As last Thursday marked the first day of spring I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about a spring wardrobe (even though I’m personally still in hibernation…). Each week I will introduce a new spring trend that the tastemakers in Europe have been donning while attending fashions most prominent events.
For me, trends are not about the latest thing to go down the runway. In my opinion a trend is a combination of elements like silhouette, style, or print that inspires you and influences your wardrobe choices. Inspiration can really come from anywhere, like someone else’s street style or a character’s outfit in a movie. At the end of the day fashion shows can help guide us but a trend is not fashion until the majority have accepted it.
With that being said, let’s start with the first Spring/Summer 2014 menswear trend I like to call all buttoned up. Over the past couple season this buttoned up English style rebellion trend has made a comeback from the 80’s and has style influencers everywhere talking about it. The trend is as simple as it sounds. Guys are buttoning up their shirts and polos all the way to the top and are leaving their ties at home.
The “air tie,” as some are calling it, was first introduced with the skinny suit and was seen on the young, androgynous and rebellious looking models in the ad campaigns for British brands like Topman and All Saints. In the past year celebrities such as A$AP Rocky, Joe Jonas, Zac Efron, and Pharrell have made this anti-establishment type look main stream by wearing it their own way and this spring I think men will follow suit.
If you’re testing the trend out for yourself, try doing it with a casual outfit first. For example, if you’re headed to a bar why not button you denim shirt all the way up and see what reaction you get. Last year I went to a country bar in a small town with a bunch of buddies and I had my shirt all buttoned up and I can’t tell you how many girls decided they were going to come and undo it for me. So remember, it’s new and people aren’t used to it, but if worse comes to worse you might make a new friend…