7 Milan Men's Fashion Week Trends That'll Work For Everyone, Regardless Of Gender
It's officially Men's Fashion Week in Milan, and thanks to the ridiculous manufacturing/retail cycle, top designers are showing off their collections of menswear for Spring 2016. There are already some pretty strong looks and killer styles that are pulling ahead in Milan right now, from Ralph Lauren's sporty racing/aviation vibes to Moschino's over-the-top baroque aesthetic. Regardless of your gender, there are a ton of Men's Fashion Week trends at this season's shows that are perfect for everyone to look forward to wearing in the springtime.
While I love the high drama of women's couture shows, I find the styles and trends from men's fashion weeks to be much more accessible and easy to duplicate in real life. I mean, yeah, cage body suits and the luxe pajama look are gorgeous; but is it easier to try and find a way to work your fave silk bathrobe into your look or a baseball cap? Exactly. Men's trends tend to be more wearable and cheaper to recreate.
So, why wait a whole year when you can incorporate some of these trends into your wardrobe now? At the very least you can kickstart your "Spring Fashion Inspo" Pinterest board. Here are seven trends that stood out and are not only super wearable in general, but wearable right now:
1. Baseball Caps
Salvatore Ferragamo sent out the majority of his models with baseball caps as an accessory to sportswear and suits. One of those staples that rests perfectly at the intersection of normocre and athleisure, the baseball cap is the easiest thing to add to your wardrobe right now. And it's also perfect for these summer months because fashion can also be practical sometimes, I guess.
2. Pops Of Graphic Prints
Playing with a mostly subdued palette of black and deep cobalt, Coach added pops of colorful print, a nod to the trendy '70s with a modern and more graphic take on psychedelic patterns, in clothing and accessories on its runway in Milan. Generally picking one accessory or one garment in a whole outfit and finishing the look with luxe accessories and perfectly slouchy tailored staples is a super easy look to pull off.
3. Blue Suits
So, we can all agree that powder blue tuxes are one of the scourges of our collective fashion history. However, designer Richard James is bringing the blue suit back with his Spring 2016 line. His blue short suit (pictured above) would be such a cute work look for any gender, but even just popping a light cerulean blazer over a dress or tee and jeans is a killer way to wear this look now.
4. Socks And Sandals
I remember this being a cool-girl fashion thing when I was just getting into trends at 13, and it's stuck around in various iterations ever since: open-toe wedges with knee-highs, ankle strap heels with frilly ankle socks, etc. This latest version is pretty much as dad-style and you can get: those classic athletic slides and tube socks. Literally, all you need to do to get this look is make a trip to the dollar store and drop $5. Fashion.
Head to toe vertical stripes were seen from Bottega Veneta, Savatore Ferragamo, and Ralph Lauren this past week with a few modern takes on the pinstripe as well as a '70s-style chunky earth tone interpretation. The French gamine-style horizontal stripe has been a chic staple for women for a few years now, so flip it on its head with this new direction. It's really as easy as tossing a new tee or tank into the mix or going head to toe with a top and bottom for a simple look that really makes a statement.
6. Political Messages
OK, so this one's a bit of a cop-out because political messages should never be simply trendy and regardless of the season, people spreading their message is always powerful. Vivienne Westwood has made challenging the status quo the foundation of her brand identity, so it's no surprise that her "Politicians Are Criminals" distressed tanks are already making a splash on the runway. Whether you DIY or support a cause, don't be afraid to make your voice heard without saying a word.
7. Printed Suiting
So, co-ords have been huge in women's wear for the past couple of seasons and now the men's equivalent has arrived in co-ordinated printed suiting Uh, yeah, I'll definitely cop this look too. While co-ordinated suits in matching understated prints like herringbone and pinstripes are classics, the new printed suit is bold and bright. Grab a printed set for the ultimate statement outfit and for an easy way to create more outfits by mixing and matching with basics.
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