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7 Key Menswear Trends for Spring/Summer 2019

From striking stripes to shocking neons, here are some ideas on how to freshen up your wardrobe for the new year.

From left: Prada, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, Dries Van Noten

There has never been a more exciting season for menswear than Spring/Summer 19, what with the high profile debuts of Kim Jones for Dior Homme and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton. Elsewhere, other designers make a strong point with their offerings, such as Lucas Ossendrijver’s creations for Lanvin. The collection is all about challenging the way people view and wear clothes now. In Ossendrijver’s words: “It’s not about streetwear or not streetwear, or do you like streetwear or do you not like streetwear? To me it’s about finding a new kind of elegance, a new kind of sophistication, and a new kind of language.”

Meanwhile, it’s glaringly evident in this season that high fashion has taken much of its cues from what the clan on the street is wearing, albeit with finer and sharper tailoring.

For those who are buying for the long run, rest assured the storied houses of Hermès, Canali and Ermenegildo Zegna are still rolling out classics that will stand the test of time.

SEE ALSO: How Hermès is leading luxury into the future

Shorts

From left: Coach, Lanvin, Hermès
From left: Dries Van Noten, Prada, Louis Vuitton

Because we stay in the tropics, shorts are practically a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Why not up your style game with sleek updates from Fendi, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Prada or Hermès? It’s time to step up your game during legs-day.

Tailoring

From left: Hermès, Dior Homme, Ermenegildo Zegna Couture
From left: Canali, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten

Every man needs a suit. And this season, the runways from New York, Milan, Paris and London are awash with sharp tailoring from Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali, Hermès and Dior Homme. Even Virgil Abloh sent out some strong suits for his Louis Vuitton debut.

Stripes

From left: Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Dior Homme, MSGM

This pattern is a perennial favourite with many designers. Whether vertical or horizontal, this classic print is rendered in every colour combination imaginable with Dior Homme, Loewe and Commes des Garçon leading the way with standout iterations.

Tie Dye

From left: Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith

Who would have thought that the hippie days are back in fashion? This season’s tie-dye is more Burning Man than Woodstock, as seen on the runways of Issey Miyake, Jil Sander, Paul Smith and Louis Vuitton.

All white

From left: Dior Homme, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Versace

It’s hard to pull off an all-white outfit, especially when you’re not in good shape. But if you have put in time at the gym, take your style cues from Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton and Versace on how to do it tastefully.

Bucket hats

From left: Fendi, Valentino, Versace

Yes, the bucket hat is back. And this time, in every material and print imaginable. From Fendi to Versace, Boss to Valentino, it’s hard to not get your head wrapped around it.

Neon

From left: Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Louis Vuitton, Versace

Forget subtle. This season is all about drawing attention to yourself with striking neons rendered in a suit, trench coat or utilitarian vest. Think of it as a sophisticated version of a rave party.

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