7 Menswear Trends We’re Looking Out for at NYFW

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Prepare for layers, bucket hats, and much more.

The seemingly endless marathon that is Fashion Week—read: months—has officially commenced. Over the next eight weeks, designers, editors, stylists, street-style stars, clients, and show-crashers migrate from fashion capital to fashion capital in pursuit of the latest trends of the season. From London to Paris, we start off the race with an international lap around the men’s market. 

Down the runway, an unfussy, sheltering sensibility surfaced as the common theme across the men’s collections. From head to toe models dressed in protective ensembles, ready to brave the elements and cruise the streets. The knits are cocooning, the outerwear is oversized, and the boots are brawny. Classic menswear staples, such as the Wellington boot and sweater vest, are revisited and polished for the modern man’s wardrobe.

As we inch closer to New York Fashion Week, we wonder what will American designers have in store for us? Legacy brands dominated in Europe, but New York’s schedule embraces a younger crowd of designers and brands. Will relaxed wardrobing continue to reign, or will the trends of NYFW do a 180-degree turn?

We’ll keep you posted, but until then take a look at the below seven trends we’re most anticipating: 

The Boot Tuck

From left: Monica Feudi/Courtesy Prada; Aldo Castoldi/Courtesy Fendi; Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana; Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com; Alberto Maddaloni/Courtesy Etro

The Wellington boot was everywhere on the runway. One part agricultural, one part aristocratic: the boot’s practical, yet stylish silhouette lends itself to any occasion. Paired with tailored trousers tucked in, this trend is readily equipped for rain, sleet, or snow.

Eclectic Layers 

From left: Maarten de Groot/Courtesy Off-White; Courtesy Gucci; Courtesy Marni; Courtesy Missoni; Alberto Maddaloni/Courtesy Etro

Thanks to modern technology we no longer have to actually face the severity of winter. On the downside, transitioning from the frigid streets to a furnaced office can cause a sartorial dilemma. Designers argued a case for eclectic layering as the solution.

Investment Pieces

From left: Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com/Courtesy Jil Sander; Courtesy Wales Bonner; Monica Feudi/Courtesy Prada; Maarten de Groot/Courtesy Off-White; Courtesy JW Anderson

Fashion is a pendulum, what’s out of style always comes back around. Swinging back into vogue now is the sweater vest. Trade out your Patagonia zip-up fleece for an elevated, sleeveless pullover.

Utilitarian Staples 

From left: Courtesy Gucci; Luca Tombolini Tmluca/Courtesy Craig Green; Yannis Vlamos/Courtesy Dior; Courtesy Giorgio Armani; Frederique Dumoulin/Courtesy Louis Vuitton

Designers presented jackets that were practical, rather than embellished. They sport multi-pocket details on the chest and hips, offering enough carry-on space to forgo bags this fall.

Voluminous Knitwear

From left: Monica Feudi/Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana; Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com/Courtesy Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy Givenchy; Yannis Vlamos/Courtesy Dries Van Noten; Courtesy Officine Generale

Oversized and cozy: voluminous knitwear is a winter wardrobe staple. In neutral shades of ivory, grey, and brown, these sheltering sweaters are cozy cocoons.

Mountaineering Coats 

From left: Courtesy Berluti; Courtesy Acne; Courtesy JW Anderson; Monica Feudi/Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana; Yannis Vlamos/Courtesy Dries Van Noten

This season the coats are large and in charge. Puffers, shearlings, overcoats take on gargantuan shapes equipped for a journey up the Himalayan Mountains, or a trip to the store.

Brimmed Buckets 

From left:  Courtesy Off-White;  Aldo Castoldi/Courtesy Fendi; Courtesy Isabel Marant; Shoji Fujii/Jacquemus; Courtesy Loewe

Designers have you and your head covered this season. Although the bucket hat has always been a staple of warmer weather,  the cloche brimmed helmet is well on its way to being your go-to winter accessory.