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8 Dec

Menswear S/S 2018 | Trends Inspired by Streetwear

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here are many words that can be used to describe the trends looming just around the corner, awaiting spring and summer, but dull and uninspired are definitely not one of them. There is literally something for everyone as the looks both on and off the runway offer a plethora of different styles, cuts and prints to cater to every taste and preference. The styles spotted send a clear message that gender lines will be heavily blurred as men turn to experimenting with not only prints but accessories as well. After keeping a close watch on the ‘real fashion action’ on the streets in all of the fashion capitals, here are the trends that will most certainly dominate the upcoming seasons.

Blast from the past

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f you’ve always wanted to dress like Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, your time has arrived. Hawaiian shirts are back, and the florals are bigger and bolder than ever. Although the models walking for such names as Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga rocked the look with a dose of eccentricity, it seems that the ‘real men’ did a far better job. Some resorted to the bold mixing of prints by wearing the shirts unbuttoned in order to let the printed tees shine, along with designer hats and white socks peeking while others oozed that chill Italian vibe by leaving a few buttons undone and going low-key with the rest of their outfit. The lesson is, however you choose to style it, there is absolutely no way you’ll go unnoticed. The surf is definitely up.

London calling

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he most poignant fashion moments spotted on the streets of London is one that can only be described as the return of Sherlock Holmes. London has always epitome quirkiness, but this is something all men with that innate sophistication and a love for all things posh can definitely get on board with. The well-tailored suit, the vest with the pocket watch, the hat, it all seems to be working. However, Londoners aren’t the only ones bringing the suits back. Australian men have had a soft spot for suits for quite some time, and many opt for tailored suits in Melbourne and other cities across the land Down Under, so it was only a matter of time when England would follow suit, literally. This is one trend all men should be on board with as there is nothing classier than a man in a suit, so fellas, take note.

Two in one

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t has become clear that the athleisure trend is here to stay. Sometimes it comes in the form of a mixture of sportswear and sleek garments (a graphic Adidas hoodie and cap paired with a trendy glasses). Other times, it comes in the form of a clean, monochromatic and Post-Soviet aesthetics consisting of a graphic white tee, sweatpants  and the inevitable white sneakers. Yet another way to rock athleisure in the following season is the over the top way. Outfits of this kind feature unapologetically oversized garments as well as a kind of flaunting of brand logos, which just a season ago was deemed dead, but apparently, it has resurrected. Now, this list would be incomplete without jerseys. This particular trend had had a pretty good run in the US in the previous decade, but judging by the huge number of both men and women sporting jerseys, it’s safe to say that this trend is now an integral part of the vast universe that athleisure has become.

Back to the future

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e’re not certain how the more conventional of the crowd will feel about the sci-fi, Matrix-y vibe that the season’s sunglasses bring to the table, but the vibe is definitely here. From white frames to reflective lenses, these glasses make a statement and will probably be sported by those not afraid of experimenting and definitely by those who have a thing for futuristic elements.

The divisive element

 

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his is a land we believe few will dare enter, but those who do deserve an applause. Some men are paving the way already, as numerous have been spotted rocking at least one necklace, some even several. From silver pendants, gemstones and chains, to chokers and puka shells, and even earrings, everything was seen strutting down the streets, so it is probably just a matter of time when the jewelry taboo will disappear.

 

Peter is a men’s lifestyle writer at Men-Ual from Antwerp, living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

Pictures| Alex Iby, Andre Hunter, Antoine da Cunha, Imani Clovis, Omar Razkallah, Brunel Johnson

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