The old, the overused and the straight-up awful – here are the menswear trends we hope to see wiped from the face of fashion in 2017
2016 has been huge for menswear with a number of menswear collections steadily gaining some well-deserved hype. We’ve had a Stella McCartney menswear debut, Balenciaga held its first ever runway show and we’ve been blessed with a variety of weird and wonderful menswear trends from the designers-that-be. That being said, there are some menswear trends that have long outstayed their welcome in the style circle – spoilers: the beloved bomber jacket didn’t make the cut.
We blame Yeezy for this. The holey knitwear thing is something we can get behind, it’s a tried and tested method of bringing a grungy, streetwear vibe to layered outfits, but consequently, the high street has jumped on this and has taken to stocking holey t-shirts. Predictably, the trend has fallen flat. No one wants to see your chest hair (or worse) poking through those pre-snipped tees.
The pre-faded jeans fad refuses to fade. We know that pre-faded or ripped jeans may be your fashion fail safe on casual days and yes, maybe they were acceptable in the 80’s and the 00’s – let’s not go there – but it’s 2016 now and distressed, pre-faded denim just looks dated. We know you’re going for that rebellious, devil may care look, but really, pre-weathered jeans simply look artificial and clumsy. Menswear brands are now offering textured, eye-catching alternatives to destroyed denim: embroidered, applique, patched; so why on earth are we still hanging on to these horrible, awkward-looking denim scrubs? Alternately if you’re not into embroidery, you can’t go wrong with a pair of solid, tapered, deep wash jeans, just leave the pre-fade alone.
Don’t get us wrong, we love bomber jackets; the classic black bomber, the embroidered bomber, the silk bomber, the longline bomber…but after three years of seeing bomber jackets in every collection, high street or otherwise, and umpteen updates on the style, we’re starting to feel a little bit bombarded. We’ve been bombarded with bombers. It’s time for a new jacket to take the style spotlight. Please, no more bombers.
Teenagers are the only ones who can – or should – get away with wearing snapbacks. Thankfully, snapbacks are starting to peter out now in favour of the simpler, grown up baseball cap, but there are still a few snapbacks dithering around in select stores and appearing in recent clothing drops. Please, let’s retire the snapback and dress like we want to be taken seriously.
What’s the 2016 trend you can’t wait to see the back of? Let us know @Shopological
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