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Popular Menswear Fashion Trends for 2021

Updated: Oct 18, 2023


It's a frequent misperception that following trends equals being fashionable. However, we feel this isn’t the case. It's also a quick way to go bankrupt.

We want to help you distinguish between transitory fads and future classics correctly. To assist you in getting started, we've compiled a list of menswear trends worth incorporating into your wardrobe this year.


From the comeback of florals to the continued expansion of shapes, here are some of the men's fashion trends to watch in 2021.


Fashion Trends for 2021


Florals

One of the major trends of the last five years has been a return to the 1970s, and it shows no signs of slowing in 2021. Instead, it's presenting itself in floral prints that resemble your great aunt's curtains for the spring/summer season, which is a lot more acceptable than it sounds.

Vivid florals have emerged on shorts, vacation shirts, and tailored clothing, among other things, from designers like Tom Ford and Burberry. However, we encourage limiting each outfit to one eye-catching piece and keeping the rest of your combination simple and discreet or solid color.


Bermuda or Board Shorts

This season, it seems longer, wider shorts will make a comeback, echoing a broader shift that has been taking place in several areas of apparel for some time.

The trick to nailing it is to get the length just right. Aim for a length a few inches above the kneecap and choose fitted styles that can be worn casually or dressed up.


Relaxed Tailored Looks

Airy silhouettes will continue to outweigh narrow, form-fitting forms as the decade unfolds. It's a resurgence of 1980s and 1990s fashions that have been up and coming for a while, and while it's not for everyone, it can look stunning when done well.


If you're thinking about going off the beaten path, our first bit of advice is to go to your local tailor. Relaxed cuts can be appealing, but only when they are well-fitting.


The Outdoorsy Look

High fashion and the great outdoors began a romance a few years ago. They're now shouting their love from the rooftops for each other.


Recently, we've seen collaborations between high-end brands and outdoor brands, further strengthening the fashion-outdoor gear link. However, if you want to participate, we recommend including the occasional outdoor-inspired piece into your clothes rather than going full rock climber.


Boat Wear

For guys, the water has always been a source of design inspiration. All you have to do is check out the peacoat to see proof of this. This year, when dockworker staples like fisherman beanies, Breton tops, and other dockworker staples make their way into mainstream men's fashion, it'll take it to the next level.


It's an industrial style that's already been coined "shipster" by fashionistas. You might not want to wear it every day but adding a few pieces to your closet is a great way to keep it current.


Mid-Washed Denim

Denim is a true menswear staple, whether it's dark or raw. When the weather is getting hot, though, it's no longer a viable option.


This season, though, there is a solution to the problem. It's a few shades lighter, more relaxed, and goes with almost everything. Mid-wash denim was spotted all over the male runways this season, and it looks like it's here to stay.


Classic Collar Short-Sleeves

Classic collar short-sleeve shirts have the undesirable connotation of "the boys at the bar" for some. This breezy summer choice, on the other hand, is a modern method to get around it. Camp collar shirts have been trendy for several years, so they aren't a fad.


The flat, lapel-style collar creates a subtle focal point to tie a look together in an otherwise uninteresting combination. When coupled with fitted bathing shorts, it's ideal for a quick lunch at a coastal restaurant. This year, look for long-sleeved versions to add a twist to the commonplace.


All White Apparel

One of this summer's most popular men's fashion trends is a challenge to pull off. You'll be the king of the Riviera if you do it right.


Going all white is one of the best men's fashion decisions you can make despite the hazards. It's also a sure-fire technique to keep cool when the weather becomes heated. With matched chino shorts and tone leather sneakers, a crisp white T-shirt looks fantastic. Add a navy overshirt to balance things out if it all seems a touch too much.


Embroidery

The joy of embroidery returns to menswear in summer 2018. While brands like Prada, Gucci, and Burberry continue to put out some of the most refined pieces ever seen, there are plenty of streetwear-driven styles that offer a more casual alternative.


The details work best on solid colors, but it works just as well on printed shirts. This is where you'll see the trend pushed into new directions by brands like Gosha Rubchinskiy and Off-White.


Bold Colors in Knits

Lighter weight, dyeable cotton knit fabrics are soft to wear, and these bold hues will allow you to add personality to your summer wardrobe without compromising comfort. Knit shirts have enjoyed something of a renaissance over the last few years, with brands like John Elliott, Wings + Horns, and Reigning Champ putting their unique spin on the traditional style. This summer is no different, but it is about to get a lot more colorful.


Lounge Essentials

Raglan sleeves, cropped hems, and soft tailoring are making an appearance this season. These relaxed pieces appeal to your casual side and are the perfect match for tired knees.

When you're not dressed up in an elegant suit or crisp shirt, these garments take center stage. Look out for unusual fabrics like linen, seersucker, and even leather. Your lounge essentials work well as standalone outfits, featuring our loose-fitting styles paired with a casual bag.


These are the trends we are following here at Suits Unlimited. You’ll be sure to see a few of these come to our store.


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