With the constant release of new menswear fashion, it can be difficult to play catch-up with the latest trends. It could also take a heavy toll on your wallet if you are to update your wardrobe with every new trend. But you can still rock in the latest menswear at an affordable cost.
There are many timeless trends on the street you can select from. These are the trends that will save you money in the long run. The good thing is that many giant designers have brought a sense of streetwear that men should have in your closet. Here are the latest menswear Australia 2020:
Simplicity is one of the golden rules of fashion. The simpler the design, the more comfortable it is, and the trendier it gets. There are many designers that have produced incredible brief speaking designs. The Italian-based Miuccia Prada is one of the firms that pulled this look on the recent runways.
Miuccia Prada stole the Milan fashion week show during the spring-summer 2019 with ‘short shorts for Prada.’ Other designers that have pulled this look is the British-based Dior Homme. The look includes tiny shorts, popular in the ’70s, which is integrated with the belt. The upper can be a range of outfits, including trench coats, windbreakers, t-shirts, sweaters, and so on. It’s a perfect summer menswear trend.
One of the biggest menswear trends gaining popularity on the streets of Australia is the wearing of hats. The trend is heavily influenced by hip-hop culture. If you take a look at most of the Valentino’s spring/summer 2019 collection, you will notice a lot of hats and caps trends on the runways. Pierpaolo Piccioli is one of the designers that have used hats in their latest collections.
Piccioli collection features caps and bucket hats, which come in various prints and colours. Silvia Venturini’s Fendi is another design firm that has a feature of this menswear trend in 2019. Matching the hat or cap with trousers or a bag works for this trend. For example, a black hat or cap should go with black trousers or a black bag.
It’s been a while since we last saw loose cuts in the mainstream menswear fashion. But with the loosening up trend picking up slowly in 2019, the design has finally crept from the fridges of fashion to trend in 2020. Loosening up is all about getting rid of those tight outfits and rock in baggy clothes. It’s not new look but something that had gone out for mainstream for years.
From oversize denim to oversized tailoring, you can find something that gives a cool. What you need is to reorganise your wardrobe with oversized jackets, shirts and so on. Also, get the right colour combination. The trick is in creating a cohesive silhouette from head to toe.
There has been an increasing trend of command soles in menswear in 2020. The trend came up in 2019, where these soles featured greatly on big runways. The trend has been marked by an increase in minimalist and simplicity fashion trends in the fashion industry. As formal footwear, commando soles have a way of completely altering your overall look of the shoes.
The best way to rock in commando soles is getting the footwear to attach it to. Have you seen how incredible a commando-soled Derby or Chelsea boot look like? But many other types of shoes work great with such thick soles. Lastly, avoid skinny outfit if you want a perfect look with commando soles.
You might have noticed an increasing trend of one shade suits on the streets. It’s a trend that starts growing mid-2019 with major runaways witnessing an increase in these suits. But the colour choice that you pick is what makes you stand out in these suits. There vast range of colours that’s making these suits trend with men. Just avoid black because it’s too common to make a statement.
To spice up your classic silhouette head to toe, make sure that you have a perfectly fitting suit for your body size. You have a vast range of monochromatic suits’ options, including three-piece monochromatic suits. In addition to that, get the right shoe that complements your suit.
There are some of the trendy menswear Australia 2020 that you need to consider adding to your closet. Most of these trends are timeless, and thus you can expect to remain trendy for a longer time.read more
By far our favourite show of the week, the Toni Maticevski spring/summer collection was an impressive display of the designers refined craftsmanship.
Featuring two-toned neoprene gowns, contrasting exposed zip detailing, dramatic strapless necklines and bouquet like clutches by Dr. Cooper Studio, there’s no question that only a master of fabric manipulation could have created this collection.
The runway was a dramatic and emotional affair with audible “gasps” filling the audience as each piece paraded the catwalk. As Toni himself appeared he stood in the centre of the runway as his show-stopping collection swarmed around him. This was truly of international standard; we could have easily been at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Paris, New York, London or Milan.read more
Having the right bag can make or break an outfit. Forget spending hours matching your wardrobe for that perfect look, carrying an out-of-place rucksack (or heaven forbid, a nasty knock-off) will have the critics giggling into their Gucci Clutch.
When it’s time for a lunchtime caffeine fix with the girls, you’ll need a carry-all to hold the days necessities, as well as working back with whatever you threw on that morning. The Gucci ‘New Jackie’ is just that bag, in the perfect muted shade of chalk, with detachable and adjustable straps, this hand stitched gem shows tassles and bamboo detail that you’ve come to expect from Gucci. At a cool $24,900, you may want to just order the coffee & skip the cake.
The perfect dinner date entails good food, good wine, good company, and great style. Fashion favourites Hermes never fail to impress with a tough twist on an old classic, the Medor Clutch, In chocolate calfskin with gold hardware, this is a simple evening clutch that you’ll both admire as it adorns the table, and what a great conversation starter! $4500 available at Hermes.
Summer is here and it’s time to take advantage of those sun-soaked afternoons by hitting the beach. Piece together the perfect warm-weather outfit by adding this Halston Heritage Tote in Metallic Gold. In sprayed cotton, this sand friendly bag will set you back $450 from Net-a-Porter and is a fabulous & long lasting holiday investment piece.
For a night out on the town, you need to step up the style stakes to stand out from the crowd – which is why the Carlos Falchi Matte Python Clutch is the only bag you’ll be reaching for. In look-at-me citrus orange, this exotic piece is made of bleached & waxed python skin & is perfect to carry all your big night essentials – money, keys, phone & makeup, plus a small knit should the weather turn. This is the bag of the season & surprisingly will work with most colours.
The invite arrives for the black tie event of the social season & you know this means precision styling. For the finishing touch that will take your look straight to the social pages, be seen holding this dreamy kaleidoscope inspired minaudiere by Matthew Williamson for Bvlgari. $2790 for a piece you’ll pull out time and time again.read more
Why are Australian designers going overseas to get their clothes made and what impact is that having on the Australian clothing industry?
A quick peek at the manufacturing label on any piece from your favourite Australian designer will more often than not profess ‘Made in (insert low wage country here)’ rather than proudly ‘Made in Australia’ and according to the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) this has long been common practice, with China and India among the biggest ragtraders. In a TFIA study of Australian brands it was revealed, ‘up to 50 percent of clothes now sold in Australia are manufactured overseas, mainly in low-wage countries’, which is great for designers but worrying news for local manufacturers and an important issue to be considered by discerning fashionistas.
The shift from a well protected domestic textiles market to one increasingly reliant on importation of materials and exportation of labour was partly catalysed by the reduction of government tariffs on imported goods in recent decades. It was also due to the ‘recession years of 1991-93 [when] large numbers of clothing and textiles firms closed down and wholesalers increased their direct importing’, according to a Retailing and Textiles Production study conducted by Victoria University. The direct impacts of which was not only a loss of innovative technology, but the loss of a skilled workforce in the industry and subsequently, the inability for Australian manufacturers to meet the volume demands that offshore manufacturers could provide.
However, it’s not just the fact that local manufacturing has become as outdated as bedazzled jeans, but the issue of price which has pushed a lot of Aussie designers offshore. In general, manufacturing overseas in China, India and Bali most commonly is cheaper. The price of labour is greatly reduced and many designers argue there is greater choice of materials. Though at what cost do these appealing aspects of offshore manufacturing come?
For starters, the issue of offshore work standards and the well-publicised matter of worker exploitation and sweatshops is a huge factor that drives price. This is not to say Australian designers employ bad ethical practices when it comes to outsourcing their production, but it is important to recognize that cheap labour often means compromising working conditions. Rather than handballing this responsibility to their overseas suppliers, designers should be aware of whether their workers are being treated fairly. As should shoppers, in terms of knowing if their purchases have been ethically made.
Furthermore, as premium Australian brands charge upwards of hundreds of dollars for their product and the average manufacturing worker in China earns 40cents an hour compared to the $21 hourly average wage of an Australian worker, customers must question if a offshore worker is being charged so little – how can a designer charge so much?
Frankly though, the issue of worker exploitation is also one much closer to home. Back in 2007, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article exposing prominent Aussie designer Lisa Ho for failing to sign a code of practice to protect domestic textile workers from poor pay and sweatshop conditions. When contacted about the issue, Ho had her lips sewn firmly together. No surprises there, but with 300,000 – mainly women currently working in the Australian textile industry at home, it seems rather unfashionable that such a well-known local designer would not support the industry and the right to fair wages and conditions in order to strengthen the quality of local manufacturing.
Credit must be given therefore to Australian designers who choose to support local industry. Arabella Ramsay has long sought to keep production of her self-titled label and its whimsical dresses and retro inspired pieces local (with the exception of her leather goods which are produced in India). As have Bassike, which uses organic fabrics and back local manufacturing. Many up and coming independent brands also strive to produce garments locally but often struggle as many local manufacturers don’t see profit in completing small orders.
Thus, in order to rectify the debilitating effect offshore production has had on the Australian clothing industry, manufacturers and designers must compromise on how to make the best quality product at the most viable price. As “clothing and textile sales are worth $9 billion each year” according to TIFA, we owe it to our local industry to improve Australian manufacturing.
In Australia, we’re increasingly becoming known for our innovative creative industry and so when it comes to textiles manufacturing, our thinking should be fashion-forward instead of following trends. By investing in the Australian clothing industry, we can develop factories with skilled workers and ensure quality products as designers can readily work more closely with the production process. In turn, if manufacturers can agree to produce smaller orders at competitive prices, independent, up and coming Aussie designers can afford to produce garments locally and pave the way for local labels who can be proud to declare ‘Made in Australia’.read more