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The only way to truly stay ahead of a trend is to predict it. We’ve gotten ahead of the curve and outlined some of the hottest styles you’ll see blowing up this year.
From what we’ve seen on the street, runways, and screen and in stores, here are 10 of our best predictions for the trends that will live and die in the new year.
Suits will also continue to embrace more color, as well as incorporate patterns.
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While navy and charcoal will still be the most common suit colors you’ll see in 2017, don’t be surprised if you see brighter, more festive colors throughout the year. Even patterns like plaid suits, or paisley tuxedo jackets are not out of the question.
Remember Obama’s khaki suit from 2014? It’s like that, but taken up a few notches.
Formal wear taking cues from the 20th century will hit the mainstream.
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Tuxedos are already a bit nostalgic, and in 2017 we’re going to see more men leaning into that.
Double breasted jackets, navy, contrasting white jackets, and more will be commonplace in black tie events.
For casual wear, get ready for black and white to take over.
Get ready to see a lot of black, white, and gray in the coming year. To mix the changing of athleisure, we’re predicting many men will stick to the colorless look in the new year.
Athleisure will take a new direction.
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The results are in and votes have been tallied: athleisure is not going away. It’s here to stay, and it’s even evolving. Some athleisure gear takes hints from sports apparel, but also techy fabrics in traditional clothing to create new looks.
Athleisure is recognizing that men don’t wear it just to the gym, and the styles will change accordingly.
Denim will no longer be the standard casual pant.
As this change occurs, men will gravitate towards the poles of formality and casual wear. The gray area that jeans currently inhibit will obtain less of the focus.
There are now so many other options for casual pants, that jeans look old fashioned by comparison.
Sneakers will continue their domination.
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Sneakers of all stripes were the most common thing seen on men’s feet in 2016, and nothing will change this year. From Nike’s sporty luxury running shoes to New Balance’s nostalgia-inspired sportswear to Common Project’s minimalist luxury and the woolen Allbirds, sneakers of every shape, size, and cover will continue to be popular.
Hair will continue to get longer, and less weighed down.
Men will continue to move away from the clipped, faded cuts and more into layered, textured ones in 2017. The scissors will be used more often than the razor, and the products used will allow for movement in the hair instead of weighing it down.
Stubble will retake its rightful place as the most common facial hair.
The big bushy beards of the last couple years have given way to neat, trimmed stubble and that trend will continue into 2017.
Pants will become stretchy.
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Including a touch of elastane in pants, even jeans, will become the norm in 2017. Once men get used to it, they’ll realize the pants are more comfortable, more
Wearables are gone, but tech isn’t going anywhere.
Many wearable makers are in trouble, Nike got out of the game, and even the Apple Watch’s sales aren’t what many hoped. Wearables are just not gaining traction.
That doesn’t mean tech is giving up, however. Tech will proliferate into new and exciting directions when it comes to clothing in 2017. Nike’s self-lacing shoes are just the beginning.