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Join us and look into the crystal ball that predicts the best men’s fashion trends for 2023. It’s never too early to look into the future, right? What will you find when you consider the latest and greatest for *gulp* next year? You have questions, we have answers.
Many of your favorite designers and brands are already plotting their course for next spring, whether it’s through a sneak peek at runway shows or by showcasing fall’s current collections filled with easter eggs for future men’s fashion trends. In a few words, there is no one defining style for 2023 in the world of menswear, but many different ways to enhance your wardrobe in a unique way – even for fans of athleisure, western wear and workwear. In a sweeping trend, oversized silhouettes make going-out clothes as comfortable as joggers. We also love the rise of ’80s and ’90s collections that brands are bringing back for even more fun the second time around.
When the new year rolls around, you’ll be well on your way shop the best men’s trends, if you start planning ahead early and often. Without further ado, here are the 2023 men’s fashion trends we’re already loving.
1. Get ready to relax
The past decade plus brought about a change in men’s suiting, there’s no denying it. If you kept an eye on the weather, you often came across razor-sharp, super-slim suits everywhere from Thom Browne to J. Crew.
Next year, however, there will be some loosening for next year (if collections from e.g. Designer Willy Chavarria is any indication, for example). So consider fitting with more room to move – remember that more casual clothes can still be tailored to the right length while still following acceptable menswear rules.
Think back to old suits from the 40s and 50s – silhouettes were more relaxed but weren’t baggy or sloppy. The same seems to be on the horizon for 2023.
2. Retro reigns supreme
Say hello to the 80s and 90s
Fashion is cyclical, often to the extreme, and if it’s hard to think of ’90s styles being mined for trend inspiration, join the club. Big famous long standing brands like LL Bean— a company as popular now as it’s ever been — already welcomed back in the 1990s with archival collections last year, and these throwback styles aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
What can you expect? Among other things, look out for color-blocked patterns in vibrant hues, just like the ones your mom wore to take you to the park back in the day. This applies to everything from outerwear to sportswear, such as Ralph Lauren’s iconic (and very fashionable) polo shirt with logo. And that’s another thing: Logos are back in a big way, and the more visible the better.
3. Saddle up with Western Wear
Go back to the Wild West in 2023
To move forward in matters of style, you have to go back—and you don’t need a Delorean to do that. As with the rugged #menswear revival of the mid-aughts, styles that combine functionality and toughness are roaring back in a big way—and none more so than western wear.
You may have seen western clothes on the likes of Phoebe Bridgers – it’s a style that can work for almost anyone, whether you prefer an ornately tailored shirt or some durable western boots. The style is pleasantly retro, from another time and yet perfectly adapted to today’s more relaxed standards of dress.
Put it this way: When you want a change of pace from an Oxford shirt or a lightweight chambray shirt, an eye-catching shirt with characteristic western snaps and stitching is a trendy move to try.
4. What’s old is new
Bigger is better in the world of men’s trousers
If you’ve spent any time online in the last month or so, you might have heard a distant buzz, chatter about the much-hyped (and very cool) “return” of J. Crew under new creative director Brendon Babenzien.
While a collection from a brand is just a taste of what’s to come, it was one item in particular from J. Crew’s fall collection that sent #menswear Twitter into a frenzy: The J.Crew Giant Chinesethe brand’s widest fit and a tribute to the 90s.
The fact that these particular pants are currently on backorder is impressive stuff indeed, but it speaks to other men’s fashion trends for 2023 as well. In particular, while skinny or skinny straight pants are almost always flattering for many guys, more relaxed styles are having a big moment in the pants department.
Again, think casual but don’t be baggy or sloppy—get your pant size right, pair them with some shoes that add some bulk (thick loafers or combat boots, anyone?) and be prepared to give more than a few compliments and questions about this new ( old) breed of pants.
5. Performance meets style
Anything goes with Athleisure 2023
Stop us if you’ve heard this one (or something similar) before: Between the pandemic and a massive shift to working from home, casual performance menswear took center stage in 2020, 2021 and 2022. And yes, as far as men’s fashion trends for 2023 are concerned , these menswear performance picks aren’t going anywhere.
Maybe you now find yourself in a crew neck sweater or a stretch merino sweater for everyday – at home on Zoom or back in the office from time to time. And maybe you have foreign pants in favor of stretchy chinos with a hidden waistband (belt no longer needed).
Mainstream brands like Public Rec and exclusive trendsetters like the famous John Elliott goes beyond the gym in a big way in that regard, but no one will be the wiser that you’re actually insanely comfortable, not stuffed into pre-pandemic pants.
6. Jump into Hybrid
Crossover shoes blur the line between dressy and casual
It used to be, shoes were clearly divided into easily identifiable categories. Dress shoes, work boots, athletic sneakers, maybe casual sneakers, all easy to define, right? But when something in the tides of menswear shifts and then continues to stick, it’s definitely a trend worth noting and wearing as one of the best fashion trends for men in 2023, of course.
What do we mean by that? Well, where you once had your favorite sneakers and a separate, favorite pair of boots, for example, these styles now mix in ever more impressive ways.
Call them “sneaker boots” or “hybrid shoes,” but whatever Cole Haan infuses dress shoes with athletic technique or loew Making some insanely cool hiking sneakers, it’s never been easier to find shoes that sit in the middle of two opposite sides of a footwear Venn diagram.
There’s still a time and a place for classic sneakers and lace-up boots, to be sure, but if you’re looking to put a little spring in your step—while wearing kicks that go well with the new joggers—then hybrid shoes should be your best move for 2023.