Not sure your guy will wear much of this, and in many cases, that may be a good thing. But you’ll want to keep it on your style barometer, so take a peek at Mens Style Spring 2014 from the Paris runways and how to adapt it into more guy-friendly, wearable fashion. – S.H.
Direct from Paris: Mens Style Spring 2014 Runway Trends & How to Wear them Now…
Judging by the last few uncharacteristically cool summers in Paris and London, the cities designers offered plenty of options for year-round wear. Not that that’s anything to complain about, minus the effects of climate change. Expect lots of leather and coats that at least stateside, you can save for fall.
From Paris, you’ll find inspirational men’s style that’s based on the tried & true and slightly tweaked here & there to uphold an easy to manage sense of confidence and elegance bar none. While there were some of the expected yet over the top productions, there were plenty of wearable and accessible trends to adapt for now.
>>MORE STYLE TIPS: Runway Trend Cheat Sheet Fall 2013
Retro Fisherman Sandals
Seen at: Christophe Lemaire, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Why wear it? If the look of fisherman sandals are too retro a la Carey Grant and the ilk, there are plenty of options out there that cover your foot more while still allowing for the benefits of breathing space. Plus they look great with socks and basic trousers and make for a comfortable alternative to less stylish summer sandals for men.
Blue, the color of the season-
Seen at: Shade of a blue season at Lanvin, Dior Homme, Miharayasuhiro, Hermes
Why wear it? It was a blue moment on almost every runway as many outings boasted a blue passage in shades from dreamy to decadent. Our favorite takes were Valentino’s ultra deluxe denim suits and sportswear. Something that refined but cool will help you standout without extending yourself too far.
Black & White, and the absence of color-
Seen at: Kenzo, Opening Ceremony, Ann Demeulemeester, Balmain
Why wear it? We’ve been saying it for a few seasons, and you’ve probably kept it as a go-to the entire time. But on the runways at least, black & white has made a big comeback after seasons of over saturated hues. But that’s not to say you can’t have fun and find something new in black & white. The trick here is to look for uniquely modern updates, such as Balmain’s sophisticated moto-tux hybrid.
Florals, in Paris too!-
Seen at: Tropical at Paul & Joe and Ami, wallpaper at Sacai and 3.1 Phillip Lim for a wild mix of prints and magnified at Ann Demeulemeester
Why wear it? What became clear in Milan last week made for a major trend again in Paris with floral blooms of all type taking center stage. Best of all, Parisian labels managed to conjure a whole array of characters kitted up in botanicals. From sporty to dandy to street, you should easily be able to adapt the trend to suit your own style.
Digital Techno Prints-
Seen at: Givenchy, Sacai, Kenzo, Julien David
Why wear it? From Givenchy’s African inspired urbane collection of heavy optical prints to Sacai and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s techno takes, maximal prints are heavy on rotation. Use witty printed pieces in fresh colorways to add a sense of clever play to even the most classic of looks.
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