The most memorable moment that involved tailoring in 2018 was when we saw Lebron James and his Cavaliers walk into the NBA playoff game decked out in matching Thom Browne suits. It was a reminder of how tailoring can make you look powerful, masculine, and put together. With fashion trends looking like they are finally leaning towards tailored silhouettes again, what will they look like? How will we wear it? Are we even ready for it?
A menswear starter pack currently comprises of a trending but limited sneaker, some form of denim, and either a sweatshirt or hoodie. Sure, the suit has not necessarily gone anywhere. It’s still being worn in financial hubs and showcased in mainstream print publications. But in today’s fashion climate, if it’s not trending within the culture aka Instagram, it’s unlikely to generate much buzz. I don’t care how many times GQ shoot A listers in beautiful tailored suits, it didn’t move the needle for more of us to go back to collared shirts and lapeled jackets. If Travis can’t get the kids to wear suits again, how are we going to finally move on from graphic t-shirts and sweatshirts?
Nothing in the world of fashion lasts forever. We have already reached the apex of streetwear within fashion. While it might not seem like it on the streets yet, your favourite influencers and designers view graphic sweatshirts and dad sneakers increasingly stale. The runways for the most relevant menswear shows are already showing a increasing amount of suit jackets. Some even shown without any sneakers.
We opted for hoodies instead of a blazers out of comfort. With the general direction of clothing going away from slim fits, there is hope for tailored pieces to have comfortable qualities again .
While the front runners will not have a problem with flipping their entire wardrobe in favor for what’s popping, the rest of will need some time to get adjusted back to tailoring again. Nothing ever comes back full circle and looking identical to how it was before. The hashtag menswear era where guy’s were obsessing over suits and double monk shoes will still be a thing of the past. How will we merge what we have been currently wearing with suiting? Will it look like this? However it may look, it will need to be comfortable. We opted for hoodies instead of a blazers out of comfort. With the general direction of clothing going away from slim fits, there is hope for tailored pieces to have comfortable qualities again.
We have been so engulfed by streetwear, we collectively forgot about how good tailoring can make you feel and look. A finely tailored suit or a crisp white shirt can make you stand out from the crowds of hoodies and joggers. There has been so much emphasis on the immediate reaction of seeing something eye catching in menswear, it will be refreshing to go back to geeking out about details. Looking like you have your shit together will be a nice change of pace.