As we step into a new season, it can be difficult to know what to wear. However, always one step ahead of the game, James Pryer (above), menswear expert and Head Buyer at BoohooMAN , has revealed the must-follow menswear trends for winter 2022.
Analysing the biggest menswear trends from AW22 Fashion Weeks, James and the buying team used their insider knowledge and Google Search data to reveal which staple items are starting to surge right now, as the cold weather starts to set in.
From Top Gun-esque aviator jackets to cool Y2K cargo pants, here are the nine biggest trends expected to be everywhere in the coming months.
As the weather gets colder, you’ll no doubt be on the hunt for a new coat, and shearling reigns supreme this season. Google Trends data shows an incredible 614% rise in searches in the last 12 months, with the term ‘mens shearling coat’ currently soaring. Earlier this year, Top Gun also brought shearling collard flight jackets back to our screens, suggesting fans have been taking note of the style.
A shearling jacket is a timeless addition to your wardrobe, so it’s no surprise to see them on the rise this year. Not only do they keep you warm, but they are also extremely versatile. Layer over a hoodie for a casual look, or team with a chunky knit or roll-neck jumper for a smarter look.
Not only that, but our experts predict faux fur trims will also make an appearance, as they stormed the AW22 catwalk. Expect to see men embrace this revamped 90’s look in the coming months.
Leather and leather-look PU are key fabrics for the season, with AW22 fashion week designers giving the traditional leather jacket a whole new look.
The catwalk was flooded with ‘Matrix style’ longline leather and PU coats, teamed with leather and PU trousers, as the co-ord trend takes a gothic turn this winter.
Black is a key colour here, and you can expect to see a lot of it this winter, as the “Gothcore” trend will be one to watch. From sportswear to tailoring, dark colours were prevalent at the AW22 Fashion shows, with designers showcasing dark and dramatic looks. Perfect for giving mens going-out looks a fresh approach.
For those looking to heat up their athleisure look, puffer jackets are another winter wardrobe staple set to soar this winter.
In the last 90 days there has been a 147% increase in global Google searches for the term ‘mens puffer jacket’ with the cool, versatile coat proving to be a must-have item.
This year, why not make a statement by adding a splash of colour to your puffer? Red is set to be a key colour for winter menswear, sure to set you apart from the crowd. However, if you’re not really feeling the heavy-duty look, these jackets don’t always have to be bulky. Lightweight puffer jackets look great when layered with hoodies, sweats, and scarves, and are easy to pack if you’re on the move.
Cargo pants will be another key staple for winter 2022, as the Y2K trend continues to grow. In the last 12 months, searches for ‘mens cargos’ have increased by 81% and are currently rising.
Team this skatewear influenced style with a long-sleeved top underneath an oversized graphic tee for an easy everyday look. Get fully into 90’s grunge mood in a black distressed and ripped detail hoodie with an oversized graphic detail black tee over.
Dressing gown coats
Dressing gowns are being given a whole new lease of life – and it’s totally okay to wear them outside the house.
Expect to see cosy belted coats with shawl lapels made from soft fabrics storming the streets in the coming months, as data shows people are very interested in this comfortable trend, with the search term ‘men’s dressing gown coat’ rising by an average of 251% in September.
This practical trend comes in perfect timing to help keep you cosy and combat the increase in the cost of living this winter. An oversized winter coat always looks on-point when layered over cosy loungewear. Try teaming this style with a fleece or borg jacket and finish with essential winter warmers, a scarf, gloves, and a hat.
If you’re looking for an alternative to jeans, corduroy trousers are expected to be huge over the next few months. Searches for ‘men’s cords’ are significantly increasing (92%) suggesting this is another key trend to watch.
A great option for autumn, these are a practical alternative to chinos as they offer warmth, whilst still ensuring you look smart yet stylish. Team them with sneakers for an on-trend look, or leather boots, mules, clogs, or loafers for a more formal occasion.
The balaclava is another trend that emerged from the AW22 catwalks, and as we edge into winter, experts at BoohooMAN expect this accessory to be huge.
If you’re wondering how to style a balaclava, pair with other winter pieces such as puffer jackets, tracksuits, and scar see ves to complete the look or layer over a baseball cap, which is the key to nailing laid- back street style.
If you’re still trying to squeeze into your Noughties drainpipes, you can breathe out, as it’s time to embrace the baggy jean trend. Justin Bieber was one of the most iconic faces to bring skater style into the spotlight, taking a liking to the ‘baggier the better’ approach.
In the last 12 months, searches for the term “baggy jeans for men” have seen an increase of 190%,whilst the term ‘oversized jeans men’ is surging right now, too.
If you’re keen to try out the skater look, take influence from Bieber and co. with oversized hoodies, sweaters, and tees, not to mention a fresh pair of sneakers.