As Vogue stated in their runway trend report for 2020, the dawn of the new decade marks a new era in men’s fashion.
Elegance, escapism, and beautification were just some of the words used to describe the trends we saw during this year’s runway shows and fashion weeks.
Rugged jeans were swapped for slouchy slacks, graphic tees for silk shirts, and high-top sneakers for boy ballet flats. This note of tenderness was first observed back in 2018, but the immediacy of streetwear was still prevalent then. For the new decade, notions of masculinity have been reset and the industry has opened up to new ideas.
That’s not to say you need to push the limits of fashion to incorporate some trendy pieces into your wardrobe. There is still a myriad of on-trend styles that will flatter anyone’s taste for the year ahead, even if you prefer to play it safe or stick to the basics. So, without further ado, here are the top seven trends to give you a fashionable head start in 2020.
Nautical stripes, sailor tops, cropped shorts and palettes of blue ran through the likes of Lanvin, Kenzo and Prada’s garments for the next spring season. Perhaps it’s a reminder that our oceans are in need of our protection now more than ever. At least that would explain why Prada will now start making its nylon pieces from recycled materials.
When you’re beached under the summer sun, it’s important that your eyes are kept safe from all those UV rays. What better way to do it than with a fresh, trendy pair of futuristic shield sunglasses? While their silhouettes may give them a Blade Runner-esque appearance, many designer brands have given them a cool, colorful punch to suit the setting.
These sleek new shades are a key accessory for the new decade. You can pick up an oversized pair for maximum impact and protection or keep it subtle with a smaller pair featuring a toned-down colorway. Regardless of how you approach the trend, shield sunglasses will be a favorable way to complete your outfits in 2020.
Men’s cargo pants made a strong comeback during this year’s runway shows as part of a wider utilitarian trend. Loosely fitting garments were prevalent among most major fashion houses’ offerings this year, namely among the likes of Fendi and Stella McCartney. Think drawstring ties, earthy tones, and more workwear-esque looks.
Coming back to the seaside, sandals are a big trend for the year ahead, particularly those with a chunkier silhouette. Consider the makeshift-looking hiking sandals from Münn or the deconstructed loafer-sandal combination from Dolce & Gabbana. Perhaps Prada’s heavy-soled, strapped-up styles will be more to your liking.
If you’re feeling confident, you can follow in the footsteps of this year’s runway models and pair your sandals with socks or just play it safe and let your feet feel the breeze. The trend was most prevalent in Paris, with Hermes, Lanvin, and Loewe providing their own take on the chunky sandals.
While the glossy, liquid surface that makes up satin garments can be dated all the way back to womenswear designers of the 50s, menswear brands have given the fabric a fresh new lease of life for 2020. From Saint Laurent’s Y-cropped jackets to Sies Marjan’s stylish shirts and Dior’s futuristic overcoats, satin is set to be a strong trend moving forward.
While sock sneakers have been around since Balenciaga first put them (and perhaps the brand itself) on the map a few years ago, their refreshingly clean and comfortable vibe remains a strong component of many outfits for 2020. If you happen to have a more minimalistic taste, then sock sneakers will serve as a perfect base for your future ensembles.
Of course, Balenciaga isn’t the only fashion house that offers the perfect blend of clean lines and striking details in their laceless footwear. Fendi is another great option here and you can find a wide range of Fendi sneakers with sock-like silhouettes on SSENSE, a leading online high-end fashion store.
In fact, the website will serve as your ultimate one-stop-shop for all the new trends you wish to adopt in 2020. Not only do they offer a wide range of kicks that are fresh off the runway, but also an endless selection of garments from both household-name brands like Nike, Adidas, and Gucci, as well as lesser-known designers that are worth a look.
Just like satin, tie-dye has been around for some time and the swirling pattern doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. However, 2020 will be home to the likes of S.R. Studio, Berluti and Alyx’s new take on the trend, which involves acid-wash and paint splatters, giving the resulting pieces a sleeker, more artful and grown-up bent.
Given the adventurous nature of the trends we’ve seen so far, there’s no telling what’s next for the decade ahead. What we can say for sure is that it’s set to be an exciting time for fashion.