8 Trends You Should Totally Steal from Mens Fashion Week
We talk about how it’s always five-o’clock somewhere, but its sartorial equivalent — it’s Fashion Week somewhere — is probably just as relevant. Between the fall and spring collections, there’s also pre-fall and resort, PLUS all those other shows that seem to sneak in under the radar. While we’re anxiously awaiting a peek at what’s on the horizon for fall/winter 2016, Men’s Fashion Week is in full swing. Though it might not be your first stopping off point for new seasonal inspiration, there are plenty of hot-off-the-runway looks that effortlessly transcend gender. We scanned the runways and pulled eight unexpected but totally wearable trends that you can steal from the boys to wear yourself.
1. Edgy Florals: Floral prints were in full bloom at Tiger of Sweden, Alexander McQueen and Moschino, but not the ethereal, feminine variety that womenswear seems to reinvent each season. Backed on leather or displayed in high-octane color, there was nothing frilly about these fall blossoms. Make the look yours by pairing dainty patterns with buckled ankle boots, sleek, minimal jewelry and pops of electrifying hues. (Photo via John Phillips/Getty)
2. Cinched Sweaters: It looks like even the guys like a little bit of definition, or so suggests the belted sweater trend that appeared on the Lou Dalton catwalk and beyond. The understated detail is simply genius: It adds shape to oversized sweaters with the click of a buckle. Opt for a belt with a medium width, then complete the look with pumps and a set of statement studs. (Photo via Luca Teuchmann/Getty)
Kinda CapesDesigners capitalized on the cape by presenting their own interpretation of the outerwear that’s so popular in women’s fashion. What appeared to be oversized scarves were draped over the body in an asymmetric fashion, giving suave suits a bit of bohemian or old-world flair (so debonair). This idea comes conveniently just in time for winter, using fashion as a guise to stay even warmer. Push the boundaries by pairing a vibrant scarf with a sharply tailored coat in an intricate print or a brilliant shade of white. (Photo via Tristan Fewings/Getty)
Rugged MilitaryEnsembles with enlisted edge proved that leather isn’t the only way to inject an outfit with attitude. Forget the standard surplus shirts or lightweight khaki parkas for your own look and go straight for the heavy stuff: warm woolen coats in boxy cropped shapes and combat boots à la Dr. Martens. For an unexpected twist, pair up your military-issued pieces with flowy frocks and flirty, flowery prints. (Photo via Jeff Spicer/Getty)
Mixed Shapes + PrintsThe savvy suit-and-tie look has a stronghold on the men’s collections, but that didn’t stop standout off-duty looks from ruling the runway. Look-at-me patterns were combined with a spectrum of silhouettes to create sculptural looks that give new meaning to the idea of mixed prints. The most intriguing aspect? Color — and lots of it. Instead of choosing one hue to tie the look together (a typical mixing strategy) designers went out on a limb and gave each element its own unique palette for added drama and depth. Recreate the look with a fuzzy teddy coat, striped wide-leg trousers and a bright cotton tee. (Photo via Jeff Spicer/Getty)
6. Super Oversized Sweaters: Your favorite cozy knit is about to get even better. The extra roomy silhouette will engulf you in warmth while providing plenty of room for a few extra layers. Head to the menswear department (or your guy’s closet) for a ribbed cardigan and style it with relaxed-fit jeans, clogs and a few glitzy baubles for a polished finish. (Photo via Jeff Spicer/Getty)
7. Britpop Suits: Designers defied dress code with pop art-inspired colors and funky fabrics, making a strong argument for showing off personality both in and out of the office. Diversify your own workweek repertoire with office essentials like blazers, trousers and blouses in non-traditional palettes. (Photo via Luca Teuchmann/Getty)
8. New Twists on the Tie: Ties are standard office fare, but there’s no rule that says there’s only one way to wear them. A new way to knot allows the everyday accessory to take on new life. Worn close to the neck instead of down low, it brings an element of sophistication beyond the suit. Treat it like a skinny scarf and wear it with everything from shift dresses to fuzzy sweaters and moto jackets. (Photo via Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)