After a year like 2016, in which the Day-Glo uniform of a German logistics company became menswear’s most-wanted, it is perhaps brave for anyone to forecast what is going to happen in 2017.
Of course, some future trends will have been bubbling away underneath the surface at the biggest brands and retailers since London Collections Men back in June, but which ones will catch on is still anyone’s guess.
Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to find 10 well-informed experts to lay their cards on the table and make a call on the trends and styles you’ll see blowing up in 2017. You heard it here first.
Tony Cook, menswear editor, FarFetch
“In 2017, expect to see clothing that works with us, not against us – the ultimate in utility dressing. Performance jackets, combat trousers cut to perfection, zips-a-plenty and even bum-bags will make an appearance in our SS17 wardrobes.
“Also, keep hold of your old rugby shirt as the collegiate favourite is back for 2017. If you’re buying, look out for more authentic styles in bleached-out colours.”
Alan Cook, menswear design lead, Marks & Spencer
“A relaxed silhouette will be big. Tailoring is getting softer in construction, trousers are getting wider, and looser fits are starting to become more popular. It’s still smart but just easier to wear and more comfortable.”
Nick Passmore, creative director, Whistles
“Each season men are getting a little braver with their outfit choices. We think summer co-ords will be big in 2017 and, for the fashion-forward man, a matching towelling shorts set will be the holiday outfit of choice.”
James Jee, head of menswear, Jaeger
“One of the most exciting things to come is developments in technical tailoring, and innovative fabrics in tailoring. Comfort is key, and style in 2017 is functional and fit for purpose.
“Reinvention of the classics in casualwear is also a prediction I have. For example, classic shapes, such as the Harrington jacket, with a contemporary twist in style, fabric or colour.
“I think we’ll see a move away from colour-blocking, and instead will see subtler fabric and texture-blocking.
“With the seasonal conditions becoming more and more unpredictable, particularly in the UK it seems, transitional styles will become even more popular, such as knitted or jersey outerwear, nylon and lightweight coats, versatile layering etc. The key styles for me would be the Harrington and the overshirt – both are perfect for layering and those long transitional months, and are real investment pieces.”
Jenna Riddle, stylist, Nike, John Lewis, The Times
“We’ve seen a combination of tailoring and sportswear throughout 2016, but I think brands will make a much bigger go at it for next year. Structured sportswear will have more in common with a blazer (in construction terms) and will be a lot easier to smarten up.”
Simon Chilvers, men’s style director, MatchesFashion
“It’s possible that by the end of the year that wearing a suit will be considered a bit of a thing – just leave the pocket square in your top drawer. I’d also say the word ‘fluid’ has buzz, basically this is the word you want to prefix in front of your parka/and or trousers this season.
“Oh, and pink looks set to create some chatter – I’m thinking a bubblegum-hued hoodie. Maybe with a suit.
Karen Mason, stylist and contributing fashion editor, Jocks & Nerds
“Relaxed trousers; they look really easy if well tailored. Also, yellow in all shades will be a big colour for SS17. It’s an underrated colour in menswear, but it’s great for spring and can look really flattering.”
Thom Scherdel, buyer, The Idle Man
“Pink is a massive colour for next year, after Our Legacy, Stone Island and Anti-Social Social Club all went into it in a big way in 2016. This year, the rest of the brands have taken notice and duly followed suit.
“Expect pastels rather than fuchsias. And be subtle with it: pastel pink knits look wicked with worn indigo jeans and a pair of Converse All Star Chuck ’70s. You don’t need to start dressing like Liberace all of a sudden.”
Olie Arnold, style director, Mr Porter
“We saw a particularly intrepid, great-outdoors spirit prevalent within the SS17 collections in which designers borrowed from the world of technical outdoor clothing, hiking gear and classic standout military items.
“Brands [leading this trend are] Prada, with its range of light nylon outerwear, fluoro sport sandals and covetable backpacks, and Missoni, with its brilliantly colourful Andes-inspired knitted and woven patterns.”
Alexander McCalla, stylist, Thread
“We’ll see more and more unstructured tailoring and a trend for it to be oversized. Brands like Balenciaga and Westwood really amped-up these full-volume silhouettes, but for day-to-day this will probably translate to seeing more double-breasted suit jackets and trousers with wider hems worn with minimal trainers.”
“Overshirts, especially military and utilitarian-style, will also be big sellers. They’re ideal year-round as they can [be substituted] for a light jacket in spring/summer and layered over a lightweight jumper and under a coat in winter, making them great investment pieces.”