2015 has been an exciting year for men’s fashion. To wrap up this year, we wanted to highlight some stylish pieces that made their mark in 2015. And if you find yourself wearing everything on this list, congratulations, you just might be cool. Notice I said “might.”
This year, men’s fashion strayed away from the bold and loud colors we were used to and took on a more settled and minimal color pallet. Minimal colors are great because they are neutral. That means they match with anything in your closet and allow you to get more creative when it comes to layers and adding accessories. Labels like “Fear of God,” “Rick Owens” and “Zara” are just a few of the brands that helped usher in this minimal trend in 2015.
Men’s boots have definitely become the popular footwear of choice this year thanks to tastemakers and fashion forward celebrities. The classic “Chelsea Boot” became popular after Kanye West was spotted on a couple of occasions sporting them. The timeless horseback riding boot has gotten a makeover and came in all types of fabrics and styles this year. Besides, the great characteristic of the Chelsea Boot is the many style options that you can pull off with the boot. Perfect for dressing up or down, the Chelsea boot can be paired with tailored dress pants or distressed denim to give you a few style combinations. With this boot already being cemented in men’s fashion—I don’t think this boot is going anywhere anytime soon.
Just when you thought that pair of skinny jeans and those extra small tee’s you bought from the Gap would last you forever—think again! Oversized garments have made their way back in the market and it looks like they are here to stay. Unlike 2005 when everyone was buying t-shirts 3x their size and jeans that swallowed their sneakers, these oversize garments are cut with proportion in mind, which makes the fit look far more appealing to the eye. Once again, who else can we blame for this fashion trend other than Kanye? With Yeezy Season 1 and 2 the oversized gothic look, made popular by designer Marc Jacobs, has resurfaced and become popular once more.
Once reserved for rock stars and skateboarders, it seems like everyone in 2015 was rocking a pair of distressed denim at one point. Back in the day breaking in your own pair of jeans as it slowly aged with holes, rips and creases use to be an honor and privilege. Now you can buy them that way with one click of the mouse. Will this trend carry into 2016? With the harsh weather coming our way on the east coast this winter season—I think the destroyed denim look might be seeing its final days. At least until spring.
As designers and brands continue to push the envelope, I’m excited to see what’s next for fashion. Will we see the return of overalls, Kangol hats or digital watches? We will have to wait and find out. Until then, Happy New Year!