If you are wondering what is hot or trending in fashion for men this season, besides the runway and the stores, the street is a good place to look. Street style, or streetwear, is a category or fashion where you will see what people are really wearing, as opposed to the extremes of style that may be found on the runways or store fronts.
For Spring 2014, the streets of Milan Italy and Paris have some new and exciting menswear fashions. First, is a casual outfit that starts with a crisp white button-down shirt and a taupe plaid vest layered over it. The whole outfit is kicked up by adding a pair of butter yellow trousers. The total look is accessorized by casual brown leather lace-ups, some skinny suspenders from JJ Suspenders, a chic brown leather watch, a coordinating sports jacket, and the perfect shades.
Moving on to the streets of Paris, color blocking is key with this grey and ivory colored top that has a black “corsage style” adornment and is combined with a pair of slim-leg navy pants that have rolled-up cuffs. His brown leather buckle shoes and olive jacket prove that matching is not necessary, if the colors have the same tone.
Next, is a men’s street style that shows how to combine more than one pattern in an outfit. His blue geometric stripe shirt coordinates with his polka dot trousers and they are grounded with a neutral sage, double-breasted sports coat and canvas slip-on shoes. This grounding is important in keeping the patterns from looking too busy.
Lastly, is an outfit that is a turn in the “pastel” direction, which is also off the streets of Milan Italy. The light lavender, double-breasted suit is paired with rainbow colored high-tops and exemplifies a softer side of fashion. This look is a little too “candy-like” for my taste, but the suit may be a little more wearable with a light brown shirt and cognac leather loafers.