Men’s Style Trends Coming In 2014

January 24th, 2014

By popular request following our Trends We Hope Die in 2014 article, here’s to taking a look at what’s to come in men’s style for 2014.

Men’s fashion is built on a foundation of traditional “rules” and cultural norms which are adapted again and again to fit today’s ever-changing cultural landscape. The beauty of menswear is how slowly and gradually these movements take place. It all happens at the pace of a snail. A very deliberate and calculated snail.

In recent years the growth of the internet and social media has dramatically changed worldwide attitudes towards men’s fashion. Now that we can consume a variety of contrasting opinions and peek into the lifestyle(s) of those we admire (or don’t understand), the stigmatization of men’s fashion has died. Consciously or not, men all over the world are developing their own opinion, participating in an ongoing conversation about visual representation, and ultimately developing their own sense of style that is true to them as an individual.

The clothes you wear say a lot about who you are as a person. And the trends that guide the clothes you wear say a lot about our time and culture.

We already discussed the trend cycle and why they are inevitable. Here are some trends that I think will pick-up some steam in 2014, in case you want to stay ahead of the curve.

 

#Menswear Matures, Learns Subtlety 

Developing personal style is sort of like jumping into a cold pool. First you dip your toes in and look around to see if others would join you in the water (experimenting). Then you decide to go for it with a full cannon ball (“peacocking”). Then you realize the water is too cold (“I look silly, don’t I”). Finally you decide that sitting by the edge of the pool with your feet in the water is the best place to be (subtle, comfortable, learned style).

With it’s relatively new rise in popularity, men’s style has gone through it’s ups and downs and is finally maturing. When it first became popular there were lots of newcomers participating, going a little too hard without enough practice or experience to make it look natural and authentic. We went through a pretty bad peacocking phase and are now finally learning the art of subtlety and personal touch.

70’s Influence Continues

In 2014 the 70′s influence will continue to be strong. Wide lapels, fat ties, long collar points, long hair, deep necklines with a little chest hair, earthy color palettes, etc.

Classic Hats

Remember the days when a man wouldn’t walk outside without a brimmed hat (felt, fur, straw, etc) on his head? It will never be that strict again, but we’re heading back in that direction. Look out for wide brims.

Country Western 

The cowboys are coming. Bolo ties, cowboy boots, big belt buckles, dusters, suedes, ponchos, silver collar tips, etc. Post on this coming soon.

Pants Get Wider, Higher, and Pleated

The rise of trousers will get longer (we can all agree they’ve gotten a little too low). Some guys will wear them up near the naval in true old-school fashion, other guys will wear them lower on the hips with a slight sag to create a subtle drop-crotch look.

Since these high-waisted pants work so well with braces, I think we will start to see more of these as well (hopefully under jackets rather than on full display).

Tailoring With A Little More Room

Suits have gotten too slim, to the point where they’ve begun to look less confident and a little insecure. Not to mention uncomfortable and predictable. A little drape-room for movement can be sexy and suave. More on this later.

White on White

Mark my words: white jeans with white shirts (tees, button-downs, henleys, whatever). Perhaps some more white suits this summer too.

Sexy Suedes 

This Fall the new leather jacket will be suede. Beautiful, nappy suede. Men will also turn to suede on their shoes and boots. This could have to do with the country western insurgence, or simply the love of visual textures.

Silhouette Play

The sleek European inspired silhouette will still dominate, but “cool kids” will start to stray from this for fear of predictability. The first areas we will start to see this happen: wider/longer pants with break (as discussed), longer suit jackets (nothing crazy, just a few inches past the seat), oversized overcoats, and reverse layering with thigh-length flowy tees peeking out under shirts/sweaters/jackets.

Tailoring Gets Even Softer and More Casual 

When guys love something (and buy it) it will continue. Guys love tailoring. Guys also love being comfortable and casual. The combo of the two means more blazers that feel like sweaters, suits that look rumpled and leisurely, and trousers made from fabrics like denim and fleece.

SILK

I’ve been hinting at this for a while, mainly because I love silk and think it’s the most misunderstood and underrated fabric in menswear. When the warmer months come around look out for rough raw silks in jackets, trousers, shirts, shorts, etc.

Camp Collar Shirt

This Spring/Summer you will consider opting out of your boring old polo shirt cycle in exchange for a short-sleeve camp shirt with a one-piece collar (looks kinda like a pajama top). Post on this coming in early Spring.

Stacking Delicate Necklaces 

Yup. Thin gold, silver and luxe leather. At different lengths, on top of each other. Probably with an open collar shirt showing a little of that 70’s chest hair.

Hair Gets Longer and Less Greasy 

Look for a style that is more natural and flowy. Rather than a hard side-part that is glued down with wet pomade, push it all straight back with a lighter product and let it get a little thoughtfully imperfect.

RINGS

Absolutely. Everything from simple silver bands, to rugged non-precious metals, to chunky vintage pieces. It’s all about how they work together.

Abstract All-Over Prints

This year we will continue to see colorful prints, but they won’t represent something so obviously tangible. They will be a little more difficult to identify. No more literal florals or cookie cutter navajo patterns, think more colorful abstract pop-art.

Stretched-Out Necklines

Remember how you used to hate those stretched-out “droopy” necklines on old t-shirts? Well this year you will be tugging on your new tees to get them to look all stretched-out. Brands might even start selling “vintage” t-shirt with ragged necklines in old torn-up fabrics.

 

 

More on our personal interpretation of some of these trends coming later this year!

Thanks, as always, for reading.

 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier & TSBmen

 

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  • Steve

    I will be so sad to see the end of extra-fitted era. as a tall/extra-slim guy, this trend has been a dream come true. I finally own clothes that fit!

  • Josua

    Silhouette play, white on white and stretched out necklines…
    Sounds like you guys have been browsing styleforum and superfuture ;)

  • RAS

    You forgot the best trend of any year: turning away from the fashion cycle. Wear what looks best on you and it doesn’t matter what ridiculous new fashion is around the corner waiting to make your wardrobe out of date.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      That’s basically our message every day. Thanks for reading!

  • Brandon

    Ugh… I hope none of this true. All of these trends sound horrible and should not be encouraged. I mean, the 70′s, really? Worst decade for style ever…

  • Gary

    Kind of like this? http://on.vh1.com/1hFxafS

  • TK

    Good read, but I think the ’70′s influence’ is off point. Wide lapels, ties, ect. are more just traditional form and mixing of continental styles rather than an influence from 70′s trends.

    • Patrick

      I think the 70′s trend is definitely on-point. Less of a direct influence, as I don’t see wide-legged pants coming back in, but the attitude and prints.

  • Changingman

    “oversized overcoats, and reverse layering with thigh-length flowy tees peeking out under shirts/sweaters/jackets”

    Please No.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Trends like this are not what should be encouraged. Maybe a piece at a time not all together.

  • Sammy C.

    I would love to hear the thoughts of the people on the trends presented in “Her” (new Spike Jonze movie, loved it). They hit a few of these marks.

    I agree 70′s influence is swinging back around hard, and that sounds great to me. Throwback style has been, for me, much more forgiving to my body type, which is not the little British kid build that looks so good in modern tight tailoring. The hats, the pants, the tailoring all feel right to me.

    I live in Iowa, where “fashion forward” (or even fashion-par) can get you some really funny looks. At the same time, we have to take our winter clothes damn seriously- the balance of those two forces has fallen neatly into Western cold-wear. I don’t like looking like a cowboy, but shearling, suede, and ponchos sound badass.

    • Leroy

      I totally caught the 70s style of dress in the movie HER. The high waisted trousers wored by both men and women and the earthy color tones. I’m feeling the idea of wearing thin gold chains, possibly the old school thin 18 inch rope chain with the Horse head/ horse shoe pendant. lol

  • Brett

    Maybe I’m easily influenced, but I’ve been feeling a lot of these lately. I hope the western stuff stays to a minimum. I live in upstate New York and I already see enough cowboy posers. I like the white on white thing, I’m referring to it as the Jesus look. I wish this post would have given me some inspiration, but at least it compliments my recent ebay purchases. Thanks, keep cranking these out TSB.

  • Justin

    I hope pleated pants stay away.

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    Nudes & blankets as outerwear is another big trend that was on runway during menswear week FW14.

  • Bobby P

    In the year twooo thouuusaaand

    In the year two thousand, men’s fashion will borrow from [insert favorite decades here] but have a more tailored look. If you don’t live in LA or NYC, you will probably see most of the same things you saw last year, even on your most fashionable peers.

    Everyone else will still be wearing Old Navy.

    • Brent Kuz

      I second this I doubt I’ll be seeing any new trends rather maybe some catch up to the past 3 years. Still a huge hip hop influence around me.

  • Joe

    I didn’t find the pictures. I don’t understand…

  • Andrew

    Thanks for the post! While I appreciate these types of posts, I’ll pass on the upcoming trends. One thing I’ve learned from TSB and Dan is to find what works for me, play around with it a bit and experiment, be comfortable and confident with how I look, then go out into the world and kill it. I have found the types of clothes that work for me. This has boosted my confidence and changed my overall demeanor and attitude. I don’t want to chase the next trend or fad only to find out that it’s on its way out.

    You guys are the best though; I really appreciate what you do and if any of you are ever in the NW, let’s grab a beer.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Amen brother. Very well said.

      That is exactly our goal. This trend forecasting is more conversational than saying “do this in 2014″.

      Keep doing you and killin it with confidence!

  • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

    In 2014, I’m hoping for jock straps… lots and lots of jock straps

  • Daniel

    So subtlety, but also multiple necklaces, white-on-white, big belt buckles, and abstract all-over prints? Seems incongruous.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      These are not meant to be combined, of course.

  • LouCaves

    I hope you’re right about the white. I wear my button-fly 501′s whenever I can. So I’ll be a pioneer in my area when it takes off. LOL!

    Thanks, TSB.

  • http://wideeyestightwallets.com Adam

    Sharp predictions…of course, who knows what will actually come, but these seem like good bets! I’ll be jumping on a few of these trains, like suede (already there, just got some great PRL suede boots and now I’m hooked), Silk (I like trying new textures and fabrics, and you’ve got me convinced on that one). I’m even thinking of adding some jewelry to my look…nothing crazy, but a subtle ring or necklace might be nice…gotta hit the vintage store. Pretty much the only ones I’m not down for are the stretched necklines (I’m just too small and skinny, I’ll looked malnourished)and country western (just…not my thing). I’ll take bits and pieces from everything else!

  • cam

    some really good and interesting calls here dan. i was actually browsing mr porter this morning and can see some of these trends with ami, saint laurent, etro, michael bastian and others.

    i also checked out a piece written on four-pins yesterday by jon moy. pretty interesting read discussing #menswear not being fun anymore. the takeaway for me is that #menswear has almost become a trend in of itself. you did get a co-sign from one of the commenters of how well the editorial content of your blog is ;) check it out

    • Q

      Those sound like great reads! Linkage?

  • http://www.jollybengali.net ajb240

    Hoping you’re right about the trend back (again?) to hats comes to fruition. I love a good fedora. Reminds me of Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting. Those are my style icons.