Darren Kennedy: Hang loose for a more comfortable menswear look
The shape of things to come in menswear...
Generous, billowing fabrics, oversized shapes and an altogether more comfortable approach to dressing are slowly starting to dominate menswear, which has undergone something of a renaissance in recent seasons. Form-fitting and tailored pieces have been replaced by a more relaxed, loose-fitting sartorial offering for SS17.
Taking inspiration from Scandinavian minimalism and Japanese streetwear, designers such as Balenciaga, Vetements, Jil Sander, and Wooyoungmi have all embraced volume in their most recent collections - while Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo have long been pioneers of the trend. This look is all about balancing proportions, as less is definitely more.
A perfect entry point into this style is the oversized cropped trouser (choose a pair with pleats for extra comfort), which COS has excelled at this season. Keep it simple and pair the trousers with a drop-shoulder tee tucked in to emphasise your waist, adding a definitive shape to offset the loose-fitting garments. If you're opting for an oversized shirt or tee, keep everything else streamlined to avoid being drowned in fabric.
Elegant, sassy and sophisticated, Kerry Washington, above, is picture perfect in this figure-flattering Roksanda jumpsuit. A tuxedo-style satin trim along the neckline and trousers adds texture, while this season’s billowing, oversized sleeve gives a subtle sense of drama.
ONE FOR THE BOYS
Have you ever noticed that your hands are prone to drying out more rapidly than the rest of your body? According to boffins, this is because hands have a lack of sebaceous glands, which help protect skin from the elements. The solution is to moisturise early and often using a fast-absorbing lotion that doesn’t leave grease stains on your clothes. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Mains, made from thermal water, creates a reinforcing barrier on your skin.
Using a breakthrough formula containing 4pc niacinamide and 30pc glycerine, it offers glove-like nourishment and protection to soothe and hydrate dry hands.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Mains, €7.50 (50ml), pharmacies nationwide
If you’re not willing to go full loosey-goosey but still want to give a nod to this season’s voluminous proportions, then the overshirt — inspired by utilitarian workwear — is a subtle way to embrace the new silhouette.