And it’s finally summer!
With that being said, the layers of clothing are coming off left and right and cooler clothes in brighter colors are being worn. Imaging being a guy at this time and the possible struggle you could be having with pick fashionable clothes at this time of year.
Not to worry!
Follow my top summer trends for men and you’ll find it easy to look cool in the blazing sun.
It’s All About Red
Red has been seen scorching up the runways of the spring/summer collections of many designers including:
- Burberry in shades of bold true red,
- Louis Vuitton with Americana appeal and a splashes of metallic red,
- Dolce & Gabbana’s raging metallic deep reds,
- Moschino’s play with deep Bordeaux, classic reds, and many shades in between.
Men should aim for a shade that they would be comfortable wearing. Add a splash of red in something as casual as a tee shirt or in something more dashing, like wearing red on a date.
Mesh Is the Best!
Mesh in menswear has a love-hate relationship. It’s fabulous in the area of athletic attire, but can trip up the every day Joe on how to successfully add it to their summer wardrobe. For men, I have a simple formula for mesh, start foot to head! That’s right, if you want to wear mesh start by adding it in the detail on your footwear, maybe detailing on your pants, a few accessories and then (maybe) go for the full blown mesh shirt.
Mesh was very hot on the runways of:
- Rick Owens had a few mesh shirts of his ‘vicious’ collection,
- Alexander Wang used it more as an accessory for the collection,
- J.W. Anderson flashed flesh in fine mesh tanks with splashes of color throughout.
For the more poshed and polished gent, the double-breasted blazer (meaning two rows of buttons running down the front) is a great choice. Think country club, yachts, loafers, and you get the picture. You can wear a double-breasted blazer over a tee shirt and wear with shorts for a casual look. The best tip is to remember the material of the blazer will dictate the level of formality many times. Linen is one exception as it can be worn in a casual or formal look in the warmer weather.
- Berluti did everything extra dapper and refined for their spring summer collection,
- Gucci not only played with blazers, but they also played with floral prints,
- Billy Reid went camo, print and boho wild in his single and double breasted blazers.
Piggybacking on the trend of the double-breasted blazers, is the theme of printed blazers. Men in florals was hot, hot hot on the spring summer collections of many designers. If you’re an adventurous guy, pair a floral blazer with think vertical stripe pants. A linen or lightweight cotton is perfect for the summer season. If you’re style is a bit more traditional, pair a striped or printed blazer with solid navy pants or knee-length shorts.
- Dries Van Noten went wild with floral prints on the runway! The darker palette allows he collection to remain current yet still very masculine,
- Alexander McQueen decked out the spring summer month with lace and florals,
- Haider Ackerman played with muted metallic, fabrics, and various prints, like diamante, in their blazers and jackets.
Color Blocking Tops
If simple is more your style, the pop of color in geometric shapes makes color blocking a trend you should definitely try! Tops with color blocking can go from adventurous, in the form of crop tops for guys, to the reserved, in the form of tailored collared shirts.
- Kenzo seamlessly mixed colorblocking, Americana surfing style, and chic athletic looks,
- Lanvin kept color blocking tops a tad bit sporty and a tad bit upscale, especially in their mixed media tanks,
- Paul Smith had a pretty in pink (and yellow!) color blocking theme that ran throughout the updated retro inspired collection.
Every Shade of Blue
As classic as a color in a nursery, blue in varying shades of intensity were smattered on the runway. Go classic in darker shades in more traditional cuts like v-neck shirts and summer sweaters or be creative in lighter tones with skinny ties, embroidered shorts, and funky sneakers.
- Dior Homme had three main shades of blue that were mixed and matched in colorblocking and solids,
- Maison Martin Margiela played with icy, royal, and electric blue in classic cuts of suits and separates,
- Calvin Klein Collection was all about blue in every hue!
All White Everything
White is eternally associated with warmer weather and cooler clothes, and this season is no exception. Men can be more traditional in an all-white suit in a cut that’s flattering. This is the perfect pick for an upscale summer party. To keep this look from getting drab or boring, the key is playing with textures — cotton shirts look good with linen, while a t-shirt can balance out a silk jacket.
- Diesel Black & Gold revamped the white suit and made it modern and cool,
- Damir Doma stayed true to classic cuts in a clean palette,
- Neil Barrett played with off-whites, checkered patterns, all-black and trenches.
These are my picks for the top trends for summer for men.
Which ones would you try? Which trends would you never attempt?
Let me know in the comments below!