As any man who was ever sent home from school, denied entry into a club or sneered at during a wedding will tell you, the ‘uniforms’ of everyday life, for a long time, offered very little chance for self-expression.
But as dress codes continue to twist and contort, and the line between formal and casual becomes increasingly blurred, now is the perfect time to reconsider your stance and realise that tailoring needn’t be tiresome.
With on-trend pieces at price points that leave plenty of financial legroom, boohooMAN is single-handedly shaking up the sartorial status quo and bringing guy’s smart wardrobe options speeding up to date.
For inspiration, here are five contemporary tailoring trends for the SS18 season and why you should embrace them.
A few tasteful trouser tweaks can be all that’s needed to elevate your look from tired to tailored. Think purposefully cropped legs, athleisure-inspired drawstring waists and skinny fits – all quick, subtle ways of altering a look to make it more modern.
To give your tailoring a stylish spin, go sockless with cropped-leg trousers and let your ankles breathe while showing off a killer pair of shoes. This simple change is ideal for everything from high-summer parties to weddings, and it’s something be done as part of a casual outfit with a tucked T-shirt and trainers, too.
Men have always had clear, defined options when it comes to suit colours in the form of black, navy, grey and, for real mavericks, white. However, there’s a new climate both literally and sartorially, so introduce some calming pastels to your rotation and breeze into the warmer months in style.
Tonal outfits in pastel shades are a key trend this season, and it couldn’t be easier to get right. Simply pick a tone that complements your complexion, nail the fit and team with other relaxed, summer-ready pieces.
It’s possible to break away from the norm without going full fashion week weirdo. Just take green tailoring: because of its association with the military, khaki, moss and sage still gives off a classic, masculine vibe while serving as the ideal way of updating your wardrobe.
The beauty of such shades is that they can be worn year-round, so you won’t have to splurge on suits for different seasons if you don’t want to. That means more money left over for shirts and accessories in earthy tones like brown, burgundy and stone to match.
There are few better ways to make an impression than with a stand-out, statement jacket. Aside from the obvious merits of taking a simple outfit up a level, the best part is that you can choose how bold you dare to go.
Start with neutral trousers and a plain shirt to lay the foundations, then experiment with interesting fabrics like velvet, or patterns for your blazer. For bonus points, opt for something in seasonally-appropriate floral print to really bring your look to life.
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Checks are about as inoffensive as patterns come, which makes them an excellent tool for spicing up formalwear if you’re not quite ballsy enough to jump on the floral bandwagon.
That’s not to say checks can’t still be bold. Go for a statement windowpane to get heads turning, or play it cool with a subtle micro-check design to shake up your officewear. For an easy, entry-level look, match it with a plain white shirt and make it sing with some simple, block-colour accessories.
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