SPRING TRENDS: Our Top 5 Must Wear Now

Spring 2016 collections were all over the place in many ways – personal style is bigger than ever. But we did manage to discern 5 key trends that showed up in many of the collections. Our top 5 must try trends will help you navigate the latest menswear trends for your new Spring/Summer 2016 wardrobe and not look like a fashion victim.

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Phillip Plein, SS2016

White Pants/White Denim. We know many men are scared to rock white pants or white denim; the fear of looking like your dad in baggy white trousers is real. Don’t worry, much has changed since those days. Here’s how to make it modern: make sure your chinos or denim are slim fit or skinny fit. Crisp white pants make any outfit fresh for spring; incredibly complementary with deep navies and pops of bright colours. To avoid the possibility of looking too preppy ensure you get skinny white jeans that look like you have owned them for years; worn out knees are still going strong in denim.

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Louis Vuitton, SS2016

Fifties Inspired Shirts. Many designers showed short sleeves shirts inspired by the 1950s down the runway; some called them Hawaiian shirts while others referenced bowling shirts. Either way, this look is simple to master. Keep things relaxed with slightly oversized and printed short sleeves shirts. To avoid looking sloppy, or like your dad on vacation, pair these tops with tailored pants.

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Alexander Wang, SS2016

Overalls. We never thought we would see the return of overalls; the last time we saw these worn it was the 1990s and it was Marky Mark who was sporting them. But we have seen them popping up in street style shots over the past few seasons. And now the trend has gone mainstream. Many of the Spring/Summer 2016 collections referenced the mechanic-like overalls. We saw them in everything from dark blacks to white and cool toned denims and even dusky greens. Keep denim overalls fresh by pairing them simply with a white tee and a simple trainer (Stan Smiths). Or  follow the lead from Alexander Wang and keep it street by wearing it all in black.

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Gucci, SS2016

Bomber Jackets/Souvenir Jackets. The bomber jacket has been making a comeback over the past few seasons. Bomber jackets are versatile for casual days and keep looks cool and comfortable. Many of the bomber jacket silhouettes got an update via embroidery; the souvenir jacket first emerged in the 1950s with Japanese motifs with US Army personnel stationed overseas. Cop this look.

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Prada, SS2016

Shorts just got Shorter. Just like in womenswear, men’s hemlines have been going up an down over the past few seasons. Yes, shorts just got shorter. Hit the gym and stop skipping leg day. Summer 2016 is all about shorter shorts and great legs. Design houses like Prada and Gucci brought back short shorts in a full range of colours and all-over prints. How to master colourful and printed short shorts? Keep the top simple and clean – pair them with crisp button down shirts.

Christian Dare
Christian Dare spent much of his formative years working in the fashion industry as a National Visual Manager before he turned his attention to writing. He currently writes for AmongMen, Complex and his own blog, Christian Dare Edited. You can find him online at www.christiandareedited.com or follow him on Twitter @christiandare but he is more fun on Instagram @christian_dare
Christian Dare