9 Style Tips from Men's Fashion Week

Last week was New York Fashion Week: Men's, and simultaneously one of the most inspiring weeks I've had in the Big Apple. In a world where so many of us interact with each other via social media and blogs, it was humbling to meet fashion-focused people from around the country who encourage me to push the boundaries of my own style. From the frivolous notes I took on my phone's notepad during last week's festivities, I've compiled a list of 9 takeaway trends from NYFWM—trends that were either inspired by blogger streetwear or the presentations themselves. 

1. Statement Coats

Since the groundhog saw his shadow and we're sentenced to another 6 weeks of winter, I'm eternally grateful that coats were one of the biggest statements of fashion week. Common threads among outerwear from last week were dramatic silhouettes and equally dramatic colors. Over the course of NYFWM, I debuted a couple of the latest additions to my own coat collection. Below, I am wearing the Pixie Coat - Red from I.AM.GIA. Oversized pouch pockets, shearling style and a brilliant red make this coat one of my favorite pieces of the moment. 


2. Heavy Metallics

Tom Ford and Jeremy Scott showed us that we can count on bold metallics. My current shopping priority is now finding the right piece to incorporate the trend into my spring wardrobe.

3. Color Blocking

Spring is often the season where people naturally shift from darker-toned winter clothes to more colorful alternatives. The shift was evident last week, as many shows incorporated color blocking into their shows with loud, primary colors. Perry Ellis showed us pops of red, Abasi Rosborough showed us bright blues, and Todd Snyder showed us mellowed yellows.

Below, I am pairing my own blues with a mock-neck jumper and jacket from COS and sunglasses from ASOS.


4. Contrast Stitching

This fashion week was bold down to the details. Simple yet elevating, one of my favorite details was white-stitched hems on dark clothing.

5. Corduroy

Todd Snyder combined muted color palettes and corduroy to create a retro aesthetic reminiscent of the '80s. The show's vintage hues made for one of the dreamiest collections of NYFWM.


6. Cropped Trousers

Cropped trousers—often pleated and paired with socks—were practically omnipresent. Wearing cropped trousers with revealed socks creates a heightened sense of layering that can be incorporated with either casual or more formal looks. 

7. Chunky Sneakers

The most notable trend in blogger streetwear was chunky sneakers. My favorites of the week were, of course, the Balenciaga Triple S Trainers, the Gucci Rhyton Sneakers and the Nike Air Max 97. Below, I am wearing my own pair of chunky white sneakers from Dior. 


8. Turtlenecks

Perry Ellis and Todd Snyder both used turtlenecks as an essential base layer for building their looks. The high neckline of turtlenecks has a polished appeal and pairs nicely under a sweater, jacket or, as seen in the shows, a loose-fitting button up.

9. Plaid Accents

Ovadia and Sons presented an exciting collection, which included several garments detailed with pops of plaid. Below, I am wearing my own plaid-accented creepers to balance out a top-heavy outfit. 


Thank you for following my fashion week journey! Let me know which of these 10 trends are your favorite in the comments below, and, in case you missed it, make sure to catch up on how I kept my skin healthy during the eventful week!

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