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Functionality and joyful expression are menswear's key S/S 22 trends

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Nov 04, 2021 By WGSN Insider

Hyper-functional details and joyful accents come into sharp focus for S/S 22 menswear, as consumers prioritise purchases that are uplifting and versatile. 

Abundant functionality

As the outdoor boom continues to trend, trims and details that allude to activewear and enable the wearer to get closer to nature are set to remain vital. Whether gearing up for a hike or to get to work, functionality is important. 

Toggles and elasticated cables are key details and provide a wealth of adjustable features, including hoods and waistbands. For cutting-edge aesthetics, laser-cut pocket designs and heat-sealing techniques deliver light and practical finishes on paper-thin fabrics. 

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Joyful expression

One of S/S's key themes is joyful expression, which covers many techniques and brings colour, vibrancy and playfulness to everyday items. Giving simple and recognisable pieces a twist, this trend sees colourful and fun elements added with the use of contrast components.

Embroidery and printed details pick out design features such as pockets, bindings and linings, while placement embroidery and print are useful for branding. Panelling remains a key statement and works especially well on workwear-style items, particularly denim.

Brands can use bright colours for optical and obvious contrasts, and tonal shades or contrasting textures for subtle effects. Cords, tab details, fun buttons, snaps and zip pullers are all used to enliven and elevate simple pieces while remaining relatively commercial. 

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