In most discussions of fashion trends, men sometimes get left out in the cold (or, in this case, out in the summer heat). The fact is, there are all kinds of interesting trends going on in men’s fashion for summer 2012, from hot colors and patterns to innovative accessories. (Get ready for a new take on the neck tie.)
This summer, men’s fashion trends are heading toward pastels. Reminiscent of the 80s, when “preppy” was in, 2012’s pastels are showing up on suits, jackets, and even shorts. Men’s clothes are moving away from traditional neutrals and into color. Because it’s kind of new territory (at least for the younger generation), pastels are the hue of choice to “ease” into the world of color. Pastels can even be earthy and muted; they do not have to be bright, candy-like shades. So for men who are a bit uncomfortable with the colorful bit can start with subtle shades of light blue and lavender that have a gray undertone.
Blue seems to be dominating the scene of men’s fashion this summer, pastel and otherwise. Designers have included a lot of blue in their fashions this summer, and blue is a versatile color. Blue can be used to present looks as varied as nautical, military, preppy, classy, dressy, and carefree. It is even comfortable for some men who shun too much color.
Patterns are taking a couple of paths this year. On the one hand, time-honored camouflage is getting a remarkable new look; on the other hand, colorful patterns like paisley and floral are splashing across menswear in 2012.
Camouflage is not what it used to be. This summer, you’ll see camo in jackets, shirts, and even suits. It has taken on a subtle quality in dress clothes, but it’s still bold in jackets and shirts.
Paisley and floral are out in force this season, particularly tropical floral patterns. Pants and suits and covered in flowers, and paisley is finding its way off the necktie and onto shirts and even backpacks for men.
Get ready for a new twist on the neck tie in 2012. This classic men’s accessory is not the tight, neatly-tied adornment it used to be – this year, it’s taken on a looser, more creative, even more fun look. Today’s neck tie can be long or short, and crosses over into scarf territory. This summer, almost any strip of fabric a guy likes can be tied around his neck – from short bandanas to a silk scarf – for a trendy-yet-personalized look this summer.