Despite recent musings we really and truly are fans of men's fashion. We know it ain't easy to reinvent the suit season after season, that's why we salute all the designers that managed to turn out some fresh man threads, despite the industry's natural penchant for either going too staid or just too crazy. Falling somewhere in the middle are seven looks we totally love: The return of pocket-watches, baggy, slouchy, and--gasp!--pleated trousers, and, wait for it, big big florals (in small doses, of course).
1. The Return of the Pocket-Watch--Now that watches seem to be going by the wayside, the simple chain and pocket version has a really elegant old-man appeal.
Above, from left: Emporio Armani; Z Zegna; Emporio Armani.
2. The Vest Blazer--This only works and looks fantastic layered over something long-sleeved. Think of it as a sharper version of the sweater vest.
Above, from left: Alexis Mabille; Lanvin; Dior Homme.
3. The Ska Suit—Not too skinny, not too slouchy, a little cropped. Just right.
Above, from left: All Moschino.
4. Backpacks—They're not just for kids anymore, especially if they have a worn-in vintage look to them.
Above, from left: Lanvin; Burberry Prorsum; Lanvin.
5. The Bold Floral—Don't laugh! These big graphic florals definitely require confidence but give us a man who can pair a floral blazer with a pair of old jeans and, well, we're in love.
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6. Ultra Relaxed Pants—Why should the ladies get all the extra room in their bottoms? With a great drape and a little roll at the bottom, any guy is going places in these.
Above, from left: C.P. Company; Gianfranco Ferre; Moschino
7. Monochromatic Suits—Okay, so maybe bright tangerine kind of scares you. Maybe yours will be more a dusty lilac. Either way, the interesting idea here is that uniform pop of color.
Above, from left: Bottega Veneta; Moschino; Calvin Klein.