Men’s Spring/Summer preview

Men’s Spring/Summer preview

For the modern man, staying on trend can be difficult. CrossFit or pure calisthenics? Clean shave or chevron moustache? Join Snapchat or a social media detox somewhere in the depths of Cornwall? It’s all a bit knackering.

Men’s fashion, however, is still a territory that’s pretty easily mapped. Sure, in today’s digital age the process of predicting a neat set of seasonal trends might not be the cakewalk it once was, especially when a ‘gram from a grade-A influencer can make a micro-trend overnight. But by and large, men’s style is still ruled by trends, irrespective of whether they’re born on the pavement, a touchscreen or the pages of a magazine.

To ensure you’re more on-point than past-it this season, we’ve riffled through runway shots to round up the top six menswear trends for SS17, from prints to key pieces.


You thought it was dead, didn’t you? Thought that pile of trampled-on T-shirts you saw in a bargain bin last week was a sure sign that we’d hit peak camo. But like the bomber jacket and smart-casual sneakers, camo isn’t budging.

Less a trend, more a seasonally updated staple, the military print remains something every man needs in his wardrobe; no doubt bolstered by the come-about of green as 2017’s colour of the year.


Men's Camo Print Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trend Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Saturdays Surf NYC SS15 Zara 2016 Topman 2017 Zara 2017

                                          Current Styles

River Island Khaki Camo Borg Collar Jacket      Redefined Rebel Shirt In Camo Print      New Look Camo T-shirt In Grey

Nonnative Tropper Camouflage-print Gore Windstopper Cotton-canvas Jacket      Alpha Industries Ma-1 Tt Jacket      Valentino Camouflage Crew Sweat

River Island Grey Camo Scuba Sweatshirt        Rag & Bone Camouflage-print Cotton-jersey T-shirt      Zara Camouflage Sleeves T-shirt


Lightweight Parkas

“Parkas, you say? In summer? Won’t I sweat my balls off?” You won’t, actually, because these designs are much lighter than the chill-deflecting winter variants we’ve been seeing in recent seasons.

These warm-weather parkas are cut from breezily light manmade materials, often unlined and ideal if you’re looking for an alternative to a hoodie to top-off an athleisure look once the temperature starts hiking.

Men's Lightweight Parka Jackets Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trend Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Urban Outfitters 2017 Brooks Brothers SS17 Reiss SS16 Mango Man 2016

                                                                   Current Style

                       Allsaints Allsaints Light Weight Parka    Jack & Jones Vintage Lightweight Parka    Asos Lightweight Parka Jacket In Burgundy

                     Zara Detachable Technical Parka    Uniqlo Men Mountain Parka     French Connection Lightweight Nylon Detachable Parka Coat

                    Topman Rains Grey Longline Rainproof Parka     River Island Dark Green Bellfield Lightweight Parka     River Island Black Only & Sons Hooded Parka

Trouser Changes

So maybe sweeping hakama-style wide-leg trousers haven’t caught on like fashion thought they would (funny that), but that’s not an excuse to keep trying to pass off your skinnies as groundbreakingly stylish.

No, to paraphrase Bob Dylan: the trousers they are a-changin’. Out go ankle-enveloping second-skin jeans, and in come cuts cropped just above the ankles in relaxed, but not baggy, fits.

Also, it’d be remiss of us not to mention that there is, among some of menswear’s more daring designers, a movement towards high-waisted trousers. But it’d also be remiss of us to suggest you actually wear them. Best swerve these for now unless you’re waif-ery thin, work in ‘the arts’ and/or an actual model.

Men's Relaxed Leg Trousers/Chinos/Jeans Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trend Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Scotch & Soda 2017 COS AW16 Selected Homme 2016 Zara 2017

                                                                    Current Styles

                       Selected Homme Chino In Wide Leg With Pleats    Diesel Jifer Regular Slim Taper Cropped Jean 900 Dark Wash    Weekday Drift Loose Cropped Jean Tonal Blue Wash

                       Topman Black Cropped Wide Leg Chinos   Chimala Cropped Distressed Selvedge Denim Jeans    Incotex Four Season Relaxed-fit Cotton-blend Chinos

                       River Island Navy Wide Leg Trousers  He By Mango Loose-fit Grey Mick Jeans    Reiss Ciaro Cotton Trousers

Looser Suits

For the first time since the 1980s, tailoring is letting loose. Gosha Rubchinskiy led the charge; at his debut Pitti Uomo show, the Russian designer supplemented his signature 1990s sportswear with a selection of broadly-cut navy suits, some of which – in their late 1980s Armani-ness – wouldn’t look out of place on a modern-day Patrick Bateman.

But it wasn’t just menswear’s current enfant terrible shaking up tailoring this season. The switch from skinny and slim suiting to something more unwieldy was widespread, with designers such as Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga and Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta also propping up the trend for a broader-shouldered silhouette.


Men's Relaxed Suits Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trend Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Jigsaw SS17 Mango Man AW16 J.Crew SS17 Massimo Dutti Personal Tailoring 2017

                                                               Current Styles

                   He By Mango Slim-fit Unstructured Suit    Jaeger Washable Wool Suit    Acne Studios Black Jack Travel Slim-fit Wool-pique Suit

                   J. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket With Double Vent In Italian Wool    Zara Two-tone Suit    Zara Diamante Suit

                   Jigsaw Bloomsbury Italian Indigo Cotton Linen Suit    Asosbrown Double Breasted Herringbone Suit    Asos Suit In Navy Herringbone


Time to start dressing like ice cream. From sky blue to soft tangerine, coral to lemon sherbet, pastels made a serious comeback at the SS17 shows.

If the thought of wearing such shades is enough to turn you pastel white, buck up – because this season’s spectrum is markedly more masculine than in the recent past. It’s worth remembering, though, that while versatile, pastels don’t lend themselves to a head-to-toe approach in the same way as earth tones, nor every skin tone.

Think of these softer shades as accent colours, rather than the nuts and bolts of your look.

Men's Pastel Clothing Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trend Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Next 2017 Waven SS17 Scotch & Soda SS17 Massimo Dutti SS16

                                                                   Current Styles

                       Topman Noose & Monkey Light Blue Skinny Fit Suit Jacket      Reiss Windmill Textured Crew Neck Jumper Soft Pink       J.crew Slim-fit Button-down Collar Cotton Oxford Shirt

                     He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton-pique Polo Shirt       Saint Laurent Slim-fit Raw-edged Slub Cotton-jersey T-shirt       River Island Purple Casual Hoodie

                     Reiss WESTBURY SLIM-FIT CHINOS AIRFORCE BLUE      Polo Ralph Lauren Pima Cotton-twill Chino Shorts         Reiss Sonny Drawstring Swim Shorts


After seasons spent on an almost monastic minimalist bent, menswear is once again warming up to the idea that more just might be more. Designers this season offered up menswear staples spliced with serious attitude – from bleach-splattered denim to embroidered cowboy shirts.

Slogans – whether printed on T-shirts (like we saw in SS16) or embroidered on the back of a jacket – also cropped up, proving that, in a world where freedom of speech and movement seems increasingly at stake, keeping schtum isn’t stylish.

As with all statements, a little goes a long way. So tip your hat to the trend with one standout piece per look – whether that’s a jacket with contrast embroidery or embellished jeans – and you’ll look trend-conscious without going full arts-and-crafts class.

Men's Embellished and Embroidered Clothing/Jeans/Denim Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trend Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

River Island SS17 Scotch & Soda SS17 Topman 2017 Topman 2017

                                                             Current Styles

                Next Black Badged Western Jacket       Remi Relief Souvenir Shirt Jacket      Gold Tailor Toyo Gold Ark Standard Velvet Bomber Jacket

                Topman Bleached Blue Paint Splat Overshirt       Marc Jacobs Slim-fit Palm Tree-embroidered Cotton-jersey T-shirt       Alexander Mcqueen Embroidered Wool Sweater

                 Gucci Embellished Cotton-jersey T-shirt      Topman Waven Dark Blue Patchwork Loose Fit Jeans        Dsquared2 Paint Splattered Cool Guy Jeans