At the start of the new year (and long after), many of us evaluate the past year, establishing fresh resolutions and goals to accomplish in the coming months. It’s one of the best times of the year to level up aspects of your life, whether that’s heading back to the gym, refreshing your wardrobe, or starting a skincare routine. If you’re looking for fresh inspiration, here is everything you need to know about the newest men’s fashion and skincare trends.
The ‘80s and ‘90s Are Back
Fashion is cyclical, always influenced by the trends of decades past. Get ready to break out your color-blocked designs, because the ‘80s and ‘90s are back. Y2K and ‘90s fashion have been emerging in recent years, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It did, however, bring another decade along for the ride to create a bigger, bolder look. Now, that’s not to say that everything old is new again. Men’s fashion is specifically embracing aspects of the previous decades like branded polos, color-blocked designs in vivid shades, turtlenecks with a suit instead of a dress shirt, and leather. If you’re not ready to go full ‘80s, modernize the look by balancing it with timeless pieces, like a classic men’s ring, simple dark wash jeans, and loafers.
Athleisure Reigns Supreme
Casual menswear has reigned supreme for the past few years. Whereas we were once seeing sweatpants and baggy shirts worn by all, we’re now seeing the marriage of performance and style, creating a new kind of athleisure. It’s more breathable, stretchy fabrics in styles that you know and love. Gone are sweatpants and trousers, and in come stretch chino pants with a concealed drawstring waistband. Pair stretch chinos with cashmere knits, a crossbody leather bag, and sneakers, and you’re ready for a casual day out running errands. No one will even know just how insanely comfortable you are.
To the Wild West We Go
If you’ve ever wanted to be a cowboy like from an old Western, now’s your chance. Like the influence of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the fashion of the Wild West is back. Think denim shirts, canvas jackets, and rugged boots. No need to turn your head away in dismissal or be intimidated by the trend; Western fashion doesn’t mean that you’re going to look like you just stepped off of a ranch in Montana. It’s a style that works for just about anyone, especially in casual environments. Don’t know where to start? Try switching out your trusted Oxford button-down shirt for a Western-inspired shirt in plaid or denim.
Vitamin C in skincare isn’t new, but it is seeing a reemergence – particularly in men’s skincare. It’s a dermatologist-favorite vitamin that’s known for its endless array of benefits for the skin like brightening dull skin, slowing aging, improving the appearance of wrinkles, and helping with dark spots and hyperpigmentation. The list goes on and on, and men have taken notice. Whether you’re looking to begin an anti-aging skincare routine or just want a skin refresh, Vitamin C is your topical answer.
Comfort in men’s fashion is here to stay – and not just with athleisure, either. We’re loosening up the slim-fit suits that have been popular for the past decade, leaning into the comfort of a relaxed fit. The modern trend takes a cue from the relaxed – but not baggy – silhouette suits of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Fashion is cyclical, remember? This contemporary fit is designed to keep you comfortable and tailored, without sacrificing style.
Developing a routine that specifically addresses aging has emerged as a huge trend in men’s skincare. Wrinkles, dull skin, spots, and other signs of aging are concerns for many men, and skincare is the solution. While the market is flooded with women’s skincare addressing aging, men are searching for face masks, retinol, moisturizers, and more that will help them age like smooth whiskey. Be on the lookout for products infused with moisture and skin-renewing-focused products for men.
Hybrid Sneaker Boots
What is a sneaker boot? Is it a sneaker or a boot? The answer is both. The newest men’s fashion footwear trend takes the traction and step of a sneaker and combines it with the qualities of a boot, like the durable upper or sole. What fashion-forward men end up with is a casual-comfortable shoe that works for everything from casual Fridays to outdoor adventures. Wear it to the office with slim black pants and an Oxford button-down or pair it with a t-shirt and relaxed jeans over the weekend.
Men’s fashion and skincare are all about experimenting to find what works for you. Mix and match trends with one another (and your old favorites), and you’ll be one step closer to a leveled-up wardrobe and a bespoke skincare routine.