Spring/Summer Trend Report

July 22nd, 2015

As mentioned, we’re live from the Liberty Fairs menswear show in NYC this week. In addition to catching up with some of the industry’s best-dressed gentlemen, we’re also taking a close look at what our favorite brands are releasing next year; Spring/Summer 2016.

Yesterday we walked the show floor to get an overview of the collections, and find themes among what is to come in menswear. Here are five Spring/Summer trends that we can get behind – all it takes is adding a piece here and there to your essential wardrobe to keep your style fresh and current.

1. Dyed Seersucker

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Seersucker is typically a two-tone ribbed fabric; most often in light blue and white stripes. It’s a preppy cloth that is reminiscent of Southern dandies and East coast wasps.

One of the trends we’re loving is the idea of taking seersucker fabric (along with its uniquely lightweight texture) and dying it one solid color. This black cropped unstructured summer suit by Helmut Lang, for example, is definitely more downtown than country club.

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  • Round sunglasses by Vint & York ·
  • Black Cropped Seersucker Suit ·
  • Cotton waffle knit by Helmut Lang ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Slip-on shoes by Helmut Lang

2. Monochromatic Hawaiian Shirts

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Hawaiian shirts are making a style comeback, but they’re not all bright colored and floral. Those can be a little goofy. The updated, grown & sexy Hawaiian shirt is trim cut, monochromatic, and cut with an open-neck camp collar.  We really love this one by designer Carlos Campos, for example.

Mini trend 2.5: leather strapped man sandals.

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  • Vintage Ralph Lauren sunglasses via Kings of Past ·
  • Camp shirt by Carlos Campos ·
  • Brown leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini ·
  • Black leather “gladiator” sandals by Mercanti Forentini
  • · Black cropped seersucker trousers by Helmut Lang

Black Essential Trouser

3. Linen Safari Jackets

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A safari jacket is a great lightweight outerwear option for Spring/Summer. This one, re-invented in a pure linen, is one of those jackets that bridges the gap between masculine functionality and refined style. Beretta, the firearms experts, are showcasing a clothing line that is just that; inspired by performance hunting/shooting garments but updated in Italy for the well-dressed gentleman.

Mini trend 3.5: suede ankle strap boots, like these Jodhpurs

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  • Sunglasses by Vint & York ·
  • Navy linen shirt by Calvin Klein Collection ·
  • Linen safari jacket by Beretta ·
  • Watch by Jack Mason ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Suede ankle boots by Jack Erwin ·
  • Brown leather tote by Frank Clegg x Dan Trepanier

4. Polo Sweaters

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We love a thick and beefy polo shirt. It might be more of a night out shirt than a midday shirt, but it’s got this retro vibe that is effortlessly cool. This one, by Lucio Castro, for example, just needs a linen trouser and a couple cool accessories to create a smooth Spring/Summer look.

Mini trend 4.5: the flat brim hat (and we could add round sunglasses).

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  • The “Ro San Natural” Hat by Satya Twena ·
  • Round sunglasses by Vint & York ·
  • Polo sweater by Lucio Castro ·
  • Watch by Jack Mason ·
  • Loafers by Gordon Rush

5. Patterned Rain Coats

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We’re seeing a lot of bold rainwear, and we love it. A raincoat is one of those pieces that you usually wear on dark, drab days – why not use it to add a little life to your wardrobe. This fishtail nylon rain jacket was designed by a good friend and classmate from my Menswear Design days at FIT; my man Max Coombs of Control Sector. I love supporting my friends, and I’m always into adding a little splash to some classic tailoring.

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  • Fishtail rain jacket by Control Sector ·
  • Grey stripe contrast collar shirt by Ralph Lauren Black Label ·
  • Charcoal wool crepe tie by Marshall Anthony ·
  • Black leather shoes by Incedo

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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