Most people frequently assume that following whatever fashion is trending will make them look stylish. Well, this, in our opinion, is nothing but a popular misperception. If anything, copying every seasonal fad without thinking twice is the first step to bad style. Even worse, it’s the fastest way to go and stay broke!

That said, you’ve got to correctly distinguish between fads and future classics. This way, you can maintain your sartorial self-respect. Well, some things are easier said than done. That is why we’ve come up with a carefully curated guide of menswear trends worth trying this year. From the return of florals to the continuous widening of shapes, this will help you get started:

Men’s Fashion Trends to Watch in Spring/Summer 2021

• Florals

It is one of the overriding trends of the last five years that has been a return to the 1970s, and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2021. It takes the form of floral designs just like grandma’s curtains for the spring/summer season. If you’re frowning at the statement, you’ll be glad to know that florals are a lot more wearable than they sound.

From Tom Ford to Burberry, vivid florals have appeared on shorts, vacation shirts, and tailoring, among other things. However, we recommend sticking to one striking piece for each outfit then keeping the rest of your ensemble simple and understated. This way, you can accentuate your florals other than steal their beauty when they are too busy.

• Relaxed Tailoring

As the decade progresses, airy silhouettes will continue to outnumber slim, form-fitting designs. It’s a comeback of fashions popular in the 1980s and 1990s that’s been on the rise for a while. While it’s not for everyone, it can look beautiful when done right.

If you’re thinking about taking a stroll on the wild side, our first piece of advice is to pay a visit to your local tailor. Relaxed cuts can still be attractive, but only if they are well-fitting.

• Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts

A few years ago, high fashion and the great outdoors began to flirt. They’re now shouting their love for each other from the rooftops. It was dubbed “gorpcore” by fashion critics (gorp being a vernacular phrase for trail mix, or “good old raisins and peanuts”), but whatever you call it, it appears to be here to stay.

Collaborations like Palace x Arc’teryx and Gucci x The North Face have recently emerged, further reinforcing fashion’s link with outdoor gear. However, if you want to participate, we recommend including the occasional outdoor-inspired piece into your clothes rather than going full cosplay climber.

• Denim

Denim, whether dark or raw, is a true menswear classic. When the weather gets heated, though, it’s no longer practical. Fortunately, there is a remedy to the dilemma this season. It’s a few shades lighter, more laid-back, and pairs well with practically anything. Mid-wash denim was seen all over the male runways this season, and it appears to be here to stay.

• Collar Short-Sleeve Shirts

They have been popular for decades, guaranteeing that they aren’t just a fad. Most people think they give off the “lads down the bar” vibe. They are a great airy summer option that is simple and relaxed.

The flat, lapel-style collar quite catches the eye, making even the most plain of outfits look amazing. It creates a subtle focal point that brings a look together. Pair it with fitting swim shorts and you’ve got yourself a runway look for a quick lunch at a coastal restaurant. Look for long-sleeved versions this year to provide a twist to the ordinary!

With winter coming up you may want to invest in a pair of gloves. If you are a driver you may want to look into leather driving gloves.

Bottom Line

Looking chic and trendy does not mean copying every Tom, Dick and Harry. It means being able to evaluate and choose the top picks; those that remain trendy and classic as well. With this guide, you’re good to go!