It seems that there’s an unceasing leak of new-ins and new-outs, it can be difficult for both your wallet and your wardrobe to frequently do catch-up with the current menswear collections.
The good news is that this season, we’ll be seeing some of 2019’s largest trends spill over into 2020. In this article, we are going to break down what you should be holding on to in order to achieve the key looks. We’re going to share with you styling tips that’ll maximise the pieces from last year’s investments.
1. Rock Those Commando Soles
For many years, the all-embracing trend in men’s footwear fashion has been marked by a move away from minimalism and the style of being “less is more”, and towards OTT styling and bulkiness.
The successful movement of maximalism has been most evident in the sneaker world, but 2019 saw it take hold of our boots and brogues also.
This commando sole is formal footwear’s answer to chunky sneaker addiction. Its characteristics of being bold and bulky, and has a manner of entirely changing the overall look of a show. Anything from timeless Chelsea boots to stylish Derbies received the thick-thread treatment over the course of the last year, and with those amazing rugged soles providing higher traction in winter weathers, this is one of those unique trends that’s as efficient as it is stylish.
The best way to look good in commando soles relies largely on the kind of footwear they’re attached to. You may pair your commando soles with sturdy cold-weather pieces, giving anything too fitted a spacious moor. Try regular-fit raw denim, a thick twill overshirt and a chore coat.
Another form that works well with a thicker sole is the classic Derby shoe. However, the low-top design makes it a bit more versatile, meaning it could even be worn with tailoring for not so many formal occasions. Avoid skinny fits as the chunkiness created by the rugged sole can be a bit jolting in contrast.
2. Loose Cuts
Form-hugging fits became the thing for a while but 2019 was actually the period that really finished them off. This is why baggy denim to Chandler Bing-approved oversized tailoring, loose cuts crawl from the fringes of the fashion and into current menswear, marking a baggy shift that looks set to continue long into the next decade.
It became an exciting breath of fresh air for either your wardrobe and the thing down there, as spray-on legwear disappeared almost completely– restored instead by straight-leg, relaxed and wide-leg fits– and rectangular ’90s-inspired outerwear prevailed supreme.
Spending the last year gushing yourself into slim-and skinny- fit everything, the idea of wearing something that doesn’t stick seriously to your calves can be an intimidating possibility. The secret to nailing it relies on identifying how to create a clean, cohesive silhouette from head to toe.
In most aspects of menswear, contrast is a great thing, but not here. For instance, if you wear a pair of slim-fit trousers and a baggy jacket, your whole style will look unbalanced and disproportionate. We highly recommend pairing similar cuts to make a look that flows from head to toe. If your legwear is less tense, whatever’s on your upper half should be, also.
3. Tailoring & Knitwear
There are two pillars of advanced dressing; texture and layering are both integral to one of 2019’s hottest tailoring trends. Suits that were worn with knitwear was everywhere over the last 12 months, labelling another step in the common loosening up of dress codes across the board. The heavy shirts were replaced with fine-gauge roll necks, fisherman beanies were teamed up with unregulated blazers and statement crewnecks provides plain suits with a refreshing touch of style.
It’s more than just a long-lived trend, though. This plain style turns looks prepared to become a staple of modern menswear and is something that emits the type of classic appeal needed to support it into a new year and beyond.
The allure of knitwear and tailoring is that forasmuch as you stick to the right pieces, it’s reasonably straightforward to nail. Presuming you’re not striving to pair a Coogi jumper with a tuxedo, on the total you should be fine.
The champion piece here is the rollneck, specifically one in a great size to allow it to slip comfortably underneath a suit jacket without limiting movement. This most-liked knitted piece makes a remarkable alternative for a shirt when a suit needs to be dressed down without getting lost into a sloppy area. As a general rule, the darker the colour, the smarter it’s going to appear.
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for Northern Menswear, an online streetwear store run from Manchester that provides quality service 24hrs a day and 7 days a week. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.