5 new menswear style rules fresh from New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Catwalk style staples from New York Fashion Week Mens shows

The third season of New York Fashion Week Mens shows just wrapped up, showing the last of next season’s menswear collections. While the European shows left us with some new ideas on ways men can get dressed, we found some more inspiration on the New York catwalks. Here are the five key style takeaways that you can put into practice right now:


1. Give your legs some room.
Where we saw it:
Palmiers Du Mal

More voluminous trousers were prevalent at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, but what Palmiers Du Mal does is make them look eminently wearable. Crinkled lightweight fabrics pair well with a crisp white tee, lending a casually smart air to this look. The cropped hems that hit just above the ankle are the icing on the cake.


2. Get your shine on.
Where we saw it: John Elliott

Metallic outerwear may give you a flashback to ’90s music videos where stylist June Ambrose had rappers posturing in shiny suits in wind tunnels, but John Elliott gets it right and makes it feel so relevant. The sheen of the satin complements the cobalt blue hits on the ribbing, and the slightly oversized silhouette lends a louche, casual attitude to an eye-catching piece of outerwear.


3. Pink pants? No problem.
Where we saw it: Robert Geller

Inspired by 1980s German music scene, Robert Geller’s latest collection offered bright trousers in several shades of pink. This particular pair is notable because it takes away some of the hue by washing it down, achieving a lived-in look akin to prep style staples like Nantucket Red chinos. Worn with a similarly toned down leopard print, the result is a retro-rocker look that actually looks progressive today.


4. Frayed hems give trousers some edge.
Where we saw it: Second/Layer

Los Angeles-based menswear label Second/Layer offers up a subversive take on denim with uneven frayed hems and knee patches to add even more DIY attitude. It’s a look you can easily duplicate at home with a pair of scissors and vintage denim—unless you don’t mind waiting a few months for Second/Layer’s premium, pre-cut versions to ship.


5. Make a statement with orange.
Where we saw it: Tim Coppens

No word may rhyme with orange, but it certainly works well as a bold piece in an outfit. Many designers used the citrus tone on big-ticket pieces like trenchcoats, and pared it down with neutrals like black, navy, and gray. Tim Coppens’ trenchcoat gets even bolder with metallic contrasts on the collar and pockets, making this a grail-worthy piece for the confident dresser’s closet.

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