The traveling menswear circus kicked off last week in London for the city's inaugural men's fashion week, moved to Florence for prestigious menswear tradeshow Pitti Uomo, then on to Milan, and is currently wrapping up in Paris.
If there's one thing we've learned from covering Pitti Uomo and perusing Tommy Ton's street style shots for GQ during the men's shows, it's that the boys love to preen and peacock outside the show venues just as much as the girls.
But what we like about taking in men's street style is that there seems to be more of an emphasis on styling rather than the "it-items" we see proudly paraded around during the womenswear shows. It's a cuff rolled just-so with crazy colored socks showing underneath. Or a double-breasted blazer tailored to perfection with gloves hanging out of the breast pocket. Or sneakers and a Supreme hat worn with a more tailored look. More often than not, we get styling tips for ourselves.
It's become something of a tradition for us, when we go to Pitti Uomo, to ask Tommy Ton what he's seeing. After all--who better to ask about what trends are emerging than the guy who captures it all so beautifully?
Click through to find out the top trends we're seeing from editors and buyers attending the menswear shows--and how to steal them for yourself.
All photos: Courtesy Pitti Immagine
The Trend: Shawls When I asked Tommy Ton what he was seeing around the shows his first answer, without a second of hesitation, was shawls. Yes, like the ones your grandmother wears. Some dudes looked like they were walking around with blankets wrapped around them. If wrapping yourself up in a blanket is cool, count me in. Make It Yours:
The Trend: Streetwear Meets Tailoring From camo anoraks to puffer vests, Pitti dudes gave a rugged edge to their requisite sharp suits with more casual streetwear. Tommy Ton added that he's been seeing ladies take on this trend more and more.
Make It Yours: Throw on a sporty parka (bonus if it's in a menswear-approved print like camo) overtop of a ladylike outfit.
The Trend: "Cozy Boy" According to Complex's Jian DeLeon ‘Cozy boy’ is a relatively new term in the #menswear lexicon used to describe "this whole loungewear mini-trend" going on in menswear right now. So, basically, stylish menswear dudes have found out a way to wear sweatpants in public and actually make it look cool and totally acceptable. Let's make it happen for the girls too.
Make it Yours: Opt for polished trousers in soft, unstructured sweatpant-like material for the best of both worlds. Pair with a colorful, chunky scarf, and carry a sleek notebook for added cool factor. Massimo Dutti flannel trousers, $35; Massimo Dutti sweater, $35; Pucci scarf, $245
The Trend: Portfolio Cases
Dudes made the most of lugging their notebooks and show invites around in sleek portfolios this season--all the better to show off their steezy gloves and watches.
Make It Yours: Eschew last year's envelope clutch for a sleek portfolio or iPad holder. (Yes, there's a difference. We think.) Be sure to load up on the arm candy and get your tips polished for a Tommy-Ton-worthy snapshot.
The Trend: Herringbone Tweed
The classic suit fabric is having a moment.
Make It Yours: Full-on suits can be hard to pull off. Instead, opt for a fitted tweed blazer and pair it with black skinny pants. Wear a turtleneck if you want to go super professorial.
Surface to Air tweed blazer, $100;