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All that was uncool is cool again.
It's the nature of fashion. All the stuff that was once cool eventually loses its appeal as the pendulum inevitably swings in the opposite direction. After years of slimming, tailoring and tapering, it seems that the whittling down of the menswear silhouette has given way to a more relaxed vibe—one that's loose and louche. Of course, there's plenty in your closet that will remain stylish and current. But in an effort to keep moving things forward and stay interesting, designers are reviving pieces that were, for years, believed to be uncool and unfashionable. Things that a stylish man might've laughed off just a year or two ago are suddenly now on his shopping list. Herewith, five worth some space in your wardrobe.
The proportions of menswear are shifting—from slimmed-down and meticulously tailored to something more relaxed, but no less refined. The proof can be found in such reliable mainstays as suiting. After nearly a decade, J.Crew's signature Ludlow suit now comes with a wide lapel option. It's three-and-a-half inches, which is a full inch wider than what you're used to seeing. It's a subtle but substantial change that definitely adds a rakish vibe to the jacket. And other modern brands like Suitsupply are following (here comes the pun) suit.
The wider lapel also looks more proportional
on men with broader chests.
Even the most astute menswear observer couldn't have predicted this cooky accessory trend. The fanny pack (also known as the bum bag or hip pack) started popping up on the runways a few seasons ago, but it wasn't until early adopters in the street style set started pulling them on, often slung diagonally over a shoulder, that this bag became a truly viable option. Is it for everyone? Hell no. You can't fake the confidence it takes to wear a fanny pack. You gotta truly feel it to be able to pull it off.
For years, everyone in menswear laughed off pleats as business casual gone wrong. But now, with today's roomier and relaxed fits, pleated pants make sense. And they just showed up in plenty of the Fall 2017 menswear shows, so they're not going anywhere anytime soon. The key here is to find the style that works for you. Go casual with some chinos or if baggier khakis feel too bro-y, then opt for a dressier fabric that gives off a more modern vibe. Just make sure everything hangs real loose and easy, creating a clean line from your hip to your ankle.
After a decade of lumberjack selvedge denim, we needed a break from the inky raw indigo jeans. Heavily washed and lightly distressed, these are softer, lighter and a lot more comfortable than their darker counterparts. Unlike the more stone-washed and acid-washed styles of the '90s, these are like a well-worn pair of vintage jeans. For a 21st Century look, wear them with a hoodie or a T-shirt under a lightweight bomber.
Graphic and bold, there's something pure and optimistic about the big-logo sweatshirt—the kind we remember from our youth. And as cult-favorite fashion brands like Vetements and Off-White join forces with athletic brands, there's never been a better time to sport a sporty top with just a hint of contemporary cool.