With so many trends running wild through your Instagram feed, we’ve tried to simplify things. Here’s everything you need — and need to know — to look your best this season.
The Statement Blazer
In lieu of a power suit, make a powerful statement with your jacket. Case in point: a number like this one, featuring a fierce, dominating check pattern and a wide lapel.
SHIRT ($200) AND PANTS ($330) BY JOOP!; BLAZER ($3,160) BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN.
Made in Shades
Classic shapes like aviators or wayfarers always have a place, but for something more sporting, try an oversized, retro-inspired athletic frame.
1. PRADA, AT HOLT RENFREW ($470); 2. CUTLER AND GROSS ($540); 3. I C BERLIN, AT SPECTACLE ($625); 4. CUTLER AND GROSS ($540); 5. GUCCI, AT NORDSTROM ($440); 6. SIMONS (PRICE UPON REQUEST); 7. POLAROID, AT SIMONS ($75); 8. RAY-BAN ($190); 9. CUTLER AND GROSS ($540). SHIRT ($900) PRADA.
The Graphic Sweater
Knitwear is an excellent opportunity to make a statement. Go as big, as loud, and as off-the-charts wild as your nerves will allow.
SWEATER ($6,400) BY LOUIS VUITTON.
Tuck Right In
For years, the trend was towards leaving your shirts casually unbridled. It’s time to reverse that — even if you’re not wearing a traditional dress shirt.
SHIRT ($300) AND PANTS (PRICE UPON REQUEST) BY BOSS; SHOES ($110) BY TIMBERLAND.
We’ve been proponents of the pocket square as long as we’ve been printing magazines. This year, fun, delicate animal prints are what we’re popping.
LEFT TO RIGHT:
TIGER OF SWEDEN ($60); LE 31, AT SIMONS ($40); LE 31, AT SIMONS ($40). JACKET AND SHIRT (PRICE UPON REQUEST) BY MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION.
Feel the Weave
Knit ties never go out of style. In what feels like an especially casual moment in menswear, they’re a great way to dress up without feeling too, well, dressed up.
TIES LEFT TO RIGHT:
BOSS ($195); STRELLSON ($140); TOMMY HILFIGER ($75); MAURIZIO BALDASSARI ($100). JACKET ($1,795) BY Z ZEGNA; SHIRT ($200) BY TIGER OF SWEDEN.
The Utilitarian Pocket
Workwear’s unyielding influence shows up again in big, boxy pockets affixed — front and centre — to everything from jackets to sweaters.
SWEATER ($490) AND PANTS ($350) BY ACNE, AT HOLT RENFREW; SHOES ($120) BY NEW BALANCE.
The New Suit
The suit is dead. Long live the suit. For a casual alternative to your business go-to, try a sporty combo like this one. And pay attention to fit and details, like the hidden stripes on the back.
SHIRT ($575) BY PAUL SMITH, AT SIMONS; JACKET ($1,225) AND PANTS ($800) BY MARNI, AT SIMONS.
The New Classics
How many of us have owned a pair of Chuck Taylors at some point? Ah, but how many of them were like these? The latest take on the classic sneaker features big, bold prints and graphic typefaces, amping up the luxe factor immeasurably.
TOP TO BOTTOM:
PAUL SMITH ($295); CONVERSE x JW ANDERSON ($180), AT SSENSE; CONVERSE x COMME DE GARÇON ($180), AT SIMONS; KENZO ($340); VALENTINO ($975).
The Cross-Body Bag
Put your backpack away, for now. This season’s alternative is big enough for your essentials, yet small enough to tuck under your arm while you cruise around town. Pair it with absolutely everything.
BAGS LEFT TO RIGHT:
3.1 PHILLIP LIM, AT SIMONS ($685); LOUIS VUITTON ($3,250); THOM BROWNE, AT HOLT RENFREW ($2,380). COAT ($850) BY BOSS.
Mix and Match
Trousers? Check. Jacket? Also check. And yet something’s… different. Play with colour combinations — we particularly like this navy and forest green duo — while staying true to traditional silhouettes.
SHIRT ($170), TIE ($110), AND BLAZER ($600) BY STRELLSON; PANTS ($300) BY TIGER OF SWEDEN.
The Trench Coat
The classic trench gets a very 2019 update with a seductive material (here, that would be silky nylon). With a coat this nice, why wait until it’s raining?
SHIRT ($900) AND COAT ($3,800) BY DIOR; PANTS ($170) BY STRELLSON.
Anything But Square
A “statement” belt buckle doesn’t have to conjure cowboys. The high-fashion logo version is a nice alternative to the square ones in your collection, and can be dressed up or down.
TOP TO BOTTOM:
MCM, AT NORDSTROM ($415); LOUIS VUITTON ($830); FENDI ($550). SHIRT ($20), UNIQLO; PANTS ($300), HUGO BOSS.
Take that I’m-on-vacation feeling to your choice of fragrance with the latest designer scents, each featuring revitalizing notes like bergamot, vetiver, and lemon. They’re a fragrant reminder that off-duty is a state of mind.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:
ARMANI AQUA DI GIO ($125); PACO RABANNE INVICTUS EAU DE TOILETTE ($105); HUGO BOSS HUGO REVERSED ($75); BYREDO ELEVENTH HOUR EAU DE PARFUM, AT HOLT RENFREW ($220); CHANEL LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL 1957 ($425); ATELIER COLOGNE POIVRE ELECTRIQUE ($315); GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN COLOGNE ($115).
White on White
Nothing says summer like white. From May through September, it’s the only colour you really need. We say go all in — meaning don’t be afraid to wear it from head to toe.