Listen up, gents! Whether you choose to power off into your day donned in a comfortable, yet modern, tracksuit or if you prefer an edgy cross between street wear and tailoring, we have got you covered. Read on to get the 4-1-1 on the latest must-have key items for summer 2018.
1. The Cagoule and Trackpant
Time to rummage through the old closet because the nineties street and hip-hop look have once again come and walked all over our latest trends. However, these influences are subtly applied for summer ‘18 and, through the right styling, a fresh contemporary spin on the classics can effortlessly be achieved.
What is a cagoule, you might wonder? It is a lightweight activewear overgarment made from a durable and breathable synthetic that incorporates style through comfort while shielding you from the elements. It is versatile and can be worn as leisurewear as well. When looking for the perfect cagoule ensure that it has smart practical design features such as a hood and oversize patch pockets. Be bold and look for color-blocked panels in a subdued retro colour palette. Elasticated or easy-fit ribbed cuffs with zippers or toggle closures are all part of the sporty youth rave.
Trackpants become slightly tapered and will, therefore, form a perfect contrast with the boxier shapes of the top. Statement stripes in a contrasted colour that run along the length on the side is a key feature.
2. The Resort Shirt:
The cotton resort shirt in a boxy laidback silhouette becomes the perfect canvas for summer prints. This season moves away from island-inspired florals to more structured, but not less playful, vertical or horizontal stripes and bandanna paisleys. Collars can be a focus point in a solid colour fabric while the dominating type remains wide revere. Style it with a casual indigo jean or knee length chino and you’re good to go.
3. Slouchy Tees and Retro Polos:
Slightly oversize T-shirts are turning into a staple and chances are you’ve got one somewhere in your closet. This season, however, it is revised with dropped shoulders and raglans. For the days leading up to summer when you’re not sure whether you’re coming or going, wear it over a long-sleeve as part of the layered trend.
The buttoned up retro polo-shirt is definitely a must-have item with fashion predictions running well into to 2019. Classic centre front plackets can be replaced by zippers for a more athletic look. Diagonal and somewhat avant-garde placement of stripes are for those of you who try to push your fashion boundaries. This item is beginning to direct its focus to youth and contemporary markets and we think it is looking effortlessly sophisticated and snazzy.
4. The off-to-college-look
This looks is about embracing the “smarty-pants” that secretly lurks in all of us. Classic cardigans and knits in crisp whites and beige colours are a must with V-necks remaining the preferred neckline. Keep a look-out for vertical cable knits. Another staple is the relaxed single-breasted (meaning one row of buttons on the front) blazer. Wear it over a plain shirt for a smart casual appearance and to make the ladies swoon.
The direction for summer ’18 focuses on comfortable and relaxed looks in toned down reds, browns, yellows, and navy. So, if the boot fits, hop on over to the V&A to stay TrendE.
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