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The Top 10 Styling Tips from the Men’s Shows

By Alex Tudela


The men’s shows that have concluded featured models on the runway in muslin dinosaur masks, wooden frame sculptures and latex pig hoodies. But there were also several things that are easier to wear — and you won’t have to wait a year till they hit stores. Here, a roundup of tips and tricks, inspired by the men’s shows, of new ways to wear things — some of which you probably already own.

Kevin TachmanPrada

1. Dress Up the Bucket Hat

Believe it or not, there’s a sleeker side to the dorky bucket hat — and leave it to Prada to make the case for it. Miuccia Prada sent every model in the brand’s fall/winter 2018 show down the runway in a fisherman’s cap. Some were monochrome (yellow or white) and some were colourful graphic prints, but the version cut from the house’s signature black nylon was the most fresh. To avoid looking like the grumpy old man played by Henry Fonda in the 1981 film “On Golden Pond,” dress up the hat with a suit and tie, as seen during Prada’s runway finale.

Molly SJ LoweLanvin

2. Extend the Life of the Aloha Shirt

With its bright colours and cheerful patterns, the aloha shirt is practically synonymous with summer. Its shelf life, however, typically doesn’t extend past Labor Day — and as soon as the seasons change, you have to pack it away. But for his fall/winter 2018 show, the Lanvin men’s wear designer Lucas Ossendrijver reconsidered the floral-printed shirt as a year-round garment. Layered underneath chunky ribbed knits and paired with pleated wool trousers, the summer staple becomes an easy button-down alternative to add a little whimsy to a winter look.

From left: Kevin Tachman; Courtesy Gosha RubchinskiyThom Browne and Gosha Rubchinskiy
Thom Browne and Gosha Rubchinskiy

3. Go Mad for Plaid

Last season, layering stripes was a way to show a bit of personality in your outfit. This time around, it’s all about plaid. On the fall/winter 2018 runways, designers piled it on: Thom Browne stuck with a focused colour palette while Gosha Rubchinskiy, in his collaboration with Burberry, went for more extreme clashing. Whether pairing two plaid shirts or mixing a bevy of plaid clothes and accessories, it’s up to you to show how adventurous you’d want to be.

Molly SJ LoweDries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten

4. Liven Up a Suit with a Cross-body Bag

Taking cues from skate culture, several designers have featured looks with fanny packs slung across models’ torsos. But if hoodies and track pants are not part of your wardrobe routine, Dries Van Noten and Louis Vuitton provided examples of a more grown-up way of trying out the accessory: wearing it as a cross-body bag. Any kind of cross-body — be it a fanny pack or a small messenger — can give a sophisticated suit a much needed sense of cool and ease.

Yu FujiwaraDior Homme
Dior Homme

5. Layer Short Over Long

Wearing a short-sleeved top over something long sleeved is both a bit grunge and a bit youthful — and can make winter dressing a lot more fun. At Dior Homme, models wore graphic button-down shirts underneath short-sleeved logo sweatshirts that looked like vintage band T-shirts. And a few Prada models wore colourful cabana shirts over retro knit sweaters. It’s a great way to mix and match pattern and colour, or to continue wearing short-sleeved shirts through the winter.

Left: Molly SJ Lowe; Courtesy Gosha RubchinskiyRick Owens and Gosha Rubchinskiy
Rick Owens and Gosha Rubchinskiy

6. Invest in an Oversize Work Shirt

At a time when workwear brands like Dickies and Carhartt are in the closets of most fashion insiders, it’s no surprise that designers would find inspiration in utilitarian uniforms. Such was the case in the collections of Rick Owens and Gosha Rubchinskiy. Both presented oversize or baggy versions of work shirts (a button-front in durable fabric with exterior pockets) that can be tucked into a pair of tailored trousers or left open and undone, like a jacket.

From left: Courtesy Acne Studios; Yu FujiwaraAcne and Alexander McQueen
Acne and Alexander McQueen

7. Mix Business with Novelty

A number of sweaters on the runways this season looked like they could have been found at a vintage store; whether in throwback patterns, retro colours or nubby weaves, these were charming knits that seemed more like favourite hand-me-downs than anything new. At Acne Studios and Alexander McQueen, we saw a new way to wear these novelty sweaters without looking like you belonged in an ’80s movie: with slim and cropped pinstripe pants. It’s an easy way to upgrade a vintage knit for modern times.

Jamie StokerCottweiler

8. Use Carabiners in Lieu of Belts

Carabiners, those handy metal clasps typically used for outdoor activities, found their way onto a handful of runways this season. Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty, the duo behind the London-based brand Cottweiler, showed a caving-inspired collection that utilised the hooks as a way to decorate waistbands. And in Paris, Études also used a carabiner attached to a bungee cord as a substitute for a belt.

From left: Molly SJ Lowe; Yu FujiwaraComme Des Garçons Homme Plus and Undercover
Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus and Undercover

9. If You’re Feeling Daring, Attempt a Pair of Winter Shorts

It’s no doubt counterintuitive — and, in certain climates, downright ridiculous — but a few designers and brands showed shorts on the runway. At Comme des Garçons Homme Plus they were long and baggy, and at Undercover, they came in a thick, ribbed knit. But to really make winter shorts work, remember to pile on multiple warm layers and add chunky socks.

Kevin TachmanMarni and Thom Browne
Marni and Thom Browne

10. If All Else Falls, Wear a Blanket

When the weather is unbearable and there’s hardly any motivation to leave the comforts of bed, sometimes the easiest solution is just to bring the bed with you. At Marni, a pair of models came down the runway in patchwork striped blankets that must have inspired those in attendance to replicate the look later in the week: While in Paris, designers with outdoor or unheated venues were considerate enough to provide blankets to guests. Thanks to Sacai, Thom Browne and Hermès, people left the shows wrapped up in their own cozy throws.