Trend: Lessons From the Past

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Designers put menswear into perspective with pieces that look back in time.

Compiled by Julie French | Written by Lauren Matich


It’s said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, so designers have willingly opened dialogue between past and present this season—and the results are showstopping. From power suits that speak for themselves in board meetings to more casual styles that are anything but commonplace, looks in all categories are refreshed with a nod to a bygone era.
Hints of previous decades’ dapper colors—burnt amber, lilac, olive green—pair seamlessly with blues and grays that go far beyond the norm. With subtle geometrics, checks and plaids energizing fall’s hangers, solids are sharing the limelight to offer just the right sophisticated touch.

For some tastemakers, however, the statement comes from the silhouette. Sleek lines from midcentury men’s styles shine alongside the relaxed fit of modern trends. Meanwhile, the characteristic hemlines of ankle-grazing trousers from the 1960s force a new focus downward to footwear, where anything goes, from combat boots to monk-strap oxfords.

No need to dust off the history books to get up-to-date this season. The designers are playing teacher, and the lesson is that no matter the decade, the power of a well-dressed man never falters.



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