At the beginning of every year, the fashion industry’s most high-profile shows debut the wild and whacky ideas that certain designers think will take off with the public. Some of them do, while others are so eccentric and off the beaten path that they stay out of mainstream stores, fortunately. We’re going to count down some of the likely trends that will replace shredded jeans and t-shirts that look like they were made for people with unhealthily long torsos.
Where exactly this one came from is difficult to guess, but it’s likely got the exaggerated popularity of retro fashion quirks to thank for making an appearance on major runways this past month. It may also be a trend from women’s fashion that’s spilled over into the men’s scene, since it’s been heavily popularised for the fairer sex for a little while now. It’s generally associated with formal pants and trousers, but don’t be surprised if badly-dressed sixteen year olds are traipsing around malls in high-waisted Adidas track pants in a few months. We’re likely going to skip this one. Unless it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to dress like Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders – then we’re in.
Considering that we’re entering the final stretch before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the fashion industry has capitalised on the occasion. It’s recently been pushed specifically by brands like Vetements and designers such as Russia’s own Gosha Rubchinskiy. and it seems likely to crack mainstream attention, too. While it’s usually only acceptable to wear your football scarves and accessories to matches or when actually watching great game, chances are looking good that you may be able to just throw one on whenever you feel like and be thought of as fashion-forward rather than football obsessed… it’s hard not to get behind this one.
Hawaiian Print Shirts
Summer is usually the season where people take liberties with injections of colour into their wardrobes, so this one isn’t too surprising either. That being said, it’s very easy to go overboard with these extremely loud prints, to the point where people might think you’re going to a dress-up party rather than being trendy. A safe compromise is going for a Hawaiian print shirt, but looking for something that doesn’t go all-in with the colour palette, so instead of flashy reds and oranges, maybe try blues, greens, or even neutral monochromes. Whether this is a hit or a miss will all be down to execution, so pay attention to colour and fit or you’re going to end up looking like Magnum P.I.
A number of summer collections like Paul Smith and Dries van Noten showcased yellow hues to good effect, but yellow is a rather bold and unconventional colour, so it might not be to everyone’s taste. Luckily, the trend seemed to lean towards warmer and more toned yellows, so hitting the streets decked out like Bumblebee from Transformers isn’t likely to win you any admirers. If you feel like dipping your toes in the water with yellow, the safest bet is probably to start with accessories or smaller items of clothing like tees, or perhaps a baseball cap just for a shot of colour.
This is the name affectionately given to a dress style that you would likely associate with any 90s sitcom character… or whatever our parents wore in the 80s and 90s. The crux is that most of the clothing that goes with this trend is extremely ‘conventional’ and not what one would generally consider ‘fashionable’ – but actually somewhat boring. The go-to items will probably be normal stonewash denim, some chunky white sneakers and a boxy hoodie. This trend has been present for quite a while now, but it doesn’t seem like it’s letting up any time soon.