Spring/Summer Trend Report

July 22nd, 2015

As mentioned, we’re live from the Liberty Fairs menswear show in NYC this week. In addition to catching up with some of the industry’s best-dressed gentlemen, we’re also taking a close look at what our favorite brands are releasing next year; Spring/Summer 2016.

Yesterday we walked the show floor to get an overview of the collections, and find themes among what is to come in menswear. Here are five Spring/Summer trends that we can get behind – all it takes is adding a piece here and there to your essential wardrobe to keep your style fresh and current.

    1. Dyed Seersucker

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    Seersucker is typically a two-tone ribbed fabric; most often in light blue and white stripes. It’s a preppy cloth that is reminiscent of Southern dandies and East coast wasps.

    One of the trends we’re loving is the idea of taking seersucker fabric (along with its uniquely lightweight texture) and dying it one solid color. This black cropped unstructured summer suit by Helmut Lang, for example, is definitely more downtown than country club.

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    2. Monochromatic Hawaiian Shirts

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    Hawaiian shirts are making a style comeback, but they’re not all bright colored and floral. Those can be a little goofy. The updated, grown & sexy Hawaiian shirt is trim cut, monochromatic, and cut with an open-neck camp collar.  We really love this one by designer Carlos Campos, for example.

    Mini trend 2.5: leather strapped man sandals.

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    3. Linen Safari Jackets

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    A safari jacket is a great lightweight outerwear option for Spring/Summer. This one, re-invented in a pure linen, is one of those jackets that bridges the gap between masculine functionality and refined style. Beretta, the firearms experts, are showcasing a clothing line that is just that; inspired by performance hunting/shooting garments but updated in Italy for the well-dressed gentleman.

    Mini trend 3.5: suede ankle strap boots, like these Jodhpurs

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    4. Polo Sweaters

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    We love a thick and beefy polo shirt. It might be more of a night out shirt than a midday shirt, but it’s got this retro vibe that is effortlessly cool. This one, by Lucio Castro, for example, just needs a linen trouser and a couple cool accessories to create a smooth Spring/Summer look.

    Mini trend 4.5: the flat brim hat (and we could add round sunglasses).

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    5. Patterned Rain Coats

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    We’re seeing a lot of bold rainwear, and we love it. A raincoat is one of those pieces that you usually wear on dark, drab days – why not use it to add a little life to your wardrobe. This fishtail nylon rain jacket was designed by a good friend and classmate from my Menswear Design days at FIT; my man Max Coombs of Control Sector. I love supporting my friends, and I’m always into adding a little splash to some classic tailoring.

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    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Photography by Alex Crawford. Styling by Dan Trepanier. Modeling by Will Howe

    • Jwill

      Being from SoCal, I’d love to see a capsule wardrobe designed around warm weather. I hate the t shirts, board shorts and flip flops that I see most men wear around here most of the year.

    • jbird669

      I really did that linen safari jacket. That will make a great fall jacket for me. I am a warm person by nature and usually don’t need jackets until October. I dig those Hawaiian shirts too.

    • Kyle Leon Norville

      I cannot deny that I am a sucker for outerwear. This also means that I have difficulties in the Summer. But that linen Safari Jacket really caught my eye. I am interested in seeing just how lightweight it is. Really beautuful color!

    • AFH

      Is the one colour seersucker a new trend – I’ve just seen a GQ video from 2013 bigging one up in Navy. Black is an interesting change but black linen looks great anyway, the navy seersucker is the more interesting wardrobe staple.

    • Ali Naaseh

      I’ve started going by a new philosophy lately; ‘if my dad would get ridiculed for wearing it, I probably shouldn’t wear it either.’ Every one of these pieces fits into that category.

    • Ali Naaseh

      I’ve started going by a new philosophy lately; ‘If my dad would get ridiculed for wearing it, I probably shouldn’t wear it either.’ To mix things up, I sometimes replace ‘dad’ with ‘President of the United States.’ Every one of these pieces fits into that category.

      • James Wong

        Obama would look sick in both the Hawaiian shirt and the knitted polo.

    • Erm.

      Guys, you literally just wrote an article railing against disposable/trend focussed fashion and the damage it does. I’m not 100% sure an article urging people to keep their style ‘fresh’ and ‘current’ with novelty pieces fits in with that message.

      That being said – it’s cool stuff, and article above referenced is more than many fashion blogs do.

      • http://www.streetxsprezza.wordpress.com Ethan W.

        I think trends are a way to expand your style and see what you’re going to wear for a long time. For a while I was against the print shirt trend, but now that I’ve been exposed to it, I see that print shirts are a great way to build a wardrobe and are definitely a keeper for years to come.

        Some trends are fleeting but some, like the safari jacket and the Hawaiian shirt, have been around for a long time and I believe they’re going to stay. If you don’t like the trend, don’t buy it! At least thanks to Dan we’re being exposed to new things that we might like to add to our own wardrobes!

        • AFH

          How are print shirts a great way to build a wardrobe? I’m genuinely curious……I’m not against them per se.

          I am a bit against casual summer outerwear though. I have a linen waxed raincoat in the safari style – hey it rains all year in England. But really there’s no need for it.

          • http://www.streetxsprezza.wordpress.com Ethan W.

            Sorry it’s my vernacular. Initially print to me meant pattered, so I apologize. When I was in high school I never wanted to wear a patterned shirt and definitely didn’t want to hop on the trend. Now, I rarely wear plain shirts!

            I’m not a big fan of summer coats myself, but something short and casual like the safari jacket is right up my alley. I bought a corduroy one a few months ago and I love wearing it!

    • Taran07

      I have not seen a Hawaiian Shirt so elegant before. It is fun and sophisticated. I also love the way it styled with the black pants and those amazing sandals. Sometimes it is hard to make a very casual look elegant, but they did an amazing job with this one.

      I also love the sweater tee/polo. It has a vintage look to it. I would love to see more of these on the market.

      The safari jacket is a popular item for everybody, and I am not the exception. It is fun and elegant at the same time. I am sure it all depends of your body proportions and built to make it look that good, but on that image, it is great.

      The rain coat is just fun.

    • d4nimal

      TIL – Beretta makes clothes. Badass clothes.

    • DJ Hargrave

      Loved checking up on these trends..the patterned rain coats are pretty fun, but my favorite is the open-collar Hawaiian shirt! Definitely a grown and sophisticated look

      DJ- http://www.tailormade-style.com

    • iknowiknow

      Where can I find that HL suit? Been loving what plakhov has done recently for them, but It would be cool if they would put together a lookbook or show. Great editorial!

      • tommyjohn_45

        They’re showing off the Spring/Summer 2016 line.. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait for that exact suit.
        Definitely a great summer piece though!

    • TO

      The Linen safari jacket is the best.
      Though not on their site…yet. Juan will love that when he see it the Milano Man!

    • Miguel

      Man, most of this pieces are on point, I can see myself rocking the dark Seersucker suit with that Linen Safari Jacket.

      Also the brown hat with the Polo and the Loafers its like “I look better than you” in your face outfit.

    • cam

      the entire dyed seersucker look is great. so simple and sleek

      • TO

        Proportions work on anybody not named Will though Cam?

        • cam

          im guessing im similar build (6’3″ 185lbs) to will so looks like i luck out

    • http://www.vincentnappi.com/ Vincent Nappi

      Really enjoy these trends. That raincoat is so fun to look at. Would be all over that Helmut Lang suit…hope the solid seersucker deal keeps up steam. It’s such an interesting texture.

      • tommyjohn_45

        Agreed.. Love seeing a bold raincoat. While that pattern in particular is not something I prefer, I’ve always loved going with bolder reds/yellows in the rain to brighten up a rather drab day.

    • http://www.online-instagram.com/user/easyandawesome/1217714417 olrichm

      Everything about that linen safari jacket is awesome. And sweater tees/polos. Those two items really stand out to me