Streetwear meets gymwear as bomber jackets and sweatpants dominate menswear trends
The fashion for athleisure isn’t going away, but few luxury brands have got the trend right, and besides, there is no shortage of mid-range and mass market options. For colours, think 50 shades of green
Remember pinstripes, floral prints and the ’50s greaser look in menswear? That’s so last summer. Also out is skinny fit clothing, as a number of labels have begun letting out the seams on jeans, trousers and even jackets.
Things are getting looser – some would say lazier. Wearing sweatpants and a bomber jacket to a restaurant or club may be unthinkable to some men, but it’s a thing now, so it’s probably better to make peace with the trend and find something that works for you.
Keen on green
The coming season’s colours haven’t strayed too far from last season: green is still popular. But this time it comes in various shades rather than the military green that dominated over the winter. And for those looking to stand out, you can’t go wrong (or right, depending on your perspective) with denim overalls, part of an ongoing workwear trend in menswear inspired by hipsters.
Sage, emerald and pine have featured heavily in collections from Burberry, Astrid Andersen and Oliver Spencer, to name a few, but it’s also been popular on the high street and can be found in abundance at Topman and Zara. Just avoid lime green – that’s never going to be cool.
Bomber jackets refuse to go quietly into the night and are still a key piece for any man’s wardrobe. The fondness for this jacket owes much to its flexibility and the way it so neatly straddles streetwear and luxury. Louis Vuitton, Versace and Astrid Andersen have all highlighted the bomber this season, but more accessibly priced and no less fashionable options are available from British high street brands Jack Wills and Ted Baker.
Overalls are in. Yes, really. The wags out there will say that this is the logical conclusion to the
painter-decorator hipster aesthetic that started in London and New York a decade ago. However you feel about it, high fashion is loving mechanic’s overalls (never call them dungarees for fear of being ostracised) and Alexander Wang, Givenchy and A.P.C. fully committed to this hit-or-miss trend. In all fairness, denim overalls worn with heavy work boots are certainly going to draw attention this summer.
There’s no getting away from it, the whole athleisure/sport luxe thing isn’t going away – well, at least for another season. Inspired by casual streetwear and gym gear and elevated to luxe status by the likes of Kanye West’s Yeezy collection and brands such as A.P.C., a whole raft of labels are adopting sweatpants, loose-fitting jerseys and baggy tees into their spring-summer collections. Of course the luxury brands have jumped on this trend, but only a few designers, like Milan Vukmirovic at Ports 1961, really have a feel for it. A truly democratic trend, H&M, COS and Uniqlo all do the full range of athleisure so you can kit yourself out for little outlay.