The Best Spring Menswear Trends 2020 : Menswear is in an interesting place at the moment. The way men dress is slowly getting more colourful, more adventurous and less constrained by old rules and dress codes. As white-collar workers where hoodies to the office and streetwear designers reimagine tailoring, change is everywhere.
The Return & Reinvention Of Tailoring
Just when you thought it was out, it comes right back in. Tailoring fell out of favour pretty hard when sportswear took over your wardrobe – wear a suit and you’d look corporate, try hard or dated. Maybe all three. But, as with the endless cycle of clothing that comes back into the spotlight, there is room once more for the humble two-piece.
Although it’s different this time around. Designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Alexander McQueen have turned to tailoring for their recent collections, but it’s not the suit as you know it. Cuts are oversized rather than form-fitted, colours are daring pastels and creams rather than navy and grey, and there’s barely a tie in sight.
Dior went so far as to create a new style, a sort of wraparound one-button single-breasted that hugs the torso like a long lost friend who’s making up for lost time. McQueen has turned to print and embroidered floral patterns on its brightly coloured suits – you may have seen Timothee Chalamet wearing one on the red carpet. The suit is back, but not as we know it.
Technical fabrics, commando-sole shoes, fireman jackets, workwear everything: menswear designers have, for a number of years, been as preoccupied with function as they have with form. That trend reaches its natural conclusion this season with utility-wear, which sees practical, military-inspired clothes reimagined as designer gear. What does that mean in real life?
Pockets. Lots of pockets.
At the pointy end, it’s boiler suits, warcore tactical gear and the kind of fly fishing utility vests that John Goodman wore in The Big Lebowski. Confident streetwear fans might be able to pull that off but for the rest of us this is a trend best embraced covertly.
Think cargo trousers and wearable luggage but worn with civilian attire like sweatshirts and tees. If you’re bold, try a utility vest worn like an overshirt, again with simple tops and in pared-back colours. Khaki, beige and black are the easiest colours to wear.
Just be warned if, like me, you always finds your keys in the last pocket you check – you could be at your doorstep for quite some time.
We all have a comfort zone. A place where we feel cosy and safe and dry. For most guys, this takes the form of a wooly cocoon in some shade of navy, black or grey. But every now and then we need to step outside. If we don’t, we risk our style becoming stagnant, or even mouldy (and no one wants the way they dress described as ‘mouldy’).
This season, few trends challenge guys to try something new, experiment, even get a scared like wearing pastels. Get these faded, chalky hues favoured by everyone from Tom Ford to Topman right, you look look like 1980s Miami Vice; get them wrong, you look like My Little Pony.
To avoid getting freezer burnt by spring’s sorbet soft goods, apply a colour — such as mint green or dusty pink — to a single piece (sweatshirts, denim jackets and sneakers being the most wearable) anchored by a dark staples before progressing to tonal looks. Trust us, it’s a much easier way of blowing the cobwebs off than hand gliding.
Rugby Shirts & Street Preppy
Rugby shirts have been a cornerstone of preppy fashion for decades, but they haven’t been as evergreen in mainstream menswear as stablemates like varsity jackets or penny loafers. This season, their colourful, flattering stripes are everywhere – mainly because the obsession with nineties-style sportswear is going nowhere.
This is preppy dressing gone a little bit urban and streetwear, so ditch your old man’s quilted jacket and bootcut jeans. Instead, field your rugby shirt with other in-demand urban styles: skate trousers or mid-wash jeans and bucket hats or dad caps.
What to wear when it can be either hot or cold, monsoon or drought? The key is the perfect layering piece. You already know (we hope) that a light jacket is invaluable, but so too is the open collar shirt. It will layer wonderfully with both casual jackets and tailoring but it also possesses the very important quality of looking far superior to the pique buttoned polo in almost all instances.
Patterned Cuban collar shirts invariably lean a little too close to Elvis Presley circa Blue Hawaii (it was fine for Elvis, it probably isn’t for the rest of us) so opt for a block colour design here. A patterned open collar polo shirt can work very well, and if you wear with flat front chinos, you’ll come over all Dickie Greenleaf on us. Generally speaking muted shades are best here: grey, dusky pink, pale blue and faded khaki are all good shouts.
In spring wear one beneath a suit (navy is your safest bet) for sprightly style but when it gets a bit warmer team smart chinos (never jeans) and finish the look with some penny loafers.
This is perhaps the easiest spring trend to wear, mostly because it requires very little thought or planning. Yes, all-black has been a thing forever, and tonal navy is a look the FashionBeans staff turn to time and time again. But tonal layering in other colours have been cropping up here and there, with the likes of Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry and Cos leading the charge.
It’s not really rocket science this one. It’s spring, so opting for a layered outfit is a wise choice as it is, just ensure each of the layers, and maybe the trousers too, are in different shades of the same colour. Grey is a good place to start – you might wear a grey marl T-shirt, a dark grey overshirt and a charcoal parka, or perhaps you want to opt for beige or stone. Look to Burberry for that, which sent a bunch of models down its recent runways in various shades of granny’s favourite colour.