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Haute tips to style your man

From straw hats to woven-detail shoes, here is a guide to the main menswear trends for Spring/Summer 2012.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 27, 2012 12:08 IST
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Hats were big news on the catwalk for Spring/Summer 2012, with fashion labels Prada and Givenchy favouring printed caps, designer Roland Mouret going for preppy boater styles and Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Christian Dior offering classically summer straw hats. The latter has been adopted by numerous high street brands, with H&M offering a variety of straw trilby hats.

Keep feet cool
The city espadrille was one of the key looks of the season, with labels including Giorgio Armani embracing the trend with a lace-up variety. Woven sandals were part of Alexander McQueen’s menswear collection.

Embrace prints
It was all about prints at the Spring/Summer 2012 shows. Feminine prints were big at Givenchy, where wild floral motifs adorned lightweight sweaters. Pink flowers featured on shorts and tops at Kenzo, while bright printed jackets made an impact at Prada. It’s not just designer names; high street retailers including Topman have embraced floral prints on short-sleeved shirts for the season. If
florals are not your style, look out for summer plaid, following the success of tartan shorts and jackets at the Jean-Paul Gaultier presentation.

Invest in a safari jacket
While bombers and cropped blazers almost stole the show, the emerging menswear must-have was the safari jacket. Made popular by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s, the belted jacket was reworked by labels including Marc Jacobs and Joseph Abboud, who teamed a canvas safari jacket with khakis. Colour-wise, khaki, black and navy are the top shades.

Ditch the skinny slacks
Gentlemen can breathe a sigh of relief because wide-legged pants dominated the Spring/Summer 2012 menswear shows. Striped pajama-style pants offered a relaxed aesthetic at Hermès, while Emporio Armani went low-waisted for gray baggy pants.

A summery straw hat is a great addition to your season’s wardrobe.
Try some floral or printed shirts this season.
In jackets, safari jacket is the hottest piece of clothing this season.
It’s time to opt for comfy wide-legged pants.
Espadrille in shades of tan and brown.

First Published: Mar 27, 2012 12:04 IST