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Join us and gaze into the crystal ball that predicts the best men’s fashion trends for 2023. it’s never too early to look into the future, right? What will you find when considering the latest and greatest for *gulp* this next year? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.
Plenty of your favorite designers and brands are already charting their course for next spring, be it through a sneak peek on fashion show runways or showing off current fall collections packed with Easter eggs for future men’s fashion trends. In a few words, there’s no one defining style for 2023 in the menswear world, but plenty of diverse ways to amp up your wardrobe in a unique way—that goes for fans of athleisure, Western wear and workwear, too. In one sweeping trend, supersized silhouettes are making going-out wear as comfortable as joggers. We also love the resurgence of ’80s and ’90s collections that brands are bringing back for more fun the second time around.
By the time the new year hits, you’ll be well on your way to shopping the top men’s trends, if you start planning ahead early and often. Without further ado, these are the 2023 men’s fashion trends we’re loving already.
1. Get Ready to Relax
Tailoring Loosens Up
The past decade-plus brought about a sea change in men’s suiting, there’s no denying it. If you kept a weather eye out, you often came across razor-sharp, super-slim suits everywhere from Thom Browne to J. Crew.
Next year though, things are loosening up ever-so-slightly for next year (if collections from the likes of designer Willy Chavarria are any indication, for example). So, think fits with more room to move—remember that more relaxed clothes can still be tailored to the proper length while following acceptable menswear rules.
Think back to old-school suits of the ’40s and ’50s—silhouettes were more relaxed but weren’t baggy or sloppy. Much the same appears to be on the horizon for 2023.
Ludlow Classic-Fit Dinner Jacket
This plaid jacket gives a traditional blazer a preppy twist. Don’t be afraid to size up and layer it over a denim shirt (as pictured) or a sweater.
Wool Blend Suit Jacket
A simple oversized blazer will always look cool when paired with jeans and dress shoes. For the colder months, layer it over a turtleneck and then switch to a t-shirt when things start to warm up.
2. Retro Reigns Supreme
Say Hello to the ‘80s and ‘90s
Fashion is cyclical, often to the extreme, and if it’s jarring to think about styles from the ‘90s being mined for trend inspiration, join the club. Big-name long-running brands like L.L. Bean—a company as popular now as it’s ever been – already welcomed back the 1990s with archive collections last year, and those throwback styles aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
What can you expect? Among other things, be on the lookout for color-blocked designs in vivid shades, just like your mom wore to take you to the park way back in the day. That goes for everything from outerwear to sportswear, like Ralph Lauren’s iconic (and very much en vogue) logo polo shirt. And that’s another thing: Logos are back in a big way, and the more visible, the better.
Quiksilver x Stranger Things The Hawkins Jacket
This Quiksilver jacket came straight from the brand’s 1986 archive so it’s as authentic as it gets. You may even notice that it made an appearance in the latest season of Stranger Things since the show worked directly with Quiksilver.
These aviator sunglasses were inspired by retro 80’s surf style and bring all the vintage feels with the benefit of modern polarized lenses.
3. Saddle Up With Western Wear
Go Back to the Wild West In 2023
To go forwards in matters of style, you’ve got to go back – and you don’t need a Delorean to do it. As with the rugged #menswear revival of the mid-aughts, styles that merge functionality and toughness are roaring back in a big way – and none moreso than Western wear.
Perhaps you’ve seen Western wear on the likes of Phoebe Bridgers – it’s a style that can work for just about anyone, whether you prefer an ornately stitched shirt or some hard-wearing Western boots. The style is pleasantly retro, from another era and yet perfectly suited to today’s more casual standards of dressing.
Put it this way: When you want a change of pace from an Oxford shirt or a lightweight spring chambray shirt, an eye-catching shirt with characteristic Western snaps and stitching is an on-trend move to try out.
Heritage Denim Chore Jacket
This Banana Republic jacket has a Western undertone without feeling too thematic. I love how the pockets and cuffs are even lined with corduroy detailing.
Rambler Phoenix Western Boot
It’s time to ditch the Chelsea boots and opt for a Western boot instead. These will add a little country flair to any outfit.
4. What’s Old Is New
Bigger Is Better In the World of Men’s Pants
If you’ve spent any time online in the past month or so, perhaps you heard a buzzing in the distance, the chatter of the much-hyped (and very cool) “return” of J. Crew under new creative director Brendon Babenzien.
While one collection from one brand is but a taste of what’s to come, there was one item in particular from J. Crew’s fall collection that sent #menswear Twitter into a frenzy: The J. Crew Giant Chino, the brand’s widest fit and an homage to the ’90s.
Notably, while slim or slim-straight pants are nearly always flattering on many guys, more relaxed styles in the pants department are having a major moment.
Again, think relaxed but don’t go baggy or sloppy—take your proper pant size, pair them with some footwear that delivers some bulk (chunky loafers or combat boots, anyone?) and be prepared to field more than a few compliments and questions about this new (old) breed of pants.
Giant-Fit Chino Pant
Whether you go for khaki, green, navy or black, you can’t go wrong with the J. Crew giant chinos. Chances are, once you try them you’ll want to get them in multiple colors.
Utilitech Pull-On Relaxed-Fit Pant
Lululemon is one of the best places to buy workout gear but did you know it’s also one of the best places to buy everyday pants? This pair of wide-leg pants are guaranteed to be durable and comfortable.
5. Performance Meets Style
Anything Goes with Athleisure in 2023
Stop us if you’ve heard this one (or something like it) before: Between the pandemic and a massive shift to working from home, casual performance menswear took center stage in 2020, and 2021, and 2022. And yes, as far as men’s fashion trends for 2023 are concerned, those performance menswear picks aren’t going anywhere.
Perhaps you find yourself now wearing a crewneck sweatshirt or a stretch merino tee on the daily — at home on Zoom or back in the office from time to time. And perhaps you’ve foregone dress trousers in favor of stretch chino pants with a concealed drawstring waistband (belt no longer required).
Mainstream brands like Public Rec and upscale trendsetters like the famed John Elliott are going beyond the gym in a big way in that regard, but no one will be any the wiser that you’re actually insanely comfortable, not stuffed into pre-pandemic-era dress pants.
Cascade Tech Chino Pant
If you haven’t already bought a pair of Vuori pants, you definitely should. Each pair is designed for daily wear and sporty activities so you’ll find pants that balance being fashionable and functional.
The Track Crewneck Sweatshirt
If your sweatshirt has fraternity letters, holes, stains or frayed edges then it’s clearly been well-loved and also clearly shouldn’t be worn outside the house. A crewneck sweatshirt (stain free) is totally stylish to wear out and about. I love this one from Everlane.
6. Hop into Hybrid
Crossover Shoes Blur The Line Between Dressy and Casual
It used to be, shoes were clearly separated into easily identifiable categories. Dress shoes, work boots, athletic sneakers, perhaps casual sneakers, all easy to define, right? But when something in the menswear tides shifts and then continues to stick around, it’s definitely a trend worth noting and wearing as one of the best 2023 men’s fashion trends, naturally.
What do we mean by that? Well, where once you had your favorite pair of sneakers and a separate, favorite pair of boots, for instance, those styles are now being mashed up in ever-more impressive ways.
Call them “sneaker boots” or “hybrid shoes,” but whether it’s Cole Haan infusing dress shoes with athletic technology or Loewe making some insanely cool hiking sneakers, it’s never been easier to find shoes that sit in the middle of two opposites sides of a footwear Venn diagram.
There’s still a time and a place for classic sneakers and lace-up boots, to be sure, but if you want to put some spring in your step—all the while wearing kicks that team nicely with those new joggers—then hybrid footwear should be your go-to move for 2023.
American Classics Plain Toe Boot
This pair of Cole Haan boots are the perfect example of a hybrid shoe. The tread has a sporty sneaker-like design while the rest of the boot looks dressy. These work for the office just as well as weekend outings.
Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66
I would consider these shoes dress sneakers. With the leather body and suede toe wrap, they are too formal to wear to the gym (and probably wouldn’t provide much support) but they’re nice enough to wear in a work setting or for long walks in the city.