The trench coat for men is my #2 jacket option in my list of top items for spring 2011. Yes, it has been on catwalks in previous seasons, however, this season, it has become indispensable to own one. Designers varied their creations by using all sorts of flaps, tabs and different fabrics & textures in order to revamp the look. Some used mixtures of colors and fabric combination, others used pops of colors making the trench anything but boring.
Note: Chose a tighter fitted coat. Designers work effortlessly to create the perfect fit and ill-fitted coats are just so wrong. Also, if its the first time buying such an item, choose the safer colors; black, tan, beige or navy as you can't go wrong with a safer choice to begin with.
Favorites: Bottega Veneta, Michael Bastian, Balenciaga & Burberry Prorsum
Who said scarves were out? Designers rolled their model's necks with beautiful soft or silky fabrics in a burst of easy colors and plenty of different shapes and lengths. Different patterns were used, stripes being the most common. Also, bags were on every other model or so, either held with one hand or hanging by the shoulder. The bigger the bag, the better. All shapes, from totes to weekenders were showed, and soft colors were major. Capitalizing on the handbag revenues is not exclusive to the ladies anymore as more and more guys are getting into wearing a cool and trendy bag.
Note: Bags are not for just traveling or the gym anymore. Invest in a good quality bag. Black or dark chocolate browns are essentials. As for scarves, go crazy and don't be afraid to buy many. They are great accessories that really do help change a look.
Favorites: Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Gucci & Roberto Cavalli
The third and final must have jacket in my list is the biker jacket; another key item seen at the ladies catwalks as well. For Spring 2011, the biker jacket takes its cues from the end of the 60's and beginning of 70's using details that are closer to the ''perfecto''. Designers toned the edginess down by using soft colors and not exclusively using leather.
Note: A good leather jacket can be very pricey. However, designers are giving their clients good alternatives by creating biker jackets in cotton, denim and linen. For spring 2011, brushed cottons and coated linens are suitable options.
Favorites: Burberry Prorsum, Lanvin & Moschino
Colors, colors, colors! Besides the particular shade of Blue mentioned in my #5 top trend, designers went wild with vivid colors like hot pink, bright yellows, burnt oranges, wild greens, vibrant purples and so on. What makes this worthy of mention is that colors so vivid aren't usually worn by men. And yet, this season, they were everywhere.
Note: Dare to wear colors. Many man don't wear colors because they don't want to be noticed. Don't be afraid to pop and be seen. But choose the right colors wisely for your skin-tone, and don't go over board on colors; looking like a walking circus isn't recommended.
Favorites: Tommy Hilfiger & Moschino
A small recap of all the trends and hot items mentioned-9 in all:
Menswear is becoming more and more exciting & different every season. Hope this will help you guys figuring out what is in trend and what is hot out there.
Now enjoy the new shopping season. & please leave comments.