- Lifestyle & Sports
- 11 Apr 14
This spring and summer, it's not just the girls who are hoping to look their best - we know you lads like donning your glad rags too. So from suited and booted looks to nautical trends to effortless ensembles, Roe McDermott has all the latest trends in menswear covered.
The classic nautical trend is great for summer. This year it also plays on some of the other key pieces of the season. The clean, classic and all-American sailor boy look is easily achieved by looking for pieces with stripes in crisp whites, red and navy. Deck shoes are perfect for sunny strolls along the beach, and plimsolls in white or deep red can be teamed with your skinny jeans for a casually cool look when the weather gets chillier. If clean-cut isn’t your thing, this trend can also be given a modern edge. Denim shorts are one of the effortlessly cool sartorial pieces this season, and teamed with striped tank tops the look is more indie hipster than Hamptons regular.
This “hipster-adjacent” look is about being comfortable with the ordinary, the unadorned, the non-conformist – but (of course) looking fantastic while doing it. This is the time when boys try on lived-in manhood, looking for pieces that are understated, classic and practical. The colour palette is desaturated, taking influence from the faded Polaroid’s of the ‘70s. Fresh hues of seaweed green, steely blues and faded whites with pops of beetroot and cobalt preventing this palette from feeling too autumnal. Key pieces are check woven shirts, hooded windbreakers, fade denim and crew neck sweats. Accessories are important: every Real Boy should be wearing a baseball cap and a backpack finished off with designer runners.
A perfect blend of summer comfort and effortlessly style, the revitalised retro trend is set to be huge for men this summer. While most commonly seen in daywear, the trend adds a dash of whimsy to more formal occasions, perfectly evoking that upmarket summer party feel. Fun, casual prints such as hot house flowers, tropical prints and tie-dye give a breezy air to perfectly tailored shirts and tops, while Pharrell Williams’ red carpet look at the Oscars showed the retro appeal of suit shorts. Light vintage bomber jackets are always a favourite, while rolled back shirt sleeves evoke a sense of the ‘50s’ masculine carefree quality. For the more daring catwalk driven looks coordinate separates. This trend is where all the bright colours of summer are introduced, from bright pinks, greens, blues to sunshine yellows and oranges, so don’t be afraid to play with colour – though floral prints can look striking in monochrome if you want to play it moody and mysterious.
The season of summer weddings, family gatherings and sun-soaked dinner parties is fast approaching, and the eternal conundrum of how to keep men’s fashion formal but seasonal is raising its well-coiffed head. Luckily, there are a few simple rules for achieving that perfectly groomed ensemble, guaranteeing that whether you’re a groomsman or guest, you’ll be the sharpest dressed. The key look of the season is one of sartorial elegance with such perfectly chosen statement pieces that there are minimal extra styling details to be wrestled with. The tuxedo and shawl collar suit are becoming more mainstream with the three piece suit being the number one choice, so look out for fitted waistcoats to bring a touch of old-world class to your suit. Woven check fabrics add an extra dimension to an otherwise plain suit. Statement blazers can be used again and again, paired with coloured trousers for those willing to be bold. Or classic dark suit jackets can ground a brightly patterned shirt, or even bright and bold shoes. If you prefer the classic neutrally coloured summer suit, patterned scarves in paisley and print lend a debonair elegance. Dickey bows and pocket squares look fantastic and current when teamed with a blazer and skinny jeans.