It’s that time of year again when we all come together and tell you new styles for men this season. This simple guide will point out the ones we think are the best and how you can pull off men’s spring/summer trends 2016.
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Even though winter is still firmly in place the world of fashion likes to know what we’re wearing for next season now. Last June we were treated to the newest trends that will be emerging for this spring/summer and here at The Idle Man we’ve compiled a list of the ones that we think are the best. Trends come and go, but we’re here to show you what clothes are in style right now, as well as the best of men’s summer looks.
Whether you want to tackle the urban aesthetic look and go all out on a tonal green number the choice is yours. Even though many of us can’t afford the luxurious brands such as Bottega Veneta or Astrid Andersen we still like to give these trends a whirl, so, we’ve given you some great alternatives to give these SS16 trends a try, and who knows, you may look better than the models.
- 1 Men’s Summer Fashion – Key Colours
- 2 Men’s Summer Fashion – Key Pieces
- 3 Men’s Summer Fashion – Key Looks
- 4 Key Men’s Trends for Spring Summer 2016
- 5 On That Note
Men’s Summer Fashion – Key Colours
Green has made a massive comeback over the past few seasons with brands even showcasing all green looks. Canali showcased this bomber jacket in this cracking green colour, although sadly, not all of us can afford big brands, so a spot on alternative is this Alpha Industries number in more of a military green. Men’s spring styles don’t usually involve a whole lot of colour, so this is a good chance to incorporate some into your outfit, while staying on trend.
Why not try a pair of green trousers or shoes if you want to tackle this trend, giving just that slight hint of colour rather than a full on look. Trainers are always a good way of adding a splash of colour to an outfit, and you can easily achieve a casual, on trend look by matching a pair with some joggers, a denim jacket and a slim fit tee. No fuss, and just the right amount of colour.
On The Street
People are taking on the trends in their own way, going for both subtle and bold looks with this season’s choice of colour. A muted green suit takes on a smart casual vibe when paired with some classic high top Converse, and a green bomber jacket is the perfect combination to pair with some skinny fit black jeans and trainers. With this colour you really can go as full on or understated as you like.
Navy is a classic colour that will never go out of style and spring/ summer is no different. Navy is a very versatile colour as it can work no matter what the season, as designers such as Giorgio Armani and E.Tautz showcased whole navy looks. Why not dip your toes this SS16 into the navy pool with a pair of trousers, such as this Dickies number: perfect for teaming with a plain white tee and some slip-on plimsolls.
Grey is a spot on tonal colour no matter the time of year and this season brands such as Bottega Veneta featured all grey looks that we loved here at The Idle Man. Grey is a great colour to wear all year round, but for this spring/summer you can wear loose fitting tees and trousers to have a more airy and cool feel. These trousers from Dickies are spot on, wide legged the grey is lighter meaning you can wear darker colours elsewhere.
Men’s Summer Fashion – Key Pieces
Wide Legged Trousers
We’re steering away from the slimmer shape in leg wear this season. No longer are we interested in the skinny shape that many of us are used to and we have found a new love for the wider legged trousers and jeans. These trousers from Dickies are spot on for pulling off this trend (which we think will be around for a while), teamed with a pair of trainers and a casual shirt you can have a bang on trend look for spring.
On the Street
Again it’s up to you how you style this stand out piece, and you can easily play around with classic styles, adding your own twist to them. Cropped wide leg trousers give a more statement feel, and work well with longline pieces, with the contrast in lengths adding an unconventional finish. Keep the colours neutral like the smart casual blazer and T-Shirt combination, or try out bolder colours, mixing a vibrant yellow jumper with light blue trousers for a relaxed, summery look.
April showers are a regular occurrence, especially here in the sunny UK so it’s a good job that we have been seeing an uprise in anoraks and stylish rainwear this season. Rains is a Danish brand that specialises in stylish rainwear and here at The Idle Man we love the classic and quality feel to their pieces. This dark blue anorak is bang on trend for this season, and, it combines two trends in one, navy and the anorak.
As many of you would be glad to see, hats and caps play a massive part for this spring/summer. Brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo feature hats heavily in their show and here at The Idle Man we love a good cap. Why not try this Herschel number in blue, a perfect colour for spring/ summer and such a versatile colour – team with a tonal look such as all black or grey so that it really stands out next season.
Men’s Summer Fashion – Key Looks
I know what you’re thinking, layering in summer isn’t something that you want to be thinking of, but hear me out. We all know that the weather in summer isn’t particularly reliable so you may need to layer up to keep yourself warm on those odd days where you find yourself cold. Men’s fashion trends don’t always think about practicality, so this particular look is good if you’re looking for cool outfits that won’t leave you shivering. Officine Generale showcased a series of layered looks that we at The Idle Man loved.
As denim featured heavily this season why not try wearing this denim jacket from Religion perfect for summer – team with a white button down shirt, a pair of raw denim jeans and a more formal shoe, such as a brogue for a smart, layered look this season.
As ever denim has played a massive part of spring/ summer 2016 with brands such as Tiger Of Sweden showing a series of distressed pairs on the runway. Forget what your mum said, distressed denim is stylish and will always be. Try this pair from Only & Sons in a lighter blue, slim fitting and versatile, perfect for teaming with a black tee and white trainers for a casual summer look.
On The Street
Distressed denim is probably always going to be a trend, with the alternative vibe adding a casual, creative twist to any outfit. You can go for a less grungy look by adding pastel colours into the mix, playing around with the conventional look and keeping the contrast bold. You can also go for a more streamlined look with a heavy leather jacket and torn jeans, creating a more uniformed vibe.
The urban vibe is always going to be a trend within menswear. Brands like Astrid Andersen have paved the way for street wear in men’s fashion and here at The Idle Man we think you can’t beat a bit of urban. Try wearing this bomber jacket from Alpha Industries perfect this and any season, as it can be used with a summer layered look and it will take you well into next winter. Team with a pair of patterned joggers and trainers for a comfortable and stylish look this season.
Mixing Formal With Casual
This has been an ongoing debate amongst many but this season mixing more formal pieces with casual has been solidified. This SS16 we’ve been seeing brands, such as Berluti, mixing formal suits and tailoring with more down played items such as T-shirts and jumpers to create this great mix of formality and casualness. Teaming suits with trainers has been a massive trend for a few seasons now, and personally, I can’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.
On The Street
This is a timeless look and one that is continually re-invented over the years, with different combinations popping up with the introduction of new pieces. You can keep things simple by just playing around with different lengths and fits. Longline T-shirts paired with simple blazers can give an interesting new look to a classic outfit, while skinny jeans paired with more loose fit blazers gives a balanced yet understated smart casual look. Trainers are great to keep an outfit relaxed, and can help to add a stylish, alternative twist to a formal look.
Key Men’s Trends for Spring Summer 2016
- Key colours: green, navy, grey.
- Key pieces: wide legged trousers, anoraks, hats and caps.
- Key looks: summer layering, distressed denim, urban aesthetic, mixing formal with casual.
On That Note
Looking at SS16’s trends, they’re a few that really stick out, which are some personal favourites. Distressed denim and all grey looks are what’s going to be in my wardrobe next season with the odd sprinkling of navy and summer layering. Play around with colours, mixing key colours like green in a bold way with coat and trousers, or subtly with shoes and accessories. Mixing styles together is also a classic way of creating a dynamic look, and formal pieces like blazers matched with traditionally casual pieces like trainers, can give you a balanced yet creative outfit.
There’s no need to stick to the basics, especially when it comes to the lighter and bolder styles of spring fashion. Men can embrace more colours and styles, so experiment. When looking at trends it’s important to know what suits you as there’s nothing worse than buying into a trend for it to be completely unflattering. Stick with what you know and always try to stick to the classics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t modernise it – the bomber jacket for instance, a classic no matter what, but trying it in the green adds colour and detail to your look without being too out there.
Author: Tom Courcey