Spring into the new season with these essential fashion trends every man should know.
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The 10 Best Trends
It’s time to start paying as much attention to your wardrobe as you do your workout—and we’re here to help you get started. We’re spotlighting the must-have styles from the spring runways and showing how you can easily translate it into your own look. From laid-back bomber jackets and suede lace-up shoes to unexpected camo prints, your attire is about to get a seriously fashionable upgrade.
Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum
Fight fickle spring weather in the season’s coolest coat: a bomber jacket. And while you can’t go wrong in a classic leather version, we recommend embracing popular spring-friendly fabrics like cotton and nylon. The unexpected choices are more casual, so you can wear it around the clock. Plus, they’re lightweight so you’ll still be able to slip them on after-dark even once the temperatures start to really rise.
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum</i>
If your childhood dreams of becoming an MLB player never came to fruition, you can now at least play the part in baseball-inspired jackets, jersey shirts and hats as seen at Alexander Wang one of the season’s most admired shows. To ensure your A. Rod-esque look scores a home run, wear each stylized piece separately to avoid getting into costumer territory—you’re not actually heading onto the field.<p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Wang</i>
These aren't your father's loafers: Whether you're heading to the office or enjoying a casual Sunday afternoon, you'll look instantly put-together if you finish off your outfit (from jeans and a tee to a dapper suit) with a pair of suede lace-up shoes like the ones featured in Missoni's runway show. Try a simple monochromatic pair for work, but on your day off get funky in a pair with a contrasting sole and lace.
Yes, it's finally appropriate to wear your ripped jeans outside of the garage. Slim-cut vintage wash denim featuring a few distressed details adds an effortless vibe to any outfit. If you're dressing to impress, wear them with a solid color button-up and blazer and for an everyday look don them with your favorite plaid shirt and sneakers. But guys, just keep in mind there's a fine line between gently worn-in and falling apart. Don't cross it. <p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of 7 For All Mankind </i>
Floral and ethnic prints ruled the runways this season—and no we’re not talking the women’s shows. But don’t freak out, we’re not asking you to rock daisies from head-to-toe. Instead incorporate the popular prints in less obvious ways. “We are excited about the contrast pocket tee trend, especially solid tees with a printed pocket,” says Kevin Harter, Bloomingdale's vice president for fashion direction of men’s, home, and online. Or if you're feeling bolder offset a printed fitted woven with slim dark chinos.<p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Steven Alan</i>
You spent all winter getting into beach-ready shape, but even if you’re not hitting the waves you can still flaunt your hard work—just slip into a pair of white jeans. Go with a slim boot cut to best flatter your build and top off the clean-cut trouser with a crisp V-neck tee, boat shoes and a belt. <p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren</i>
From powder to navy, it's official: blue is the new black, especially when it comes to the suit. Though designers showed tailored, slim cut office-approved two-piece suits in head-turning electric blue colors, you'd achieve the same effect at your next business lunch in a softer or darker shade. If you want to dip your toes into the cobalt pool before diving in, try breaking it up and wearing just the pant or the jacket. And if for some reason you're still not persuaded to trade in your favorite black suit consider this: Dudes like Amar'e Stoudemire, Andrew Garfield and Channing Tatum have all recently stepped out in sapphire duds. Convinced yet?<p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Nautica</i>
<strong>Tommy Hilfiger Navy Double Breasted Suit, </strong>$598, at Tommy Hilfiger, Fifth Avenue New York, 212-223-1824
No need to lug around your gym shoes all anymore because now it’s totally cool—if not encouraged—to walk around all day in your favorite running sneakers. Poppy reds, neon yellow and bright green sneakers transform dark denim and a blazer from typical to trendy. The best part? You’ll get your moneys worth considering you can wear the kicks 24/7.<p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo</i>
Camo has long been a go-to look for guys, but this season it’s undergone a reinvention. No longer is the classic army green style going to cut it, but rather look for non-traditional color combos, digitalized prints and slightly altered patterns on jackets, pants, and tees, as well as unexpected places like shoes, gym bags, laptop cases.<p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Valentino</i>
Stripes have a reputation for being dorky, preppy and flat-out lame, but this season the classic pattern got a stylish upgrade thanks to chunky color blocking and shocking shade combos. Test out the timeless print on basic tees, polos and dress shirts. If you’re feeling bold try something in a bright hue, though if you’re more of a classist, navy and white is always a safe—and sartorial sound—route to go.<p><p>
<i>Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kors</i>