Seems like 2014 was definitely a fashionable year.
2014 has seen quite a number of menswear fashion trends whether it was good or bad, it was definitely a memorable year for menswear. With that, we here at PAUSE have listed our 10 Trends we loved in 2014 before we embark on 2015 with more exciting fashion trends.
1) Fedora hats
One man is to be thanked for the sudden trend of fedora hats infiltrating every guy’s wardrobe and has become a must-have. Pharrell Williams single handedly made the fedora hat a menswear phenomenon since wearing his Vintage Vivienne Westwood Brown Fedora hat at the Grammy’s and at every other public appearance, since then almost every guy on the street is having one on their head. The fedora was a staple accessory in 2014 and was easy to be paired with any outfit either casual or formal and was definitely a statement accessory piece for 2014.
2) Trousers and trainers
This trend is a simple mix of practicality with smart casual. Pairing your favourite pair of sneakers with a suit or a nice tailored pair of pants can be seen in every street style out there. It’s not that you don’t care much about your footwear but breaking the rigidness of a serious looking ensemble such as a suit or trousers with a pair of sneakers makes it more casual and alot more approachable, plus let’s not forget comfier as well.
3) Long overcoats
One of the biggest winter trends in 2014 were long overcoats from the classic camel, navy, black and greys to other more statement coats in cool colours and distinctive designs. Overcoats are perfect outerwears during the cold as they not only keep you warm but it will also help you go from either smart or casual, making this piece of winter clothing a versatile one.
4) Socks and slides
It seems that 2014 is all about comfort and making it somewhat fashionable at the same time. After seeing socks and slides on the runways, we saw them on countless of celebrities and on streetstyle blogs making it the go to footwear style for something different, easy to put on and more comfortable at the same time.
5) Slip ons
Other than sneakers and the unlikely pairings of socks and slides, we have the trusty slip ons for an easy go to casual footwear that has taken the fashion scene by storm with numerous high end designers such as Givenchy to have a range of luxury slip on and of course there are the Vans one which has become the perfect comfy footwear for work and play.
6) Ripped Jeans
Skinny ripped jeans seems to have dominated streetstyle for their effortlessly cool style that gives you that certain bad boy look with an edge as seen on the likes of Harry Styles. Showing off your knees seems to be the in thing in 2014, and having the rips strategically placed so it makes it fashion rather than homeless was the in thing for 2014 as it gives an easy carefree style but with a rock-n-roll attitude.
The scuba and surfing material has become a fashion trend in 2014 thanks to Alexander Wang’s H&M collaboration that consisted of neoprene pieces. Other designers have also been making the fabric into a fashion statement piece. It has become from a sportwear material to a more wearable one with luxury brands and high street brands incorporating neoprene texture into their pieces from sweaters, t-shirts and outerwears.
8) Sport meets high street
Sportswear was huge in 2014 and will still be. It was interpreted in all forms from casual and formalwear. Sportswear has become a form of style that posses functionality and versatility. High-street has been influenced by sportswear in 2014 making menswear more wearable and easier to pull off.
9) Extended-length t-shirt
The extended-length t-shirt with their oversized look is becoming a staple for those streetstyle lovers and has changed the silhouette of the man for a more relaxed fit. The long length t-short seems to be a very versatile piece as well as leaving those boring basic t-shirts behind.
There have been so many collaborations with celebrities and brands as well as brands with other brands that it’s becoming so hard to even keep up with who is doing what with who and what is being done. Pharrell seems to have collaborated with almost everyone and there have been some unlikely pairing that nobody thought would happen , from the announcement of Rihanna collaborating with PUMA, Alexander Wang’s H&M collaboration and various high-street and luxury brands teaming up with all kinds of designers and celebrities. It’s all about the buzz and it is the exclusivity that seems to sell in 2014.