Menswear is in an interesting place at the moment. The way men dress is slowly getting more colourful, more adventurous and less constrained by old rules and dress codes. As white-collar workers where hoodies to the office and streetwear designers reimagine tailoring, change is everywhere.

Spring is the perfect time for reinvention and breathing new life into your style, so these are the 10 biggest spring trends that the FashionBeans team is backing, along with our personal tips on how to wear the hell out of them.

The Return & Reinvention Of Tailoring

Just when you thought it was out, it comes right back in. Tailoring fell out of favour pretty hard when sportswear took over your wardrobe – wear a suit and you’d look corporate, try hard or dated. Maybe all three. But, as with the endless cycle of clothing that comes back into the spotlight, there is room once more for the humble two-piece.

Although it’s different this time around. Designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Alexander McQueen have turned to tailoring for their recent collections, but it’s not the suit as you know it. Cuts are oversized rather than form-fitted, colours are daring pastels and creams rather than navy and grey, and there’s barely a tie in sight.

Dior went so far as to create a new style, a sort of wraparound one-button single-breasted that hugs the torso like a long lost friend who’s making up for lost time. McQueen has turned to print and embroidered floral patterns on its brightly coloured suits – you may have seen Timothee Chalamet wearing one on the red carpet. The suit is back, but not as we know it.

– Charlie Thomas, senior editor

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Utility

Technical fabrics, commando-sole shoes, fireman jackets, workwear everything: menswear designers have, for a number of years, been as preoccupied with function as they have with form. That trend reaches its natural conclusion this season with utility-wear, which sees practical, military-inspired clothes reimagined as designer gear. What does that mean in real life?

Pockets. Lots of pockets.

At the pointy end, it’s boiler suits, warcore tactical gear and the kind of fly fishing utility vests that John Goodman wore in The Big Lebowski. Confident streetwear fans might be able to pull that off but for the rest of us this is a trend best embraced covertly.

Think cargo trousers and wearable luggage but worn with civilian attire like sweatshirts and tees. If you’re bold, try a utility vest worn like an overshirt, again with simple tops and in pared-back colours. Khaki, beige and black are the easiest colours to wear.

Just be warned if, like me, you always finds your keys in the last pocket you check – you could be at your doorstep for quite some time.

– Ian Taylor, editor-in-chief

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Pastels

We all have a comfort zone. A place where we feel cosy and safe and dry. For most guys, this takes the form of a wooly cocoon in some shade of navy, black or grey. But every now and then we need to step outside. If we don’t, we risk our style becoming stagnant, or even mouldy (and no one wants the way they dress described as ‘mouldy’).

This season, few trends challenge guys to try something new, experiment, even get a scared like wearing pastels. Get these faded, chalky hues favoured by everyone from Tom Ford to Topman right, you look look like 1980s Miami Vice; get them wrong, you look like My Little Pony.

To avoid getting freezer burnt by spring’s sorbet soft goods, apply a colour — such as mint green or dusty pink — to a single piece (sweatshirts, denim jackets and sneakers being the most wearable) anchored by a dark staples before progressing to tonal looks. Trust us, it’s a much easier way of blowing the cobwebs off than hand gliding.

– Luke Todd, deputy editor

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Skatewear

Skatewear has always made a better bedfellow with the sunnier seasons than it has in the winter freeze. Perhaps it’s those azure skies providing the perfect olly-flipping conditions. We’re more inclined to say it’s to do with the hero pieces of the tribe – logo and slogan tees, louche wide-legged trousers, canvas skate shoes, soft hoodies – that fully bloom when the daffodils come out.

The trend has been steadily on the rise for the past two decades, to the point where some of the biggest names in fashion now come from the genre. Half the key to getting skatewear right is knowing which of these names to go for. Supreme is likely out of your price bracket, but Stussy has just as much cache for a third of the price and hype. Also, look to workwear brands that have made the leap over such as Carhartt WIP and Dickies.

Then it’s all about fit. Skatewear tees and hoodies tend to run a little larger than the norm anyway so go for your normal size. If you really want to make an impact at the skate-park though go two sizes bigger – a look that works best when you yourself have the lithe, skinny physique of the skater pros.

– Richard Jones, staff writer

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Open Collars

What to wear when it can be either hot or cold, monsoon or drought? The key is the perfect layering piece. You already know (we hope) that a light jacket is invaluable, but so too is the open collar shirt. It will layer wonderfully with both casual jackets and tailoring but it also possesses the very important quality of looking far superior to the pique buttoned polo in almost all instances.

Patterned Cuban collar shirts invariably lean a little too close to Elvis Presley circa Blue Hawaii (it was fine for Elvis, it probably isn’t for the rest of us) so opt for a block colour design here. A patterned open collar polo shirt can work very well, and if you wear with flat front chinos, you’ll come over all Dickie Greenleaf on us. Generally speaking muted shades are best here: grey, dusky pink, pale blue and faded khaki are all good shouts.

In spring wear one beneath a suit (navy is your safest bet) for sprightly style but when it gets a bit warmer team smart chinos (never jeans) and finish the look with some penny loafers.

– Luke Sampson, associate editor

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Tonal Layering

This is perhaps the easiest spring trend to wear, mostly because it requires very little thought or planning. Yes, all-black has been a thing forever, and tonal navy is a look the FashionBeans staff turn to time and time again. But tonal layering in other colours have been cropping up here and there, with the likes of Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry and Cos leading the charge.

It’s not really rocket science this one. It’s spring, so opting for a layered outfit is a wise choice as it is, just ensure each of the layers, and maybe the trousers too, are in different shades of the same colour. Grey is a good place to start – you might wear a grey marl T-shirt, a dark grey overshirt and a charcoal parka, or perhaps you want to opt for beige or stone. Look to Burberry for that, which sent a bunch of models down its recent runways in various shades of granny’s favourite colour.

– Charlie Thomas, senior editor

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Rugby Shirts & Street Preppy

Rugby shirts have been a cornerstone of preppy fashion for decades, but they haven’t been as evergreen in mainstream menswear as stablemates like varsity jackets or penny loafers. This season, their colourful, flattering stripes are everywhere – mainly because the obsession with nineties-style sportswear is going nowhere.

This is preppy dressing gone a little bit urban and streetwear, so ditch your old man’s quilted jacket and bootcut jeans. Instead, field your rugby shirt with other in-demand urban styles: skate trousers or mid-wash jeans and bucket hats or dad caps.

– Ian Taylor, editor-in-chief

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Denim Redone

The old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has real resonance in menswear. It’s the reason Ray-Ban Wayfarers are still the gold standard in stylish eyewear and why black will always be the new black. Of course it will, it’s black. Don’t mess with it.

However this season, when it comes to denim, designers are ripping up the blueprint laid out by Levi Strauss more than 165 years ago for a different take on the tough stuff.

Coloured, painted and embroidered denim isn’t about to replace plain washes in the menswear hall of fame, but they do prove there’s life in the old denim dog yet. Meanwhile, you only need to look at the neatly cut co-ord sets making tracks to see that, in 2019, streetwear is every bit as sleek as Savile Row.

– Luke Todd, deputy editor

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Rave Wear

The 1990s was the decade of letting loose. The Berlin Wall had just come crashing down, multiculturalism was progressing and the excess of the 80s was manifesting itself in the rise of dance culture, and the clothes that rose with it, also known as rave-wear.

Simply put, rave wear is a heady combination of athleisure and the garish patterns of hippie counter-culture, mainly tie-dye which has gone from dusty pass-me-down to one of the key patterns to look for this year.

This bold combination has attracted many an admiring glance from the current streetwear pack who have repurposed it for the modern day bringing back the period’s bucket hats and windbreakers by the *ahem* bucket-load. Scumbro kings Jonah Hill and Justin Bieber are the main guys to take style inspiration from here, Hill especially showing how to style a baggy tie-dye shirt with a crisp pair of chinos below for that perfect high-low styling.

– Richard Jones, staff writer

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Chunky Soles

Scandivianian minimalism may have decreed that slim lines and tasteful design ruled the first half of this decade, but as the end of the ‘10s approaches it’s clear that chunky and indelicate designs have stomped their way back into menswear’s collective consciousness.

Only those with their heads permanently titled skywards will have missed the chunky trainer’s dominance on well-dressed feet of late, and for early investors, it’s good news; they’re going nowhere this spring. Sneakerheads don’t get to have all the fun though, there are plenty of hybrid designs which hold onto their formal heritage and add something more substantial at their sole.

When wearing either chunky trainers or heavier-soled formal shoes, it’s best not to go too casual on your bottom half. Try wearing your cumbersome clodhoppers with tailored trousers or chinos then add a plain T-shirt and a suede or cotton twill jacket to make light work of heavy footwear.

– Luke Sampson, associate editor

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