Menswear Trends – Spring 2013 – #2
Oh, I’m not done yet. I’ve had a request for “trends that normal people can wear” but who wants to be normal these days? The best advice I can give is if you want to experiment with looking on point and actually work in the real world, take a trend and add it slowly to your existing wardrobe.
I would never recommend wearing any designer looks from head to toe, making you look like a fashion slave at the office (or wherever you work). But on your off days, why not go a little nuts? Try a plaid jacket or a pair of pants in a colour that’s outside of your comfort zone but makes your ass look delicious. It can be as easy as changing the colour of your tie bar (matte pastel tie bars are a thing now) or wearing a sportier colourful belt (see Athleticism below). I’m actually a pretty boring dresser myself but every once in a while, I have some fun (I’m wearing a ridiculously gay colour block jersey shirt right now). With this blog, I try to toe the line between street (see denim for layering), every day and fashion world sensibilities (see Astrid Andersen’s use of lace – a material seen throughout the Spring/Summer 2013 collections). Whatever the trend, a piece of clothing is still just a piece of clothing. What’s inside is what counts the most.
Haha! No, I’m kidding. That is so wrong. People will always judge you on your clothing choices. You can’t win. At a fashion event, you’ll get mocked. At the office, your coworkers will think you’re gay (not that there’s anything wrong with it). Your mom will wonder what went wrong. Your hippie friends will think you’re a label whore and superficial. There’s no winning. Just accept it. Everyone is a judgmental fuck. Clothes say a lot about you. Try not to look like a passé dud, dummy. Anyway. here are some more trends to keep you looking like a fashion victim for 2013…
The biggest thing in fashion right now and soon to hit the streets. We had preppy Hamptons turn into dockside collegiate fuckhead ivy leaguers morph into city lumberjacks. Take the forest and old money out of that, add Eurotrash and urban basketball, shake with some tailoring and jizz bright colours all over it. Blame Moncler, Michael Bastian and Thom Browne for 2013’s obsession with athletic gear. You’ll see luxe versions of baseball jerseys, shorts, rugby shirts and lifeguarding tanks. Lots of athletic stripes all over everything, sporty polos, cricket sweaters, a tailored bagginess (omg, shoot me right now for saying that), colour colour colour and white white white.
From Michael Bastian’s resort collection for Gant. I was at Gotstyle the other day and the sales rep pointed to the resort collections. I said thanks but thought “when the fuck am I ever going to wear resort shit?” Then I bought 2 pairs of shorts.
I would even say that his houndstooth glen plaid is more classic than on trend. But he still manages to make it seem super current by wearing it in jacket form instead of a tie. But glen plaid will be a staple for pants in 2013.
Oh, there’s Milan again.
Speaking of glen plaid, plaid jackets of all colours, grids, tartans and materials will be the next popped collar. A few seasons ago, big designers were churning them out and then some mass market retailers caught on but the public were still too obsessed with American classic. But old kooky grandpa chic with a modern twist (think tweed in a slimmer cut paired with white jeans) will be all the rage when the snow stops falling.
LAYERS OF LAYERING
Something is happening in fashion circles where men are layering like crazy. Like jackets in jackets in vests in a sweater. It’s kinda nuts but hey, it is sometimes cold out there. But the layering thing is getting out of hand. I don’t really see this hitting the mainstream at all. I don’t think most people have the time or patience to do unconventional layering. Which leads me to…
DENIM JACKETS FOR LAYERING
I’ve been doing this for years but only because I feel ripped off when I buy a denim jacket and I’m able to wear it maybe once or twice (it never really holds much in its pockets and doesn’t go with denim bottoms) so I wear it as an inside jacket after I take off my winter coat. Wow, fashion is so stupid.
The very talented and fucking hot Richard Chai who has done stuff for Penguin and Marc Jacobs is one of the designers at the forefront of fashion’s new menswear vanguard. And with a growing Chinese market, more Asian faces (models, designers, stylists, photographers, bloggers) will mean more cashola for the industry. Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Philip Lim, Thakoon and many others are becoming household names. My shitty local mall, which includes a Walmart and a Foot Locker, sells amazing Philip Lim 2.0 glasses. Start counting the amount of Chinese or Asian faces in magazines and advertisements. 5 years ago, you wouldn’t see an Asian model throughout the entire year and now every single issue has at least one slanty eye. The Asians are coming for you all. Especially Bryanboy.
Shit, I have to go to my parents’ now to look at their vacation photos. Snoozerama. More trend reports to come…