Spring 2011 Menswear Trends

by sunnyfong

Jil Sander

It was surprisingly mild yesterday. The snow was melting and I even heard some birds chirping at 5 AM. It inspired me to post about menswear trends for Spring 2011 so before the evening flash freeze came, I rushed inside to curl up in bed with my netbook.

Many concepts will be bleeding onto the streets (well, maybe not here in Toronto but in Paris, London and New York ahem) come April when the weather starts to get a little bit better for playing with fashion. But despite what Pete the Groundhog is predicting, we’ll still be seeing a lot of jackets, hoods, hats, and heavy fabrics. Here are a few key trends that I’ll be playing with this spring/summer…

Colour Blocking
Choose colours that are pure hues with a slight zing. Anything too citrus-y and you’ll miss the mark. It has to be a slightly cool colour as your big flashy focal piece. Wear them in big solid pieces on top of each other, matte or sheeny. I’m gonna be doing greens, reds, that Kate Middleton blue below and electric yellows.

Jil Sander

Duckie Brown

Graphic Prints

Wear them bold, graphic and unabashed. Skull and crossbone prints are big again and so are florals. Anything that makes you look like a flaming faggot.

Jil Sander


Strong Blacks
Biker chic, futuristic or loose like a ninja. Black jackets seem to be a big thing and the motorcross is again a spring staple. Mix it with a super bright white for something a little avant garde.


Duckie Brown

Rick Owens

Yigel Azrouel

White White White
Wear white as if you were wearing black. So if you favour black trousers, a black suit and a black vest, choose the opposite.

Philip Lim

Patrick Ervell

Getting Loose
Tailored pieces are getting a bit of a break for spring. Shoulders are larger, pant legs are getting fatter and jackets are getting less structured. There are still sharp angles but mixed with some draping and a “I’ve just been on a plane” look. I think the key idea is effortless looking but to me, I’m going to be sticking with things that fit. I have a baggy pair of black J. Lindberg cotton structured samurai pants that I might whip out for summer but I do like to feel my clothing hugging my body.

This loose athletic look is three trends in one: unstructured, white and a slight eastern flowiness to the collar. Who knew Bottega Veneta would make a slow comeback, eh?

Costume National


Richard Chai

Worldly Traveler
It seems that many designers are moving away from rugged clothing and inspired by North African aesthetics, Middle Eastern sensibilities and dare I say, the Orient (gag). I’m sick of frayed and distressed American classic and hoity toity date rapist prep too but I’m not sure how worldy you’ll look in a caftan and a male burqa. But hey, at least it’s not another pair of rolled up corduroys.

Rick Owens

Raf Simons

Raf Simons

Simon Spurr

Speaking of travel, where should I go next? Chicago, San Fran, London, Hong Kong or Bangladesh?