Kate Swanson

Men's Fashion Trends

Kate Swanson
Men's Fashion Trends

By Erika Lopez 

Some of my guy friends who read my articles are always asking why I only talk about women’s fashion. I usually respond by saying that I write about the things I am  familiar with, but with the beginning of a new year I figured that it’s high time to get out of my comfort zone. This article is for all the men at Yale who are looking to dress trendier going into spring semester.

We’re in the middle of winter, so it seems appropriate to share some of the current menswear trends featured in fall/winter showcases in London, Paris, and Milan. It may be cold outside, but with a bit of layering these trends can be pulled easily. I’ll first show the runway look and then explain how to rock it on an everyday basis.

(Image via Vogue)

(Image via Vogue)

If you’re looking to stay extra warm this season, puffa jackets are the way to go. These jackets are meant to be oversized and all-consuming. They’re great to pair with jeans for a more casual look. I also like that you can make even more of a statement by finding a jacket in an unusual color like the plum coat pictured above.

Not ready to go super big and bulky? Uniqlo winter jackets give off a similar padded look, but are “ultra thin.” Rock these on a more everyday basis and save the “puffa” look for a photoshoot in Antarctica.

Uniqlo ultra light down parka (Image via Uniqlo )

Uniqlo ultra light down parka (Image via Uniqlo )

Another trend this season is the tracksuit, which can be a seen as a nod to the athleisure style that has been “in” for the past couple of years. By adding new patterns, textures, and zipper detailing,top designers are making sure that modern tracksuits no longer resemble something that your high school gym teacher would have worn. Like the puffa jackets, tracksuits are outerwear, which makes them perfect for layering.

Left to right: Burberry, Christopher Shannon, Astrid Andersen (Image via Vogue) 

Left to right: Burberry, Christopher Shannon, Astrid Andersen (Image via Vogue

In the past, tracksuits often came in sets with both zip-up jackets and matching pants. Most runway models this season wore only the track jacket, but on an everyday basis it might make sense to pair such a jacket with another athleisure item like joggers.

Track style jacket paired with gray joggers for a comfy street look (Image via Media Cache)

Track style jacket paired with gray joggers for a comfy street look (Image via Media Cache)

Avoid the winter blues by wearing this season’s trendiest color for men: red. Such a bold color can be a statement in itself. Red was all over the runway, incorporated into everything from hoodies to pants.

Left to right: Raf Simmons, Alexander McQueen, Sacai (Image via Vogue)

Left to right: Raf Simmons, Alexander McQueen, Sacai (Image via Vogue)

If you don’t want to commit to tops or bottoms in red, try adding the vibrant color to accessories or shoes.

Follow Usher’s lead and add a touch of red with sneakers (Image via Lookastic) 

Follow Usher’s lead and add a touch of red with sneakers (Image via Lookastic

I saved my favorite menswear trend for last: metallics. The cool, shiny tone of metallics is perfect for wintry days. Stand out in the crowd with this style, which is reminiscent of the getups from the 80s. On the runway this season, models primarily wore this trend with jackets, but metallic pants are also more popular than ever.

Left to right: Astrid Andersen, Calvin Klein Collection, Versace (Image via Vogue)

Left to right: Astrid Andersen, Calvin Klein Collection, Versace (Image via Vogue)

Head down to Broadway to the Urban Outfitters to sport the metallic trend in the form of a hat. Baseball caps never really go out style and are great for bad hair days.

Satin cap sold at Urban Outfitters (Image via Urban Outfitters)

Satin cap sold at Urban Outfitters (Image via Urban Outfitters)

Guys, start off 2017 with a bang by adding some of these trends to your daily outfits. Show off looks by tagging @yfashionhouse on Instagram for a chance to be featured in What’s In Your Closet?