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Join us and look into the crystal ball that predicts the best men’s fashion trends for 2023. it’s never too early to look into the future, right? What will you find considering the latest and greatest for *gulp* next year? You have questions, we have answers.
Many of your favorite designers and brands are already plotting their course for next spring, whether it’s through a sneak peek at the fashion show runways or showing off current fall collections filled with Easter eggs for future men’s fashion trends. Simply put, there is no one defining style for 2023 in the world of menswear, but there are many different ways to enrich your wardrobe in a unique way, this also applies to fans of athleisure, western clothing and workwear. In a sweeping trend, oversized silhouettes are making outwear as comfortable as joggers. We’re also loving the resurgence of ’80s and ’90s collections that the brand is bringing back for more fun second time around.
When the New Year rolls around, you’ll be well on your way to shopping for the best men’s trends, if you start planning ahead and often. Without further ado, these are the 2023 menswear trends we already love.
1. Get ready to relax
The last decade and more has brought about a sea change in menswear, there’s no denying it. If you’ve been keeping an eye on the weather, you’ve often come across razor-sharp, super-thin suits everywhere from Thom Browne to J. Crew.
Next year though, things are loosening up a bit for next year (if collections from the likes of the designer Willy Chavarría are any indication, for example). So, think fit with more room to move—remember that more relaxed-fitting clothes can still be tailored to the correct length by following acceptable menswear rules.
Think back to the old-school dresses of the 1940s and ’50s: Silhouettes were more relaxed but they weren’t baggy or slouchy. Much the same appears to be on the horizon for 2023.
2. Retro reigns supreme
Say hello to the 80s and 90s
Fashion is cyclical, often in the extreme, and if it’s jarring to think ’90s styles mined for trending inspiration, join the club. Well-known and long-standing brands such as LL Bean, a company as popular as it has ever been, have already welcomed the 90s with archival collections last year, and those throwback styles aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
What can you expect? Among other things, look out for colour-blocked designs in bright hues, just like your mom wore to take you to the park back in the day. This goes for everything from outerwear to sportswear, like the iconic (and very trendy) by Ralph Lauren logo polo shirt. And that’s another thing: logos are back in a big way, and the more visible, the better.
3. Saddle up in Western attire
Return to the Wild West in 2023
To move forward in style, you have to go backwards, and you don’t need a Delorean to do that. As with the rugged #menswear revival of the 1950s, styles that blend function with ruggedness are making a big comeback, and none more so than Western clothing.
Maybe you’ve seen western clothing on the likes of Phoebe Bridgers – it’s a style that can work for just about anyone, whether you prefer a richly stitched shirt or tough western boots. The style is pleasantly retro, from other times yet perfectly suited to the canons of today’s more casual dress.
Let’s put it this way: when you want a change of pace from an oxford shirt or lightweight chambray spring shirt, an eye-catching shirt with distinctive western snaps and stitching it’s a trendy move to try.
4. What’s old is new
Bigger is better in the world of men’s pants
If you’ve spent any time online in the last month or so, perhaps you’ve heard a buzz in the distance, the chatter of J. Crew’s much-hyped (and very cool) “return” under new creative director Brendon Babenzien.
While a brand collection is just a taste of what’s to come, there was one piece in particular from J. Crew’s fall collection that sent #menswear Twitter into a frenzy: The J.Crew Giant Chinosthe brand’s loosest fit and a tribute to the 90s.
The fact that those particular pants are currently on backlog is pretty impressive stuff, but it also speaks to other men’s fashion trends for 2023. Notably, while slim-fit or slim-straight pants are almost always flattering on many guys, the styles more relaxed in the pants department are having a major moment.
Again, think loose but don’t go overboard or sloppy: Get your correct pant size, pair them with some footwear that offers some bulk (heavy loafers or combat boots, anyone?), and be prepared to receive more than some compliments and questions about this new (old) breed of pants.
5. Performance meets style
All is well with Athleisure in 2023
Stop us if you’ve heard this (or something like it) before: Between the pandemic and a massive shift to working from home, casual menswear took center stage in 2020, 2021, and 2022. And yes, as far as men’s fashion trends for 2023 are concerned, those high-performance menswear picks aren’t going anywhere.
Maybe now you find yourself wearing a crewneck sweatshirt or stretch merino tee every day, at home on Zoom or occasionally at the office. And maybe you’ve ditched dress pants in favor of stretch chinos with a concealed drawstring waist (belt no longer needed).
Mainstream brands like Public Rec and high-end trendsetters like the famous John Elliott they’re going beyond the gym in a big way in this regard, but no one will be the wiser than the fact that you’re actually incredibly comfortable, not stuffed into the dress pants of the pre-pandemic era.
6. Enter Hybrid
Crossover shoes blur the line between dressy and casual
In the past, shoes were clearly separated into easily identifiable categories. Dress shoes, work boots, athletic trainers, maybe casual trainers, all easy to pin down, right? But when something in menswear changes and then continues to stay, it’s definitely a trend worth noting and worn as one of the top men’s fashion trends of 2023, of course.
What do we mean by this? Well, where you once had your favorite pair of sneakers and a separate favorite pair of boots, for example, these styles are now being mixed in ever more impressive ways.
Call them “trainer boots” or “hybrid shoes,” but if that’s Cole Haan infusion elegant shoes with athletic technology or Loew making for some incredibly awesome hiking trainers, it’s never been easier to find shoes that sit in the middle of two opposite sides of a Venn diagram for footwear.
There’s still a time and place for classic sneakers and lace-up boots, sure, but if you want to put some spring in your step, all the while wearing shoes that pair well with those new joggers, then the hybrid footwear should be your mover for 2023.