If your New Year’s resolution included revamping your wardrobe there are a lot of major new trends walking the runways to keep in mind before you head to the store. Here are just a few of the looks that promise to be big as we kick off 2013 in style.
Military inspired items
This is a trend that is showing no sign of slowing and in fact, with its effortless, masculine appeal it makes a great addition to any man’s wardrobe. From olive toned shirts to camouflage shorts, nearly every designer is embracing this trend for spring. The key to making military look modern is a clean, tailored fit so ditch the oversized coats and opt for well-structured pieces.
If last season was about jewel tones and geometric prints than this season it’s all about primary color. While the runways featured entire suits in shades of blue and yellow, pairing one primary colored piece with black or white makes the look easily accessible for the more fashion timid.
If you can’t indulge in a new wardrobe then liven up what you already own with some bold new accessories. A patterned scarf or neon shades can liven up an otherwise ordinary outfit and a pair of neon shoelaces can breathe new life into an old pair of sneakers.
Dress shoes are out and boots are in for 2013. Look for high-top leather boots in dark brown or black. We’re talking urban footwear not something you would wear hiking or out in the snow.
Change up your fabrics
Cotton will always be a classic but this winter, opt for pieces in wool or tweed for a classic yet modern look. Tweed blazers and wool pants and sweaters add texture to an outfit and will keep you warm through the cold months ahead.
Cufflinks are back in a big way and now is the time to start working these classic accessories into your wardrobe. Also hot for 2013 are rings, bracelets and tie clips made of brass or bronze.
Maybe it was all of the excitement of the summer Olympics but the preppy, sporty look is back in a big way. From varsity jackets to rugby shirts, the athletic look has also been all over the runway lately. Smart windbreakers and track pants will give you the look just make sure that you don’t leave the house looking gym bound, no sweat pants.
Designers are sending striped suits down the runway but if that is too bold for your office, think accessories. A striped tie or scarf will keep you on trend without looking overdone.
More men than ever are partaking in the suit trend. While shopping look for a two-button jacket, which is more modern looking than a 3-botton style. It’s also more flattering, the height of the buttons has a slimming effect. For the brave of heart try adding a pocket square. This sassy accessory will only become more popular as we enter 2013 and adds a splash of color to an otherwise plain suit.
James Scaggs is the Director of Marketing for e-commerce retail sites Ties.com and Scarves.com, based in Orange County California. Check out Ties.com for a huge selection neckties, bow ties, skinny ties, tie racks, tie bars, and more.