Some big changes are happening in men’s fashion. Over a month of fashion shows in London, Paris, Florence, and Milan, designers showcased silhouettes, prints, and graphics that are already taking over street style. The conversation about men’s fashion is finally being pushed forward.
Vogue announced the nine most important menswear trends to be looking out for in Spring 2019.
The first is the “Dad Fashion” trend. For Spring 2019, loose-fitting, light wash dad jeans have come out on top. They pair nicely with oversized T-shirts, which can be tucked in for a greater dad effect. Compared to regular jeans, dad jeans are sturdier, and wearing them feels almost nostalgic. It’s like you’re able to travel back in time with a pair of pants. Dad-inspired styles, including dad jeans, have made an appearance in runways for Versace, Prada, and Off-White.
The second trend is all about showing some skin. At a few fashion shows this season, models walked out shirtless, wearing only shorts or trousers. Some were even covered in glitter or paint, as seen in shows from Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. Bare-chested models from Off-White and Dolce & Gabbana wore only necklaces. Dior Homme gave us models coming down the runway in see-through shirts.
The third trend is couture. Streetwear and graphics have made their way into couture, with designers borrowing prints or silhouettes from the past. Dior Homme showcased a white suit outfit covered in colorful floral prints. A model from Maison Margiela wore a checkered blazer and matching pants, with a sequined turtleneck underneath. Thom Browne presented a layered outfit, with each layer covered in a colorful lobster, crab, or whale print.
The fourth trend is tie-dye, which hasn’t been too popular for a while. However, it’s definitely on its way back into the mainstream. At Comme des Garcons Homme Plus, Rei Kawakubo sent out a model wearing an indigo tie-dye suit. A model from Louis Vuitton walked down the runway wearing a multi-colored, tie-dye half-zip jacket. A model from Amiri wore an oversized blue and black tie-dye sweater.
The fifth trend is basically just pockets. Storage space is essential, and men don’t frequently carry around purses to keep their belongings in. Spring 2019 is building storage solutions right into garments. Off-White and Acne Studios runways featured outerwear with several pockets. One jacket from Louis Vuitton had protruding zip-up cases built into the front.
The sixth trend is short-sleeve button-ups. You really can’t go wrong with these; they’re comfortable and can be dressed up or down. Fendi’s fashion show displayed several button-ups in the house’s iconic monogram. Valentino showed us a camouflage button-up with tropical detail.
The seventh trend is leather. Head-to-toe leather outfits were surprisingly popular on the runways, with jumpsuits from Alexander McQueen and a leather jacket and pants set from Balmain. Versace showcased a red snake-print vest paired with matching pants.
The eighth trend is the revival of the countryside. Straw hats and loose, flowing garments were popular on the runways, providing a casual and laid-back feeling that the fast world of fashion might not be used to. A model from Jacquemus wore a color block sweater with white, almost beachy, cuffed pants and a straw hat to put it all together.
And lastly, our ninth trend is graphic sweaters. Statement sweaters are being printed with images of scenery, wildlife, TV characters, and more. A model from Off-White walked down the runway wearing a gray sweater with a graphic and quote of Bart Simpson. A model from Versace wore a black sweater with colorful floral prints and white polka dots.