Scoping out new trends is my favorite way to ensure I’m always one step ahead of my other fashionista friends—and a great way to stand out is by borrowing from the boys. Yep, I’m talking about the top 2021 men’s fashion trends. No matter how you identify, you can totally rock them. While Fashion Month might divide collections into “Womenswear” and “Menswear,” clothing is genderless and you should always feel comfortable wearing what you like.
That said, there are tons of men’s 2021 trends I’ve got my eye on to style this year, so I’m sharing the top looks below. What designers really stepped up their menswear this year? Let’s all give Tom Ford a slow clap for an incredible array of groovy ’70s florals paired with modern iPhone lanyards. They’re innovative, not to mention practical! Plenty of designers had their male models rocking handbags this season, but tech slings and fanny packs were definitely in first place for the coolest accessories.
As for fabrics, there was a lot to love on the Spring/Summer 2021 runways. Leather (and faux-leather, natch) was all the rage, with labels like Private Policy going full Men In Black with head-to-toe looks. For a more earthy feel, patchwork also made an appearance via Stan.
Other key pieces making waves in 2021? Sweater vests, AKA the only trend your grandpa might’ve been able to predict. They have been updated with a modern flair you won’t be able to resist. Another notable look was the formal sandal, especially paired with sleek suiting. No, I’m not talking about your basic Havianas—think chunky platform sandals in neutral colors for a laid-back yet dressed-up balance.
I could go on and on, but I’d rather show you than tell you. Read on for the top five menswear trends of 2021 that absolutely everyone (gender aside!) needs to try.
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1. Tech Neck
While plenty of designers showed their male models rocking fanny packs and shoulder bags this season, Tom Ford took it one step further with chic smartphone lanyards dangling from the necks of almost half his models. The look is not only cool but convenient AF for anyone who tends to misplace their phone every five minutes.
Agile Leather Crossbody Smartphone Bag
Sage green is everywhere this year—even on your phone! This leather pouch doesn’t even look like a phone case, which means that it’s a great option for your next night out.
Impact Crossbody Case
This reflective case from CASETiFY acts like a (super protective) mirror in your pocket. Now you will never have to worry about accidentally walking around with smudged makeup ever again.
2. Sweater Vests
Sweater vests are officially back in style this year and this look from Colleen Allen’s collection confirms they’re certainly not the stuffy, old-school staple they once were. To update the sweater vest for 2021, go for a retro pattern or layer it up in unexpected ways—or both.
Houndstooth Sleeveless Pullover
You want some borrowed-from-the-boys vibes? I’ll give you ’em courtesy of this houndstooth sweater vest from Amazon! It comes in a bunch of other colors, but this tan colorway is perfect for summer.
Crewneck Sweater Vest
Sweater vests are literally made for tricky transitional weather because it’s all about the light layering techniques in the spring! Wear this one over a white t-shirt with light-wash jeans for an easy everyday look.
3. Leather Up
Leather is everywhere in 2021, so let this head-to-toe look from Private Policy serve as your ultimate source of inspo. If you aren’t ready to take this trend to the extremes just yet, start with just one leather-look item and build your outfit around it with basics.
Faux Leather Overshirt
Who said your leather pieces needed to be black? This olive-toned shirt jacket (also known as a “Shacket”) is a great way to make the usually very wintery-feeling fabric feel appropriate in the warmer months.
Ryan Vegan Leather Joggers
These leather joggers from APPARIS are basically the going-out version of the sweatpants you wear every day around the house. They come in brown, too, but a black version is timeless!
4. Suits ‘N’ Sandals
Suiting is back in a big way, no surprise there. What is surprising, though, is the whole “fancy sandal” trend. Timo Weiland’s model above wore a white suit with embellished Birkenstock-style shoes, perfectly balancing formal and casual vibes. If you live in a warm-weather climate all year round (cough, LA, cough), consider stocking up on some fancy winter sandals.
Two Band Slides
These Two-Band Slides from Freedom Moses are made to be worn just about everywhere, from around the house to by the beach! You won’t find a more effortless pair of sandals anywhere else.
Courtney Platform Sandal
If you’re looking for a pair of sandals with some serious ’90s edge, then this option from Vagabond Shoemakers is going to be perfect for you. The chunky band guarantees that they will be comfortable all day long.
Last year’s boho trend to make a comeback was crochet and this year, it’s definitely patchwork. This dreamy coat by Stan is the kind of piece that looks as good with your night-out ‘fit as it does with sweats the next morning to grab bagels and coffee.
Faria Patchwork Denim Trucker Jacket
Give your basic denim jacket a boho upgrade courtesy of some multicolored bandanas in 2021. Don’t know how to sew? This option from Vigoss has you covered.
Your jeans should be anything but basic in 2021. This pair from PAODIKUAI is available on Amazon and retails for under $30, so you have no reason not to give the trend a spin.