by Francisco Velazquez, Contributing Writer
It’s heating up and it’s not just the weather. Men’s fashion has slowly expanded its place in the fashion industry since we ditched the suit and tie for more toned-down, cool looks. With the rise of the men’s fashion industry taking the world by storm, it’s safe to say that women won’t be the only best dressed on the runway and streets.
Spring 2016 is bringing back the traditional colors and the neutral colors. Not to mention that modern and unconventional accessories have become one of the signature stamps this coming spring. We all know fashion is always recycling and reusing past trends, but it seems the ’50s are back stronger than ever. It’s evident that some of those taboo trends we said we’d never touch again could be sneaking back into our wardrobes.
A growing trend on and off the runway is the incorporation of bags. Size doesn’t matter this time because they are everywhere. This isn’t limited to just the standard over the shoulder book bag; the emerging trend encompasses big bags, suitcases, satchels, and handbags. You could call it a backpack revolution happening in front of cameras and on the streets. The deciding factor this season is style — designers this season are experimenting with shapes, sizes, colors and materials — taking the genre of accessories to the new heights of ready to wear off the rack.
Just when we thought that the farmer look was no longer in style, it pops back up. This time, there’s a twist on your typical run of the mill look . . . It isn’t that typical. Instead of taking the expected approach of the field farmer, overalls this season have a more mechanic-rugged look. Without limiting the consumer with the standard jean material, overalls on and off the runway are showcased in dark black colors, cool toned denims, and dark olive greens. If you’re still looking for the stability in the overall look, maximize the overall aesthetic with a simple white tee.
Get the green
Yes, St. Patrick’s day has passed, but green is still in high demand everywhere. Green has been around for more than just a few seasons and it’s still as popping as the designers who put them on the runway. The only difference this time is that green is used strategically to make that splash of color even more persistent. You can be sure to find shades of green split and mixed in pants, ties, shoes, shades and bags.
De-stress or Distress
It’s simple, but it can never be a bad decision. The only difference? This season’s denim are either ripped, patched, bleached or all of the above. Pretty much, destruction is the key. While the destroyed and bleached may be a little too much for some of the toned down guys, the important thing to note is that the life in your jeans should speak years, or last manufacturing. Whether it’s a lighter wash or a darker denim, the jean should be worn like your favorite pair of sneakers.
Legs All Out
No legs aren’t the growing trend, but the shorter shorts are. Design houses like Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton are bringing back short shorts in a variety of colors and prints. This is is the perfect season to experiment with prints and try something out of the norm. Whether you’re taking the day off to lounge by the pool or going out with some friends for a night on the town, keep the shorts short and bright with green, blue and yellow colors. You could take on a new perspective and go for a darker look and tailor it down with a dress shirt or a casual sweater.
As you can see, the men’s fashion trend is changing and ever evolving like the fashion industry. Take this into account and boost your wardrobe with a new piece and some color. This is the season for exploration and men this season shouldn’t limit themselves to the comfortable norm.