Men’s Fashion Spring/Summer 2011
2011 fashion weeks have drawn to a close in the global epicenters of fashion. Premiere designers, buyers, and lovers of fashion turned out en masse in New York City, Los Angeles, Milan, and other major markets for the unveiling of a range of new styles for a brand new year. And while exciting trends such as cargo jackets, Flatform shoes, and high-waisted flares are just a few items that are on women’s radars, men may not be as confident when it comes to new fashion trends available to them in 2011. For guys that are willing to do a little advance homework, it is not terribly difficult to uncover viable new looks without breaking the proverbial bank.
It is simply not the case that men’s wardrobes are as restrictive as many make them out to be. Guys do not have to abandon the old reliable jeans, tee’s, and polo neck jumpers to spice things up and make a statement for 2011. Rather, it is possible to use the old and comfy in concert with the new and stylish to formulate a refreshing new look. Many of the 2011 fashion weeks premiered Ivy League-inspired designs and preppy ranges for men. It’s not necessary to purchase an entire seersucker suit or invest in cases of argyle socks to pull off this look. Rather, choose one-off items that suit your style and complement what you are already comfortable wearing.
Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors were just two designers that rolled out preppy pea and trench coats, which can be a versatile addition to any collection. Jeans and tee-shirt’s guys who just want to spice things up might try a double breasted trench coat over a V-neck tee. Pop the collar and consider accessorizing with a chain or two. For those who are more comfortable with modifying their look, there are many more options. Whites and pastels dominate for spring and summer, as well as vibrant, interesting takes on orange and purple . There are a few mainstay items in any truly preppy collection of gear. Striped oxfords, fleece cardigans, tassel loafers, and a well-fitting pair of chinos are a good start. Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and Tommy Hilfiger all offer a number of options along these lines.
Fashion conscious men should might also consider borrowing trends from across the pond for 2011. British culture will thankfully never be able to fully shake off the lasting influence of the Mod period of the 1960’s. This is evident in everything from the ubiquitous drain pipe pants and narrow lapels to pointy-toe boots and Mod hairdos. Consider livening up your otherwise boring jeans and tee combo by tying a pinstripe woven scarf around your neck. It is also important to understand that, in this realm of fashion, it is not necessarily what you are wearing, but rather how you are wearing it. Pinstriped oxfords, short sleeve polo’s, and blue jeans are all in play. The Mod style is more about the cut of the clothing than anything else. Pretty Green and Oliver Spencer are just two of the clothing ranges you may consider checking out to explore this look further.
It is also possible for men to pull off an urban, street savvy look without resorting to tattered jeans and second hand jackets. There are numerous designers that offer affordable options for items such as distressed jeans and cool plaid shirts. Selvedge, Diesel, and William Rast all make great denim that suits this look perfectly. You may try tossing a light corduroy jacket over your plaid shirt for a hip, easy-going look on cooler spring nights. A nice canvas rucksack goes with this style ideally for the urban traveler who keeps all of his essentials on his person as he goes about his day. To add a personalized touch, add a signature hat or some fun shoes or boots. SeaVees makes an awesome ankle boot and you can never go wrong with a versatile pair of Chuck Taylor’s by Converse.
Men have a range of options at their disposal when it comes to new styles for 2011. Trying out new kinds of clothing and exploring new trends does not have to be an intimidating prospect. The breadth and scope of designs for 2011 afford guys the opportunity to find items in which they feel cool and comfortable.