Menswear trends for Summer 2012

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Designers have a crush on colour & patter. This Summer, men will be able to let loose their inner peacock as the catwalks have been awash with colour, pattern and print. No longer does a man’s wardrobe need to be just a sea of drab grey and navy – those sober (but useful) neutrals, can be made lively and interesting with the injection of bright green, cobalt and even pink

‘Colour Bloc’

An easy trend to follow is called the ‘colour-bloc’ look which is borrowed directly from a currently popular womenswear trend. Simply team a bright jacket, sweater or shirt with an otherwise neutral outfit to make a foolproof fashion statement. Coloured jeans and trousers are also just arriving in the shops for the very brave!

‘Tonal Colour’

Slightly more difficult is the ‘tonal colour’ look, where the outfit comprises several garments in different shades of the same colour – e.g. pale blue shorts, with a medium blue shirt and bright blue jacket. Combing three ‘tones’ is tricky, so maybe just stick to two with a safe neutral.

‘Colour Pop’

Perhaps easiest of all is to opt for the ‘colour-pop’ look – just a small splash of colour on one or two areas of your outfit. With a suit, this could be your tie and pocket square; with a casual outfit, this could be a pair of coloured shoes – bright suede loafers or canvas lace-ups being most popular.

‘Pattern Power’

If bright colours are not for you, add some individuality to your summer outfits, with interesting patterning on a shirt, shorts, jacket or trousers. The patterns for menswear this summer, tend to be in quite muted shades making this look a real alternative to the ‘in-your-face-colour’ trend. Be very careful if you try to combine patterns in one outfit – the safest option is to team your patterned piece with other garments in solid, neutral colours. Look for the new patterned shirts with matching pocket squares for an on-trend business look.

Show Us Some Leg

The ‘Must-Have’ garment of the season is, undoubtedly, tailored-shorts. Every menswear designer featured shorts in their collection – coloured, patterned, striped or checked. Forget cut-off jeans or the now passé cargo-shorts, these are shorts for a smart-casual look and are to be teamed with cotton/silk sweaters, linen blazers, suede loafers and even formal, lace-up brogues – socks optional.

‘Must-Haves’ for Summer 2012

  • Tailored Shorts
  • Coloured Jacket
  • Patterned Shirt
  • Pocket Square
  • Coloured Shoes
  • Summer Scarf
  • Shoulder Bag
  • Retro Sunglasses