You may not have noticed, but spring is on the way. The weather is getting warmer (or at least, it isn’t getting any colder), the nights are getting longer, and before we know it we’ll be drinking in the beer garden and discussing the summer’s festival line-ups!
But before all that, there’s just the small matter of S/S 2017 clothing to figure out. If you’re still hoping that board shorts and flip flops are due a revival, we have some bad news for you. This year, warm-weather dressing is modern, loose and casual – with not a hairy calf in sight.
Read on to make sure you stand out for all the right reasons this year, with our pick of the spring and summer 2017 menswear trends.
1. Muted colours
Grey, blue and khaki dominated the catwalks, so you can expect to see these colours arriving in High Street stores any day now. This year, it’s all about muted shades, so stick with dove grey, pale blue and stone beige, accessorised with black, navy and brown, respectively.
Green was another much-used colour in the shows, with mossy tones appearing on sweaters, long coats and scarves. This is a flattering colour which looks good on just about anyone, so grab a few green basics while they’re still on the shelves!
2. Summer trousers are light & loose
Khaki slacks are back, but forget about the ironed-in crease on the front of them – this year’s khakis are loose and light. Look for wider-legged trousers in linen or cotton, then roll up the hem and wear with desert boots or trainers for a casual summer’s day look.
3. Distressed denim is here to stay
It doesn’t matter if you choose light denim, dark denim or classic denim blue – as long as there is some fraying around the knee, you’re good to go.
Distressed denim has never really gone out of style, so if you can dig out an old pair from the back of your wardrobe, you can wear this trend for free! Toughen up the look with a white longline t-shirt and a leather jacket, or roll up the hem and wear with plimsolls for a day at the beach.
Sportswear has been bleeding into the menswear catwalk shows for many years now, so it’s hardly surprising to learn that the classic baseball cap is on the cusp of a comeback. The classic caps featured heavily in the S/S 17 fashion shows, and it is one of the easiest trends to pull off.
Just avoid any logoed caps or patterns, and try to match the colour of your cap to the rest of your outfit wherever possible. Remember, this year is all about muted shades.
5. Urban style goes luxe
Thanks to Kanye and co, sweatpants and trainers are suddenly the height of fashion – but there are a few caveats, of course. The material has to be luxurious – soft leather, high end velour, or expensive jersey – and you can’t hold back with the accessories. Go for big, showy trainers and wear with a statement bomber jacket for added impact.