It's the end of menswear as we know it and we should be celebrating

Menswear has come to a fascinating juncture.

In many ways, the outdated notion of "proper masculine" clothing has, thankfully, been thrown out the window.

Bespoke tailoring is comfortably worn with the latest sneakers, how things fit is relative and the very definition of a suit has been challenged and broken down into its parts.

What we're left with is a mash-up of the best bits that gives men the freedom to make their own rules when it comes to curating a wardrobe.

The Gucci effect

Call it the Gucci effect. Under the guiding hand of Alessandro Michele, the "more is more" aesthetic has taken root and exploded to become the biggest trend in menswear.

Accessories, layers, patterns and colourways, and if it clashes or jars the eye even better.

Michele's vision of no-holds-barred fashion feasting speaks directly to a generation of consumers who are hungry for a money shot – one in which they're the main stars.

Change from the ground up

One of the most momentous shifts has been the recognition of street style. Specifically, the world of sneakers.

While brogues and loafers still have their place, the slow progression of sneakers as acceptable office attire is an acknowledgement of how fashion trends operate (from the bottom up, both literally and figuratively) while creating a more "comfort first" approach to style. And if they look pre-owned a la Gucci's most recent drop? All the better.

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Embrace the details

The new menswear is now all about the details. And lots of them.

Got the perfect suit? Great. Now a add brown and white striped jumper beneath it that goes entirely against your better judgment. Or even a rugged-up rugby shirt from Mr Porter's own label, Mr P. Alternatively, sport a pair of trumped up hiking-inspired shoes in favour of traditional lace-up oxfords.

If there is a hint of it being mismatched, you're on the right track.

Golden era style

We've also, finally, seen the release of tight-fitting in favour of flowing, more comfort-focused cuts akin to the fits of the '40s.

The majority of menswear has embraced what could be better described as the Italian fit. A looser leg, relaxed shirting and overall draping effect that has the look and feel of Hollywood's golden era. And much of the same colour palette too, with browns and neutrals being paired with brighter shades of green and berry.

It's from here that Mr P has taken their inspiration, straight from the celebrity-glittered pool parties of Palm Springs. Floral printed shirts, loafers and cropped trousers could have been the uniform of off-duty actors Rock Hudson and Robert Wagner while Elizabeth Taylor sunbakes in the background.

Over-the-top

If you've left the house without at least one incidental accessory, are you even dressed? That's the standard we've reached as brands cash in on the growing interest men have with their accessories.

And this doesn't mean your watch. This is about add-ons you grab for effect. Prada's ID badge, Jacquemus' mini wallets, Gucci belt chains. Louis Vuitton's harness, rocked by Timothée Chalamet and Terry Crews, has become its own celebrity.

If you're willing to step outside of your comfort zone, the choice is endless to find someway to give your wardrobe a finishing touch that can transform the simple to the outstanding.

Why it matters

While some lament the loss of "traditional" menswear, there's far more reasons to celebrate our liberation from proscribed style.

For starters, men are encouraged to branch out from suits in trustworthy shades of grey and blue and go for something far more interesting such as browns and aquas. Then there's the endless ways they can be embellished. Not fond of the tie? Wear a brooch instead.

Men can finally have a little fun with their clothes.

For the first time, thanks to fashion, the phrase everyone is an individual might actually make sense.

Check out the gallery above to see how you can rock the more is more angle.

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