Even though women typically may tend to flip through fashion photos more prevalently than most men doesn’t mean guys don’t care. In fact, male sartorial leanings are being examined for wear in the spring with all kinds of looks in vogue this season. To introduce her best soothsaying styles for men, one expert has some very cool concepts to be considered by every snappy dresser in Los Angeles. Meet Michelle Hoover.
Fashion merchandising and marketing expert Michelle Hoover manages these sartorial areas for Bobeau; a fresh women’s contemporary fashion line that is available at Nordstrom and online at the manufacturer’s own site. This formidable buyer, who has lived in Los Angeles for eight years, is constantly on the lookout for emerging female fashion, but she also has an eye for men’s fashion as well, having worked in that arena in the past. Michelle loves international traveling, which is a large part of her job, as well as wine tasting in Northern California and spotting hot new restaurants in L.A. and beyond. She lives with her three-year-old dog, Myles, who is a Italian greyhound and Chihuahua mix. With all that said, following are the five trends this expert sees coming this spring and beyond, all geared for men.
Michelle says that, “1970s influences are the number one trend this spring for women’s wear, but are also being shown in menswear, too, yet in a more subtle way. Printed shirts in geo influenced patterns in retro colors are worn with premium denim, rolled cuff chinos or joggers.” She adds, “the overall look lends itself to a reborn sophisticated or polished approach to the ‘Festival’ or ‘Woodstock’ story.” Hoover said that the University vibe is right on trend, too, with garments like those that are in Tommy Hilfiger’s Ivy-Cool collection, making the grade. And bonus: This line includes that college sweater many have long been waiting to buy. All-in-all, this style statement is perfect for almost any occasion other than black tie and maybe a trip to your intended’s house to meet the parents. Although the latter would probably enjoy the old school vibe.
Look to invest in “European-influenced essential basics paired together in layered looks,” says Hoover. She adds, “Pairing classic T-shirts with sport coats and chinos [make] for a polished casual look.” Looking for an alternative? This expert states, “Another way to wear this look is by pairing a crisp button down with a pair of jogger pants or a collared shirt worn with an athletic influenced bomber jacket.” That jacket could be become the mainstay of any guy’s wardrobe, don’t you think?
Throwing Some Shade
“Selecting the right frame for your face and investing in the latest eyewear–optical or sunglasses–can make any look more modern and stylish,” insists this expert. She points to high end frames that have lasting value, like Paul Smith’s $350 Haden sunglasses or the English designer’s Jameson sunglasses in tortoiseshell. Talk about throwing some shade in a good way. For an inside job when your lenses should be as clear as can be, try looking at what Giorgio Armani has to offer and think round and Harry Potter like.
Michelle points to jogger pants as definitely being in vogue this spring. This expert says these trousers can be worn “either very causal in sweatpants” or “more polished” like those made of woven twill. She indicates that the elastic hemline and drawstring are “what makes the jogger” and that the jogger’s spiffy appearance is best when “paired with a tailored shirt.” So where to get such an item? Hoover says she’s seem them “everywhere, from H&M to the Paul Smith runway.”
This season’s swagger can be found in one small detail: Rolled cuffs, as shown in denim and chino trousers. Michele says this overturning of fabric “is key for spring” and is best when worn “with pull on sneakers or boat shoes.” Talk about easy breezy. This mens’ clothing trend is a cinch.