The European fashion shows have finished, and the top designer brands have been showing their latest collections, but what have been the noticeable themes this year, and what is likely to be in the high street menswear stores for the spring and summer season of 2018?
Top designer brands, such as Armani Jeans, Billionaire Boys Club, Kenzo and Stone Island are stocking their shelves with the latest fashion right now, so here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to be trending in men’s fashion in the spring and summer of 2018.
The 1980s Are Fashionable Again
The decade that some would prefer to forget is going to be a big influence on men’s fashion this year and that is going to mean that faded jeans with frayed bottoms, pastel colours, and jackets with squared off shoulders will all be making a reappearance. Believe it or not, there were even a few creases ironed into the jeans at the fashion shows as well!
Shorts are not every man’s idea of the perfect formal wear item, and it’s fair to say that opinion has always been divided about men wearing shorts anywhere outside of the gym or a sports field. However, smart, tailored shorts were on show in many of the designer’s collections this year.
Vertical Stripes Will Be Big
Vertical stripes appeared on many of the runways this year, so expect to be adding some stripy numbers to your wardrobe this coming season. In fact, stripes could be on just about anything this summer, including T-shirts, joggers, suits and short-sleeved smart shirts.
Tonal Colour Matching
A lot of the outfits worn on the runways used tonal colour matching to great effect. In other words, head to toe complimentary shades. There’s going to be no throwing on what comes first out of the wardrobe this year, because the guys will be all wearing tonal matched outfits this summer.
Graphic prints were also much in evidence at the shows, especially prints on shirts. Louis Viton majored on tropical prints this year, while you can find some very striking graphics on shirts in the stores right now from designer brands like Kenzo and Billionaire Boys Club.
Black and White Are Both Back
One of the big trends in men’s fashion for the SS18 season will be to dress all in white. The opposite was also in evidence at the European fashion shows with lots of black as well. The two were rarely mixed, though, so we won’t be returning to the two-tone look just yet!
Olives and Moss Greens
And finally, to go with an abundance of camouflage patterns there was a definite trend towards colours with a military feel, such as khaki, beige, and moss greens. Thankfully, brands such as Stone Island already have a good selection of coats, shirts and trousers in these sorts of shades, so you won’t have trouble keeping up with this particular SS18 men’s fashion trend.