Just when you were getting used to slim, tailored, visual pleasing suits on men, menswear is taking on a new look that is more sporty, active and comfortable. Don't fret, this new style looks great, but you'll have to part ways with the image of your man in a shirt, tie and sport coat.
Transitioning from the comfortable larger silhouette to a trendier slim cut was and still is difficult for most men. Although clothing tends to look better when it sits closer to the body, comfort is sacrificed, solely for style, and learning how to adjust to constricting jeans and outerwear is a challenge. Every scenario has a silver lining and in this case it's activewear and workout gear.
Sweatshirts and sweatpants, like jeans and shirts, look better in a slimmer silhouette and provide the comfort that is missing in skinny suits and jeans. Also, since the recession, men have bought less but have bought smart opting for quality over quantity and a product that they can believe in from a company that resonates with them. They're willing to pay $150 for a shirt that fits and feels better than a $20 or even $60 shirt, and are willing to do the same for their off-duty wardrobe. In addition, shopping more and shopping smart exposed them to brands that they have been unfamiliar with and deliver a look and aesthetic that they would not be willing to try if they weren't as open to fashion as they are now.
Shopping has made men adventurous, and now they are buying clothes that they want over clothes that they need. Their closets are stocked with shirts and suits for work that are carefully handcrafted and made with time and attention. Now they're looking for that comfort that they passed on.
Enter the new look. The new look is much sportier, very casual and still sticks to the trends that preceded it. Pants are still short, the silhouette is still slim and layering is still prevalent. The only difference here is that the "Rick Owens, goth ninja" look that men did not believe in is actually getting some headway. This can be credited to men's newfound need to experiment. The younger crowd is mixing grunge into the look with plaid, chambray and denim shirts tied around the waist and ripped jeans, but the sporty man is still at the forefront.
This new look will take time to spread especially now that men are finding their own look instead of clamoring to trends, but expect this to become the norm across the board in due time.