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@MusingMutley: The 5 best trends from Milan and Paris men's fashion week

Fall / winter 2017

@MusingMutley: The 5 best trends from Milan and Paris men's fashion week
Want to look fly for fall? Study, memorise and apply these five need-to-know menswear trends

Yes. Try.

Men, and especially Singaporean men, are somewhat ambivalent to testing out new fashion trends. Which is rather odd, when you come to think of it, because men have a history of venturing into unchartered territories; pushing the boundaries of what's possible and giving things a red hot go. Why climb Everest? To be on top of the world. Why blast off into space? To be out of this world. Why wear a cap with a blazer? To feel on top of the world because you're looking #lit and out of this world. See. It's just a natural extension of what our fellow brethren have been doing since time immemorial.

Having just returned from freezing Milan and Paris, I report back with a curated list of the five best menswear trends straight from the runways. While there were many other trends — for example: drawstring-waists on blazers and jackets courtesy of Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani and Juun.J; not to mention, layering hoodies under tops or coats à la MSGM, Kenzo and Balenciaga — the five that I've highlighted below are, in my opinion, the easiest to incorporate and the most weather appropriate for our tropical clime.

So, c'mon fellas! Click on the slideshows below. Say yes. Try them out.

1. CAPS (AND BERETS) FOR A CREST OF CONFIDENCE

Okay, so there's nothing new with caps per se. I mean, for most of us, we've been wearing them since we could walk. But what we're seeing a lot on the European runways is the pairing of caps with suits and blazers. That continued fusion of sportswear into the sartorial. Want to take a baby step? Try a cap with a trucker jacket. 

For those already armed with an arsenal of caps — trading style notes with the Fresh Prince of Bell Air since 1990 — then it's time to level-up with a beret. Not your cheesy glove-wearing pantomime berets, but a new laid-back ballsy beret worn with aplomb.    

2. RED BUFFALO PLAID FOR YOUR INNER LUMBERJACK 

Nothing metro-sexual about this trend. Consider the red buffalo plaid as the fashion equivalent to a shot of testosterone: It will make you strong, bold, and unapologetically virile. Warning: Be prepared to beat off suitors lured by your magnetic masculinity. Sticks sold separately.  

3. BUMBAGS YOU WANT TO BE CAUGHT DEAD IN

Usually when you think of bumbags, you think of Aunty Janet and her predilection for pink nylon tracksuit sets and red manicured nails ("You want a tissue? I have one in my bumbag.") But for fall 2017, bumbags are back baby! Be it in saddle-stitched calf leather from Hermès or a fire-engine red Epi leather configuration thanks to that take-my-money-now collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Supreme New York.  

4. NOTHING HALF-ASSED ABOUT A HALF-TUCK SHIRT

Undoubtedly influenced by the strong streetwear winds blowing from Demna Gvasalia at Vetements and Balenciaga — turning the tide of fashion towards a new louche luxe — it's all about leaving your long graphic shirt half-tucked; peeking out under a pullover or left whipping in the bounce of your every step. That old adage remains true: It's not what you wear, but how you wear it. But bonus points if it's a crushed silk number from Haider Ackermann's debut collection for Berluti.

5. WHY ORANGE IS DEFINITELY THE NEW BLACK

The reoccuring colour of the men's fall/winter 2017 season was, hands down, a vibrant penitentiary orange. Hard to wear? Only if you wear it alone. Judiciously add it to your ensemble by way of a top layered under a jacket, sweater tucked into trousers, or as a graphic print. And remember: Not only is orange the new black, it also goes well with black. 

Related stories:
Audio reviews of the best shows from Milan men's fashion week fall/winter 2017
Audio reviews of the best shows from Paris men's fashion week fall/winter 2017

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  • Image: Fendi FW17 backstage | Getty Images

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