Australia may only be 6 months behind Europe, but given our relaxed beach culture and tendency for men to be reserved in their approach to fashion, some of the trends below may only be worn by a brave few. Whether you're a conservative fashion novice or a flamboyant man about town, these trends are sure to evolve your wardrobe come summer. SHOP the latest S/S13 summer trends at Aquila.
Trend #1 – Camouflage
Like or hate it, camouflage is everywhere in Europe this summer. Not only on the street, but all the designers are presenting their future collections with this print. You will be seeing camouflage on the usual fashion items such as pants, but be prepared for a camouflage explosion across all accessories, sneakers, jackets and even the occasional casual blazer. Greens, blues and red camouflage variations are all making an appearance.
Trend #2 – Floral prints
Floral prints will polarise men. At what point does it become cool for a man to look like his Aunt Rita's sofa? That one you can answer yourself, but floral was appearing in more mens designer collections. The Floral print, once a strictly Mediterranean holiday feel, can now be seen on more than just shirts. Designers are using this print on suit detailing, jackets and even pants for the brave souls. Floral is interesting, but still feels more appropriate on vacation rather than at a nightclub or pub on a Friday night.
Trend #3 – Neon for men
There's nothing new about neon. What is new (for men) is how bright it's becoming and how far it's spreading. We've seen the likes of Nike using neon on much of its running range over the past 12 months and this trend will continue and evolve into chinos, swimwear, accessories and even lightweight knits. Neon is not for the wallflowers or hipsters, but the beach goers, gym rats and sartorial experimenters who will happily consume this trend.
Trend #4 – Casual Blazers
The skinny suit/blazer lapel is making its way out the back door as the trend of more traditional Italian and British tailoring comes into play. Especially at Pitti Uomo, where blazers were on show by almost every designer and where a few designers were now embracing the larger lapel. Most apparent was the influx of double-breasted blazers. What's been on the sidelines for the past few seasons now gets its time in the mainstream spotlight. Lighter colours such as khaki, seersucker and pastels will be all the rage. Definitely time to start collecting a range of both single breasted and double-breasted blazers for everyday wear. SHOP Aquila's blazer range.
Trend #5 – Windbreakers
Windbreakers have always made me feel like a football thug, so perhaps that's why we're so surprised by this final trend. It's like the football thugs have all bought yachts and the designers know it. The lightweight jacket in a multitude of colours was being sported by many gents in Europe. Honestly we don't know many guys in Australia who wear these, but given the amount of attention designers are giving their sport/yachting ranges, it's safe to assume this trend will sail down under very soon.
Keep up with the latest summer trends, SHOP our S/S13 collection at Aquila.