Menswear Trends for Spring Summer 2016
As our world becomes increasingly globalised, many designers have embraced a new idea of safari to reflect the wanderlust of today’s modern man.
At Bottega Veneta, it manifested in the earthy neutrals and Khaki palette while Belstaff jumped into the deep end with a desert combat collection inspired by the Desert Rats, the British forces based in North Africa during WWII. Others like Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection proposed a modern fusion of safari and contemporary vibes.
Start out small by incorporating easy and wearable basics such as chinos, bush shirts and light safari jackets. And not to worry, the khaki and sand hues will fit in seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.
Loosen up those trousers
Since 2015, more designers have proposed a more relaxed silhouette and after years of the skinny pants, trousers are finally loosening up. From front pleat styles seen at Lemaire, to slouchy joggings and denim from Baldwin, the relaxed fit offers breathability – an undeniable plus for our hot and humid climate.
For the brave, full billowy pants from Yohji Yamamoto takes the silhouette to the extreme. However, a front pleat tapered pair such as those offered by J.Crew is not only easy to pull off, but also lends a certain modernity to a classic style.
For the past year, we have been sized by the new trend athleisure, and it’s here to stay. Pairing suits with sneakers, garments in new-age fabrics with easy-care qualities, this is perhaps reflecting society’s embracing of a healthier lifestyle and of a growing demand for comfort and functionality in their clothes.
For this Spring/Summer, an interesting addition to your wardrobe could be a Cuban collar shirt, made popular in the 1950s.
Seen on the runway from the likes of Dries Van Noten and Louis Vuitton, the open neckline visually elongates the body and the notched collar gives a different variation to the typical collar. To keep this look modern and sleek, go for a fitted cut paired with slim, tapered chinos instead of the boxy silhouette of the 50s.