It’s that time of year again when the chilly season around you makes it hard to decide if you should put on another sweater or swap the cap for a beanie (newsflash > we have some really cool ones on our website).
From trends influenced by runways in London, Florence, Milan, and Paris to sustainable movements around the globe, this is how you should be dressing from here on in (or until February, at the very least). It’s been a strange year, and it’s probably going to get even stranger from here on in, but the fact of the matter is that whatever happens, some people will still be interested in buying stylish clothes that you’ll want to wear forever. If you help a small business and the planet in the process, you’ll definitely get extra karma points.
Fortunately for you, we’re here, like a faithful, ever so stylish friend, to guide you through which are the trends for men this year and the stuff you should avoid.
Also, we want to mention the fact that we know it’s important to be fashionable but it’s even more paramount that we not ignore the irreversible destruction of the planet just so we can keep up with the latest trends in menswear. Keep in mind that every morning when we wake up and get dressed, we can effect change.
To make things easier, we’re going to split the discussion into two: trends & to do’s.
Denim, denim, denim
The early seasons of this have seen the return of denim in many forms. Bleach-out styles or rave ready acid washes were the cool things for the start of the year, but now we’re seeing a ‘’back to the roots’’ trend in which denim returns in its purest, rawest form. The hip things that your wardrobe needs are: denim jacket, functional denim cargo pants, and patchwork denim trench coats.
We suggest you also take a look at our denim hemp jackets.
Head-to-toe one color
The one-color style dominated the runways in Milan and the main choices were red, blue, or beige. Also, you can play around with various nuances (we love burgundy). Though not the easiest way of dressing, it can give you a sharp look and it can be the best choice on the weekends.
Maybe you want to also check out our one color hemp suits.
Oversized and custom made tailoring
Here we witness two opposite trends working together this season. Pretty much every designer and brand started showing oversized suiting in one form or another. The favorite items are usually blazers or suits. It goes without saying that for men the custom-made tailoring will never go out of style and if you can find a way of combining them together you will rock the scene.
Don’t forget to check our custom made hemp blazers and hemp pants.
Different fabrics: contemporary hemp & corduroy
Contemporary hemp & corduroy first came into the general public attention this year when suits of both materials started popping out in various collections. These suits looked as collegiate as they did cool. Some people prefer them baggy or oversize, not setting aside the fitted ones. It’s really up to you how you wish to incorporate them in your style.
If you’re looking for hemp clothes, we’ve got you covered.
Buy from brands that promote sustainability
But not from the ones that use it as a marketing gimmick. No.
We’re talking about buying from a brand that guarantees its products, so you don’t have to shell out again if anything happens to them or make a scene when you find out it was all good PR.
Repair your old clothes
There’s a stereotype that men don’t like to fix their clothes when they’re broken.
Well, it’s about time we fix that and maybe in the process, some clothes will get a second life. Make acquaintance with your local seamstress or local designers that can help you on this matter.
Buy Timeless pieces
When the new season stock hits stores, it’s easy to get carried away with a shopaholic approach to buying clothes.
And while it’s fine to top up your wardrobe with a few must-have pieces, it’s worth ensuring you’ve got a solid pack of trusty staples that won’t go out of style in place first. The environment will thank you (in its own silent way), and so will your conscience.
Stop Wearing Plastic
Before buying something, check its label for polyester, acrylic, or nylon – all of which are just fancy names for plastic.
Where possible, stick to pieces made from pure natural fibers such as hemp, linen, organic cotton, and wool – remembering those that are made from just one fabric will be easier to recycle.
The one thing that a man needs the most is to look out for are tried-and-tested outfit combinations that look cool but won’t date.
Choosing good quality staple combinations is the key to having a sustainable wardrobe. Invest in outfits like a hemp jacket, a quality white T-shirt, and a pair of selvage jeans, and you won’t need to replace the foundations of your wardrobe every year.
As well as staple pieces, staple colors should also be a point of focus. Neutrals and versatile shades of navy, black and grey offer up the most styling combinations – maximizing on the magic cost-per-wear formula.
Choose Fabrics That Are Hard-Wearing
If you’re going to buy clothes (and you’re here, so we’ll assume that you are), the easiest way to reduce your great, heavy human footprint is to take an interest in what they’re made from.
Besides avoiding difficult-to-recycle fabric blends, the other thing you can do is set your eyes only on pieces that are hard-wearing. For example, a real leather jacket will set you back further than an imitation number, but the former will be trucking long after the latter has peeled and cracked beyond recognition.
Consider also the natural properties of fabrics. Merino wool, for example, is antibacterial, so requires fewer washes after wear, which will, in turn, extend its shelf (or rather, wardrobe) life. Hemp is also antimicrobial, durable and it softens with time.
Ask The Important Questions Before Buying
It’s hard to know the answer if you don’t have the questions. Last but not least, we should always do this mental exercise.
Always ask where the stuff you buy comes from, and where it goes when you’re done with it. Not just who made it or how it was made, but what it is made from. This is the most important thing you should focus on.
We hope we made your life easier and that we’ve provided a real guide to you for the autumn-winter season. Watch our website because we’re cooking something that will help you when you’re choosing the perfect hemp outfit!
Stay true to yourself,