Cold and dark, January can often be one of the dreariest months with the days remaining short and the festivities over for another year. But with spring on the way and a fresh new year ahead, it can be the perfect time to start thinking about your spring and summer wardrobe. With the Spring/Summer ’23 runways having already taken place, we have an exciting lens through which to view the coming year.
We think however that the coming year brings us a juxtaposition: bold and brightly coloured patterns or muted sculptural looks. Two of the biggest trends we are seeing in the collections are seemingly at odds, perhaps owing to the manifold variations of men’s fashion that can currently be found. Although these two styles are seemingly incompatible, it could be that the fashions will find a fusion in the pairing of the bold statement pieces, accentuated by the refined colour palette of the more structured garments.
Perhaps the most common and unsurprising of spring/summer trends is the colours that make a reappearance after the more muted tones of autumn and winter. This year however it looks as though when they do arrive, it could be to the dramatic backdrop of the charcoal and black that has recently found it's footing. Tastefully sculptural suits (such as those that Saint Laurent is most famous for) will definitely be a feature of the spring looks as sharp tailoring finds the mark.
It seems that the pastel colours that are so flattering will follow this trend into a marriage of darker tones and softer colours. Charcoal suits with fawn knitwear, grey jackets with lilac jumpers and strong silhouettes with relaxed layers will all bring calm and confidence to our spring wardrobes.
About turn and there will be the biggest, brightest patterns on show in an integration of retro streetwear into commercial silhouettes. With the essence of the relaxed fit embedded in the shape, these garments will breathe some fresh air into the lengthening days with their neon-bright colours and their graphic prints. The bolder the better, there will doubtless be some that go all out with prints on prints for maximum impact.
I expect most will opt for a punchy statement with a potent coloured piece at the centre of the ensemble, framed by a more restrained look. Details will find their prominence, bringing looks together by pairing up the characteristics with matching buttons, flashes of bright socks, or bags to coordinate the whole outfit.
Regardless of the shape these styles take, it is certain that the new year will bring interesting variety to the already diverse men’s fashions and will allow some freedom for interpretation. With the combination of so many different elements, there will be great opportunities to recycle our current wardrobes into fun new looks.
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