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MichaelBond   , 56

from England


Designer Men’s Clothing Trends for the Spring / Summer 2018 Season


From the combining of sportswear with tailored clothes to even a few skirts and tunics, the recent fashion shows in Europe had many things that were expected, as well more than a few surprises. Every year, brands such as Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Off-White and Stone Island, all seem to be able to come up with new ideas and, in many cases, new twists on old ideas. So, if you want to know what will be in vogue in menswear through the spring and summer of 2018, here are some of the style trends that featured in the recent fashion shows.


Oversized Blazers

There was a definite trend towards larger sizes in many of the designer men’s fashion collections this year and that included the tailored blazers. Oversized, extra-large tailored jackets, often paired casual sportswear, were a major tendency this year. 


Vertical Stripes

With a lot of designers relying on blocks of striking primary colour for impact in the shows this year, patterns and prints were somewhat thin on the ground, except for, that is, the vertical stripes. Whilst there were a number of different widths in evidence, it's a fairly risk-free bet to suggest that your next tailored suit is going to be a striped one. 



First, there was the coming of the graphic t shirts, and now it appears that the graphics will probably be appearing on the rest of our clothes too. From outdoor jackets to knitwear, and even to your trousers, graphics and pictures were very much in evidence on a wide variety of different types of garments. One of the designer labels that is well known for its use of graphics is Kenzo. They use bold images brilliantly in many of their designs.


Loose Silhouettes

When you consider the way that men’s fashion has been going over the previous few seasons, loose, draped silhouettes are likely to be the least unexpected development in fashion. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that loosely fitted garments, along with loads of oversized fits were very widely used.


It’s OK to Dress Like Your Dad!

You may never have thought that your dad would become your fashion inspiration, but the 1980s is back, and it is back with a vengeance. There were plenty of pastel hues, squared tailored jackets and light wash blue jeans at this year’s European fashion shows, all of which will bring back some memories of the 80s.



Shorts have, for ages, have been something of a debatable issue in men's fashion, but this season in Paris, shorts were present all over the runways. Will men’s shorts-for-all-occasions become an acceptable item? We shall see.


Skirts for Men

If you have asked yourself whether the move in the direction of genderless design will carry on, several of the collections do appear to suggest as much. Not only have there been plenty of gender-neutral styles, a number of which were worn by both male and female models, but there were also tunics and skirts showing up on the runways on the men’s collections. Interesting times are coming, if you are feeling bold.


Military and Safari Style

Do you remember the safari style jackets with the two top pockets that the late, great Roger Moore used to wear?  Well safari and military style were also definitely trending in the shows this year, so that is likely to be another retro style that will be coming back in the summer season of 2018. If you want to go with this trend, a good starting point would be Stone Island, it’s a brand that makes very effective use of safari style colours and shades in their modern looking designs.