10 of the hottest trends spotted at VAMFF

If this year's VAMFF is a sign of street style to come this winter, get ready to don your '90s dad sneakers for another round, embrace a long sleeve polo, crank up your dare factor with a single sleeve knit and opt for pants with contrast lining to make rolling them up all the more fun.

It's the finer things in life that make menswear that little more daring this winter. In this case it's a luxury remake of the utilitarian chore jacket (a piece of outerwear deliberately designed to hold tools for the odd job around the home) with a crankin' Melbourne aesthetic.

Odd jobs

Designed by 2019 National Designer Award Christian Kimber, the cotton jacket works for city slicker or country wannabe. (Incidentally this season's look was inspired by Kimber's trip to the countryside in Healesville.)

"The chore jacket is based off an old French style, but we've deconstructed it with a little pocket. The style has been around for a long time, but it's about giving it a modern makeover, something that's still very casual and classic for an Australian male," says Kimber.

"It's also the time to embrace the drawstring trouser or a printed floral shirt."

The polo shirt, a go to for lads who enjoy a more laid back style, is also back but with long sleeves.

"The polo returns in a bolder way too. It's about trying to create an Australian menswear look, borrowing from the sartorial past of British culture and using those silhouettes to re-create a more casual version for the Aussie man," he says.

Outer work

According to freelance creative director Jeremy Hershan, formerly at the helm of R.M. Williams for three years, this winter sees a return to outdoor outerwear and military salutations.

"I am excited by the mix of outerwear like North Face, LL Bean, Patagonia and pairing this with military workwear, denim and sweats," says Sydney-based Hershan.
"I think this clash of influences is far more interesting that strictly adhering to one look. Mixing vintage with contemporary pieces is a great way to add depth to your outfit," he says.


The details

Chris Ran Lin, known for his edgy knitwear, nods to all things avant-garde this winter – some hero looks for the season include statement overcoats in bright orange, a grey woollen one arm sleeve knit for a quirky take on warmth, double breasted suits cut large and wide for a new take on the 1940s and bias-cut turtleneck sweater that fuses indie slacker with university professor; in an anything but ordinary grey knit.

And when it comes to footwear there's Birkenstock with suits for rule breakers, Doc Martens to fire up your inner anarchist and loafers for the gent who turns to Europe for ultimate persuasion. The dad sneaker and its bouncy soul will be hitting the pavements again this winter – giving blokes extra height at the very least.

Check out the gallery above to see what we'll be rocking this month.