‘Come as you are’ is the Nirvana song that perhaps best popularised grunge music in the 90s but today it acts as a call to stylistic arms as designers riff on the distressed look turned cult uniform. From Ambush to Dries Van Noten via your local thrift shop, the Seattle subculture’s approach to style is very much alive - oversized distressed knitwear and ripped denim by the likes of Dondup and Levi's are the key signifiers of the trend, alongside oversized flannel shirts by Replay and skater sneakers by Vans. The colour palette should consist of neutral washed-out tones and the silhouette is relaxed and baggy. Don’t overlook your accessories either - a silver necklace or retro shades can really add authenticity to the grunge look.
Remember when tailoring used to mean stiff suits and business uniform? Us neither! Tailoring has changed dramatically in the last few years, going from being exclusively formal to effortlessly casual thanks to the likes of Zegna and Paul Smith. Unstructured designs cut in lightweight cotton or linen from a pastel colour palette have made summer tailoring not only easy to wear but also relaxed and comfortable, too. Look for softly draped jackets by Boggi Milano and Boss and pair them with a tonal tee or casual short-sleeve shirt, and lo-fi sneakers for a sophisticated off-duty look. Stay on trend with relaxed fit trousers rather than anything overly tapered, or dial down the structure even more with a matching pair of shorts.
The momentum of sports luxe trends has not abated over the past few years with everyone from Louis Vuitton to Gucci doubling down on the sportswear aesthetic. But this season, the trend has been seen through nostalgic eyes, with the 70s and 80s taking the field as stylish reference points (which makes this trend great to mix with charity shop finds and repurposed vintage items). Think two-piece velour tracksuits, funnel-neck track tops, Ivy league varsity jackets with embroidered details, and preppy rugby shirts with retro stripes. Co-ord tracksuits by the likes of Missoni and Philipp Plein are smart to the point of transcending sportswear, while statement bomber jackets by Tommy Hilfiger provide an edgy styling element that you can mix with thrift shop tees. Or why not get creative with your dad’s rugby shirts (maybe ask him first though!) to add a retro sports vibe to a pair of chinos and hi-tops, too.
Flower power is in bloom for Summer 22 as brands from Hermes and Amiri to Dior Man plant the seeds for a bouquet of floral menswear. There’s no hidden walled garden here, but rather open fields of bold brash florals on everything from casual crew necks to statement eveningwear. Floral co-ords by Dolce & Gabbana provide a stylistic explosion of colour perfect for festivals, whereas statement floral shirts by Desigual and Liu-Jo Uomo help germinate your everyday wardrobe with colour and pattern. As anyone with a garden will assert, don’t let your florals grow wild - one statement pattern is more than enough. Try complementing it with similar tones throughout the rest of your outfit or look to contrast with cream or black so the floral motif really pops.
Summer outerwear is out of this world this season thanks to a constellation of coats bringing outrageous patterns and vibrant colours into our collective orbit. From voluminous overcoats by MSGM to lightweight trenches and parkas by the likes of Coach, get invested in distinctive patterns and abstract prints. Big silhouettes make for even bigger statements, especially when they feature bold graphic elements. You can clash these with other bold block tones, but if you want to turn down the volume then opt for a tonal outfit in a neutral or pastel hue so that the coat does all the talking. Lightweight parkas are a great foil for your business looks too, adding a dynamic modern element to timeless tailoring.
Menswear can thank military heritage for a huge number of garments that we still wear today, so it’s no surprise that designers from Neil Barrett and Vetements to Burberry and Undercover keep coming back to the military well to drink in some inspiration. This season, the references have a utilitarian feel about them, swathed in khaki, olive drab and camouflage tones, and packed with functional pocket detailing. The trend can be as easy to tap into as a khaki tee or combat trousers by Timberland and Napapijri, or you can opt for statement military pieces such as multi-pocket field jackets by Woolrich and Diesel. Accessorise with camouflage elements such as cross-body bags, rugged leather boots, and minimalist silver jewellery.