Your summer style heroes
From vertical stripes to 80s silhouettes and the ubiquitous millennial pink, we take you through some of the key men’s fashion trends for summer 2018.
The ‘Beast from the East’ has retreated, and as the weather starts to warm up, we can finally let our thoughts drift towards summer. But before you start planning your summer wardrobe, read on for some of the key men’s fashion trends you can expect to see in the months to come.
Trends come and go with the seasons, but there are some things that never go out of style. Luxury watches for men, good shoes and key separates such as a tailored blazer, smart chinos and a plain white T-shirt should all form the backbone of every man’s wardrobe. But, for all those dedicated followers of fashion, here are the biggest fashion trends for 2018.
Stripes have been a style staple for many years. But unlike the horizontal Breton style stripes which have become something of a fashion institution, this season’s stripes have been turned literally on their head; vertical stripes were all over this season’s catwalk, featuring on items from bomber jackets to formal coats and everything in between. This can be tricky trend to wear and it’s easy to overdo it. So to avoid looking like you’ve turned up in your PJs it’s important to exercise some restraint and stick to key statement pieces such as a vertical-striped T-shirt, short-sleeved shirt, or a pair of jogging bottoms.
Once the preserve of tacky tourists and stylistically-challenged dads, tropical print shirts have gone high fashion, featuring on a number of Paris catwalks, including Louis Vuitton’s show. Unlike its showy origins, the key to wearing this trend is subtlety, so think muted colour palettes and pair with dark jeans or tailored chinos for a stylish look that is more trendy than tacky.
This season it’s all about the monochrome outfit, but we’re not talking black or white – 2018 is the year of the tonal ensemble. Blue or grey combinations work really well for this look, but don’t be afraid to branch out and experiment with other colours such as lighter neutrals and pastel shades, which look great for the summer months. And to avoid a confused look, stick to a maximum of three different tones in any one outfit.
Back to the eighties
Each fashion season takes inspiration from a previous decade and this time it’s the turn of the 1980s. Think ‘dad jeans’, boxy jackets, pastel colours and all-white outfits. To avoid looking like a guest at a fancy dress party choose your favourite elements of this trend and wear with your usual wardrobe for a look that is fresh, stylish and definitely not clichéd. If the eighties are not your thing, elements of the nineties, and even the early noughties were also visible on this season’s catwalks.
So-called ‘millennial pink’, a warm blush shade, has been a fashion favourite for some time now, and its popularity looks set to continue into the summer season. And the fashion world’s passion for pink is expanding to include an array of shades ranging from deep pink to pastel pink and even including bright pops of hot pink. Some of the most established fashion brands made pink a key feature of their catwalks, so you can be sure that you’ll see it everywhere this summer.
By mixing these basics with the latest fashions you can achieve a look that is stylish, timeless and unique to you.