Boys will be boys… or will they? That seems to be the big question on designers’ minds as they redefine ideals of masculinity for the new season, which would possibly influence the new decade. Going beyond dressing default archetypes of success and power such as The Banker, The Lawyer, The Businessman or The Doctor, they cast a subversive eye on irrelevant models of patriarchy.
Over the past few seasons, the runways have shown a toughness tinged with tenderness. In Spring/Summer 2020, that gentle spirit blossoms into an alluring aura that exudes elegance, sensuality and romance in menswear.
Here, fashion editor Jacquie Ang decodes the new order in five trends.
A sense of effortless ease pervades Spring/Summer 2020 in the line-up of relaxed silhouettes. Designers have built an extensive wardrobe composed of soft suits, oversized Oxford shirts, boxy bowling shirts, floaty silk shirts, one- piece jumpsuits, tunics, harem pants… the key pieces to wear now.
Along with the season’s genteel mood, Autumn/Winter 2019’s brilliant brights are now toned down, but the muted hues still make a statement. The powdery palette colours casual daywear to spiffy suits, casting a calm yet romantic effect on the runways.
The spin-off from Spring/Summer 2020’s sense of liberation is a sexy mood. Sheer is still strong, topless is trending — men on runways and off are ditching the shirts under their suits — but above-the-knee shorts make it an easy-breezy trick to join the cool boys, with plenty of styling cues from the runways.
Designers have taken a shine to satin, heightening the season’s feel-good vibes. Bank on the sensuous fabric for a fresh gloss and sleek sophistication that takes you from work to weekend.
Spring/Summer 2020’s free spirit informs this Insta-ready print that’s already big on the streets. It doesn’t have to be loud ’70s psychedelia with the host of new dreamy interpretations on the runways, so to ease you into the trend, try wearing a kaleidoscopic shirt under your suit.