The 'shacket' and other men's spring style trends

We're only mid-way through 2015, but spring/summer 2016 is definitely a current affair, with runway shows held in London, Paris and Milan in recent weeks.

After analysing the collections, here are five of the key menswear trends to take on right now. In this fast-paced, give-it-to-me world, there's no need to wait.

1. Go wide

Spring fashion trends.

Ditch your stovepipe skinnies (if you haven't already) for a pair of wide-leg jeans. But before images of washed-up '90s, shapeless denim enters your mind, know that next season's wider variety has a more tailored look about it.

There's a trouser structure to the jean, in a hefty, raw denim with little-to-no distressing. Meanwhile, a cropped pant leg ensures there's no unnecessary bagginess bunching at the ankle and covering the shoe.

Brands doing it: Fendi, E.Tautz, JW Anderson and Topman.

2. Gender-bender

Spring fashion trends.

There's a gender-bending trend creeping into men's collections of late with several designers crossing feminine and masculine lines.

While skirts or blouses aren't exactly going to be a men's fashion trend, what is surging forward is the notion of delicate fabrics typically reserved for womenswear.


A way to adopt this subtly is via small details, such as lace pocket squares or silk, robe-inspired outerwear. Both add textural interest, the former being perfect for a garden party ambience tucked into the pocket of a pastel blazer. Velvet is another fabric trend, giving depth to a dinner jacket with satin lapels.

Meanwhile, florals – while not so revolutionary for spring – are becoming more concentrated and colourful on shirting, as well as vintage and large, almost like boisterous wallpaper.

A 'genderless' piece only works when the rest of your outfit is masculine – so don't wear floral prints, lace or velvet in one, complete. Break it up a bit.

Brands doing it: Gucci, Burberry, Craig Green.

3. Pocket it

Spring fashion trends.

Large pockets are being plonked on the outside of coats and jackets as they would on shirts. The term 'shacket' (a shirt jacket) is worth getting used to, given fashion types will be throwing it around quite a bit.

The best way to describe this pocket craze is 'desert explorer'; function that is stylish, while giving back a uniform utilitarianism – this isn't exactly a new trend, but it's more classic masculinity than seasonal must-have.

Brands doing it: Belstaff, KTZ and Balmain.

4. Green brigade

Spring fashion trends.

A playful teal is a key colour in the green brigade, as is crayon green and bottle green. Then, there's the more sombre olive and khaki. Spring 2016 has indeed enlisted a green army (with army green on board too) and suiting, chinos and outerwear are the main recruits.

Olive tailoring looks sharp and work ready, and is a nice alternative to navy, while a bottle trench is a stylish version of the military-derived coat. A little afraid of the green machine? Opt for a green silk tie or pocket square to colour-up a spring blazer or go for suede green brogues for a dandy spring shoe.

Brands doing it: Ann Demeulemeester, Berluti and Richard James.

5. Lightweight layering

Spring fashion trends.

Yes, layers. In summer. While the concept is ingrained in winter, layering lightly is the biggest trend to hit 2016. 

As the workplace becomes less formal, try layering utility jackets over suits, or light overcoats over blazers. It's practical and stylish and adds flowy dimensions to your look. 

For off-duty, take a windbreaker and layer over a tee under an open button-down; paired with tailored shorts or light cotton Bermudas. Take off the jacket as the temperature soars throughout the day, replacing it again at night.

Brands doing it: Lou Dalton, Y-3 and Hardy Amies.

This article first appeared in D'Marge.