These trends don’t have to stay on the back burner until next spring. The beautiful thing about showing next summer’s menswear during June and July? You can play around with ultra current looks before the designer pieces hit stores. If you’re absolutely sick of your summer clothes by now, – like in Toronto, where we’ve been experiencing insane heat since May – this is a great opportunity to find some new looks to keep you fresh during this long summer.
There are a couple of familiar looks in the mix – some borrowed from last season’s womenswear – but the fresh perspective on textures and colours is sure to ease your summer wardrobe fatigue. For your sartorial pleasure, here are the 5 hottest trends, fresh from menswear runways for Spring/Summer 2013.
This season, metallics found menswear in an incredibly sophisticated way. Between structured bottoms and must-have blazers, this trend is sure to blow up when it hits stores on the large scale. Here are some of our favourite pieces:
Feeling adventurous? This metallic blue slim-cut trouser is surprisingly versatile. Pair it with a neutral button-up and lace-up shoes for work or for a semi-formal event. To wear them casually, throw on your favourite loafers or sandals and a neutral tee or tank. Don’t over-accessorize. Keep it simple with sunglasses and polished hair.
This interesting twist on a classic look is a great way to incorporate the metallic trend into your everyday wardrobe. A wear-for-all overcoat like this one can take you from the office to the opera. Choose an understated metallic, like silver or pewter, to keep the look from becoming kitschy.
Textured, metallic baby blue fabric with gold detailing. This is probably the best option for those who want an everyday metallic piece. Perfectly tailored, I love the pockets and collar on this jacket. The colour will suit most complexions and the fabric is light enough to transition between seasons. This piece will prove a popular seller, I’m sure, since the cut of the coat is flattering, very current and incredibly versatile.
Say goodbye to the boring men’s chain of yesterday. So many gems and statement-making emblems were found on the runway this year, it’s hard not to fall in love with at least one.
Roberto Cavalli showed a variety of stone cuts on simple silver chains. I love this look, in lieu of a tie. You can also pair this with a simple tee.
Louis Vuitton showed oh-so-many great neck pieces. Still one of my favourite accessories of the season, this understated gold chain with a matching gold and red string emblem can be worn with just about anything, any day. The colour combination is beautiful and the piece is so wearable, I may have to dip into the menswear section myself.
Versace took a bold stance on neckwear for Spring/Summer 2013. This is no exception. Heavy gold chains with large medallions won’t suit every look, but if you have an urban wardrobe, this is a great statement piece to be paired with basics like a tee and jeans.
The classic staple is reinvented this season with some fabulous timeless pieces and statement-makers. Here are our favourites:
Givenchy gave briefcases a soft leather exterior and creamy shades at this year’s showcase. This bag is large enough for your laptop and your gym clothes. Pack it as a carryon or an overnight bag, too. The simple structure and dark leather hardware make this a timeless piece.
Another timeless bag, this time from Dolce and Gabbana. The perfect briefcase for work or school, the weathered leather and book strap detailing make this bag the perfect companion for a well-tailored suit or khakis and a button-up.
Another Dolce and Gabbana piece, with a bit more flare. Although the detailing and structure of this bag remain classic, the metallic alligator casing makes this bag a great statement piece.
Where would a menswear roundup be without suits? Here are our favourite looks for the upcoming season:
Calvin Klein took the metallic trend into formal wear. Perhaps not appropriate for the office, pair this suit with a white button-up at a wedding or with a black button-up for an evening gala.
This slim fitting, well-tailored staple is from Roberto Cavalli and is the perfect investment piece if you’re looking for a warm-weather suit. The classic tailoring make it more timeless than a powder blue suit should be.
Then again, if you’re looking for something timeless and warm-weather friendly, why not opt for Givenchy’s white, classic-fit suit? I love this white-on-white look, but you can also pair it with pastel button-ups for something a little more personal.
These aren’t your father’s shorts. With textures and patterns as diverse as can be found in womenswear, next year’s short shorts are more than statement pieces. Previously reserved for the most daring among us, it seems as though shorts that talk will be making a big impact on the fashion scene next spring. Here are some of our favourites:
Patterned shorts and a great way to have fun with your summer wardrobe. Khakis and navy blues get boring after a while, so why not invest in a great pair of statement-makers like these ones from Dolce and Gabbana? Don’t forget your shirt.
Stripes never go out of style. Here is a great pair of investment shorts that can take you to the office or a weekend picnic. Pair them with your favourite button-up and a blazer or with a casual white tee.
These denim short-shorts might be a little bold for some, but their versatile nature and 70’s throw-back tailoring make them the perfect piece for the fashion-forward. Wear them with a sweater, a patterned button-up or anything else that strikes your fancy.
The Menswear Spring/Summer 2013 showcases offered up a lot of interesting looks that are sure to hit mainstream fashion next year with a splash. Scope out your favourite shops to see if you can emulate any of these looks now.