Freedom and counter culture were the unifying themes at Fashion Week this year. The political climate kicked off by the “Me Too” movement has had an undeniable impact on the upcoming trends of 2020. Designers are directly challenging toxic masculinity with a subtle sensuality typically reserved for female fashion.
Masculinity in fashion has been tossed off the runway for a more delicate approach to male identity. With the standard conventions of menswear being challenged, the canvas has significantly expanded in new and exciting ways.
Gone are the days of drab grays and boring, slim fits; texture, color and pizazz have taken the fashion scene by storm.
These 5 clothing trends showcased on the runways of London, Paris and Milan indicate a dramatic move away from the typical streetwear styles we’ve come to expect. (This doesn’t mean streetwear is going away in 2020 though). See what we’re talking about down below.
1. Colors Make Their Way
Fashion week was a sea of color with Versace and Valentino at the forefront with bold, colorful designs. If you’re like us and miss the old Kanye, you’ll be delighted to know that the pink polo’s back! Although abandoned by Ye, Louis Vuitton and Zegna have championed the use of pink in their new 2020 lines.
For those who prefer a more subtle touch, autumn pastels like turmeric yellow and red earth seem to have caught on. Even the minimal, muted greys of last year have been replaced with enhanced neutrals such as sage green and full white wardrobes.
Whether its streetwear or haute-couture, spruce up your wardrobe with a splash of color! If you’re not quite ready to dive into the deep end with bright, attention-calling outfits, you can pair neutral colors with tasteful dashes of color.
Something like our most popular 5-panel hats compliments any outfit and come in an assortment of trendy colors. When it comes to headwear trends, we’re the forefront of it!
2. Less is More Nowadays
Great fashion makes you feel comfortable in your own skin.
Fashion week takes it one step further by using bare skin as a stunning accessory. This trend holds true for not only casual summer looks, but also higher-end suits! Givenchy, Prada and Dries Van Notten all donned suits, unbuttoned with no shirt in sight. Even those with a silk shirt underneath, such as Louis Vuitton, opted to have them unbuttoned all the way down, fully baring their chests. Dior and Fendi were among those championing the resurgence of sheer clothing. From completely sheer vests to entirely see-through tees, clothes are no longer about hiding your body but rather embracing it.
It’s a very bold and sexy look that seems to be almost rockstar-esque.
Streetwear has also embraced this concept but the casual execution of this haute couture trend aims a little lower, literally. Shorts used to be a huge faux-pas but not only has this years trend of shorts been reinforced, but they’re actually getting shorter!
The most popular cut of shorts shows off the upper thighs and are contrasted with polos, shirts and for the really daring, blazers. A common look seen in Paris this fashion week was the pairing of shorts with a neutral or a pastel bucket hat.
Thrown on a corduroy hat and you’ve got yourself a unique and stunning style. Ready to show off to the world!
3. To Dye For
Bold paint splatters were more common on the runway but Dries Van Noten’s blew us away with the masterful use of tie-dye. What’s really interesting about 2020’s execution of this classic style is that it maintains the spirit of the 70s while expanding on the range of fabrics and styles being dyed. Shorts, sweaters, jeans and even leather jackets are being used to phenomenal effect.
Our favorite tie-dye look was A$AP Rocky’s stunning pastel sweater at the spring fashion show in Paris. Despite current legal issues, the fashion icon was all about peace and love turning heads with a modern take on an iconic fashion movement. Can you imagine a sick custom 5 panel hat with this look to complete it?
The beauty of tie-dye is it’s something you can easily do yourself, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Plain blank hats are quick and easy to dye and add pizzazz to an otherwise dull outfit. You can view all the styles of blank hats we have here.
4. Fashion, Not at the Cost of Function
Keeping in line with the cycle of fashion trends, you’ll be delighted to know that the pocket is making its reappearance. Unlike the pairing of 2003’s cargo pants with backward caps and baggy tees, 2020 sees a blend of tasteful tops with cargo trousers. Fendi and St Henri combined larger than life pants with sleek tops giving us a new, utilitarian approach to fashion.
The fanny pack has been a staple in menswear for quite some time now and extensions of the concept were everywhere on fashion week. Dior and Prada debuted their new lines of neck bags which are designed to carry your bare essentials in style.
The most interesting and practical look was the use of the utility vest as a substitute for the fanny pack. Sheer jackets, utility vests and even pants are being lined with multiple, wide pockets and quite frankly making our lives a lot easier. Russell Westbrook, always on top of his game, was seen sporting a blue utility vest with no shirt under, which goes back to the idea of less is more like we mentioned in #2.
5. Relax (It’ll Fit!)
This year’s trend of moving away from the slick, tight fits of yesteryear have translated into every garment of men’s fashion. Not only has fashion gotten brighter, but it’s also gotten bigger. Retro, loose-fitting shirts your dad used to own have cycled back into style. Bowling shirts done up only halfway were a dime a dozen in Paris, as were oversized Oxford shirts draped over thigh-high shorts or loose slacks. History always makes its way back!
Even suits have gone the way of the relaxed fit opting for big, bright, colorful blazers instead of slim dark fits. Colorful displays of lilac and fuschia were on display and they made quite the statement.
The theme for 2020 is personal identity and the bravery to express yourself. Reminiscent of the 70s counter-culture, this exploration of identity brings back many trends of yesteryear such. It’s the day of the individual, the day of the artist. Go out and express yourself!
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