WORDS BY PETER MINKOFF
Fashion has never been quite so fluid as it is nowadays, and we’re tremendously grateful for that. Manly in pink? Absolutely. Animal print pants with sheer shirts? You go, bro. Suits that are no longer mundanely grey, but actually come in different powerful shades to bring out your personality? You betcha. We’re going to have a new episode of the roaring twenties on our hands in less than a month, and it’s time to bring out the big guns. Fashionable ones, that is, for the sake of creating your own style for the upcoming year.
Let’s take a look at some of the simplest, yet creative ways you can infuse your style with your own character and give it that authentic look and feel. Here are a few essential ideas to keep in mind for 2020, and how you can incorporate them into your look-book.
When it doubt, suit up
With today’s levels of suit diversity, you certainly shouldn’t restrict yourself to black, gray, or navy-blue suits. Although these classics will stand the test of time, some level of playfulness and versatility in your suit collection can make your upcoming year perfect for self-expression.
In addition to colorful varieties, think of different ways to dress your suit down, such as combining it with your sneakers, or wearing a simple t-shirt instead of a button-down. Then again, a turtleneck can be a winning choice when you want to stay warm during the upcoming colder months while you retain that sleek, sophisticated style.
Bring on the street vibes
Urban clothing is no news, since rocking athleisure has become the norm for the past several years, allowing men to introduce a sportier, more casual take on their standard wearables. Comfortable hoodies, clean white sneakers, versatile t-shirts, and tank tops, these are all absolute essentials in the wardrobe of a 2020-ready man.
The fashion world has started using gym-inspired items in their most haute collections, so even that casual Friday at the office can mean wearing something from this particular assortment. If you’re new to the practice, you can slowly develop a sporty selection of your own by getting a pair of simple sneakers that you can wear for a multitude of different occasions, whereas comfy pullovers and sweaters will be a breeze to wear and combine with everything else you own.
Purpose-driven accessories for a modern man
Too much fuss about fashion isn’t always a good idea, and you can easily pick a few go-to pieces that will add substance to your style without actually causing you any stress. That’s what 2020 will be all about – purpose and simplicity sans the stress. The easiest way to add purpose to your style and keep it classy is to rely on timeless pieces in your accessory selection.
For starters, adding a few engraved watches in your collection will help you choose a stylish timepiece for every occasion, be it a cocktail party, a Christmas dinner, or a coffee date. Get different hues to embody your mood, pastels for a more subtle look, while darker tones give you a more mysterious vibe. Add to that, find a pair of shades that fit your facial features, and you’ll have another accessory at your disposal that serves a purpose and gives you that authentic look.
Mastering effortless luxury
Not everyone has a dragon lair for a wallet, hence the need to think of your budget when you style yourself. Luckily, imagination is a priceless, invaluable asset to your style-making process, and you can rest assured that it’s more than possible to pull off a high-end look with low-cost items at your disposal.
For example, a pair of stylish leather shoes can instantly elevate your regular pair of jeans and a clean white shirt. Add a colorful pashmina into the mix, and you’ll look as if you’ve just stepped off a runway for a quick cup of java. Stick to the classics, but add a contrast piece as an accent to bring out your persona.
Diversify your palette
As we’ve already mentioned with all things pink and colorful suits, the modern man is no longer defined by his monochromes. While it’s more than recommendable to put on a sleek black tuxfrom time to time for those special occasions, there are ways to infuse your wardrobe with more vibrant hues. They can reflect your mood, add a touch of character to your style, and give you greater freedom to mix and match your pieces.
Go with your gut, but seek for inspiration among the best in the fashion world. Some of the most celebrated menswear trends include the addition of tie-dye to the mix, whereas neon and other vivid colors have also reshaped many a prominent collection.
Developing a personal style identity takes time, but it’s also a never-ending process. Let yourself explore new trends and imbue your look with fresh options, while you stay true to who you are style-wise. In the months to come, men’s fashion will become all the more versatile, and you’ll have plenty of exciting new choices to diversify your style!