Musing on the Post-Pandemic Future of Menswear

As we start to see a glimpse of a post-pandemic world, one has to wonder what the future of menswear will look like! It may not be #menswear, but perhaps something that mixes slouchy tailoring with streetwear, gorp, neo-ivy/prep, and a bunch of Seinfeld-meets-Sopranos.

I still haven’t seen either of those shows.

I’m going to start this off by saying that I really have no thunder on any of this. I don’t work directly in the industry anymore and my peers and followers represent a niche’s niche of the classic menswear world, so please take what we say with a grain of salt. In fact, I think that I’m much more coherent in the podcast episode, so please listen below before reading this essay.

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Above is my best approximation of where I think menswear is going. It’s got a sportcoat, but worn without a tie. There’s a button-down collar, but it’s in a bold stripe. A fair isle sweater is here, on a light tonal match to the rest of the pieces, providing a slight ivy-trad nod. Instead of chinos, there’s vintage light wash Levis. And then to cap the ends, we have dark shell shoes (which feel chunky) and a cap from a “merch” brand. It’s a bit prep, a bit Fashion, a bit modern, a bit vintage, a bit NYC/TF and entirely menswear. And I dig it.

The future of menswear is a tricky thing. As I say in the podcast, the world of classic clothing has been “dying” ever since the Golden Era itself. The rise of tailored “sportswear” meant less suiting. Jeans and chinos replaced trousers. Tee shirts lead to less dress shirts being made. Not only have certain garments been less popular, but details too. For example, high rise has become a thing for trendy designers or the hardcore tailoring crowd (I guess vintage milsurp/workwear too). In short, classic menswear has always been losing popularity.

I’m unperturbed because I’m coming at this from a specific consumer side who has never made a lot of money and has a history in buying vintage. Call me maudlin or pessimistic if you like, but I’ve long recognized that my niche taste is not enough to save menswear or have any buying power- it’s why I write about my personal taste and aesthetics rather than trends or straight recommendations. I’m always going to be dressing different, even if menswear dies. Perhaps that’s why custom is so important, as I’ve told many vintage people who are worried that the stock of great, cool-detailed menswear is going to run out.

In the wider world however, I think that we all knew that menswear was dying. The tie itself will probably be the first to fully die, as many (like Kiyoshi) have noted. I believe that the pandemic has exacerbated that, what with people sticking to sweatpants for daily wear and “Zoom Shirts” worn only for waist-up teleconferencing. It seemed that office wear, the last gobbler for classic menswear in the mainstream, was finally knifed in the heart. The pandemic seemed to be the real death blow after offices across the world have reported loosening their dress codes in recent years. I actually find that as a positive, as I hate the idea of a dress code; however, its apparent that not many people choose to dress in classic clothing if left to their own devices. That wasn’t me.

Despite a few days out of the week dedicated to PJs (sometimes I stay up too late playing video games), I actually never fell into the pandemic trap. In fact, my casual attire (typically reserved for events or bars) took a back seat as I kept my tailoring habit on. It wasn’t borne out of spite for the pandemic nor was it an influencer’s desire for content, but simply proof that I genuinely loved tailoring. The Patreon Discord and the SaDHead Saturday feature is proof that others retained their passion. In fact, I think I’ve spent more money on clothes (and shoes) during the pandemic than I did before; you can probably blame a new job and WFH (no gas!) for that.

That last part points to one major thing I’ve seen in the pandemic: the “resurgence” of menswear. It’s a general term that I think is brought around by a couple of things I detailed in the podcast that I think can be traced to the “post-sneaker world”, a TF reference to the over-saturation of sneakers and collaboration/hype culture. This results in two things: guys deciding to opt out of the latest “trends” and fashion becoming a little bit tired of chasing what’s new. What’s the solution? Classic clothing (hence the bit loafer in the High Snobiety article). After all, Fear of God did put out a seemingly prep-inspired collection last year.

There’s even the spike in archival fashion, which is probably the ultimate “fuck you” to constant stream of new collabs and releases. Enthusiasts now look for older season things, which as we know still are affected by hype and scarcity, just in a different way. Brands now are either getting in on this resale business or are re-releasing old designs to keep up with his demand for nostalgia. It’s almost as if the wider fashion world is getting much more “indie” and appreciating buying vintage or pre-owned garments; I’m not sure if its at all prompted by the environment impact of new fashion or being “woke” about consumerism, but I’m sure it helps (though the market is quite expensive). I’m quite curious to see if the classic menswear world will get in on this. I can tell you that I’d pay good decent money to get my hands on the Drake’s ties I first fell in love with back in 2017. Again, it’s just like collecting vintage- details matter. And hey, it seems that brands like J. Press and Brooks are working with some great vintage dealers in order to get into that archival world (just with menswear).

We also can’t forget influencer collabs as classic menswear, the slow beast that it is, is finally catching on. Rowing Blazers, ALD, and Noah are all heavy on working with with Drake’s and Barbour. Even Matt Hranek has had a few, partnering with Scarosso for loafers, Snoot for a parka, and Fox Brothers for a tweed based on his beloved Negroni. I wonder if classic menswear will have its own collab bubble at some point, spurred on as the industry (and its consumers) struggle to find a relevant place post-pandemic.

In his bonus episode with Derek Guy, Jeremy details a story where his friend who typically collected Jordans was calling upon him for recommendations for a blazer. We don’t exactly know the reasoning behind this, but it seems to be independent of age or job, which is typically why most guys tend to start dressing “classically”. If this, the Fear of God collection, and a few anecdotes about how the tailoring industry is doing are any indication, perhaps this just shows that tailoring is finally being seen as an option for aesthetics rather than one tied to a certain position or strata in life. That’s what I’ve been wanting! But is it an indication of a menswear resurgence? I don’t think so.

I echo Derek in that this is post-pandemic “resurgence” is not going to be #menswear all over again. The culture just isn’t there. As Spencer and I say in the podcast, the environment just isn’t ripe for this type of cultural shift that menswear needs to boom again (I even said this to Greg Lellouche of NMWA in a ClubHouse talk). #Menswear came at a time when social media itself was booming, closely mirroring the usage (and founding) of Tumblr, Instagram, and the maturation of YouTube. It also happened after Thom Browne and Suit Supply were poised to defy the sloppy suits of the late 90s and early 2000s. Suits (and most of fashion) had a monoculture in those days; today, we’re fractured.

It’s a good thing for niche tastes and micro communities, like punk, workwear, or bespoke but bad if you’re looking for the same power in cultural attention. Nothing in culture has any lasting power anyway. The Crown is great and arguably has better looks than Mad Men. However, no one remembers the Crown or dresses in DBs and Barbours in the same way that Mad Men made men adopt skinny ties and slim jackets. Everything is like a Tiktok trend- it lasts for a bit, then onto the next. It overall makes menswear (specifically classic menswear) harder to get into, at least until people understand it as a personal aesthetic. That’s an uphill battle.

Of course the lack of mainstream interest (or coercion from formal offices) will definitely lead to makers changing their offering or at the very least, the attention shifting to other brands who are more relevant stylistically in a post-covid world. Drake’s is a great example, as the brand has shifted from shooting their suited NYC shopkeepers at restaurants or menswear models wearing beautiful foulards in the Scottish Isles to a more relaxed, tie-less take that still has a bit of prep involved through workshirts, sweaters, and denims. Their tailoring is more about casual vibes with Engineered Garments-esque Games suit or their chore suits. In fact, that suit-adjacent look is probably the main way that “tailoring” is going to to stay alive as its much more independent from the typical corporate or formal looks we’ve come to identify with suiting. I hope this brings more attention to the types of pieces made by 18East or Evan Kinori. But that’s still quite niche compared to what’s currently en vogue.

If you look around, there are shades of an Ralph Lauren/early-90s look that is persevering currently through menswear, mainly into form of a streetwear-meets-prep way. It’s almost like everyone is trying to be like Seinfeld or a Night Opening. After all, that early 90s look (that has informed streetwear for a long time) does have roots in classic clothing, especially when this modern 90s iteration also references bits of the 50s-80s well. The aesthetic we’re seeing is something completely relaxed and perhaps a bit of a fuck you to what to expect from fashion, specifically a post-sneaker/hype world. A lot of it is a bit NYC focused as well, full of retro sneakers, loafers, camp shirts, loose high waisted pleated trousers, and overcoats; a bit indie or thrift-core if you will.

You can see this most plainly from ALD, Noah, and Rowing Blazers. It’s a still got shades of hype, but the idea of it done through tailoring/workwear/milsurp has a touch of most-modernism where it still seems quite cool. I think that you could even call it Throwing Fits-core. And even apart from that, these guys are making a strong case for button up shirts and trousers better than Brooks or J. Crew; I’ll admit that I enjoy that fact. To be quite honest however, some of the lookbooks and imagery all of these brands eature can look a bit…similar. Drake’s certainly has had a tonal shift in its styling (they even did a stint at merch to match Rowing Blazers), but when you see Wythe’s shift from “Slow West” to “Camp Friendly Pines”, it’s clear that this move to a streetwear-ish take on classic clothing is where the lexicon is at. I know that the Western/70s Revival was finally getting some attention, but like I said earlier, the attention has already shifted.

I’m curious to see if this RL/90s/streetwear taste will find its way into the visuals of other brands, both in classic menswear and the mall. I think that NMWA is a great example of of that mix, though certainly more Mr. Porter rather than ALD; L’Ettiquette is another instance of this look. And as you’ll see in the photos below, many guys are incorporating this style into their takes on classic menswear. You can see their inspiration sources coming through from all the Seinfeld screencaps and movie premier photos showing up on every discerning account for menswear; there’s even a few instances of the Sopranos, further echoing a bit of that NYC meets 90s-to-early-2000s scumbag slouch. It’s almost seems like these inspo posts are replacing those oft-repeated photos of Clarke Gable and Steve McQueen.

The vibe is vintage and still tailored, but with a different mindset. Instead of advocating for pure timelessness, guys are starting to invoke intentional aesthetics, going against the grain of #menswear and doing what they feel is right. Those brands and magazines already show sportcoats as just an alternative to any other jacket, wearing it with tees, sportshirts, and loose OCBDs. Sneakers are back in as a welcome change from dress shoes; we also can’t forget the return of vintage sweatshirts and hoodies into classic menswear.

It’s like anything goes which overall, feels like an embrace of vintage (both in vibe and actual pieces) as well as an expanded view on clothing that champions an approach that is purely based on aesthetic taste. That’s why we’re seeing two-tone loafers being worn with designer carpenter pants and a vintage OCBD. It’s rejecting “new” fashion and nodding ever slightly at menswear. And oddly enough, the entire style movement seems a bit like monoculture, despite the fragmenting we discussed on the pod. Perhaps what we’re seeing is simply a way for people to get into the ideas and themes of classic/vintage menswear without it being an overt signaler- a lowkey way to do high rise pants and slouchy sportcoats but without the #menswear.

Yes, some places will stay true to what they do, but on a slightly surface/generic level, it seems that skate, streetwear, vintage, and classic menswear is melding together. Indie guys wear thrifted docs and dickies workpants while a tailoring enthusiast will wear Tyrolean shoes and 18East double knees- both dudes will probably have some form of bucket hat and perhaps a big coat when it gets cold. The vibe is all melding together- you can even see that in the social media presence of brands and fashionistas alike. Maybe this is proof that classic sportswear and ivy-trad are now common baselines to build a look from, instead of the simple tee and jean, which is quite “style-agnostic”.

Of course, some brands aren’t going all in on “sportswear”. The Armoury seems staying true to its International Classic with its latest lookbook retaining it’s tailoring focus, though they have expanded their offering into sweatshirts. Sid Mashburn is touting his sportcoat + 5 pocket pant look; I know my friend Ryan is perfectly fine with variations on that, rocking suits, sportcoats, and shorts all sans tie (I personally don’t do this because it feels too biz-caz to me). You must wonder though if all of these brands (like Drake’s) had always wanted to phase into more casual clothing or if the shift simply a jerk-reaction to the Pandemic and the Stay-at-home culture. However, it doesn’t seem to look like tailoring is going to let sweatpants or stretch-suits win! At least not fully.

So where do we go from here? I’m not exactly sure; the podcast ponders this as well. Unfortunately it seems this combined movement away from tailoring (exacerbated by COVID or not) doesn’t seem to bode well for mills and factories. We already saw denim move away from the States since American made denim was losing its appeal. Now we see tailoring factories and silk mills threatened by the closure of these big brands with equally big inventories. We may not have bought much Brooks, but according to colleagues, BB’s bankruptcy may lead to the tie manufacturing industry to be irreparably damaged.

I believe that this will further turn ties to being artisanal pieces instead of a necessary garment you can find at the mall. I’m actually not sure how I feel about this since I love ties and want other guys to understand its slouch, yet I haven’t bought many at retail due to the high price. Maybe that’s why brands are moving to a lot more casual offerings: it’s easier to scale in production and seemingly much more relevant to wear in the post-pandemic world than expensive, high quality tailoring. Even then, a lot of that 90s ivy/streetwear/scumbag looks can be approximated by buying vintage, especially since the look the influencers and brands are going isn’t too far in the past. I’m sure that’s going to have problems for these brands, as they’re going to have to compete not only with each other, but with actual vintage/consignment/resellers.

That’s why in all honesty, I don’t think that enthusiasts can save menswear. We’re a niche’s niche. The only thing we really can do is subvert people’s expectations of it and how we wear it, bringing to light that it’s an appropriate avenue for personal style. After all, none of us look like we’re trying to be some executive (I hope). However, that could just be from a Western perspective, as there are plenty of great tailoring to be found in other countries, especially in Asia. I mean, Vanda is quite a big name in tie making, 2nd only to Drake’s in the lexicon it seems. Ascot Chang is the best shirt maker. Looking back, half of the tailors and RTW brands I talked about in my bespoke essay were located in Asian countries.

Obviously it’s not like the menswear world completely dry, what with Spier & Mackay taking the place of Suit Supply for many an iGent. I just hope that this middle ground isn’t what’s left over for tailoring, as bespoke gets much more rare and places like Drake’s is even pivoting their offering. You may have to hunt hard to satiate your desire for the good stuff, which I find quite similar to what happened to pop culture, at least for many young people. Sure, you have the Hollywood showing you what’s big, but then you gotta look at indie for artists you can truly endear with. People turned to foreign films or the Criterion Collection as a break from Marvel; K-pop groups seems to be bigger than any Western musician when you look on Twitter. Maybe something comparable is going to happen to menswear; I’d argue that this indie-ization or fracturing of culture in fashion already has.

Of course this is just me making conjectures. Like I said earlier, I’m just a guy who likes wearing tailoring, both contemporary and vintage. It is quite sad that we have to ponder the future of menswear in a post-pandemic world right when I’m starting to be in a financial position to afford some of the things I’ve pined for. It will be interesting to see how everything pivots in the next few years to make up for the Pandemic. Maybe after the vaccinations are done we’ll have trunk shows alive and well, with men lining up to get custom garments after a year of sweatpants and PJs. Or maybe suiting will just come to mean a matching pants and jacket.

The future isn’t all bleak. Todd Snyder has stated in Blamo that he’s doing well. Bryceland’s is still creating great clothing. Hall Madden is starting to get business again. Drake’s, despite being focused on casualwear still has a cool tailoring and ties, though obviously it isn’t a focus as before. Menswear start ups are thriving, from relatively new houses like The Anthology to fresh MTO places like Jake’s. The pessimist in me wonders how long all of it will last, but that’s why evangelism has to be stronger than ever. Thankfully the message across the board is more in line with menswear as personal style rather than a hard-liner, required mode of dress. I’m just interested to see what this clear change in style (and surprising cohesion) will lead to for brands and productions moving forward!

Whatever happens, I’ll do my best to stay true to what I like wearing, which despite shifting around these past few years still has a root in classic menswear. I mean, I have definitely fallen for a few of those recent trends, whether it was the Cowboy revival or the current 90s/streetwear/prep combo; I feel like I’ve been doing it even before the pandemic! In my mind, both modes can stem from a vintage collecting background, so it’s not like it’s anything radically different for me but rather an extension of my existing POV. And that POV is still quite strongly in pursuit of tailoring, with my interpretations being either loose or straightforward/trad depending on the mood I’m feeling. It’s like art (or music)!

I guess I’m quite used to having a niche style (at least compared to the mainstream), with specific cues that are usually lost on people. Luckily no pandemic is going to stop my personal style. And if the community has shown me anything, its that there are many more menswear enthusiasts than I initially thought, with the number growing slightly with each day, all approaching menswear in a similar mindset. We’ll do our best to proudly wear and share the message of classic menswear, because it’s all we can do.

After all, it’s just clothing- we should enjoy it while it lasts and ride it out wherever it goes. So far, it seems like its going somewhere generically retro. And hey, if that means more guys are wearing softly tailored jackets, wide lapels, pleats, white socks+ loafers, and floppy collars because they like it, then I’m all here for it. My friends and I have been doing that for a long time!

Podcast Outline

  • 06:18 – Discussion Begins
  • 09:10 – Resurgence of Menswear
  • 11:59 – Menswear Class Connotations/Casual Suit
  • 15:40 -#menswear: Right Place, Right Time
  • 19:54 – The Fractured Menswear Scene
  • 21:52 – Post Sneaker World
  • 23:28 – Post Pandemic Menswear
  • 26:43 – Brands
  • 30:46 – Streetwear Resurgence
  • 32:42 – Menswear reissues/menswear peak
  • 35:46 – Sameness/The Merch Look
  • 39:50 – Classic Menswear Collabs
  • 42:05 -Death of American Industry
  • 52:33 – Menswear is Already Dead
  • 58:57 – Weddings Are the Future
  • 1:01:05 – Camp Friendly Pines

Recommended Reading

Rowing Blazers make a great case for relevant take on Ivy that can apeal to everyone: menswear enthusiasts, skaters, and hypebeasts.
ALD is a much less “loud” version of RB that I genuinely enjoy. It also feels a lot more classic, despite the styling.
There’s also a definite reference to Lo Head culture, which was one of the biggest movements in streetwear.
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Maybe we’ll see more SLP-meets-70s fits as a “Dark Academia”-like take on western wear.
Wythe 2019.
Even the BSBC can’t escape the current mood for merch-meets-prep look. Or perhaps they were already a product of the movement?
This J. Press ad feels very Drake’s. It’s also a bit Rowing Blazers. And maybe a hint of ALD.
Rowing Blazers.
Vintage lo head.
Berg & Berg shows a bit of 90s prep with a bold stripe shirt and a tied sweater. Ties are disappearing!
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Full “suits” cut like chore coats/easy pants might be popular. This one, worn by my pal Marco, is from Kapital.
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I especially like wearing easy pants with sportcoats, since it’s a close “approximation” of my typical full cut trouser.
GQ’s Sam Hine in a “suit”.
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The Games suit from Drake’s is a good mixture of tailored and casual.
Evan Kinori.
Drake’s has “suiting” made from a chore coat and 5 pocket pants.
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Vintage 1940’s sportswear is a good approximation.
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Tonal menswear that isn’t full suiting is a great way to stay sharp without being too formal.
Stoffa is branching out into suits, all made with their attention to tonal coloring and soft fabrics. Note the wide fit and lack of breast pocket.
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Chore coats have already been popular as jack(et) of all trades.
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More chore coats.
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A “suit” made of workwear separates.
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Maybe this will be the new menswear uniform.
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Ryan has been into a shorts + jackets!
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Another case of dark westernwear, but with a prep nod. However, western styled cords were made by RL in the 70s; maybe the connection is more apparent than I thought!
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Chore coats literally go with everything.
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Neo prep is in full swing, especially with a bit of a merch addition.

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My friend Adam is a good mix of prep and generic 70s/80s style.
J. Press.
Wythe.
Drake’s is really pushing this youthful, neo-prep look that seems very inspired by university styles.
I could see similar version of this for Rowing Blazers or Noah.
Like this is super on the nose!
Drake’s even has embroidered logo polo shirts. The RL connotations couldn’t be stronger.
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Non-tie looks will probably persevere in menswear.
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A healthy dose of adding milsurp is always recommended to subvert expectations!
Works with a tie too!
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Prep nods without being overly preppy is cool.
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Tailored trousers worn with a decidedly not-a-sportcoat.

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Maybe jaunty scarves will replace ties in the mainstream.
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More western wear! Love it subverted with a wide trouser.
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Ivy can’t go wrong.
There’s also the overt 90s/streetwear styling of tailoring that we’re seeing. A bit of a compliment to the minimal “suits” and the overt neo-prep.
I like that despite the jacket being formal, it’s right at home with sweaters, chinos, and sneakers.
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Wythe’s latest drop is also on that RB/Noah/ALD spectrum.
Reminds me of RL too.
Gotta love the merch cap as well.
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A little bit of that same vibe, just with a bit more of an ivy lean.
Rubato has that neo-prep look, but with a minimalist approach in its styling.
Torch is a brand that focuses on the collegiate sportswear of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It’s definitely at the mixture of prep, sportswear, and streetwear.
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George is a great source of inspo. It’s quite clear that some brands have him as a moodboard.
Jack Carlson dressed like the literal combination of streetwear and merch-meets-prep.
Jon, a contributor to SaDHead Saturday, also epitomizes the emerging menswear style that combines milsurp, prep, and merch.
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Big coats and beanies seem very NYC to me. It also seems like a slouchy response to the camel coat + skinny jeans we saw dudes wear in 2011.
A bit of RL comes to mind when I look at this.
Oh ball caps and coats are NYC to me as well.
A lookbook from Beige.
Noah.
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Dark western wear.
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Tonal.

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Kai, another stylish guy who wears contemporary and vintage menswear.
If this NYC, Sopranos-but-rockabilly thing is how tailoring survives, then so be it.
Looks like classic loafers can be worn even if you’re not overtly #menswear.
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Big coats!
I’m always reminded of Greg Lellouche of NMWA whenever I see big coats in tailoring.
He wears less neckties now, which actually makes for a look that is accesible to anyone!
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WM Brown’s Negroni tweed, woven by Fox Brothers.
Barbour x Rowing Blazers.
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Lawrence Schlossman of Throwing Fits is also at the intersection of Fashion and menswear. Just look at the bit loafer slides worn with a DB suit.
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A contemporary 60s-70s ish take on prep.
Western shirts and tailoring is a common sight.
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Western shirts are cool. Point collar makes it “dressy” but the fabric and details make it casual without simply being a sportshirt.
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I think we’re going to see more subtle nods to 60s-70s styling in menswear as dress shirts and ties fade from use.
Albert has got the look down.
Big coat and loafers seems menswear, but the lightwash jeans and fun cardigan give it a Fashion spin.
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Kinda ALD in the tonal look but decidedly prep (or 80s romcom protagonist).
Fred in an edgy take on of the big coat+prep vibe.
Those two tone loafers are everywhere!
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MJ did the bandana look back in 2019!
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Adam’s look seems quite indie, though the pieces are all classic.
This silhouette is a vibe and certainly one that can be seen around menswear.
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I do like the overt use of the blazer as a nod to prep but without styling it in a straight forward way.
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This is straight forward lol.
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This is not. I’m sure we’re also going to see a lot of graphic tees as merch starts to persevere in menswear.
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SaDBois in milsurp.
The 90s literally was ivy and streetwear combined.
Throwing Fits in a similar vibe (okay not really).
We tend to lean much more into the prep/classic menswear look, but the irreverent approach is still there.
Jeremy Kirkland of Blamo! has this vibe down pat!
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I’d consider this menswear but without being too menswear. It’s just straight forward mid century utility.
The Sopranos vibe is real.
Another vibe is the NYC scumbag, noted for its plentiful use of camp collar shirts (usually in a floral or aloha pattern). We’ve seen it before in menswear, but it’s much more casual and “scummy” now. Think less Elvis and more Kramer and Tony Soprano.
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ALD.
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No Man Walks Alone.
ALD.
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A bit of a 70s inspired look with some milsurp. With the shirt and shoes, it can “feel” preppy.
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Sweater vests are ivy, but this doesn’t seem too trad! We’re definitely seeing more pieces be taken out of their original context.
A blazer and hoodie!
This seems vaguely 1930s-40s to me, but it’s also quite contemporary. The intentional “vagueness” of aesthetics is definitely a move in menswear.
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A skate-ish take on classic menswear.
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University sweaters are the “merch” of ivy-trad.
This neo-prep look has been brewing from NYC classic menswear scene for a while.
Rubato.
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NYC has been doing this new take on prep for a while. It’s only natural to see it spill out into actual RTW offerings and lookbooks.
Chase, of the Grange.
Big coats, merch caps!
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ALD.
Even our boy Aldous is keen on the vibe.
Workwear and the big coat.
Not surprised that Aleks of HandCut Radio is also tuned in. He’s been buying vintage Polo RL during the quarantine! These looks have spades of everything that came before.
Chunky derbies.
He’s also in that late 70s-80s prep mood.
The filmmakers behind Animal House.
More neo-prep from Berg & Berg.
Andreas Larsson, the creative director of Berg.
Dead Poets’ Society.
Carl and Oliver of Rubato.
Take Ivy!
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I consider milsurp to be the “techwear” of menswear inclined guys.
18East with the popover workshirt and hoodie. Note the chunky mocs. Minimalist palette again!
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Western flairs are not dying out, though they are less popular than the NYC streetwear-prep vibe.
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From L’ÉTIQUETTE. More tones, wide fits, and bucket hats.
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ALD.
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Colorful suits might have their comeback as tailoring becomes less stuffy and more aesthetic-agnostic.
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Knickerbocker.
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18 East.
The warm fleece migrated over from gorp and tech/fin bros and has found a home for mislurp/workwear enthusiasts.
Doug was always on that since the beginning.
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A workwear blazer but worn with a prep flair.
Big coats!
Sora is tailored, yet has that relaxed NYC vibe that feels vaguely streetwear in its approach.
He loves a full cut and a wide shoulder.
From L’ÉTIQUETTE.
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A look that combines everything I’ve discussed.
Zach is also on this neo-prep vibe.
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I also think that milsurp is going to explode in the same way that the safari jacket did during #menswear.
From L’ÉTIQUETTE.
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No wonder Spencer shifted his style. I think he also personifies a bit of where menswear is going to go, post-pandemic.
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This is it. Straight forward until you get to the retro 70s sneakers.
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Welcome to the future bitch, take a sip.

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Ethan M. Wong

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