Another season of European shows has come to an end, giving us our first glimpse at what will be big on the menswear scene in six months’ time. Want to know the biggest Spring Summer 2018 trends for men that will transition from the catwalks in London, Milan and Paris to the street next season? Look no further. Flick through our gallery to see the most important men’s trends for Spring Summer 2018.
The Eighties (once again acceptable)
Every guy’s style icon for next season? His dad circa 1983. From pastel colours to boxy suit jackets and light wash jeans with frayed hems (or – gulp – even a crease ironed in), we saw menswear silhouettes and shades from the Dynasty decade trending hard on the catwalks in all three fashion capitals. However, the idea isn’t for this to be costume-y – take your favourite elements of this trend and blend them with your existing wardrobe to create a look that feels fresh. For a masterclass in this, take a look at Fendi’s show, which mixed Eighties sportswear with tailoring or at E Tautz and Cerruti, who both took square-cut jackets and paired them up with cool loose trousers. Get looking through your family albums for outfit inspo now.
One of the easiest ways to get that Eighties vibe is to try out of of the most popular looks we saw on the catwalks this season: wear white from head-to-toe. If you think this is a bit bold, try swapping out your top layer for an indigo denim jacket or light, tailored navy blazer. For shoes, try smart black or brown leather sandals or penny loafers – this will instantly smarten things up.
After the Nineties comes the Naughties
Over the past few seasons we’ve had the big Nineties revival, so it’s hardly surprising that menswear is moving on to the Naughties. It might only just be bubbling under the surface at the moment, but a few of the early sings are there: baggy cargo trousers (some of which zipped off at the knee), matching indigo double denim, long belts that grazed the thigh and sweater-vests were all spotted on the catwalks of the various capitals. Expect this trend to only get bigger as the season progresses.
“Millennial pink”, that warm, blush rose colour you can’t help avoiding on your guys right now, is set to grow up next season – and is expanding into other hues. While there were bursts of eye-popping hot pink at Ami, Comme des Garcons and Billionaire, the most popular shades are from the mid-pink to pastel end of the spectrum. And what’s impressive is that the sleekest, most established labels on the continent were generally the ones pitching it as your seasonal go-to: Ermenegildo Zegna, Berluti, Fendi and Valentino, not to mention Oliver Spencer and Dunhill back here in the UK. Oh, and get on the pre-order list for a pair of Tom Ford’s lighter-than-light pink jeans ASAP.
Get a vertical stripe suit
With most designers relying on block, primary colour for impact at the shows this season, patterns and prints were a little thin on the ground – that is, except for vertical stripes. And while there were a variety of widths on offer – from thick to pin – it’s safe to say that your next suit’s going to be striped. The great news? This sort of fabric isn’t only going to be eye-catching, but it’s also going to be flattering on every guy no matter their body shape.
Two pockets good
Perhaps it’s the recent death of Roger Moore, but riffs on safari jackets, field jackets and Seventies-style military shirts were trending at the shows this season. The key detail? Look out for double breast pockets on items with a slouchier shape, to keep things feeling modern.