With our winter finally coming to a welcomed end, we turn our thoughts toward a fun and fashionable spring. Whether bringing a little bit of color to a serious business suit, the formal festivities of a June wedding, or a trip to the beach or abroad, we look forward to injecting new life into our spring and summer wardrobe.
Many trends are moving to the forefront. Prints are seen in many forms; dots, paisleys, botanicals, conversationals, and even kitschy Aloha motifs. These patterns adorn ties, shirts, socks, squares, shorts and swim trunks.
Bold is also the order of the day, as we are seeing taller, more spread collars and wider peak lapels. There is expression in color, pattern and style more pronounced than has been seen.
Accessories have become much more prominent as of late, not only with expressive pocket squares, socks and ties, but also lapel flowers, tie bars, wrist cuffs and braces, for a retro futuristic take on dressing.
Cufflinks expand from their usual classic themes to accompany a broad range of personal style. Elements of the past, from ancient cultures and timeless literature to semi-precious stones and fossils take on one approach. On the other hand, the intricacies of scale are re-examined with moving watch parts and encapsulated objects from the everyday, trapped in their own microcosm.
Blue is seen throughout the spring menswear collections, with a somewhat brighter take than in previous seasons. One item that should definitely be on every gent’s shopping list is a blazer of a slightly bolder hue.
Between the interest in all of the awards shows and in anticipation of the upcoming wedding season, formalwear is undergoing a transformation. Midnight blue has replaced black as the go to color for tuxedos, and silver, off-white and biscuit liven up the dinner jacket. Bow ties in black, silver and plum are often accented with themes of money bags, martinis, and mudflaps, while vests are often contrasted in elaborate tonal wovens.
Colors of the season continue with the popularity of pinks and lavenders, while aqua, apple green and cornflower add a fresh new take.
Looks like we are in for quite a lively season!
- Impressions from my visit in July to Market Week in New York
- The Rule of Style