THIS LOOKS LIKE FUN

From jump­suits to track suits, sum­mer’s most cov­eted menswear is about wear­ing what feels good.

Fashion (Canada) - - Men's Style - By Jeremy Freed

For­get win­ter’s all-black-ev­ery­thing wardrobe—not to men­tion all that neg­a­tive news in your Face­book feed. Menswear is here to make fash­ion great again this sum­mer. With a slew of new col­lec­tions de­fined by more fun than a Guns N’ Roses tour bus circa 1987, de­sign­ers want you to look awe­some while hav­ing a blast in what­ever way you choose. Feel your best in san­dals and a me­chanic’s one­sie? Wear it! Want to chan­nel the style of a foot­ball hooli­gan or a punk rocker? Yes, you can! While there are, of course, a few caveats (fash­ion may be more fun, but rules still ap­ply), this sum­mer be­gins with a new wardrobe that’s all about free­dom, com­fort and joy­ful ex­u­ber­ance.

In the global rank­ing of guys who have the most fun on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, the Mediter­ranean yacht­ing set is right up there with Leo DiCaprio and the knights at Me­dieval Times. While a clas­sic Bre­ton-striped tee is a tried-andtrue way to add nau­ti­cal panache to your look, de­sign­ers have remixed this standby to make it even more jaunty. Fendi’s Spring/ Sum­mer run­way show took stripes to the next level, mash­ing up green, brown, yel­low and blue in dif­fer­ent widths on trousers, tees and tote bags. Should you wish to dip a toe into this trend, the key is re­straint: Try a pair of bold striped trousers with a ca­sual solid-coloured shirt (or vice versa) and you’ll steer clear of com­par­isons to a cir­cus tent. Complement your ensem­ble (and dou­ble-down on stylish com­fort) with a pair of clas­sic leather slides, which were seen flip-flop­ping down the run­way ev­ery­where from Gucci to Tommy Hil­figer. If you’re feel­ing ex­tra­fun and/or funky, kick your footwear game up a notch with Prada’s colour­ful sports-in­spired man­dals. They may bear some re­sem­blance to the Vel­cro Tevas your dad

loved in the ’90s, but these are meant for strut­ting down city streets, not paint­ing the garage.

Style icons like Nick Wooster and Lapo Elkann have been sport­ing camo with aplomb for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for the rest of us—we can end up look­ing like we’re headed to a turkey shoot. Earn your stripes with a field jacket from Valentino and then work your way up to Dries Van Noten’s patch­work anorak, whose muted flo­rals will surely hide you from no one. Equally at­ten­tion­grab­bing are the dusty pink and pale yel­low tops, coats and trousers seen ev­ery­where from Yeezy to Top­man. These pops of colour and pat­tern—which are per­fect ac­cents to foun­da­tional pieces in black, grey and navy—are the as­s­kick­ing Bat­man to your daily wardrobe’s re­li­able old Al­fred. Learn to wear them with con­fi­dence and you’ll be ready to take to the streets in the bright reds, metallics and mil­i­tary de­tails that will make a strong show­ing this fall.

Sock­less an­kles are the menswear equiv­a­lent of a bared midriff, only they re­quire far fewer sit-ups—and fewer sit-ups are al­ways a good thing. For guys who still have to work when the sun shines, a range of trim suits in pale grey, stone and sandy fab­rics (with trousers cut short enough to let your sock­less an­kles breathe) will add fash­ion-for­ward fri­vol­ity to the nine-to-five grind. Don’t stop there, though. Scan­dal­ize your next board­room meet­ing in a punk-in­spired leather jacket, a T-shirt and red plaid trousers from Vete­ments and Coach 1941. Ditch the stodgy old brief­case, too: Keep your hands free for air gui­tar, Fris­bees and ice cream cones with a mod­ish back­pack. From WANT Les Essen­tiels’s mono­chrome blackand-grey num­ber to Mon­cler’s flam­boy­ant botanical print, pick one to suit your mood and stuff it full of party sup­plies. While not ev­ery­one can pull off a Louis Vuit­ton jump­suit, its loose cut and one­and-done de­sign will make even the most timid fash­ion rookie think about don­ning a one­sie for a Sun­day­morn­ing latte run. Or, as an al­ter­na­tive, throw on a sweat­shirt or track jacket from Gosha Rubchin­skiy or Vete­ments, which are as com­fort­able as py­ja­mas but much more suit­able for a night on the town. But un­less you’re Drake or a Rus­sian mob­ster, wear­ing match­ing sportswear tops and bot­toms is a tough move style-wise. In­stead, mix it up with some jeans, sneak­ers or slides and an un­branded “dad” cap. Now you’ll be all set for what­ever the day holds. If it’s not some­thing fun, though, you’re prob­a­bly do­ing sum­mer wrong.

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