Men's fashion in the 2000s is now as indefinable as women's fashion has been for the past few years. Gone are the days when men couldn't look fashionable with those uninteresting shirts and mundane trousers. Looking good is not only a woman's privilege. Each year, trends for men's fashion are predicted, but hardly have they followed any fashion trends. Hence, they escape stylish clothing.
Even if they go for shopping their last option would be on safe shirt and predictable trousers. For younger males, hip hop culture has highlighted many trends for men's fashion, while older males are increasingly aware of tailoring, and making a garment fit right for their body shape, rather than going with the fashion trend.
Trends for men have always been a tricky issue. You need to make a statement, and yet not overdo it. For the men who want to get started with this voguish experiment, this year is not a year to go too bold with colors, whereas shades of blue and black are set to rule. Denims continue to rule 2014 and printed shirts and jackets will also be a hit. You can set your mood to make yourself look different from the crowd with slim, narrow trend with slush of colors.
An exclusive printed jacket with layering and a good amount of texturing on the fabric with fine yet visible detailing will look great. Printed jackets can be highlighted with Kalamkari work. The trend of printed jackets and slim pants is the future of fashion and the new age man replaces cargos with slimmer pants and includes more linen jackets in their wardrobe. You can even pair up your jackets with slim fitting blue denims which are completely classic, timeless and are one of the most resourceful pieces you'll ever own.
It is easy to dress oneself with the slimmer cut ensuring sharper lines and a better shape. Indigo jeans works with almost any look you can think of and will never be out of fashion, so it's worth investing good money in self finished fabrics, which is of a higher quality and is almost guaranteed to last longer. Basic knitwear will be an essential component of your layering this season, and you'll be wearing it a lot.
These staple colors allow you to play around with bolder shades within the rest of your ensemble and the mid-weight ensures that they sit on the casual side of the spectrum, which is much more suitable when you're just starting out. When it comes to suits, double breasted blazers are in fashion, so for people who like slim fits, new styles have come up to give a try. Wider legged pants are replacing the slim cut trousers which were a trend last year.
For those who like sweatshirts can try out ones with interesting prints or patterns, which are big and has graphic designs. Short sleeved shirts are also back in fashion. Also you can let go the traditional outfit and opt for well-fitted kurtas, bandgalas in simple designs. Sports coats, camouflage prints and army themes are very much in vogue at international fashion shows nowadays. Also, golf pants and shorts are hitting the trend. Few years back golfing attire was very simple and elegant, and aimed at comfort but trends change with time. Golfing attires have become funkier and can team up with cloth-button shirts. They look casual and less sporty.
Some people go wacky with their golf pants in different chic colors. Fortunately, for these promising fashionistos, these shirts are a worthwhile addition to any modern wardrobe and you will definitely get a lot of use out of them as it is perfectly divides between formal and casual wear.
Apparels are always mixed and matched with the accessories which can amaze you. Shoes do a lot of talking. Funny, but they do. Desert boot goes with everything, men can choose from jeans to shorts to suits. It can make you look smart without being formal. These boots are extremely comfy and a pair in light sand will complement every piece in your wardrobe. Moreover, you can even go for brown leather if you are looking for something that is seasonally suitable and a bit more hard wearing.
Wearing the right belt is an art indeed. Yes, they're definitely used to hold your pants up, but they do serve another purpose by adding a whole other dimension to your look. A classic black, brown or beige belt is an absolute wardrobe staple. Wearing cufflinks will make a usual formal shirt look stylish and sophisticated. It will make you stand out at social and formal functions.
Match the cuff links with the style and color of your shirt. Do you really know how to tie a tie? A stunning tie makes your suit more beautiful, classier especially if you know how to associate colors. You can match it with the facing of the suit - satin with satin, silk with silk - but it can also be an opportunity to do something different. A different texture or feel can look great but we wouldn't recommend different colors or prints.
We can sum-up by saying that men need not shy away from wearing something that is very different from others. It should no longer be a cause of concern. Today, the more adventurous men are, more people will like to follow their style of dressing and get rid of their own wardrobe staples to make space for stylish wears.
Vikrant Makkar is an independent fashion designer who caters to the taste of new age highly stylized men and women, based in New Delhi. Vikrant has worked for various fashion shows like Wills india fashion week 2012, India Couture week 2013 and many more. For his splendid work he has been awarded as "Emerging Designer" at Premia India Runway Week'14, La Finesse'14, Leo's Fashion Week'13 & Fashionista Budding Designer 2013.