Looking Forward, 2014

Long, Loose and Colorful: Fashion Trends For 2014

This is arguably the most exciting time in men’s fashion in recent memory. Menswear has evolved to become more sophisticated, more daring, more interesting and more diverse than ever, and 2014 promises to continue moving style forward and upward.

Here are 5 trends you can look forward to in men’s fashion this year.

Volume

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Short story: long is in. During New York Fashion Week, several designers opted for tunics and shirts ripped right out of Dorothy Zbornak’s enviable closet. It makes a great silhouette and when the weather warms up, you won’t even need to bother with pants. Going commando, however, is risky should there be a brisk wind.

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With tops being so loose, bottoms follow suit. Ditch the skinny jeans and upgrade to the equivalent of a pant luxury sedan — more leg room, more comfort.

The ’90s

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Fashion is cyclical and every 20 years or so, what’s old automatically becomes new again. The ’90s have been having a revival for the past few years and it’s not a trend that’s going away anytime soon. And why would it? Bright colors, voluminous shapes, crazy patterns. It’s more than a sense of millennial nostalgia, the ’90s were a seriously fun time for fashion. And as Cyndi Lauper once kinda said, gays just wanna have fun.

Futurism

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The future is now according to street style stalwart Bill Cunningham, who finds that young men from New York to Paris are snatching the wigs of their female counterparts when it comes to groundbreaking fashion. In his “On the Street” column, Cunningham noted that dudes today are eager to explore “new technologies in fabrics and daring cuts and colors.”

Apocalypse Now

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On the darker side of this obsession with the future is a bleak fatalism — climate change, the threat of nuclear war, Snapchat — that a lot of designers are going Beyond Thunderdome with military and desert themes. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci sent his models down the runway and into battle.

Gentlemanly Accessories

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Just like a lady is never sure at night, a gentleman needs that little something extra to make an outfit complete. And burgeoning fashionisto Zachary Quinto knows a thing or two about accessorizing: “As a guy, that’s a little more of a challenge than if you’re able to wear a big gown. We have to work with fewer resources. It becomes about the details. Cufflinks. Tie bars.”