All of us know an uncle or two who rocked the “bell-bottom” jeans and shaggy hairstyle during the ’70s. Or perhaps a cousin who nailed the baggy graphic tee and ultra high-waist denim in the ’90s. Love them or hate them, one thing’s for sure: they are cool trendsetters of their era.
While some folks like sticking to timeless pieces of clothing, it’s nice to jazz things up and follow what the latest fashion trends have to offer.
If you’re a stylish gent who’s always on the lookout for new statement fashion trends to try, check out the following styles that will rule 2020, according to top modern-day designers.
1. Cross-body bags
Cross-body bags are all the rage last year, and we’re keeping them for 2020. From messenger-style bags to your dad’s fanny pack, these small bags worn across your torso are both stylish and practical. They keep your everyday valuable items safe the coolest way possible. The trick is to wear them up to your waist instead of leaving them hanging on your hip bone.
2. Skin-baring suits
The shirtless suit look is another effortless and edgy fashion trend we’ve been seeing in the runways and red carpets recently. The next time you wear a suit, ditch the shirt and flaunt how hot your chest looks.
Disclaimer: Just because it’s in, doesn’t mean you’ll show up at the office to meet your boss and potential clients with this bold getup. Wear an oxford shirt, you silly.
3. Cuban collar shirt
Love them or hate them, these funky Cuban collar shirts are going to dominate the streets this 2020. These ’50s wardrobe staple is characterized by its distinctive collar and short sleeves.
You can make a fashion statement with crazy prints or stick to modest, solid colors. We suggest the former – go bold or go home. Complement the vintage look with a nice, modest pair of chinos and sunglasses.
Sick of wearing nothing but white, black and gray for your streetwear clothing? Tie-Dye shirts are coming back to make a huge splash in the streetwear clothing scene – in a literal sense. We suggest you find your very own cool tie-dye shirt before the rest of the crowd does.
5. Flare Pants
Yes, these bell-bottoms, worn by the cool kids of the ‘70s, are making a comeback. Nail the look by mixing it with a slim top, turtleneck, or a collared shirt.
6. High-waist trousers
If there’s one thing Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers have in common, that would be their fascination for high-waist trousers that are higher than your parents’ expectations.
They’re versatile – probably why they keep popping up every now and then. You may pair it with a tucked-in tee, polo shirts, dress shirts, and even Cuban collared shirts.
7. Leather jackets
It doesn’t matter if you’re a rockstar, a motorcyclist, or not – a classic black leather jacket is a wardrobe staple that simply doesn’t go out of style. Match it with your good ‘ol jeans or dark trousers. You can even punch up your OOTD with a pair of leather boots.
8. Two-strap slip ons
Give your feet (and your favorite pair of sneakers) some break with these trendy two-strap slip-ons. These fashion-forward sliders are comfortable and easy to match with jeans, trousers, and shorts.
9. Shield sunglasses
Protect your peepers from the sun in the coolest, most fashionable way possible. These shield glasses, which look sleek and futuristic, are an edgy alternative to your traditional eyewear. Look for oversized glasses and/or ones with bright, colorful tones to pack a punch.
10. Oversized blazers
Go “large and in-charge” this 2020 with a suit jacket taken up a few sizes. Let’s be honest – oversized blazers for your street fashion OOTD never fail to make you look like you’re walking on the catwalk.
11. Relaxed-fit clothing
Speaking of large jackets, we’ll also be seeing more of relaxed-fit clothing this 2020.
Baggy shirts, over the knee shorts, loose pants – with the right layers, accessories, shoes, and confidence, you can transform these “I don’t care about my look” look into a casual, laidback off-duty ensemble. A simple trick of tucking your shirt in and folding the hems of your trousers can take your look up a notch.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a savvy writer for Northern Menswear, an online streetwear fashion website for men, delivering clothing and footwear products from top UK brands such as Unforgivable, Jameson Carter, Loyalti, Rose London, and Avora London. She loves sharing tips about fashion and lifestyle for trendy gents.