At the beginning of the year, I discussed some of the trends that men will see in the upcoming months. Since spring is approaching fast, I felt it was fitting to recap and delve into the refreshing new trends of spring. 2014 spring trends will include: nautical stripes, safari jackets, sea blues, grassy greens, fresh prints, and slip-on sneakers.
To elaborate on nautical stripes, they will arrive in different widths and lengths. The attraction to this trend is that they look graphic and striking on every man. They are also versatile – you can sport them whether you are venturing on land or by high sea. Designers such as Theory, Givenchy, Vince, 3.1 Philip Lim, and Burberry Porsum incorporate my favorite nautical patterns in ready-to-wear clothes.
Safari jackets are also making a comeback in menswear. They are not only dashing, but they also have strong masculine lines. For inspiration and styling tips, look at Michael Kors, HUGO BOSS, and Gucci. While looking this fashionable and suave, every man should be ready to conquer his newest venture.
As for colors, sea blues and grassy greens will make a fresh start in clothing. These colors create a more relaxed vibe and look pristine when mixed together. These colors are not only calming, but are a welcome alternative to the neutrals that have dominated the past months. Fresh prints will also make their grand entrance. They are going to be brightly patterned, yet versatile, to match solid colors. Finally, slip-on sneakers will be revived. Basically, they will be a luxed-up version of the classic skater shoe. They will be an all-in-one of comfort and utility. Who could ask for more?
Chinos are also making a comeback. You can find them in all colors and most designers have their unique rendition. Henley’s are being circulated in lightweight material and in a variety of colors.
The “windowpane check” pattern has also had a resurgence. It looks especially sharp on dress shirts and looks great underneath any suit or jacket. HUGO BOSS now makes a built-in pocket square with their jackets – which saves money and time. Some of their jackets include patchwork elbows and matching fabric on the undercollar. Popularity of this style can be attributed to how well it sold during the winter season.
Accessories – although often overlooked by men – are also important in completing an outfit. Shinola, a Detroit-based watch company, manufactures very high quality, gorgeous watches. The fact that they are made in America not only gives them credibility, but also helps to support our economy.
John Hardy wrist wear is also extremely popular. It compliments other jewelry – regardless of what you are wearing – well. Large designer belt buckles, such as those by Ferragamo and Hermes, look outstanding this season. Some designers are manufacturing belt buckles to specifically match their shoe styles. If you are not into the “matchy-matchy” route, loafers with tassels are a great alternative when wearing warmer outfits. As for socks, Paul Smith makes incredible patterned socks. If you are not as adventurous with colors in your shirts and trousers, these socks give an outfit a little extra kick.
This should give you some insight as to what buyers and vendors have decided to put in stores this season. With menswear, there are not many ways to completely alter products. Men want what they want. With a clientele that is so much more decisive, yet sometimes less forgiving with new silhouettes, it is difficult to creatively design men’s clothing. As a result, there is a tried and true template. However, these new pieces will make the template much more refreshing. As a result, these trends are sure to put more spring in your step this season.