Toronto, June 30, 2015 – Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” And he was right. The minute something in fashion becomes a trend, its fate is sealed and it inevitably becomes as intensely hated as it was loved. There is a sweet spot between the time a trend first hits the runways and that moment the cool kids (mavens, innovators, early adopters) are all sporting it. The tipping point comes after that first 20% have laid claim to and given the green light to a trend. From there it hits a kind of critical mass and eventually dies out. Until it becomes a trend again.
Sure there are exceptions. There are trends that have transcended time and space to become ‘wardrobe staples’. That would include things like denim, leather jackets, black dress shoes, sneakers, white dress shirts, etc. Below is a list of men’s style trends that we were once enthusiastic about, yet have worn out their welcome. If they’re not already dead, they surely have a meeting coming up with Mr. Mayhem.
The urge to squirt lighter fluid into the overgrown Talibanesque beard of every bearded hipster I meet is strong. I’m one Zippo lighter away from igniting that face-fat-obscuring-fecal-matter-infested-mound-of-facial-pubes into a ball of fire. No offence to my friends with beards, but if you absolutely must have one, trim it down or I will burn you.
The pocket square was one of the first trends we covered at It’s All Style To Me back in 2010. I really loved pocket squares for adding that little something extra to a suit. A shot of personal style. Sadly however, they’ve run their course as well. Plain coloured pocket squares (but mainly white) in a presidential fold are still acceptable. I would steer clear of elaborate folds and especially flamboyant poofs. Ditch your patterned pocket squares altogether. I gave myself until the last episode of Mad Men to lose mine.
I was recently at an event and I swear I could hear this guy’s testicles screaming for mercy. If you’ve been paying any attention to the men’s fashion shows the past few seasons, you’ll notice that the silhouette has become more voluminous. Skinny jeans and skinny suits are over. Done. Dead. A slim (not skinny) fit however, never goes out of style. So leave some breathing room. Your gonads will thank you for it.
Socks are a little tricky. Loud patterns and bold coloured statement socks are perhaps the most cringeworthy trend that we’ll look back on years from now. You can blame George Bush Sr. As a rule, anything that takes outshines the main event (your outfit) is too much. Subtle patterns and muted colours are fine. Sorry Happy Socks, the love affair was fun while it lasted.
Casual Bow Ties
I feel bad because the bowtie was such an integral part of my look between 2009 and 2011. Nevertheless, the time to say goodbye passed long ago and I’ve retired mine. Bow ties should be reserved for southern gentlemen and formalwear (tuxedos) only. Where they should have stayed in the first place.
Are we missing anything? Would love to hear your opinion about these and any other dead trends in the comment section below.