The navy suit. Stylish, yes. A wardrobe cornerstone, most definitely. But exciting? Not necessarily. For this reason – and because menswear itself has become increasingly ballsy – a sartorial reshuffle has been bubbling away under the surface for the past 12 months. Your tailoring now comes in technicolour.
Before you rightly point out that blue is a colour, it’s not just about trying your hand at teal, burgundy or even pink. Pattern too gained traction in 2018, spurred by standout moves on the red carpet, but the payoff for early adopters will come this year.
How To Wear It
“Adding lighter colours into your wardrobe is a great way to update your look for the new season,” says model and face of Autograph at Marks & Spencer, Oliver Cheshire. “For spring, I’ll be wearing mostly tonal outfits – for example, wearing a whole outfit of blue or green shades, adding lighter tones for a spring feel.”
Despite much of what’s in our wardrobe spawning from either the military, sport or workwear, function and fashion were, for a long time, mutually exclusive. Attempting to right that wrong, designers and brands have worked hard in recent seasons to produce pieces equally as suited to the front line as the front row.
The result has been an increase in sustainable and performance fabrics across everything from accessories to tailoring and a focus on utilitarian details like bellows pockets and heat-welded seams. Whether outerwear or footwear, if it put the work in during 2018, it’s not about to clock off.
How To Wear It
“With athleisure and fitness gear now a staple part of everyday wardrobes, guys are paying more attention to what pieces do rather than just how they look,” says the team at menswear etailer The Idle Man. “One way to show you have your finger on the pulse is to pair a multi-pocket jacket with tonal trousers and a simple crew neck T-shirt.”