If there’s one thing you can take away from the summer runway collections, it’s that designers are thinking outside the box during this season after a very difficult year. Dior Men’s models wore pastel-colored outfits, while fashion houses like Ami designed shorts that are fitting for the warmest season of the year. These brands are certainly pushing the boundaries of menswear by giving you more style options. So if you’re looking to experiment with your wardrobe and reinvent your own personal style, here are some top summer trends for you to try:
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What makes this specific trend special this summer is that the releases are being dyed in hues that designers have rarely used such as neon and pastel colors. Case in point: Travis Scott’s collaboration with Kim Jones, the artistic director of Dior Men, featured silky silhouettes in lilac, pink, and even dayglo green. Meanwhile, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear, Virgil Abloh, released a collection of graphic printed tops and wide-legged jeans with neon details.
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Keep your jackets and trench coats in the closet, because it’s time to feel the warm summer breeze with a comfy, sleeveless top. Rick Owens’ SS21 collection features grungy, monochromatic outfits that match plain sleeveless tops with baggy pants and shorts. You can also take it up a notch by going for a daring look and pairing wide pants with a vest top. Take inspiration from Burberry’s leather collection of vests used as tops, or Giorgio Armani’s bright and wide vest tops.
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Forget those skinny jeans, this season is all about breezy and wide bottoms. In fact, our article on the ‘8 Casual Wear Outfit Tips Every Man Should Know’ emphasizes that chinos and casual pants are a great alternative to casual jeans. You can take inspiration from Gucci and pair it with a bright button-down shirt for a more polished look. But if you want something a bit more hip and youthful, take a cue from the wide-legged and bright shorts released by Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi.
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Retro sportswear is popular once again. So, when it comes to sneakers, those chunky styles from the 80s and 90s are back to dominate the streets. Just take a look at Jaden Smith’s collaboration with New Balance, which is aptly named the “Trippy Summer” Pack — the colors and style truly represent the trendiest sneakers this season. These particular kicks combine a retro style you expect from New Balance models with bright and vibrant colorways, which are currently en vogue. Alternatively, you can take a page out of Wooyoungmi and Philipp Plein’s books, who have paired chunky kicks with wide-legged shorts or pants. You can show off these trendy sneakers as you head outdoors and enjoy the warmth of the summer sun.
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Do you prefer comfort over style? This season is definitely for you as you can pair your breezy pants with your favorite slides. Birkenstocks are becoming popular among celebrities like Chris Pine and Usher, who are style icons in their own right—the casual kind, anyway. Plus, luxury brands like Hermès, MSGM, and Isabel Marant are giving slides a well-deserved promotional push. Their minimalistic style and comfortable fit are perfect for a stroll in the park or for pool parties. This season, menswear is definitely pushing the boundaries to ensure men across the world enjoy both style and comfort.
These trends are an invitation for you to experiment with different styles and colors during the summer season. Despite the bright colors, the breezy silhouettes and the chunky (yet comfortable) shoes will surely bring you a lot of comfort.