Latest Fashion for Men: Translating Five Spring Trends for Casual Fridays
Written by Megan Mostyn-Brown
Monday through Thursday, you’re forced to wear the ubiquitous corporate uniform: the suit. Come the end of the week, your company’s policy takes a respite so you can spend nine-to-five in the cubicle rocking some casual wear. Not all of the latest fashion for men, however, are office appropriate, even on Fridays. Go too casual or too wild and you could easily end up as fodder for the water-cooler gossip hounds. This list of fail-safe interpretations will keep you looking stylish without compromising your professional edge.
Spring 2013′s menswear collections fully embraced the pattern — and not just on shirts and ties. Blazers and pants featured eye-popping motifs in a mix of fresh shades. While Marc Jacobs and John Galliano paired wild tops and bottoms on the runway, for work it’s best to pick a single patterned piece, such as a checked blazer in an unexpected color combination. Let it be the star (and keep it from feeling too weekend for the office) by pairing it with neutral pants and a subdued shirt.
Metallic pants and jackets are also a key 2013 spring/summer trend. That said, the sporty metallic zip-front jackets and pants featured on the Versace runway are by no means office appropriate, even on a casual Friday. Instead, add a little shine to your end-of-the-week look with a patent leather shoe, such as Florsheim’s Markham saddle shoe.
Denim jackets, a staple of the 1980s, are scheduled to see a major resurgence thanks to designers such as Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton. In fact, denim on denim (a.k.a. the Canadian tuxedo) has also — for better or worse — found fans among the fashion elite. Translate this trend for casual Fridays by slipping a fitted dark-wash jacket or blazer over a plaid or striped button down. Add a solid-colored tie and neutral slacks, and finish it off with a funky take on the wing tip, such as Florsheim’s Marlton.
Loafers and Boat Shoes
The latest fashion for men also includes a must-have shoe. 2013 is all about boat shoes and loafers. Gucci sent them down the runway sans socks and paired with cuffed trousers. But even on a casual Friday this combo feels a little too Miami Vice. Transform this beachy look into office appropriate by choosing loafers in a conservative color (such as Florsheim’s Nowles Penny Loafers) and wearing them with a trouser sock.
Brightly Colored Pants
While shirts in pastels and brights have become a staple of the modern man’s wardrobe, this season is determined to expand the average Joe’s collection of candy-colored pieces. Designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier showed off a collection that featured lemon yellow and ruby red harem pants. You can translate this trend into casual work wear with a pair of slacks in a surprising color or a suede boot in a stand-out shade, such as Florsheim’s Gaffney.
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Posted January 22, 2013
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