Introduction

While FashionBeans continues to advocate the art of choosing and wearing clothes that are of lasting style, we also take great pride in informing you of the latest trends – giving you, the reader, the choice between who you want to be, and what lifestyle you want live.

Therefore, while being a proponent of minimalistic style myself, neither you nor I can afford to ignore that menswear is currently experimenting with proportions. Hopefully this trend will not remind you of the days before FashionBeans resurrected your wardrobe. As with any new fashion, you can completely ignore it; or exuding a little more creativity, you can decide how far to embrace the trend.

The Oversizing Trend

On the catwalks and in editorials, there have been many examples of more flamboyant shapes less keen to be restricted by established rules, conforming to nothing but their own drape. Last year, slim lines and sharp cuts ruled the runways and headed the front pages of many fashion magazines, but in a 4G world, the ballooning shapes seen in Paris, Milan and London reflect the theatrical nature of couture that previously emerged more than sixty years ago.

You may have already been aware of the oversized trend, as it appeared on the women’s catwalk not long ago, but it has been dismissed by many due to ridiculous measures being taken by some women walking around in their actual pyjama trousers. With this in mind, this is an opportunity to score one up on the girls, boys!

Certainly, the menswear designers have been doing their bit, as elegant tweaks to the assembly of simple clothing have allowed the billowing silhouette to become an altogether more stylish one:

Oversized Trend on Recent Men's Catwalks - Burberry, Dries Van Noten and Balenciaga

Recent Street Style: Embracing Oversized

It seems this look has also filtered down to the streets already, with many stylish gentleman embracing a more relaxed silhouette and playing with proportions:

Men's Street Style - Examples of Over Sizing

Get The Look

Again we seek advice from the Italians, as they look just as at home in sharp tailoring as they do in relaxed, flowing garments. Their experience of searing sunshine and superb tailors assists their ability to blend their laid back attitude and sharp dressing seamlessly. As we should all know, the man wears the clothes, and attitude is a key component of any look. This relaxed attitude allows for an altogether more playful appearance, where vibrant colours, patterns and embellishments form the key accessories to the trend.

You should bear in mind the importance of material choice, as heavier textures tend to require sharp, tailored lines, while lighter textures bunch in folds and favour fullness that will highlight your deliberate choice to wear an oversized garment. Furthermore, be mindful of choosing clothes too similar in tone and texture, as it can look as if you are lost in the fabric.

Men’s Oversized Lookbook

Men's Oversized Lookbook

As ever, if you are struggling to mix and match colour refer to Matt Allinson’s super reminder on combining colours. It is also important to calculate that some of these product showcased below are not designed to be oversized, so instead you should consider buying a size up to resonate the dissolution attitude that is key to this look.

Look 1

Sweatshirts are a mainstay of sports vogue at the moment, and with their relaxed fit, it is an easy combination with some cotton shorts. Do make sure that you don’t wear the sweatshirt with jogging shorts in the same material; otherwise you could be confused with an 80s gym instructor. Not a good look.

You can create the right sort of sport luxe aesthetic however with some sneakers, or printed shoes for a more playful appearance. Similarly, such an outfit facilitates the option of wearing long sports socks, a statement which can benefit those with white legs, and break up the length of the leg for the taller gentleman. [Ed: For a breakdown of the socks and shorts trend, read our article here.]

Other accessories that would work within this outfit include the snapback caps, tying in with the 90s trend at the moment, and a simple watch in a pastel colour. It is also worth bearing in mind that while minimalism has its place, with such a casual outfit you are best off making sure there is at least one point of interest through pattern, or a vibrant pop of colour:

  • Cheap Monday Neil SweatCheap Monday Neil Sweat
  • Asos Aztec JumperAsos Aztec Jumper
  • Topman Cream California Snap BackTopman Cream California Snap Back
  • Gant Rugger Slim-fit Stretch-cotton ShortsGant Rugger Slim-fit Stretch-cotton Shorts
  • Topman Green Acid Wash Skinny JeansTopman Green Acid Wash Skinny Jeans
  • Casio Watch Mq-24cc-4bef With Orange Analogue Dial And Orange Resin StrapCasio Watch Mq-24cc-4bef With Orange Analogue Dial And Orange Resin Strap
  • Ymc Navy Navajo Print PlimsollsYmc Navy Navajo Print Plimsolls
  • Converse All Star Slim PlimsollsConverse All Star Slim Plimsolls
  • Nike blazer Hi Vintage – Size? ExclusiveNike blazer Hi Vintage - Size? Exclusive
Look 2

Unfortunately this look is often perfected and photographed by the Europeans summer after summer, but that should not stop us praying for some sun and taking note of the combination of practicality and style this simple outfit emanates.

Starting at the bottom with some very Italian gladiator sandals, these can work either with some loose fitting linen trousers (the more creases the better), or some fantastically elaborate patterned pyjama pants in a silk blend, like the below from Alexander McQueen. On top, an understated slim shirt keeps the outfit from looking too sloppy, and for extra sprezzatura, a pocket square could be popped into the shirt pocket.

Ninety nine times out of a hundred I cannot stand drop crotch trousers. However, I feel that is more down to the Topman bandwagon image, which does these super Rick Owens trousers a great injustice. Its material lends itself to be worn primarily in the colder months, but nonetheless, when paired with a slim fitting jumper/polo neck (and a sharply tailored overcoat if necessary) it is a look that emits a wonderful balance of texture and confusion of symmetry.

  • Burton White Short Sleeve Oxford ShirtBurton White Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt
  • Allsaints Link Roll Neck JumperAllsaints Link Roll Neck Jumper
  • Drakes Silk-twill Pocket SquareDrakes Silk-twill Pocket Square
  • Alexander Mcqueen Mens Ocelot Print Pyjama TrouserAlexander Mcqueen Mens Ocelot Print Pyjama Trouser
  • Rick Owens Mens Long Drawstring TrousersRick Owens Mens Long Drawstring Trousers
  • Asos Gladiator SandalsAsos Gladiator Sandals
Look 3

In this last look, we are looking towards autumn and winter. With heavy duty outerwear and woolly cardigans on the agenda, the scope for variety is even larger here. Puffy rounded sleeves, asymmetrical hemlines, huge eccentric collars are all fair game.

There isn’t a pattern right now more prominent than camouflage, and the practical nature of a camo jacket makes it the perfect piece of oversized clothing. Sticking to the military theme, some fitted cargo trousers would work perfectly with a heavy duty brogue boot and a vibram sole.

However, for me, nothing beats wearing a luxurious wool cardigan, at least a size too big. One is simply being engulfed in luxury, and when teamed with some simple slim fitting suit trousers and a crisp white shirt it enables the shoes and the texture to tell its own story – a paradox worth celebrating.

  • 70s 90s Grunge Vintage Camouflage Shirt Jacket Large70s 90s Grunge Vintage Camouflage Shirt Jacket Large
  • Commodity Stock White Basic One-pocket TeeCommodity Stock White Basic One-pocket Tee
  • Slowear Incotex Cotton-blend Cargo TrousersSlowear Incotex Cotton-blend Cargo Trousers
  • The Elder Statesman Elephant Pattern Cashmere Smoking JacketThe Elder Statesman Elephant Pattern Cashmere Smoking Jacket
  • Asos Oxford ShirtAsos Oxford Shirt
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Trousers In NavyAsos Slim Fit Suit Trousers In Navy
  • Hugo Boss Mens Watch 1512636Hugo Boss Mens Watch 1512636
  • Topman Ben Sherman Quey PostmanTopman Ben Sherman Quey Postman
  • Grenson Fred V Walnut Leather BootsGrenson Fred V Walnut Leather Boots
Conclusion

The oversized trend has the ability to flatter or deceive those who perceive you, as excess material may accentuate good areas of your physique, while hiding other parts. This trend is about volume and exuberance, so abandon any frugal tendencies you have, and channel an adventurous vibe to get the most out of your oversized outfits.

Let me know in the comments section whether you are a convert, and how you like to style your own take on the oversizing trend…