Spring | Summer 2010 Trend, Fashion, & Style Guide for Men

We've been holding on to this article since Feb 18th, sorry for the delay guys, 2010 has been crazy busy.

The task of creating this Spring/Summer 2010 was a bit more arduous than I had foreseen. When I initially began to outline this article in my moleksine I kept coming up short… nothing dramatically stood out, nothing new atleast, but then when I thought harder, just a little harder it became so clear. Check out..

The Urban Gentleman's Official
Spring Summer 2010
Trend, Fashion, and Style Guide

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90s Summer Camp

My standout show from the Spring/Summer 2010 shows was Dsqaured2. When glancing at their collection I could only think–, "Camp Anawanna we hold you in our heart and when we think about you, it makes me wanna…." Lol, only the 80's and early 90's babies will get that Nickelodeon reference. Dean and Dan's collection most favorably represents this spring. It's happy with the colors, yet masculine, and creative. It fits the current adventurous spirit many men are channeling this year.90s Summer Camp is all about embracing that enthusiasm and glee you had back at summer camp. Basically, you should be dressed and ready to go on almost any kind of adventure at a moment's notice– but just in 90s colored clothing and camping gear. Hi-top boats shoes and duck boots become staples. Paired with shorts and/or jeans, in every color and texture.

Get the Look: 90s looking graphic tees, rolled up shorts and jeans, well-fitting cargo shorts, hi-top boat shoes (or mid-top), duck boots, chukka boots/sneakers, boy scout or military shirts, 90s looking hats.

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Harem Nation

Remember when we first reported these pants… well the time is here. I saw a guy in harem pants yesterday and they actually looked pretty darn good. I saw one in them today and this guy wore them even better. Designers have gotten creative and are offering many different types of harem pants… maybe these are the new skinnys? Well, they probably aren't but as each month passes the amount of guys and gals wearing them seem to increase.This is the most avant-garde choice of all the spring/summer trends, if you dare to be different you should scoop atleast one pair.

Get the Look: Harem pants, slippers, blazers, t-shirts, low-top sneakers. With Harem pants its all about proportions and editing. The easiest way to seamlessly integrate harem pants into your wardrobe is to first create an ensemble using trousers the same color as the harem pants… this can be any ensemble: casual, dressy, preppy, rock, etc. Now take away the trousers and replace them with the harem pants. From here the harems will either flow nicely or the other items you have on will look a little off. If it is the latter, then look in the mirror and try on different jackets/sweaters, shirts, and shoes until you get a look that you like.

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American RockStar

We're back to our rockin' American roots. T-shirt and distressed jeans if you're the simple american rocker type– but I say nothing but ripped and/or distressed jeans in a variety of washes, random ass t-shirts, random ass hair styles, maybe a blazer, maybe some lace-ups or maybe some velvet slippers. Basically do whatever you want, but keep it classic hardcore rock.

Get the Look: T-shirts of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Distressed, ripped, torn, and/or slashed jeans. And anything/everything rock and roll!

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White Out
 
From stylish jackets to t-shirts to ripped jeans… everyone seems to be going completely white a bit more than usual. But not in the stereotypical linen and brogues kind of way, nah, the stylish gentlemen folk are whiting out in a scruffier, edgier, 'masculinely' polished type way… it's like there's some kind of unofficial "who can look the most fly in all white" contest going on.


Get the Look:
Wear white on white on white. Atleast 3 white items on at all times.

 

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Colorized

 

It's like we're refined 80s babies this year. We match it all, but in the most tasteful ways– sorta elegant, but mostly preppy.
 

Get the Look: Wear the same color all over, or almost all over. Then prep it out by going sockless, adding a cardigan, maybe opting for a polo instead of a v-neck. If your 'color on color' is too much then break it up by adding a article of clothing or accessory that is white or complimentary to your base color.

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Other Spring Summer 2010 Trends:

Colors: Orange, shades of blue, white, plaids
Accessories: colored sunglasses, buttons, colorful boat shoes, boots, bookbags, sew-on patches.
 

1. Summer layers- wearing a little, but alot of it (ie. tank, loose tee, a jean jacket)
2. Booted Up- this spring and summer is all about finding ways to integrate boots into your spring wardrobe. Hi-top boat shoes are easy for most guys, but integrating chukkas and desert boots may be a bit more challenging for some, buuuut if you can do it, if you can pull it off, well, you win ;-)
3. Shorts (usually cargo) over thermals, skinny jeans, even leggings
4. Subtle military shirts- we're not going into full combat anymore, keep your military flares a bit more discreet unless the occasion calls for full decoration.
5. Printed slippers (ie. monogrammed velvet slippers)
6. Denim shirts
7. Sockless
8. Summer rolls– rolling up pants and shorts and sleeves and and and, lol… nah, just kiddin'.

Must-Haves for the Spring and Summer:

- jean jacket
- high-top/mid-top boat shoes and/or desert boots
- bright colored hat
- pair of colorful sunglasses
- jean shirt
- clear pair of glasses
- slim-fit jeans
- white shorts, jeans, or trousers
- blazer
- a favorite plaid shirt
- harem pants/shorts (if you're bold enough)

 

 

More Spring/Summer Trends
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(Designers above: G-Star Raw, D-Sqaured, Gucci, Martin Margiela, John Richmond, Lacoste, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Costume National, Salvatore Ferragamo).

Photos from: NYMAG.com
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Stayed tuned for How to Get the Look for each trend &
the Urban Gentleman Spring Summer Trends photo shoot.

Denim Focused, Get the Look: David Beckham & the Denim Shirt

Fall 2008 H&M ad, featured in our 08′ Button It Up post

As mentioned in the latest trend report, Sir David Beckham is really putting the basic denim shirt back on the map. Though the reincarnation of this trend “officially” launched in Fall 2008, we’re just now (Fall/Winter 2009/2010) seeing the trendy rise of denim button-ups and “double denim” looks on stylish celebrities and urban gentlemen. Everyone may not be able to pull off double-denim looks (jean shirt + jean pants), but it’s easy to pair a denim shirt with khakis or black flat-front soft corduroy trousers.

If you don’t already have one, be sure to add atleast one denim shirt to your winter wardrobe.

David Beckham at a Lakers vs Clippers game
wearing a Blue Bell by Wrangler Clay denim shirt
($140- $186, vintage inspired from the FW 2009 collection).


David Beckham at LAX airport
He paired his denim shirt with Dior Homme cords,
and a Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 w/the strap ($2,190)

Get a denim shirt exactly like David Bekcham here:
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Similar Beckham travel bags and beanies:
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Trend Report: 12/18/2009

 Timberland Premium 6-inch Boots

This is your official public service announcement of the latest trends. If you’re a regular here at The Urban Gentleman, then you may already know most of these.

As of Friday December 18, 2009:

1. It seems as if summer rolls, can now be called winter cuffs. Cold weather has not deterred those ecstatically dedicated to rolling up their pants. As predicted matching socks warms those cold ankles, the traditional gents stick to their navys, browns, and argyle, while those less than so are opting for patterns and bright happy colors.
2. Denim jackets have made their comeback, but thanks to gents like David Beckham many are choosing to skip the jackets and are opting for denim shirts instead.
3. The stylishly advanced have been wearing plaid shirts for well over a year, and quite frankly, are ready to move on. But the stylishly regular are not ready to let go, but I for one understand– it does look good on them. People need patterns during these not as happy, recession times, so you can expect to see plaid or variations of the plaid for a bit longer.
4. Though with northerners Timbs (aka Timberlands) never went out of vogue, the rest of the world looked at other options in bootwear over these past few years. Well, Timbs (the classic 6-in) are back– for everyone this winter… and with the way certain trends are moving we may be able to expect them to be worn (someway somehow) throughout the spring along with high-top boat shoes.
more trends to come..

Hard-Studded in Action via Street Style

One of The Urban Gentleman fall/winter trends is Hard-Studded, basically it’s wearing clothes that figuratively look rough or evoke toughness– leather, studded jackets, rugged jeans, boots, etc. So when I saw this picture on PimPumPam I HAD to show you guys… this goes pretty hard huh? So now maybe this trend will get more love on our “What’s your favorite fall/winter trend” poll… Assorted Swank and Conservative Dapper are in a constant battle for first place… be sure to place your vote.
Get this Hard-Studded Look below:

Men’s Fall | Winter 2009-2010 Trends & Style Guide

We’ve gotten many many emails inquiring about the Fall/Winter trends post, we’re sorta tardy with it, but hey we have lives– busy ones at that. Nevertheless, without further ado we present to our stylish/intelligent/fly/super-cool readers… The Official Urban Gentleman 2009-2010 Men’s Fall Winter Fashion and Trends.
Conservative Dapper
(above: clothing by designer Calvin Klein)

Being polished, being perfect, being well-groomed– these are the makings of a conservative man. He gets his haircut every week, he gets his shoes shined, he opens the door for a lady, he knows to undo the lower button on his 2-button suit jacket when sitting down, and to just as quickly button it up as he stands. This, is the man that women dream of.

Editors notes: There has been so many colors, so many styles, so many… well, there is just so much going on with men’s fashion these days. You have guys bringing back the eye-catching hairstyles, the cross colors, the bright plaids, and much more. So this, Conservative Dapper, is like a break, a relaxing break from it all. It’s a return to simpler, easier, classic times. This is my favorite trend for the fall and winter.

To get the look: Trench coats, suits, crisp white button downs, tip-clips, white pocket squares, perfectly polished lace-ups.

Hard Studded
(above: clothing by designer William Rast)

Hard times call for drastic measures. Some people are recession proofing their lives literally, while others are taking the figurative route. This means roughing up the wardrobe, showing the world that “you got this”, you’re hard and you know it, you’re tough and a few troubles really don’t phase you.

Editors notes: To me this look is like Pony Boy meets Michael Jackson. You take the main edginess and ruggedness from the guys of the Outsiders and mix it with the jeweled/metallic/shiny/studded MJ from his “Bad era”. The late world icon has inspired alot of us this year and this trend is where his inspiration is placed for the fall and winter.

To get the look: Torn/ripped/worn jeans, leather jackets, studded everything- shirts, shoes, accessories, jackets, white t-shirts.

Assorted Swank
(above: artist Kid Cudi)

The men of the world are pleased with the fashions they have been dealt over the past year or so; therefore many of them have decided to just combine what they have learned. They mix their military jackets with their nerdish glasses, they combine their college cool tees with their Thom Browne inspired pants and oxford shoes. This season many guys are opting to be fashion connoisseurs, their phrase “we collect fashion, we create style”.

Editors notes: I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, and I’ll say it again– men are lucky. Why? because their trends change so slowly allowing them to revel in trends for quite some time. And more than ever I have seen stylish guys mixing it up quite nicely- Retro Bandstand mixed with Geometric Retro Nerd mixed with Clodhoppers Delight with a little College Cool on the side. It’s like whatever is necessary to look fly is what guys are doing… daring to be to different by adding their own spins on the hottest trends. To that I say “touche’.”

To get the look: band-jacket, cardigan, loafers, glasses, graphic tees, harem pants, torn jeans.

It’s a Man’s World
(above: actor Brad Pitt)

As Men’s.Style.com stated “enough with the skinny shit”. I think we’re all tired in some way or another of going out and seeing grown men in girl jeans, v-necks so low we can see their belly-buttons. We know there was a call for androgynous looks last year and men wanted to express their feminine side, but some people took it too far and now we have to re-instate manhood.

So that means get inspired by the manliest men you know then get either rugged or classic. Think Ocean’s 13– Rusty, Danny, Rueban, Basher, and the whole crew- all men, all masculine, all stylish, but in their own way. We’re not saying be cookie-cutter models of gq men, but we do want you to “man up”.

Editors Notes: Ahhh (pleasant sigh of relief)” I feel like I just drank a nice tasty soda pop after being parched for an hour… well not literally, but that’s the feeling I get when I think about this trend- it’s just refreshing. Starting from this summer we saw all the men in Hollywood roughing it on the beaches- letting their beards grow in, chest hairs grow out. They were indirectly telling the world- it’s time to be men again, so let’s continue this trend for the fall. (I was going to make this apart of the summer trends and I did touch on it a bit in some posts, but I knew it would be better placed in Fall/Winter.)

To get the look: dark denim, perfectly fitted suits, ties, elegant and serious fedoras (none of that funny colorful ish), wing-tips, boots, blazers.

More 2009-2010 Fall Winter Styles:

Other trends: Band/Military jackets are still at large, v-necks (there’s a boycott against deep v’s though), velvet ( ties, jackets, loafers).

Accessories: tie-clips, brooches/buttons, gold watches, knit ties.

Colors: Grays and dark tones.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have posted our Fall|Winter Style Guide on your site or plan to PLEASE have direct links back to this posting. It’s wrong to copy and paste complete articles without including links to the original source. Urban Gent Fans, if you see this puh-leez call them out on it. (we added this note b/c there have been reports of this happening, thanks guys!).

Stay Tuned for places to get these looks.

2009 UPDATE: Marching Band & Military Jackets for Men

The Urban Gentleman first covered marching band jackets over a year ago- when Lupe Fiasco, troubled youngster C.Breezy, and a few rock stars were the main ones rocking them. But after the Fall 2009 Runway shows the popularity of these jackets rose dramatically. And with that many people began visiting the urban gent to read more about marching band jackets. When I wrote the first article, most designers did not carry jackets that emulated that of a drum major or military sergeant, so my list of where to buy them was small. Now, since marching band jackets are more mainstream, they can be found almost anywhere, but the task isn’t as easy for men as it is for women. So I’ve compiled an updated list of where to get them online.

First lets start with designers… D&G. They’re the only designer label that had an overwhelming amount of marching band and military jackets in the Fall 2009 shows- from what I can remember anyway… I think Rag & Bone had one, and well my memory goes blank after that (feel free to let me know what other designers had military and band jackets in their show).


D&G Military Jacket, $1475.00




D&G Military Peacoat, $1395.00

Those are really nice, especially the first one, but I know everyone doesn’t have $1300-$1500 to spend on a jacket. After searching, I found about 4-5 similar jackets on eBay. And though you may be reading this one month after it was written I’m sure that similar jackets are still on eBay.

Here’s 1 current auction:

US Military Parade Jacket (small), currently $36 (3 days left to bid)
*(sold as of 9.03.2009)

I also found some great simple military style jackets that would make for great staples in any man’s fall wardrobes (plus they’re perfectly priced):

MILITARY HERRINGBONE JACKET, $38

*(geez louise guys you all made this jacket sell-out in less than 3 days)


gray MILITARY HERRINGBONE JACKET, $31
Also, check here for more military, varsity,
and marching band inspired jackets.

The overall online selection for men’s marching band jackets still isn’t that wide, but the in-store selections are okay or solid. So visit the trendy stores in your area to further search for military/varsity/marching band type jackets. I would also suggest calling stores in advance to save yourself time, just google the store and location and call to ask if they have any marching band type jackets. If you live in a suburban type area then your retail center is probably a mall, so find the website for the mall and pull up the store directory then go down the list- calling stores you think would have the jacket.

Hope that helps! Feel free to leave suggestions on where to specifically find more marching band jackets.

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