There were a few key themes that ran throughout this year’s SS20 Paris Fashion Week, and relaxed tailoring was unquestionably one of them. The return of tailoring has been a hot topic at Highsnobiety for a while now but it was on this year’s runway that the trend was truly palpable.
UNDERCOVER’s SS20 show saw the brand step candidly away from streetwear, showcasing dark formal pieces and plenty of open necklines. Tailored trousers lined up against graphic textiles and oversized shirts in a laidback but sophisticated approach to dressing smart.
At Kim Jones and Daniel Arsham’s Dior show, we were treated to a masterclass in tailoring; a particular highlight being the loose fitting blazers, coupled with turtle necks and chrome shirts.
With fashion houses and streetwear brands alike following suit, this trend is not to be ignored. For those that want to get ahead of next summer’s look, we’ve picked out some choice pieces that will help you do formal more informally.
Gone are the days when blazer choice meant black, grey or blue. As we saw during the PFW shows, the more avant-garde top piece can be a good place to start when it comes to relaxed tailoring. Dries Van Outen has the out-there covered with a geometric piece with peaked lapel collar. A more utilitarian selection from Bonne Suits features an adjustable belt, to help you find your perfect fit.
We’ve seen shirts that give a little more leeway make a big comeback over recent months, and the camp collar is certainly here to stay. This short-sleeve poplin shirt from St-Henri, available exclusively at SSENSE, is a prime example of a more generous cut.
Relaxed tailoring is all about the meeting of comfort and style, and this is key in the pants department. Ashley Mark Hovelle’s waffle trousers embody this softer (literally) approach to menswear, in a waffle pique fabric that allows better airflow.
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