Summer Trends for Men 2013: Grunge

I have to admit to being quite excited about one of this season’s trends. I can also admit that I was there the first time round, so perhaps I’m looking at this through rose tinted glasses, but grunge is back in a big way in 2013 and I for one am pretty pleased about it.

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Everyone’s Going Grunge

But it’s not just that grunge 2013 reminds me of some of my favourite bands of all time, although of course that’s a big part of it – let’s face it, who would ever get sick of listening to Nirvana – but it’s also the fact that grunge is so easy to wear. These days it seems as if the men’s shows are just as chock full as the women’s when it comes to outfits that look, let’s be honest, really quite silly! I understand that fashion shows are there to inspire and the looks filter down to the high street or shopping mall and become more practical and less crazy versions of the high fashion looks, but with grunge you know that these are going to be easy to adopt street wear looks that aren’t going to have people pointing and laughing at you in public.

And if you’re not the sort of guy who likes to be the most showy one in the room, going grunge is the ideal way to show that you know the trends but you’re not a total fashion victim. I don’t think there is anyone who would feel a fool walking down the street in a plaid shirt worn open over a men’s t-shirt. The same can’t quite be said for some of the other looks that the designers were showing for this season: head to toe safari prints anyone? Bright blue suits? ‘Luxury’ sportswear featuring silk bomber jackets? Yeah…didn’t think so!

Doctor Martin Boots

Good Old Doctor Martin!

The other thing good thing about grunge and urbanwear is that you don’t have to spend hours puting together your outfit, then getting dressed and fretting whether you’re pulling it off. Streetwear is supposed to look effortlessly cool and grunge is the essence of not looking like you give two hoots about your clothes (even if you do on the sly!)

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Just Being Grunge and Hanging out in some Rubble

So what should be hanging in your wardrobe if you want to get with the trend before it’s too late? The obvious one is a checked shirt. Whether you go for cotton or flannel, the plaid shirt is the basis of your grungy closet. You can button it up but for the ultimate in ‘don’t care chic’ you need to leave it open and wear a printed t-shirts underneath. The grunge urban wear look wouldn’t be complete either without an over-sized hoody streetwear top or, if you really want to pander to your inner Kurt Cobain, a chunky wool cardigan or sweater. Holes optional.

Nirvana

The Godfather of Grunge?

Men’s jeans are still at the skinny end of the scale which is fine. Grab your oldest most battered pair and team with classic Converse All Stars or toughen up with worn work wear boots or DM’s. Denim jackets are also in this season and are perfect for adding another layer to the urbanwear look.

Finally, what about accessorizing? Well as we all know the devil is in the details and if you welcome any opportunity to pile on the accessories, street wear trends provide you with the perfect opportunity. Grab some rope or leather bracelets, invest in chunky silver jewellery and don’t forget your finishing touch – a knitted beanie. Too warm for hats? Rock that unkempt bedhead just woken up look instead by investing in some styling products.

Will you be embracing the grunge trend or do you prefer your men’s fashion to be a little on the smarter side. Let us know what you think in the guest book!

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Plaid: a Wardrobe Staple for Guys

Anyone with even a passing interest in men’s fashion should have by now realized that colour blocking and bright colours are a big trend this Spring and Summer for both men and women, however some of us are not quite ready to hit the streets in bright purple skinny jeans teamed with a bright orange t-shirt and sky blue trainers, so what’s a guy who wants to stand out in the crowd in a slightly more subtle way to do?

Men’s style can be a tricky thing to get right when it comes to the fine line between looking good and being fashion aware and falling into the abyss of ridiculousness, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Take plaid for example; a plaid men’s shirt worn over a white t-shirt is a look that says ‘I’ve thought about this – but I’m not trying to frighten small children with my fashion choices’.

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Let’s check out (bad pun intended) a few ways to make plaid work for you.

First of all try and keep the rest of your outfit simple; crisp white men’s t-shirts look great when worn under any colour combination  of checked shirt, or you could try a coloured tee under a more subtle plaid. The weather and season will also play a part in which shirt you choose: flannel is thicker and works better when the weather is cold whilst cotton naturally is better for the warmer months.

Depending on the fabric and season, you can play around with styling too. Try wearing your work-style black and red or blue and green flannel shirt over a white men’s tee and twin with dark denim jeans and work boots. If it’s warmer and you’re wearing a cotton short sleeve shirt why not wear it open over a t-shirt and team it with smart city shorts (which are going to be huge for guys this summer). A pair of boat or deck shoes will complete the look – you can even give a nod to the colour pop trend with your footwear if you like.

short sleeve plaid shirts

Plaid shirts are not the only way to wear the trend. Why not turn it on its head and instead wear a pair of plaid shorts with a basic t-shirt in any colour instead? Or if you feel that’s too much and you’re the kind of guy who doesn’t like to part with his jeans, there are loads of great, summery checkered sports shoes around at the moment – from Nike hi-tops to canvas Converse All Stars.

You can even take the trend into the workplace if you feel that your work clothes are lacking a little in the men’s trends department. A checkered tie worn with a plain white shirt is a great way to show that you’ve made an effort – even if your plan for the day is to basically read the news online and watch Youtube videos!

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So why not check plaid out (again with the bad puns…) and see what looks you can create without having to go overboard with the colour blocking trend. There are loads of options out there at the moment and for a unique take on men’s urban wear check out our website for some clever t-shirt designs to wear under your shirt.

Demystifying Men’s Footwear!

We’re not suggesting that anyone reading this blog post is guilty of shoe crimes but the fact is, a lot of guys do get it wrong when it comes to footwear and often end up ruining a perfectly good outfit with inappropriate or badly thought out shoes. Unless you’re in a casual environment, trainers just don’t work in the office whilst thin soled leather shoes are best worn with suits and left in the wardrobe at the weekend.

Unfortunately for all you shopping-aphobes there is no one shoe that goes with every outfit, so to try and clear up the confusion we’re going to take a look at how to dress your feet for both the 9 to 5 and for the weekend.

socks and sandals

This is a No-No, for the Record.

Whatever type of shoe you’re wearing (assuming it’s not a trainer) the general rule of thumb is to keep the soles thinner for the office and chunkier at the weekend. Shoes like Oxfords, loafers, Derbies, wing tips and shoes with a monk’s strap all work equally well whether they’re worn with a smart suit or your jeans but for a smarter look, go streamlined and when you’re kicking back on a Saturday or Sunday you can up the rugged factor.

If you’re wearing a shoe with a monk strap or a penny loafer, the rule applies here too; keep the strap across the front (and the buckles) slimmer and smarter for a sharper appearance and go chunky if you’re rocking them with denim, cords, chinos or khakis.

You can get away with a boot in the office, but keep it black, thin soled and always make sure it’s shiny. Work boots and desert boots are both great and this season the humble desert boot is making somewhat of a comeback on the men’s fashion scene and is being produced by many designers in some unique colour ways, however save them for your down time.

Oxford Shoes for Men

Much Better – a Smart Pair of Oxfords

Converse are all well and good when you’re hanging out in jeans and t-shirts, but sorry guys, the fact is, if you care about your appearance you’re going to need to own more than one pair of shoes, especially if you want to create a good impression in the workplace. Shopping for men’s tees or a new pair of jeans may be just about acceptable whilst shoe shopping might rank on your list of enjoyable activities alongside visiting your other half’s parents and doing the ironing but as any dapper man about town will tell you, the devil is in the details!

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