Trends from 2012 that should take the bench in 2013I believe everyone has had a smooth transition into the new year by now. The first month always provides us with a good opportunity to reflect on the past year and think about what we really want/don't want this year. So I thought it would be cool to evaluate which styles, brands and expressions have become ubiquitous in the local menswear scene last year (some in a not so good way). Since the following will be based on my own personal opinions and observations, let's all read on with an open heart and mind shall we?
POSTED ON : Thursday, 17 January 2013
1. The Skinny-Jeans-with-Boots Culture
Top - The only variable in this whole equation
Bottom - Your favourite pair/fit of April 77 or Nudie Jeans (self-inflicted wear and tear with fade is a must)
Shoes - Your favourite pair of either Dr Martens or Red Wing
Accessories - Small leather pouches and straps along with keys, hanging around the waist for God knows what reason
2. Abercrombie & Fitch
3. Snapback Caps
That's not to say that snapbacks should disappear altogether. On the contrary, it would be nice to see it take the back seat for a while and come back every now and then, when it's been infused with some renewed sensibility.
4. Baggu Canvas Duck Bags
5. Jeans + Flip-Flops
You are not at the beach - put on some shoes. And I'm not even sure if the look is supposed to say "I don't give a damn". But I've seen guys wearing them with a carefully chosen ensemble and that clearly shows that they do give a damn. If you are spending so much effort (and money) on your clothes, why would you wear them with flip-flops? No reason can justify that. Not the unforgiving weather nor any form of social acceptance of man-pedicure. Not even Havianas (Slippers are slippers are slippers). So just put on some shoes and shed the flip-flops unless you are going somewhere nearby. If you wanted anything convenient, slip-ons are made for that exact purpose.
So what do you think? It would be unfair for me to wish any trend's non-existence. Who am I to say that? Some trends/brands may not be what I like but I firmly believe they have all contributed, in one way or another, to each's personal style.
Let me in on which trends you wish could take the bench in 2013 as well as the ones you are looking forward to in the comments section below. And if you wish to dispute - feel free to do so. The aim of this entry is to generate a healthy discussion on menswear anyway. Have a good weekend ahead y'all :)