Comfort is the keyword for the latest trend in menswear

  • Ruchika Kher, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2016 17:40 IST
Designers say that oversized clothing and easy silhouettes will be hot in 2016. (Getty Images)

The last many seasons have focused on the importance of form-fitting attires as far as menswear is concerned. It was almost a sin for metrosexual men to be seen in anything that was not well-tailored. But the fashion world is experiencing a shift of sorts now. Tapered jeans and body-skimming T-shirts are giving way to more relaxed and casual fashion. “Oversized clothing and easy silhouettes will be hot this year, especially because they are comfortable,” says menswear designer Kunal Rawal.

Vivienne Westwood’s show had models wearing blazers with drooping shoulders. (Getty Images)

The recurring theme on international ramps over the past several weeks was anti-fits for men, with several designers opting for such silhouettes. From trousers that offer more movement at Balenciaga’s show, to shirts that swallowed models at Raf Simons’ — it was all about oversized style at fashion weeks in New York (USA), Milan (Italy), Paris (France) and London (UK).

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“We have seen many out-of-the-box trends appear on the ramp. These fresh silhouettes are excellent. They make for dramatic looks, when combined with oversized jackets, flared pants, etc. They can also create a relaxed look, which goes well with the urban man’s attitude. This trend has an experimenting edge, and surprisingly, many people are receptive to it,” says designer Nikhil Mehra.

A model walks the ramp for Balenciaga’s show in an oversized blazer. (Getty Images)

In fact, Rawal feels the trend has the potential to make it big in India as well. He says, “Oversized clothes are having a moment, and there is no harm in trying them out. It is a trend that will definitely not go unnoticed. I, too, live in my drop-crotch tracks post work. I can see several people owning this trend.”

Style guide

1. This season is all about fitted jackets paired with culottes.

2. Bandhgalas with elongated asymmetrical drapes, teamed with flared pants is a modern take on the classic silhouette.

3. Drop-crotch pants are great. Who doesn’t love that extra legroom?

Woodhouse showcased models wearing oversized suits. (Getty Images)

4. Oversized shoulders on jackets complement those with a broad frame. Don’t go for these if you have a small frame. This trend can be adapted to Indianwear too.

5. Longer sleeves have been made famous by street-style stars at fashion weeks. Do keep the rest of the top proportionate to your body, or this can look quite ill-fitted and baggy.

Relaxed silhouettes were the highlight of Balmain’s show. (Getty Images)

6. Longlines or longer hems and oversized T-shirts have become a staple, and are great for layering. These are also the most wearable of the lot, as anyone can sport them. They are relaxed, yet they flatter most body types.

7. Oversized knits and chunky cardigans that were once worn in the comfort of your home, can be stylishly worn outside in the colder months. Be wary of these if you are on the shorter side, as you could end up looking weighed down and chunky.

Fashion designer Christopher Shanon’s show saw models in oversized jeans. (Getty Images)

8. Oversized pockets, whether on casual jackets or cargo pants, or even on kurtas, are practical and wearable. Avoid too many pockets as the outfit can look busy, if it is not styled correctly.

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Dos and don'ts

1. Avoid mixing prints when wearing oversized clothes.

2. Stick to subtle colours such as grey, ivory, etc, and let the fitting make the statement.

Anti-fit trousers were showcased at Balenciaga’s show. (Getty Images)

3. Lengthy and oversized silhouettes work best when paired with fitted trousers. So, don’t go overboard. One oversized piece per look is where you should stop.

- With inputs from designers Diya Arora and Rajvvir Arora

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