The Menswear edit

From eye-popping knits and 70s twists to an homage to Americana, menswear makes a defiant stand this season.

After a tumultuous first half of the year, find out how designers are fighting back with a heady mix of expressionism, nostalgia and realism, and a colour palette that will give you reason to smile.


Welcome to the wild west
Channel your inner cowboy with denim jackets, chequered shirts and oversized silhouettes.

There’s comfort in nostalgia this season as designers from Hermes to DSquared2 took a trip to the midwest in a celebration of Americana. All the classic motifs are there: the shearling collars, oversized capes, Buffalo check, fringe details and Stetson hats, but it has all been rounded up with a modernist’s lasso, with some strong outerwear silhouettes by Burberry and Polo Ralph Lauren. The trick here is incorporating big layers and mixing up your textures, so think suede, leather, faux fur, corduroy and denim to achieve that rugged, outdoorsy look.



Get into the groove
Retro suits, polo necks and oversized knits? The 70s are back.

If you thought tailoring was the remit of the 9-to-5ers then think again because this season the suits are the creative bunch. Charcoal uniformity is out and 70s-inspired suiting is in, with retro cuts by Ted Baker being paired with multi-coloured knits and polo neck jumpers by Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger. Trousers ditch the tapered look in favour of wide flowy styles, while cardigans come slouchy and embellished with vibrant prints. The tie (remember that?) takes a back seat as geometric print polos by Rossignol and Calvin Klein gazump the old idea of ‘smart’. All hail the 70s!


Function, meet fashion

Take cues from utilitarian styling with protective layering, oversized fits and functional details.


If 2020 was the year we had to be ready for anything, then designers took note with a utilitarian trend that focused on functionality. Brands such as Calvin Klein and Armani Exchange took a protective approach with oversized padded layers, quilted outerwear, and more pockets that even the modern man could fill with personal gadgets. With coordinated commuter trousers by Hugo Boss and Lacoste reinforcing the streetwear-inspired look, there’s nothing that this aesthetic isn’t ready for. Pair it with your favourite sneakers and sweatshirts and you’re good to go.


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