Now that we’ve managed to recover from the champagne toasts, emphatic countdowns, ridiculous party accessories, and still more champagne toasts of New Year’s Eve, we decided to check in with our fashion advisor and in-house soothsayer, Nick Wooster, to see what’s on the docket for menswear this year. Here, he weighs in with the top five things you need to keep on your style radar in 2012.
Prints. And lots of ‘em.
“In my opinion, one of the most influential shows of the season was Burberry Prorsum. Aside from the usual—and fantastic—military inspired and functional outerwear, the standout was the use of African-inspired woodblock prints, which really embraced new color palettes and showed a direction for prints in general that’s going to influence 2012 more than any other trend.”
The kiltie: Not just for golf anymore.
“The Prada show this fall showed all golf-inspired, kiltie shoes, and Burberry also had a nod to the style in their show—and that seems to be the big shoe story in the upcoming year. But tassel loafers, cap toes, and double monks are still going strong. (Sadly, for me, that’s at the expense of brogues.)”
The continued reign of aviators, and the rise of cat-eyes.
“I think with eyewear, a guy could follow one of two rules: Go classic, or go crazy. On the classic side, every guy looks great in a pair of aviators. But for the adventurous at heart, I think the shape of the year will be a cat-eye inspired, tortoise-shell frame—the likes of which were seen at J. Crew’s Spring 2012 presentation.”
Men in (modified) uniform.
“Most menswear is rooted in military uniforms—take chinos or trench coats, for instance. But the item for me for Spring 2012 is a two-tone, beaded take on the classic field jacket by a Japanese brand called Mondo. It’s authentic and updated at once.”
Tailored clothing to suit any style.
“With influences from Thom Browne on one side and Tom Ford on the other—plus the whole Italian, soft-shouldered silhouette—the options for tailored clothing for men have never been better. Zero in on a fit that works for you, and consider something in plaid. (Solids are great, but it’s going to be big this year.)”