What To Wear: SS19 Key Pieces
Spring has finally sprung and with it comes new season in the form of an expertly curated selection of the top menswear trends that graced the runways.
Following on from our SS19 Menswear Trend Report, our men’s buyers have picked their top 10 key styles to invest in this season. With a strong emphasis on utility and high-performance, SS19’s menswear is moving streetwear style forward and bringing in a contemporary workwear aesthetic that can be incorporated into any look whilst maintaining a level of practicality.
Heron Preston - Sleeveless Bomber Jacket
And Wander - Laser Sleeveless Waistcoat
1017 ALYX 9SM - Faux Leather Panel Sleeveless Vest
The Swiss Army knife of jackets, the utility vest is the protective layer you need for SS19 and beyond. With high-performance becoming a big feature in this season’s styling, luxury fashion is taking cues from classic outdoor workwear and creating pieces that deliver on functionality as well as style. Synonymous with SWAT teams, construction workers and fisherman, the classic utility vest has been reworked by the likes of Heron Preston and 1017 ALYX 9SM to assist survival in this modern, urban jungle.
Raf Simons - Graphic Asymmetric T-Shirt
Balenciaga - You Are The World T-Shirt
Off-White - Bart Print T-Shirt
Logos and slogans have been dominating our T-shirt collection for some time but this summer we are really throwing it back with graphic prints. The resurgence of this youthful style has us feeling all nostalgic, with a mix of cartoon prints from Off-White and Balenciaga and band-style graphics from Raf Simons. Easy to wear, the graphic T-Shirt can be paired with jeans and a bomber jacket for a distinct ‘90s vibe.
Asics - Gel Kayano 5 Sneakers
Mizuno - Wave Hayate 5 Sneakers
Salomon S/Lab - XT 6 LT Sneakers
A continuation of the ‘dad’ sneaker that has been dominating street style for the past few seasons, performance footwear is bringing a new, practical element to your sneaker game. A slightly more aggressive-looking aesthetic, these high-tech trainers include a range of design elements that help support your walk, from trek soles to easy-pull cross lace systems. Often presented in bold, bright colourways from brands such as Mizuno and Salomon S/Lab, the performance sneaker is the must-have shoe for the summer.
Stain Shade - Tie-Dye Long Sleeved T-Shirt
Amiri - Tie-Dye Logo T-Shirt
Vyner Articles - Tie-Dye Button Down Shirt & Tie-Dye Slim Fit Jeans
D.I.Y style at its finest, tie-dye is back with an effortless California-style edge. Whether it is a T-shirt, jacket or jeans, tie-dye styles are here to give you the option of adding a spot of colour into your mostly tonal wardrobe. If you prefer the head-to-toe colour wave then Stain Shade will provide the goods. Representing more of a ‘70s vibe, Amiri and Vyner Articles are a bit bolder and braver but undeniably cool.
Jacquemus - Blue Le Porte Neck Wallet
Balmain - Acid Yellow Logo Cardholder
Prada - Printed Keyring Pouch
With a practicality theme running throughout SS19 menswear, it seems only fitting that the accessories continue this trend. The Velcro wallet on a chain that used to tuck into our jean pockets has had an upgrade, taking up residence around your neck. Never lose your wallet again with this handy innovation, that has inspired Jacquemus, Balmain and Prada for SS19. Ideal for keeping on your person during beach and city breaks, it is a fashion statement with a useful purpose. (Win, win!)
Martine Rose - Speckled Floral Print Shirt
Prada - Flower Print Short Sleeved Shirt
Jacquemus - Sunflower Shirt
Previously forbidden territory, the floral shirt has had a bad reputation this last decade, but that is about to change with SS19’s retro versions of this playful style. Following on from Prada’s nod to the flame shirt from AW19, this bold choice is surprisingly easy to pull off when paired with some slim-fit trousers. Whether you prefer the smarter long sleeve from Jacquemus and Martine Rose or Hawaii vibes from Prada, a subtle dose of feminine styling is key this season.
Liam Hodges - Ombre Dye Sweatpants
Song For The Mute - Cargo Trousers
Nemen - Climber Logo Sweatpants
From ‘ugly’ shoes to ‘ugly’ trousers, the cargo pants beloved by ‘90s dads on holiday have made a comeback. With the utilitarian trend pushing the boundaries of luxury fashion, the cargo pant has been regenerated, combining comfort and style. With elements of grunge, high-performance and traditional workwear the cargo trouser comes in a variation of forms, from Liam Hodges’ baggy, casual sweatpants to the tailored styles by Song for the Mute and Nemen.
Valentino - Logo Leather Messenger Bag
Burberry - Leather Belt Bag
Prada - Leather Messenger Bag
Take a quick glance around during London Fashion Week Men’s and you will bear witness to many bag-wearing men that have reworked the humble ‘bum bag’ and styled it cross-body. This key casual bag of past seasons has now graduated to the smarter cross-body 2.0, waving goodbye to nylon and saying hello to leather and suede. Taking inspiration from women’s city bag styles, the new man-bag has a more elevated appeal than its ‘fanny pack’ predecessor. Go hands free with the belt bag from Burberry, or stay true to your cross-body look with Prada and Valentino.
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