INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
5 2017 STYLES TO UPDATE FOR 2018
By Lakeisha Goedluck, January 21, 2018
Sartorially speaking, 2017 was a year full of endless possibilities. The '90s puffer jacket enjoyed a revival while corduroy threads — which were once a dad-only vibe — became fresh again. But a new year means new steez, right? So, for 2018, here’s five styles to try out that represent an evolution of last year's go-to trends.
If it wasn’t for the likes of Prada and E. Tautz, corduroy would probably still be the preserve of dads and granddads. Instead, the fabric that featured at all the '70s-flavored FW17 menswear shows became last year’s must-have material — whether that be in the form of wide-leg pants or a retro Harrington jacket.
However, for 2018, corduroy is taking a backseat, because velour is the new retro texture that's set to cause a stir. Predominantly used for sportswear separates, it’s all about adding a velour jacket or steezy pair of track pants to your sartorial arsenal. Make like this guy and allow your velour piece to infuse your otherwise minimal ’fit with a touch of slickness.
If there’s one wardrobe staple that streetwear fans currently can’t go without, it’s the oversized hoodie. As a go-to transitional layer, the outerwear option is just what you need to switch up your silhouette. But this year, the oversized hoodie has competition from an '80s workwear favorite — the oversized blazer.
Spotted on the runway at Dries Van Noten and Balenciaga for SS18, this unisex gear is set to generate some serious hype. To try out the trend, copy this stylish guy and match your neutrally-hued blazer to your pants for a Scandi-minimal take. Or, if you fully want to pay homage to the style in its original form, opt for one in a popping '80s-inspired hue and pair with stone-wash jeans.
When wide-leg pants first started making a comeback, they faced resistance from a sartorial set raised on slim and skinny-fit pants for season after season. Fast-forward a couple of years and wide-leg bottoms are everywhere — but now there’s another challenging silhouette to get familiar with.
High-waisted pants have long been an option in the womenswear scene, but the bolder cut has often been neglected on the catwalk at men’s fashion week — that is until now. For SS18, progressive labels such as Balenciaga and Martine Rose sent models down the runway in high-waisted designs. So, if you’re up for the challenge, team yours with an oversized blazer to nail another of the big trends.
From windowpane to tartan, heritage checks have been high on the agenda for FW17/18. Longline checked overcoats and lumberjack-style shirts have been seen on street-style experts around the globe, but the time has come to break away from tradition with the introduction of flamboyant florals.
Whether you prefer an Art Nouveau rose print or a Hawaiian lily pattern, get on board with the look in the form of an open-collared shirt. Follow in this fella’s footsteps and try to correspond the color of the decoration on your shirt to your pants — that way, whatever pattern you choose will work harmoniously with the rest of your outfit.
At this point, there’s no stopping the '90s revival — from old-school sportswear staples to retro sneaker silhouettes, it’s still all about dressing in key cuts from the decade of Friends and The Fresh Prince. The puffer jacket is probably the most popular comeback pick from the era — reimagined and resized, it’s served as the slickest way to stay warm this winter.
Coming out of left field, though, is the menswear sphere’s new preoccupation with ski wear. Sturdy, cold-weather-ready coats are now first choice, so layer up with a ski jacket from a stalwart brand such as The North Face or Helly Hansen. Fluorescent is the way to go when it comes to selecting a shade, so emulate this guy’s style and keep the rest of your get-up minimal.