The Best Menswear Trends We’ve Seen This Autumn
When building a refined and lasting wardrobe, it’s generally advisable to steer clear of any momentary fashion or menswear trends. Yes, even if they’re openly and overtly doing the rounds on the most stylish street corners of Instagram.
Keeping focus and staying committed to purchasing quality timeless pieces that will always serve you well and will always look great is definitely the route to take. However, sometimes keeping things strictly classic can feel a little limiting, especially when some truly inspiring new influences and ideas continue to appear in interesting places.
So, while we generally try to stay away from menswear trends, there are (admittedly) a few more minute ones that have piqued our interest this autumn. And, we think they’re worth talking about — so to all of you devout menswear purists, you may want to avert your eyes past this point.
The Return Of White Socks
Up until about a few years ago, the only place you’d expect to find white socks on the feet of a genuine menswear enthusiast would be at the gym. However, white socks — the dress kind, not the athletic tubular kind, mind you — are making somewhat of a renaissance in the most stylish of circles, and we’re big fans.
Flick through essentially any recent Instagram post from most classically-influenced men’s luxury clothing brands (like Drake’s, for example) and it won’t take you long to spot a pair of gleamingly bright white socks underneath a pair of smart leather shoes.
Despite the pairing of white socks and dress shoes being a major “no-no” in the menswear world since the invention of white socks, this trend does seem to have some substance to it.
Perhaps it’s the intense juxtaposition that’s caught our attention. Or, perhaps we just thoroughly enjoy practicing our impression of Michael Jackson while wearing his iconic white socks and loafers combo. Maybe both.
We’re not fully sure why white socks have taken so long for us to ingrain them into our regular sock rotation, but we’re sure glad they’re there now, and boy do they work well with pretty much any pair of shoes we’ve got.
Do you know what else is white, looks great in autumn, and works with everything? Visit our blog post entitled “White Trousers: 4 Reasons Why They’re A Fall Essential” to find out.
Thick Knits Over Everything
The idea of wearing a thick knitted jumper in the autumn is about as revolutionary as cooking food over fire, but this autumn we’re noticing a menswear trend that’s added a bit of spice to the old family recipe on how to style knitwear.
This season, we’re seeing a rise in the trend of knitwear being purchased intentionally oversized in order to be worn over top the rest of an outfit — something like we’ve noticed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola do in seasons past.
Wearing knitwear more like outwear does come with its risks, however, which are mostly down to knitwear’s lack of protection against precipitation. However, if it’s a nice clear day out and there’s no threat of rain, we’re all about playing with layers and throwing a chunky cardigan overtop a fitted denim jacket or thinner jumper.
Thick knits might sound a little naughty, but these are nothing but nice.
Pairing Flannels With Tailoring
In a similar fashion to our note about knitwear above, we’ve noticed another layering trick appear and then reappear recently on our menswear radar — pairing flannel shirt-jackets over tailoring.
There’s no better season to break out your heaviest flannel shirt-jackets than autumn, though we most typically see them styled with dark selvedge denim, leather work boots, and perhaps a Steve Zissou-inspired watch cap beanie. This autumn, however, we’re really appreciating the look of those heavyweight flannels being worn atop smart tailored trousers and have even seen them work well over full suits too.
The key to pulling this menswear trend off is to keep the suit simple and let the patterns and colours of the flannel shirt-jacket do all the talking. If you’ve got a favourite flannel in a Buffalo Plaid, Black Watch Tartan, or something similar of the sort, those will look best pared down by a classic navy or charcoal grey Super 120 wool suit underneath.
Just make sure you don’t skimp on the shoes — a pair of Red Wings won’t quite look as right with the suit portion of the outfit as they will with the flannel portion.
Not entirely up-to-speed with the shirt-jacket (or Shacket) trend? Find out all you need to know by reading our related post highlighting Five Ways To Wear The Shacket here.
Sneakers Staying Strong
If we’re not wearing a pair of loafers or hotel slippers in the summer, there’s a damn good chance we’ll be wearing a pair of low-profile sneakers. Come cooler weather, however, we often find sneakers — especially of the canvas variety — don’t offer much in the way of warmth or practicality.
Though this year, our opinion on wearing sneakers in autumn has somewhat changed, and that’s primarily down to a few of our favourite sneaker purveyors crafting more sturdy shoes than they have in seasons past. These days, you can feel almost as sure-footed in a pair of leather sneakers as you can a pair of Danner hiking boots.
How, you might ask? You should be so lucky…
Never mind, we’ll tell you. Stronger leather uppers and a more water-resistant fusing to the thicker, more repellant sole.
Walk a mile in these sneakers and you’ll have a brand-new definition of sure-footed, guaranteed or your money back — on the condition they are unworn, unopened, and un-walked-a-mile-in.
We’ve been slowly noticing an increased amount of drawstring waist trousers making their way into menswear circles for some time now, not just recently. But it’s been this autumn where we’ve seen a surge in the amount of cold-weather-appropriate trousers featuring drawstring whereas they were primarily a spring or summer waist closure.
Now, more substantial flannels, wools, corduroys, and more are lending themselves to the drawstring trouser, and we’re all for it. Not only does the elasticated waist and drawstring tie provide a much more comfortable alternative to classic button closure, but they also add a casual touch of visual interest to an outfit too.
Don’t cast away the idea of drawstring trousers once summer comes to an end — instead, look for heavier-weight trousers more suitable for current temperatures that also feature the drawstring waist.
The influence of drawstring trousers is so strong that they’re even elbowing their way into modern office attire. Find out what else you can get away with wearing in the office these days in our article, Back To Work: Redefining The Modern Office Wardrobe.
The Knitted Hoodie
Hoodies aren’t something you’ll find us wearing too often outside of the gym or at home, but all those predetermined rules tend to change once the knitted hoodie comes up in conversation.
These aren’t your typical Sylvester Stallone in Rocky hoodies — no, you can think of these like the Italian Stallion’s posh cousin that still lives back in the homeland, whipping around the frighteningly steep motorways along The Dolomites in his 250 GT SWB Berlinetta.
Basically, knitted hoodies in superior fabrics like cashmere, merino wool, or anything with a thread count that starts with ‘S’ is what we’re talking about. Trust us, you truly haven’t lived until you’ve worn one whilst stumbling out of your flat to grab some brekky post a 1 p.m. wake-up on a crisp autumn Sunday. It feels like… victory.
Style them layered underneath a denim trucker jacket, a leather moto jacket, or your favourite shirt-jacket from above and you’ll be all set to take on the world one intensely hungover breakfast at a time.