Men’s Trend Anaylsis: 2008-2011

Sometimes I like to compare past trends, it gives me a stylistic look of designer's and people's mood from then to now. The Urban Gentleman has been around for almost 3 years now (come June/July 2011) so I figured, let's take a quick look back at the Men's trends from 2008-2011 (Fall and Winter trends).

Click on the header links below to open the different years in different tabs/windows to most effectively compare the trends by year.

2008-2009 Men's Fall Winter Trends:

The Blue-Collar Worker

College Cool

Eastern Inspiration

Geometric Retro Nerd (a favorite of many of the original Urban Gent fans)

Classically Simple

Jacket Fanatic

 

2009-2010 Men's Fall Winter Trends:

Conservative Dapper (our favorite last year)

Hard-Studded

Assorted Swank (voted your favorite last year)

It's a Man's World

 

2010-2011 Men's Fall Winter Trends:

All-American Workwear

The Schoolyard Kid aka The Prep

90s Steez

Plaid & Selvedge

Urbane Wanderer

 

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Pocket Guide: Men’s Fall | Winter Trends 2010-2011

Okay, we have something more to hold you guys over until our, well, "surprise."
 

We've created a Mini Pocket Guide for Men's Fall|Winter 2010-2011 Trends and Styles. This covers a few basic fall & winter trends that all Urban Gentlemen should know…

 

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Crew necks: You may or may not have noticed the change, but designers are slowly switching back to the classic crew necks and moving away from the wide scoop necks and trendy v-necks. Of course you can still do a slight V if needed, but a classic crew will suit you, and all your masculinity, best.

Selvedge Denim: Everywhere I go, I find myself getting into "deep" conversations about selvedge denim… people are obsessed, some are a bit too passionate (usually the newbies), but it's understandable. Be sure to invest in atleast one pair of selvedge denim.


MINI Lesson on Selvedge Denim: "What is Selvedge/Selvage Denim?"
Selvedge denim is basically premium denim, its the crème de la crème of the denim family. "Selvedge" describes the way the fabric is produced. The denim is made on a shorter loom, making the time to create them longer. In a pair of selvedge jeans you can actually see where the weaving stops and is finished by the loom… long story short: if you flip a pair of selvedge jeans inside out you can see the production and "self-edged" finish. The quality is higher, the fabric is heavier and more durable, and more thread is used to create them. Some companies mark their jeans on the selvedge with a woven stitch in a certain color. Some even mark the inside selvedge line with their company's name.

What folks love most about selvedge denim is that you can "wear them in" yourself- so no fake wear marks (even though these days some companies will scuff em a bit). Within 6 months of wearing them the jeans will customized to your body… some will argue longer times, many people wear their's for a year without washing to "completely" break them in… honestly the "breaking in" time all depends on how often you wear them.

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Classic Boots: Whether it's vintage or workwear inspired, you must have a pair of quality classic boots. Some may go with duck boots, others may opt for chukkas, while the manliest will be keen on rugged utility boots. Choose your favorite brand and style in a color that fits your wardrobe and make it your staple. Or choose several to increase your fall and winter footwear options.

 

Hint Of Camo: You heard it here first. Just give em a hint of fatigue this fall and winter. Unless you're a solider, we need not see you in all over army fatigue… not yet anyway. Just a hint… a jacket, socks, a bag, whatever you like.

Canvas: Whether you sport a canvas backpack, watch, or jacket… its the chosen material for so many stylish things these days.

 

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Stay Tuned for the Complete Guide.

The School Yard Wardrobe

Certain "things" are going a little slower than planned, so though we wanted to wait on posting the "back to school" article, we're going to go ahead and post it now because of high demand.

 

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The School Yard Wardrobe

 

It's back to school for everyone from grade school to graduate school. So we've prepared The Schoolyard Wardrobe for all the Urban Gentlemen that are about to hit the books (and make straight A's.). We'll be combining basic essentials with trends to prepare you for the new school year.

Like we do in school, let's outline the article:

I: Summary
A: Checklist- the contents of an urban gentleman's wardrobe
B: Trends- the latest men fashion trends

II: Clothing, Shoes, Accessories (separate post)
A: Sales and Deals- the best deals from around the internet for men's clothing

III: Example Photos (separate post)
A: Urban Gentleman Kanayo King gives us examples of looks for The School Yard wardrobe

 

The Checklist

 

We'll take this from our Wardrobe Guide. If you haven't already been through it, then take a few minutes to atleast skim it (it's from last year, so it's slightly dated, but should give a general gist on what you need). We have to assume you have the basics, and are simply replacing a few items or adding a lil' girth to the urban gent wardrobe you already have.

The Trends

There will be a full-on trends article later, but for now we'll play with what we know.

The Urban Gentleman has made "a hint of fatigue" very official, ever since we featured it I've seen an increase all around town– whether it's a fatigue bandanna in the back pocket , fatigue shoe-strings, or jacket.

Plaid is just going to be in until we're all just done with it. But I mean, how many more patterns are there– gingham, paisley, stripes… the point is– adding a little more plaid won't hurt you.

Monochromatic hues are still a favorite, and we're going to properly explore that over the next year. There's not alot of it on the streets because most people don't quite know how to do it, so we'll re-tackle that at some point over the next few months.

Not-so-skinny jeans are being happily received by those who thought jeans would just keep getting tighter– nah, we had to nip that in the bud. "Skinny" (or more like slim-fit) is still a yes, but skinny-as-hell is a no (basically bulge should not be seen, lol).

Boots all year round in different types and materials.
Jean jackets and jean on jean.
Era themed– whether it's 50s, 60s, 80s, or 90s.

And you guys can peruse through last year's fall/winter trends and this years spring/summer trends for the rest…

And while looking at these trends remember our motto, "We Collect Fashion, We Create Style". Think about how you can integrate these trends into your own personal style; adapt the trends to your style, don't let the trends change your style.

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Next up, we'll have a list of sales and deals from around the internet to purchase clothing, shoes, accessories. For now, you can look through last year's Back to School Wardrobe List.

 

The Urban Gentleman

Jeaned Up

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Urban Gentleman Kanayo King
(shirt: Ralph Lauren, vest: vintage, jeans: RL, shoes: Converse)

We’ve combined a few trends to get this look: colorized, shades of blue, summer layers, and well, jean. Basically we’ve jeaned up urban gent Kanayo King, threw in some ‘characterized’ classic chucks, classic frames, and beaded accessories to top it all off.

Detailed Notes: These days when you opt for monochromatic or colorized, you can either keep it classic 80s with everything matching exactly or you can update it and add depth by varying the shade of the color you’re wearing… we did the latter. We also mixed jean textures: chambray shirt, hard denim vest, and soft denim jeans– this adds a sort of visual interest to the look and it gives it a bit of stylish ruggedness. (PS: The vest is actually a vintage jean jacket with the sleeves cut off).

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It’s in the Details (Italy)

A few detailed street style photos in Italy…
(taken by Tommy Ton.)

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(… collected for the UG by Nii Codjoe.)
via Tommy Ton‘s

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From Steve Martin to Will Smith: The Jean Shirt and Suit.

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A little over two weeks ago, I found myself watching the first 30 minutes or so of Steve Martin’s Father of the Bride. Yeah, it’s not my first choice in movies, but it happened to come on right after Happy Gilmore (or some other common TBS Adam Sandler movie), and the remote control was too far away to immediately turn the channel, lol.

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While watching I couldn’t help but notice Steve Martin’s jean shirt, suit, and tie combination. He sported a baggy jean shirt, slightly over-sized blazer, double-pleated pants, and a fat tie that looked like it was made from my grandmother’s drapes. And though the look wasn’t the very best, it was a very common casually dressy look for the 90s. I’ve seen the look plenty of times when watching repeats of Living Single, Friends, Seinfeld, and even some of the later episodes of The Cosby Show.

Then last week (more like a week and a half ago) I watched an episode of Oprah that featured Will Smith. I silently chuckled to myself when I saw Will’s ensemble– it was literally the modern version of Steve Martin’s jean shirt and suit.
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This picture really doesn’t reflect how good Will’s ensemble
looked on the show. (It was taken with my phone, lol)

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Will wore a khaki colored cotton jacket and pants, jean shirt, black tie with silver clip, flowery pocket square (looked like it may have been by Duchamp), striped socks, and black bucks. He looked great.

Not everyone can pull off a jean shirt and suit because the look is still very 90′s-ish, and if paired incorrectly you’ll just look like you got stuck in a 1995 episode of Frasier. But if done right, then it can be very stylish. The hands down best pairing of a suit and jean shirt would be: a well-fitting light summer suit that’s cotton or linen, the jean shirt of course, a pair of bucks (bucks are a gentleman’s summer dress shoe), and a pocket square. If the occasion calls for it you can also add a fedora and/or a skinny tie and tie-clip.

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Check out Matthew Goode’s GQ jean shirt&suit looks
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Cotton-blend suit, $1,790, by Prada. Shirt, $98, and belt, by J.Crew.
Pocket square by Jack Spade. Sunglasses by Ray-Ban.

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Wool suit, $1,295, by Versace Collection. Shirt, $65, Martin + Osa. Tie, $60, by J.Crew.

More on the jean shirt here.

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