Now onto the Summer 2009 trends for men:
The global opinion of America has significantly improved since the inauguration of President Obama. Less and less is there a need for Americans to sew Canadian flags onto their hiking bags when traveling abroad. The popularity of the U.S of A has done a 180, and the fashion world has taken notice.
Ralph, S/S 2009
Overall, vintage is the way to go. Especially the look of the 1950's and 1960's, think "Leave it to Beaver" mixed with James Dean. If you’re stuck between slick sunglasses circa 2008 vs. 60’s Clubmasters/80’s Aviators/90’s Run DMC shades, go with vintage. You cannot go wrong. Who knew the 90’s were considered vintage now?!
Ray-Ban, Clubmaster sunglasses, $100 (H&M make great knock-offs of these and other vintage look-alikes. Head to Kensington market in Toronto for an even better deal)
If kicking it in madras print shorts and saying “golly gee!” all summer isn’t exactly your thing then just look to this summer’s blockbusters for your inspiration.
Wolverine Tshirt, French Connection
Star Trek has been released and inspiration from the movie can be seen in clothing stores already. Just a sidenote: I LOVED this movie. I recommend it to everyone, trekkie or not.
Streamlined is the best way to describe the trend – modern, slick and muted. Grey is a huge colour for guys this season, as boring as that may sound, but look for clothing and accessories with subtle details in this colour and it’ll set you apart from the fleet (ha).
YSL, S/S 09
Terminator Salvation will be just as influential on men’s trends this season as Star Trek. Tough guy accessories, shoes and clothing give you the chance to emulate John Connor.
Rag & Bone, S/S 2009
A personal favorite styling tip is pairing clothes and accessories that compliment each other, but are from two totally different worlds. Hard and soft, frilly and sporty, urban and preppy, etc. Try it out! **Create a similar feel to "frilly and sporty" by embracing the colour pink but balancing it with masculine items.
Another great way to create that contrast is through layering. Pick lightweight fabrics and simple details so you're not overwhelmed.
- Switch out the baggy pants for dark wash, straight leg jeans.
- Layer over the tank with a graphic t-shirt in a bright colour
Case B: Busted khakis, old, three-sizes-too-big tshirt, and tennis shoes.
- Throw out t-shirt and running shoes - no one needs to see these ever again
- Replace old t-shirts with graphic tees, collared shirts and cardigans or hoodies
- Invest in 3 good pairs of shoes: Black dress shoes that can take a polish; converse sneakers, a boating shoe or another type of sporty, casual shoe; finally, an in-between shoe that is acceptable to wear to work on casual days and can get you past the red rope at clubs - usually this is a brown loafer, but for the style adventurous it can be your fashion-forward shoe.
- Replace old pants with 2 new pairs of jeans that fit (dark wash, straight legs & looser casual jeans)
Formal, black dress shoe:
Calvin Klein, $199
Sporty, casual shoe:
Penguin (Town Shoes), $90
Philip Sparks (Town Shoes), $155
- Replace skater shoes with bright, baskeball inspired high-tops - these give anyone personality.
- Switch up your ripped jeans for grey, straight legged jeans (trendy this season)
- Mix up plain t-shirts and collared shirts with vests and blazers. Layering is a great way to inject personality into your outfit.