After Pitti Uomo in Florence, it’s well known that the menswear peacocks fly north to Milan for another round of shows spanning (quite literally) the A-Z of Italian fashion – from Armani to Zegna.
And with so many well dressed men in the city, it’s not just what’s on the runway that’s worth paying attention to. Our street style photographer, Yu Yang, pounded pavements and piazzas so we could bring you the moves to steal for the season ahead.
Sports And All
Good news for anyone that suffers from FOWO (fear of working out) – activewear isn’t just for the gym anymore. Performance fabrics sits just as well with tailoring as they do over a compression tee, letting you clinch first place without needing to break a sweat.
How could we make jokes about the factory running out of navy fabric when the result looks this good? By injecting a single pop of colour into a classic pea coat, Milan Vukmirovic’s staple piece is transformed into a current, on-trend look: the statement jacket.
Over And Above
There’s no staple quite like the overcoat. But while the menswear classic trumps most seasonal pieces on a yearly basis, making yours stand out from a sea of others can be difficult. Pull this move and slip a print scarf under the lapels for a new way to say ‘this old thing?’.
Sometimes it can be hard to make even two layers tie together. So we bow to style demigod Johannes Huebl (who else?), who has achieved one neat package with no fewer than four pieces while also managing to add contrast and texture to basic tailoring.
Turns out there is a way of wearing metallics without looking like you just reached the end of a marathon. Our man here sensibly keeps the rest of his look muted to allow the parka-lining to pop, providing just enough statement without going full solar panel.
Reap What You Sew
Thanks to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, embroidered denim is big news. But that doesn’t mean you should opt for an armful of roses and tigers. Here, garish motifs are swapped out for tonal patches that work well as part of a double-denim look.
Old Is Gold
If the men of Milan prove anything, it’s that suited needn’t mean stiff. Texture leads this look straight the the front row thanks to a fur-collared overcoat, woollen trousers and rib-stitched knit.
There’s hope yet for anyone who failed maths at school. Here’s proof: what would otherwise be a tame knit takes on a new lease of life thanks to a geometric print. And better yet, the colour palette doesn’t jar with pieces elsewhere. A+.
On A Stripe Edge
You might think that opting for stripes up top and down below would channel more Beetlejuice than Brunello Cucinelli. However, by contrasting both width and style, a risky look turns out to be both wearable and flattering.
Soviet-inspired streetwear is refusing to budge, but Kaliningrad threads aren’t always the most wearable. Follow this gent’s lead by taking the basics (thin chains, skate trainers, printed sweatshirts, etc.) and implementing an all-navy colour scheme to make even the trickiest of looks simple to nail.