Men's Fashion Trends 2021: 11 Big Menswear Moves to Try Right Now

Yang-Yi Goh
·4 min read

If you landed here after curiously googling “men’s fashion trends 2021,” we have an admission to make: it’s a weird time to be trend forecasting! Between the plodding pace of the vaccine rollout and the late January chill that’s set in, there still aren’t a whole lot of public forums for getting fits off, which makes it tricky to assess what people are actually wearing right now or what—if any—true-blue trends are forming and blossoming organically. So today, instead of any real era-defining capital-M Menswear Trends, we’re blessing you with an oddball assortment of things we’re really feeling at the moment. New stuff we want to wear, old stuff we’ve been wearing forever, weird stuff that brings us joy. It’s a lot less surefooted and cohesive than the list of men’s fashion trends we gave you last year, which makes sense: this is a much less surefooted and cohesive time, and these are the feel-good men’s clothing styles that are getting us through the day. Hopefully they’ll help you do that, too.

Good Vibe T-Shirts

The path to positivity begins in your T-shirt drawer.

ALLCAPSTUDIO "Lumumba" tee

$45.00, Bodega

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Extra Vitamins Be the Light tee

$60.00, Extra Vitamins

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Online Ceramics Look in the Mirror tee

$60.00, Union

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Stuff with Good Pockets

We told you these categories would be a little esoteric.

Document washable vegan suede padded jacket

$595.00, Namu Shop

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Paa utility pant

$360.00, Packer

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Bottega Veneta wool-felt overshirt

$1200.00, Mr Porter

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Hand-Knit Garms

Call it the Ella Emhoff effect: there's just something extra appealing about bundling up in handmade knitwear right now.

Emily Dawn Long "A Hat Named Wanda" cotton hand crochet knit hat

$115.00, Emily Dawn Long

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Frisson Knits "Eddy" vest

$322.00, Frisson Knits

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Story Mfg. Piece scarf XL

$433.00, Story Mfg.

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Long-Sleeved Polos

Fitted knit polo shirts are the official uniform of Handsome Movie Stars on Press Junkets for a reason: they're clean, they're timeless, they make your biceps pop.

COS long-sleeved merino polo shirt

$99.00, COS

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Todd Snyder long sleeve tipped sweater polo

$228.00, Todd Snyder

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Stoffa ribbed polo

$700.00, Stoffa

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Bright Yellow

A little squeeze of lemon goes a long way.

Adidas Matchbreak Super sneakers

$70.00, Amazon

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Alex Mill cashmere beanie

$115.00, Alex Mill

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Inis Meain shirt jacket

$458.00, Todd Snyder

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Polar Fleece Pants

Braving subzero temps in the name of outdoor dining? Give your legs a cozy leg up.

Eddie Bauer EBTek fleece pants

$99.00, Amazon

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Saturdays NYC "Serai" fleece pants

$195.00, Neon Wave

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Kapital Maze fleece easy pants

$384.00, Alumni

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Soft Suits

If you're going to wear a suit right now, it should probably look like one of these: looser, loucher, and lounge-ier than your typical all-business two-piece.

Post-Imperial "Ikeja" draword-hem upcycled cotton-blend jacket

$325.00, Matches Fashion

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Post-Imperial "Ikeja" upcycled cotton-blend wide-leg trousers

$325.00, Matches Fashion

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake tailored pleats double-breasted blazer

$710.00, SSENSE

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake tailored pleats straight 1 trouser

$365.00, SSENSE

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Lemaire silk double-breasted belted blazer (was $1110, now 50% off)

$1110.00, SSENSE

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Lemaire silk belted pleat trousers (was $1000, now 50% off)

$1000.00, SSENSE

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Patchwork Shirts

There are so few opportunities to put on a button-up these days, you might as well wear five at once.

Uniqlo flannel checked long-sleeve shirt

$30.00, Uniqlo

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Beams Plus patchwork paisley-print cotton-poplin shirt

$220.00, Mr Porter

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Drake's multi-check patchwork brushed cotton two-pocket work shirt

$315.00, Drake's

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Jeans

Reports of denim's demise were greatly exaggerated. After a year spent mainly in sweats, the occasional pair of jeans will feel downright novel.

Levi's 501 original fit jeans

$40.00, Amazon

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Orslow 107 slim-fit selvedge denim jeans

$350.00, Mr Porter

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JW Anderson patchwork-effect jeans

$590.00, Farfetch

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Advanced Clogs

You've conquered the Birkenstock Boston. It's time to level up.

Bjorn "Karin" clogs

$62.00, Bjorn Clogs

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Jacquemus nubuck Les Mules shoes

$325.00, Farfetch

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Marni leather clogs

$650.00, Union

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Japanese Work Coats

The function and toughness of a Carhartt jacket, the ease and simplicity of a cardigan.

Oil & Lumber noragi work coat

$205.00, Oil & Lumber

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Maharishi kimono chore jacket

$329.00, END.

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Kapital "Kawashi" beach knit cardigan

$500.00, Stag Provisions

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Originally Appeared on GQ