As 2016 unfolds, many of us have already given up on our resolutions to lose 10 pounds. Humans are creatures of habit, and if exercising every day for 3 hours wasn’t already a habit, it’s likely not going to be a big part of your new year. Although we might not be sporting new bodies anytime soon, we can still change our appearances. That’s one of the best parts about fashion—you can be all kinds of different people all wrapped into one body.
And when it comes to the new year, why not take your style to the next level and try some of the biggest trends for 2016? You don’t have to wear all of them, but trying a look that you normally wouldn’t is a great way to start feeling like you’re a different person. So forget the gym and try on these trends for size… You won’t be disappointed in your mirror’s reflection.
Burgundy and Brown
These dark and burnt hues are big on the menswear scene this year. Vogue chronicled these colors’ comebacks: “Brown and its many shades are making a remarkable comeback and dusting off their fusty image, with burgundy emerging as the color of the season.” Models on runways were seen sporting brown in the form of mid-length coats with unassuming lapels, and burgundy as monochromatic suits and trouser pairings.
While this year will prove to be very experimental for men’s fashion—including the shoes—the overwhelming footwear trend that will prevail over the quirky, risky types is a classy, dressed up leather shoe. Leather styles were reworked to fit both the eclectic and modest crowds, but it’s certain that the dapper shoe trend has certainly put its best foot forward. Fashion destination Lyst advises that you “smarten up your act with super slick brogue, Oxfords and Derbies, or suede desert boots, classic loafers and reworked Chelsea boots.” It doesn’t sound like a bad idea, now does it?
Long-gone are the days of the circa-2000 baggy jean shorts hitting at the ankles. Instead, it seems that hemlines continue to creep north. And while some guys are still adamant on keeping their thighs hidden, more and more men are beginning to get comfortable with the idea of showing off their legs. As Forbes reported at the Prada Spring 2016 show in Milan, the short shorts seen on the catwalk “will definitely have a life after the runway.” And when sizzling summer temperatures take over, who wouldn’t want a little more breathing room?
In the accessory game for 2016, guys are getting extremely comfortable with expressing themselves via fashion items. It’s a very fun year for fashion, because almost anything is celebrated as artistic freedom. WWD said it themselves: “From underwater-creature prints and alien heads to rabbit-shaped carryalls, the men’s accessories market again proves that the sky is not the limit for head-turning novelty.” So take your liberties and wear them on your backs—knapsacks with eye-catching (and sometimes alarming) prints are all the rage.