5 Trends Coming Your Way This Summer

Slip-on shoes? Baggy shorts? Bucket hats!? Jeremy Langmead reveals all

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Sometimes words just won’t do; an odd admission, perhaps, from someone whose livelihood relies on them, but it’s true.

There are occasions when words let you down and don’t convey all you want them to. Take my new job; I’ve just been made chief content officer for Christie’s auction house. I am quite chuffed. Now, while I admit such job titles didn’t exist a few years ago, I still wasn’t prepared for the way my mother was so deftly able, within seconds, to remove any hint of grandiosity I’d hoped it might imbue. “Chief content officer?” she said when I told her. “It sounds like you’re in charge of the stationery cupboard!”

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I mention this is as it’s the time of year when I share some of the big menswear trends that will potentially pop into your wardrobe this spring/summer. When I dug out my notes from the fashion shows we witnessed several months ago, I was a tad underwhelmed: on paper, some of the looks set to be popular in the coming season don’t sound too promising. In fact, they even sound a bit awful. However, I assure you, in reality many of them are perfectly appealing. This month, I shall run through some of the dodgy-sounding ones. See what you think.

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1 | Regatta stripes

 


Naturally, Henley blazers and scone-filled Sloanes immediately spring to mind. And a colourful striped jacket is not going to be easy to pull off anywhere that lies more than 100m from a barge on the River Thames. And yet put the stripes on a pair of trousers instead, as the young French label Ami has done, team with a simple navy blazer and it all begins to make sense. Still not convinced? Well, pipe down and just wear some bold stripes on your tie or socks instead.


2 | Slip-on shoes
Those three words would reduce even a Viagra-induced hard-on to flaccidity. My stepdad wore slip-ons: light grey ones. I prayed he wouldn’t wear them to take me back to school at the end of half-term; if he did, I’d insist there was no need for him to get out of the car to say goodbye once we got there. Yet, more than 30 years on, here they are, the height of fashion. Thankfully, they’ve had quite an overhaul. The best ones are actually slip-on sneakers. Lanvin do an especially nice pair in inky blue suede.


3 | Loose tailored shorts


The catwalks were awash with skinny lads wearing ginormous flapping shorts, which gave the impression they’d popped out for the day in one of their mum’s A-line skirts. Rein it in a bit, though, and looser shorts are far more comfortable and hot weather-friendly than fitted ones. Just make sure the rest of your outfit isn’t equally baggy – it will just make you look soggy-shaped – and don’t team with anything that looks faintly schoolboyish. You don’t want to look like a CBeebies presenter.


4 | Tailored denim
Yes, a tricky one. In the wrong hands, or tailor, it can look diabolical (check out photos of Justin Timberlake wearing a denim suit at the 2001 American Music Awards). I had one made on Savile Row many years ago, and the dye from the denim rubbed off all over my white shirts. I wasn’t happy. However, if sharply tailored, and in a dark indigo denim, it can look both striking and stylish. One brand that has got it right this spring is Kilgour. Super smart.


5 | Bucket hats


Time to put away that Supreme baseball cap (if you’re under 25) or Borsalino fedora (if you’re over 45). The headwear of S/S ’14 is the bucket hat. Now, these only look good if your accompanying facial expression is right. This could work if you carry it off with verve and swagger and channel a Stone Roses vibe (drummer Reni was famously partial to them). But if you wear one and look grumpy, like me, you’ll just end up looking like Woody Allen. Woody, of course, is great. But his are not facial expressions to emulate.


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MORE JEREMY LANGMEAD:

The Sensitive Issue Of Men's Underwear 
How To Pull Of Scarves 
Wardrobe Management 
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