The switch from seasonal excess to January detox is on. It’s the time of year when men swap nights out for early starts, cocktails for kale smoothies, and button-unbuckling meals for round after round of burpees.
While diets and gym memberships are obvious resolutions, no refresh is complete without a wardrobe reappraisal (if you ask us). That’s why we’re pre-empting the spring clean by taking stock of the menswear trends you should try on for size in 2020.
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1. GO WILD FOR PRINT
Custom-made for resort escapes, tropical patterns were the season’s run(a)way hit. If AW19 was all about leopard print, then SS20 sees designers explore the realms of exotica – think bowling shirts in punchy florals, palm leaves and more big-cat motifs. If you can’t wait until summer, layer over a white long-sleeved top and a pair of black trousers for a trans-seasonal statement.
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2. DO DENIM DIFFERENTLY
The plethora of blue jeans, trucker jackets and chambray shirts can only mean one thing: denim is back in a big way. Forget plain old 501s – we’re talking ultra-luxe iterations that are dyed, deconstructed and embellished with designer hallmarks. Doubled up or triple threat are key season looks, but don’t let that blindside you to the hardy fabrics’ versatility – especially a black denim jacket worn with roll-neck jumpers and tailored trousers.
3. SET YOUR COORDINATES
Your task: embracing the tailoring renaissance when your wardrobe is primed to streetwear. The answer lies in matching-set styles and tonal looks. Coordinating the cloth of your trousers with a zipped blouson, bomber jacket or overshirt allows you to sharpen up without committing to the formal feel of a suit. It’s the sort of smart-to-casual bridge that’s tailored to the office or a night out – style with trainers, switching between a button-up shirt and tee depending on the occasion.
4. ELEVATE THE ESSENTIALS
We’re big advocates of ‘buying better’. By that, we mean being less wasteful with your fashion – and your finances – by investing in quality pieces you’ll wear year after year. Start with an upgrade to your staples – including T-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans – for refreshed looks that are easy to introduce into your off-duty edit. An interesting knitwear pattern or a monogrammed trim on trouser turn-ups will go a long way.
5. INVEST IN TECH
Reorganising our lives can make us pine for functionality. That’s where the new breed of technical jackets comes into play. Offering more than just protection from seasonal downpours, contemporary takes on the anorak turn straps, flaps and pockets into designer detailing. They come in a colourful selection of garment dyes and finishes too.