an overwhelming prospect. The key to nailing it lies in understanding how to make a fresh, cohesive shape from head to toe.
In many areas of menswear, comparison is a fantastic thing, but not here. Wearing a set of tight-fitting pants and a baggy coat such as will seem unbalanced and disproportionate. The trick is to pair similar cuts to make a look that flows from head to toe. If your legwear is relaxed, whatever’s in your upper half should be, too.
For many years, the trend in men’s footwear style has been marked by a move away from minimalism and simplicity, and towards OTT styling and bulkiness. The rise of maximalism has been evident in the sneaker world, but 2019 saw it take hold of our boots and brogues, also.
The commando only is formal footwear’s answer to chunky sneaker madness. It’s daring and tight, also has a way of completely altering the overall appearance of a shoe. Everything from classic Chelsea boots to dressy Derbies obtained the thick-tread treatment over the course of the last year, and with these rugged bottoms offering enhanced traction in wintery conditions, this is one of those rare tendencies that is as practical as it is trendy.
How To Wear It
The very best method to rock commando soles depends mostly on the type of footwear they’re attached to. A commando-soled Chelsea or Derby boot, as an instance, is best paired with sturdy cold-weather pieces, giving anything overly fitted a wide berth.
The classic Derby shoe is another shape that works nicely with a thicker sole, but the low-top design makes it a little more flexible, meaning it may even be worn with tailoring for less formal occasions. Simply steer clear of lanky fits as the chunkiness generated by the rugged single could be somewhat jarring in comparison.
The Fantastic Outdoors
It’s tricky to say what an age will be remembered for trend-wise without the advantage of hindsight, but if we were going to invest in it, we’d say that 2019 will go down as the year which function moved fashion. Pockets were abundant, the largest names in vogue were playing with technical fabrics, along with your bird-watching uncle’s street cred was at an all-time large.
This was not just any old trend, though, it was clearly one that actually made our lives simpler. Because, let’s face it, a Gore-Tex hardshell is obviously likely to appear much better in the rain than the usual wool peacoat. This considered, we’ll definitely be continuing to wear our outdoor-inspired garb into the new year and we would suggest you do exactly the same.
How To Wear It
As was evidenced flawlessly with the short-lived nu-rave trend of the mid 2000s, it is never a good idea to deck yourself out head to toe in a fashion if you don’t want your Facebook memories to become really awkward in a couple of years’ time. Instead, pick up a couple of important bits and use them to upgrade your existing wardrobe. The apparent choices where outside gear is concerned is a technical jacket, a fleece plus a few mountain-friendly footwear.
Use layering to create thickness and maintain legwear relaxed for balance. Accessories shouldn’t be disregarded either; think thick textured socks, an proper timepiece, suitably outdoorsy luggage and a beanie to tie it all together.
Tailoring & Knitwear
Texture and layering are two of the pillars of advanced dressing, and they’re both integral to one of 2019’s hottest tailoring styles. Suiting worn with knitwear was anywhere over the last 12 months, indicating another step from the overall loosening up of apparel codes across the board. Stuffy shirts were replaced with fine-gauge rollnecks, fisherman beanies were teamed up with unstructured blazers and statement crewnecks lent easy suits a new lease of life.
It is more than only a fleeting fad, however. This very simple style move seems set to become a staple of contemporary menswear and is something that exudes the type of timeless appeal required to carry it into a brand new year and beyond.
How To Put On It
The beauty of knitwear and tailoring is that as long as you stick to the right bits, it is fairly straightforward to nail. Provided you are not trying to pair a Coogi jumper with a Men’s Tuxedo Shirts, on the whole you should be OK.
The hero piece here is the rollneck, especially one in a fine gauge to enable it to slip underneath a suit jacket without restricting motion. This knitted favourite makes a superb substitute for a top when a lawsuit needs to be dressed without straying into sloppy territory. Generally speaking, the darker the colour, the smarter it is going to seem.
As sun-drenched strolls home from the workplace mutate to dark, frigid commutes in torrential rain, sneakerheads all around the world have been confronted with a horrifying choice: to destroy their prized possessions in the weather or, perhaps worse, to look at wearing footwear aside from sneakers for the next few months.
Happily, 2019 and its particular flavor for practical style brought with it a remedy to this age-old seasonal conundrum: Gore-Tex sneakers…and tons of them. By Nike to New Balance, each coach brand worth its salt has been experimenting with the waterproof fabric this year and we still can’t get enough of it.