How to Wear this Season’s Relaxed Silhouettes
Generous and billowing fabrics, oversized shapes, and an altogether more comfortable approach to dressing; menswear has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent seasons. Form-fitting and tailored pieces have long reigned supreme on the catwalk, but SS’17 has replaced this comparatively restrictive aesthetic with a more relaxed and loose-fitting sartorial offering.
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Taking inspiration from Scandinavian minimalism and Japanese street-wear, designers such as Balenciaga, Vetements, Jill Sander, and Wooyoungmi have all embraced volume in their most recent collections while Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo have long been pioneers of the trend. However, if you’re the kind of guy who has just got his head around the skinny jean or cropped trouser, then this season’s voluminous proportions may seem more than a little daunting—but they don’t have to be! Admittedly, some designer takes on this trend are overly exaggerated and daringly dramatic for an everyday look, but the inherent beauty in these more relaxed silhouettes is that, in their fluidity, they work with your body and your shape rather than against it (cc: those spray-on skinny jeans!).
While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this trend, there are certainly some guiding lights to help you along the way. It’s all about balancing proportions as less is definitely more. A perfect entry-point into this look is the oversized cropped trouser (choose a pair with pleats, for extra comfort), which COS and British-based brand, Olive Clothing, have excelled at this season. Keep it simple and pair the trousers with a drop-shoulder tee and tuck it in to emphasise your waist; adding a definitive shape to the loose-fitting garments. In terms of footwear, it’s worth opting for a chunky shoe or trainer as a single-soled option can really throw this look off-kilter.
If you’re not willing to veer too far left, but still want to give a nod to the trend, then the overshirt—inspired by utilitarian work-wear—is a subtle way to embrace these new silhouettes. If you’re opting for one that is slightly oversized, keep everything else streamlined to avoid being drowned in fabric.
The proliferation of this more relaxed approach to dressing is certainly a reaction to the years of restrictive silhouettes that have dominated the catwalks, so it’s finally time to bid farewell to the skinny jean and opt for look that is fresh, relaxed, comfortable, and infinitely more cool.
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