Fashion trends of 2009…

January 11, 2009

We are nearly two weeks into 2009, and I STILL have yet to go shopping and explore the lingering sales from the holiday season. Luckily, I have read that the massive sales offered during the end of the year are likely to continue into the early months of 2009 due to disappointing revenues for the first quarter (December specifically). Because of this, I have once again decided to put in some research and plan my forthcoming purchases for January and February. Looking at the trends that will shape this year, I can decide which of them are the best options for my budget. While my resolutions for the new year made clear that I would not spend extravagantly on individual items (instead preferring to invest in experiences like travel), I think that evaluating new trends will allow me to then look for knock-off versions of these items and save money with style. So, with that, I will explore my favorite trends of the upcoming year, head to toe.

Some music to accompany the trends: Rilo Kiley, It’s a Hit

Hair

The Fringe

The Fringe

Made popular by the other sex in 2008, the fringe has now come to men. Granted I had seen it atop New York hipsters’ heads for much of the fall season, it has now arrived in full force for the rest of us. And I think it is a very smart and useful choice for men. Keeping the sides and back relatively short is wise for upkeep: it will not grow out too fast and is favorable for those who shower at night and do not want to find bed-heads in the morning. Assuming the top is cut with care, blending nicely into the sides and nearly meeting the brow, it can frame a face wonderfully, while looking youthful and classic. With a necessary part on the side for longer styles, it provides an older look that matches other clothing trends of the year.

The Slick-Back

The Slick-Back

The slick-back is hardly new (and, in fact, resembles much of my own style this past year…at least when I actually styled it). It harkens back to the 1930’s and automatically showcases one’s face and bone structure. Those without a strong jawline and beautiful skin and eyes beware! It is very professional and can be worn with anything. Again, the part is key here, as well as the height of hair. No one wants to look like a shiny-headed alien.

Tops

Colorful Prints

Colorful Prints

One trend that I have previously acknowledged in lately-written entry within the Gucci spring collection was the elaborately-printed shirt. Though this particular top has a tunic form, it features a relatively typical structure that allows for the loud pattern and color. Prints like this must have a strong collar and restrictive form to work. There are lots of options available for accessories and layering with shirts in this style.

Outerwear

Stussy Outerwear

Stussy Outerwear

Though most recommend the return of the windbreaker for this spring, I would like to plug this fantastic winter coat that I just discovered by Stussy. I realize it is not practical for the spring, but I found it lovely. The tailored form detracts from the oversized plaid pattern and makes the bulky material seem more flexible. Breast pockets can be troublesome, especially in this material, but the tailoring again takes away from them. I like it. Maybe next year?

Suits

Suits by Tom Ford

Suits by Tom Ford

What I like about the suits above is the cut, which brings back images of the 1930’s with patterns of a much older variety. Featuring wide shoulders, slim waists, and a skinny pant, this cut accentuates more classic shapes of the male body, avoiding the super-skinny trend that has plagued fashion for the past two years. The traditional patterns utilized in these suits gives the still-thin material some visual weight, making the wearer seem a little bulkier in a positive way. And yet, the suit itself is lighter and easier to move within. It is a smart look in more than one way.

Bottoms

Cuffed Shorts

Cuffed Shorts

I have been working on this look for two years while in the city, so I am glad to see it break through and hit the mainstream. It is preppy yet relaxed. It suggests to me ideas of Martha’s Vineyard and New England vacations back in the day. Hitting just above the knee, it shows off the male leg, especially when there are sockless shoes involved. It is sexy and fun with a touch of formality. I can easily see this paired with a white button-down for a more formal look.

Land's End Chino

Land's End Chino

What can I say about these chinos by Land’s End. They are cheap, lightweight, and colored right for spring. With an original fit, they reach back to classic cuts with a nod to tight-fitting skinny pants that have been favored lately. Beautiful.

Shoes

So-called "Mocs"

So-called "Mocs"

As opposed to the personally reviled perforated shoes, these “mocs” are hot. Very spring, very Vineyard, very useful. These can work well with the Polo and pant set that is often found at yaught clubs across the northeast. But they also look great with the more hip cuffed-short set, who refuse to wear socks.

Accessory of Choice

Hermes Wallet

Hermes Wallet

I adore wallets of this variety because they are absolutely an accessory. Where bi-fold/tri-fold wallets go into your back pocket and are largely squished and forgotten, these are to be placed in your carrier and stared at when you remove it to pay for something. This piece by Hermes costs a ridiculous $1800. But many quality replicas can be found for a much more reasonable price (perhaps even obtained second-hand). These are too elegant and aesthetically-pleasing to pass up.

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