Let’s discuss trends. Around this time of year, friends, clients and associates will ask “What’s IN for Fall’?
Much like relationship’s, trends may be short term or long term. Short term trends such as man bun’s, rompers and jumpsuits, happen for two minutes and had better be embraced at precisely the right time and discarded before you see Joey’ from Bayonne rocking it. Long term trends relate to a gradual shift in style happening over a few seasons or sometimes a few years. For example, the trend toward a more casual way of dressing has been happening over the past few years.
Keep in mind not every trend is for everyone. If you wore high-waisted, washed jeans in the 1980’s, chances are you shouldn’t be embracing the 80’s revival by wearing them in 2017. When embracing a trend it should look cool, modern and enhance the wearer, rather than the other way around. It should add, rather than subtract.
Here are some of the BEST for Fall 2017:
Casual Suiting – While “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” has become an anachronism, the man in the suit has not entirely disappeared. He has just been reinterpreted. Buy a suit in a modern cut, pick an interesting color, fabric or/and pattern. Wear it with a t- shirt and sneakers. Maybe layer a hoodie under the jacket. Get it? BRUNO CUCINELLI
Wide Cropped Trousers – It is not time to give up the slim cut “Mad Men” lines. However, a slightly relaxed, cropped pant is a sharp option that looks fresh. Wear them with a loose T-shirt or sweatshirt for a slouchy, casual look.
Oversized – Designers such as Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano have been moving toward silhouettes’ with more volume over the past few years. Oversized t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters and jackets are everywhere for Fall. The best way to make oversized work is to be careful about proportion and balance. Wear an oversized sweatshirt with a appropriately proportioned trousers, like this look from LOUIS VUITTON Fall 2017.
Turtlenecks – for me personally, turtlenecks have never gone out of style. They look great when paired with a blazer, when a tie is too formal and wearing an open necked dress shirt with a blazer makes you look like Joe from Accounting….Turtlenecks are definitely everywhere for Fall. Tip: For comfort and wearability, choose cotton or a lighter weight wool blend.
Printed Shirts – this past Spring/Summer, we saw many printed short sleeve camp and bowling shirts. This trend continues for Fall. They are a great way to punch up a tailored suit or jacket. Nice in either cotton or silk, I am not really a silk shirt guy, so I will opt for the cotton version. This Parrot Print is one of my favorites from Bevilaqua BLACK DOG 8 SHOWROOM
Graphic Knitwear/Sweaters – I am not into wearing graphic patterns. I find them at times too memorable. The second time you wear it, you risk a back-handed compliment such as “Paul, I love that sweater…I always have…” However, safe to say we have been seeing graphic knitwear on the runway from brands such as Wang and Kenzo since Fall 15 and I think it safe to say this trend is here for awhile. Gucci, Givenchy and Prada all featured graphic knitwear for Fall 17. When wearing a bold graphic sweater, keep the rest simple. Wear it with dark denim or simple gray flannel trousers. LOVE this from Prada Fall 17.
Hair – Go Long or Short – OK Guy’s, the Quiff cut is on the way out, it’s been popular for the last two years and we have seen all the version’s of it from moderate to extreme. What to do? I say either trim it all down short such as a moderate buzz or crew cut or (if you have the hair and patience for it) grow it out. If you are growing it out, keep it well conditioned and use product which keeps it under control without being greasy. I recommend MALIN & GOETZ INTENSIVE HAIR CONDITIONER.
Stay tuned for the WORSE Trends from Fall 17!