We always have sooo much fun training eyes on the menswear shows. The uber-experimental past Spring and Fall 2020 seasons have been total treasure troves of much-needed inspo! That, and a delightful little role reversal is in play, if you're keen enough to have noticed—now, it's gents who're stealing from the ladies and not the other way around. Here, see what we mean and read through the five trends you've got to ride this year.
1. Bags, bags, bags
Okay, while this isn't a trend in itself per se, you've got to admit that bags in every possible shape and size were a massive hype-driver at all the shows. We even dedicated an entire article to our observations, should you remember. From Valentino's tiny triplet slings to Off-White's huge, pillowy clutches, it's clear that the world's officially hit the permanent snooze button on the concept of a man purse. Cheers to the diminishing relevance of gendered fashion as a whole.
2. Slim suiting
You may not be ready to bid your beloved oversized blazer and borrowed-from-the-bigger-boys trousers goodbye right now (we aren't, TBH), but it's looking a lot like Prada, Raf Simons, and Givenchy totally are. That's a solid trio of key players sounding off. Say hello yet again to Saint Laurent's cigarette-slim suiting from two decades ago: This time, the reunion is tinged with aughts nostalgia. If, as Virgil Abloh rather shockingly mused, streetwear is "gonna die," then we're guessing classic Italian tailoring gets to be re-crowned king.
3. Prints galore
Manic pattern clasher? Same. Print is not dead, declare the cloudy blue skies at Louis Vuitton and the zany, colorful knits at Dior! Clearly, menswear's undying passion for the ubiquitous graphic tee has morphed into, well, graphic everything. If you're completely, 100% sick of the limited, unimaginative tropical Hawaiian shirt-esque choices lying around and gathering dust in the department stores, this is a beacon of hope. Options are set to abound. Pile those prints on to your heart's content.
4. Seventies dream
Think vintage found objects, patchwork, rust-hued flares, smarmy silk shirts undone to the navel, and, most notably, a widespread homage to the decade that saw cowboy chic jauntily gallop into the mainstream style scene. We'd figure Dries Van Noten and Tom Ford lead the pack; however, the sheer impact of the 2020 Grammys' red carpet rodeo absolutely must be mentioned, too. Howdy, greeted Lil Nas X, Diplo, Billy Porter, and, of course, Billy Ray Cyrus. It's a rootin', tootin' experience.
5. Dainty details
Put on your pearls, girls...and guys. Harry Styles, Timothee Chalamet, and their #softboi ilk are dead-set on normalizing gemstone jewelry and gauzy, beribboned blouses for men—still, don't you dare think they were the pioneer game changers on court. You've got Beau Brummell, Elton John, David Bowie, Ghali, Louis Philippe de Gagoue, and even the K-pop crowd headed by the always-cool G-Dragon and BTS. The point is, though, that sitting pretty in pastels and florals is highly encouraged. Go on, raid your best gal's closet.