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5 best menswear trends for Singapore’s hot weather: Beachwear, bold prints, pastel colours, tunics, and sleeveless tailoring, among others

5 best menswear trends for Singapore’s hot weather: Beachwear, bold prints, pastel colours, tunics, and sleeveless tailoring, among others

Easy breezy

Text: Gordon Ng

Editor: Jolene Khor


Let's go to the beach

This spring/summer season, it seems all the designers have landed on the beach as escapist destination of choice. Think of le soleil et la plage, stripes that resemble that of beach umbrellas, light filmy fabrics, shorts, and swimwear. Lanvin has the clearest sense of desire for a dip. The brand's new creative director Bruno Sialelli wove together nautical references and children's illustrations so lighthearted, they make one think of the idyll of sandy shores.

Bold dandies

Spring/summer 2020 has plenty of options for modern dandies who aren't afraid of loud prints, intricate fabrics, and daring silhouettes. Take it from Dries Van Noten, whose current collection embraces hedonism and sensuality. If not, Dolce & Gabbana are reliable sources of drama (art imitating life, and vice versa)  their embroidered capes are rich in historic gravitas.

Soft, easy shades

While neon brights are certainly having a moment in fashion, for spring, designers gravitates towards soft pastels as a sort of visual relief. Most prominent: baby blues and pinks, pistachio and mint greens. Those easy hues on tailoring make for more effervescent and casual suiting, while pastel separates are an easy way to slide some colour into your wardrobe without much commitment.

Blousy and billowing

A key silhouette for men this season is  surprise, surprise  the tunic. Caftans are acceptable too, but the gist of the trend is a new top that's long, blousy, and voluminous. Consider this a creative alternative to the same old humdrum of T-shirts and shirts. It's also a more stylish alternative to the sweatshirt for warmer weather as it's effortless and comfortable.

A right to bare arms

Sun's out, guns out, boys. On the runways this season is a noticeable absence of sleeves be it in tailoring or sportswear. Vest, coats, and jackets with the sleeves sliced off are cool, but what's most promising is the rise of the tank top as a key fashion item to have. These are great to build layered outfits around, and now that they're trendy, they work just as well when the mercury rises and you have to take your outerwear off.

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