From tunic shirts to luxe loafers, the menswear trend for 2011 looks definitely experimental. Here are the top pieces you should snap up now to ensure you'll look chic in the new year.
Minimalist Bomber: This 90s staple will be paired down for spring in monochromatic hues of black and grey with little embellishment and clean lines. Asymmetrical zips, were seen on the runways for Raf Simons and Gaspard Yurkievich.
Military Jacket: Army-inspired pieces will still be huge come spring, carrying over from the present A/W 2010 season. Variations range from formal with gold buttons and braiding to casuals. Everyone from Burberry Prorsum to Cerruti showed this key spring piece on the runways.Slash Neck Knit: This new knitwear shape makes for a great layering piece, either over formal shirting for office wear or under a blazer for a laid-back weekend outfit.
Tunic Shirt: This ethnic-inspired article of clothing was spotted on the runways for Alexis Mabille, Agnes B., Jean Paul Gaultier, among others. The tunic is both breezy enough to be casual yet elegant enough to be formal.
Low Cut Tank: The classic men’s tank top gets a sensual update. The spring staple, with its V-neckline and low-cut armholes, pairs wonderfully with slouchy vest tops and lends an air of sexy insouciance.
Formal Bermuda Short: The Bermuda short has been extended to just above the knee and comes in a looser, roomier fit for spring. Chic cotton variations were seen on the runways for Dries van Noten, Hermes, and Comme des Garcons.
Caramel Leather Man Bag: The bag trend for men isn’t going anywhere soon. Expect to see an avalanche of roomy, practical leather carry-alls and satchels in luxe caramel tones for the upcoming season. Everyone from Kenzo to Dunhill to Dries van Noten presented men’s bags in buttery shades on the runways.
Basket Weave Lace Up: Basket-weave details provide an updated twist on the masculine lace-up shoe for spring. Straw-like and cotton weaves replace the classic formal leather weaves for a more relaxed, breezy look.
Luxe Loafer: The casual loafer gets a high-fashion update. Come spring, expect to see loafers tricked out with suede uppers. Gucci to Les Hommes to Etro sent their male models down the runway with chic, sophisticated loafers.