2015 was another great year for men’s style. Whether it was Kelly Slater launching a new menswear label or the iconic Chuck Taylor getting an upgrade or the (fingers crossed) death of skinny jeans, there were a lot of checks in the plus column.
The bottom line is that it has never been easier to find well-made garments that fit well and assimilate into your daily routine with ease. Whether you wear a suit to work every day or a T-shirt and jeans is your uniform, there is no reason for guys to look sloppy these days. Sadly, some guys can’t help themselves and hop on to awful style trends for no better reason than they’re there.
Here are 7 men’s style trends we hope are not there when 2016 comes to a close.
1. MAN BUNS
Even though most women won’t date a guy with one, the man bun refused to die in 2015. Even under threat of punishment, men are rocking the hairstyle. Some short-haired dudes were so desperate to hop on the bandwagon that they resorted to clip-on versions. Hopefully, 2016 will be the year that we can untangle the (top)knot.
2. FLOPPY HATS
You know who looked good in a floppy hat? Carly Simon, in 1972 on her album cover for No Secrets. There are some styles that men can borrow from women and there are some they cannot. This falls into the latter category. The only thing that massive brim is good for is collecting all the shade that is being thrown your way.
3. OBNOXIOUS T-SHIRTS
Yes, your choice of T-shirt makes a statement about who you are. Don’t let that statement be, “I’m a dick.” If the font size on any of your shirts exceeds 200 pt you’re probably in dangerous territory. Another clue is if your tee references any of the following topics: alcohol, sex, or muscles, and any combinations thereof. Sadly, people with good taste have been waiting for this trend to go away since pretty much the introduction of T-shirts. But we’re not giving up hope that 2016 will be the year of change.
4. GOTH NINJAS
Unless your name is Snake Eyes and you know how to properly handle throwing stars, there is no need for pants that billow at the thighs and are tight by the calfs. Ditto for multiple layers of tops with extended hemlines. (Truth: if a shirts extends significantly below your butt, it’s not a shirt. It’s a dress.)
5. NON-MENSWEAR BRANDS MAKING MENSWEAR
McDonald’s did it. So did PornHub. Sure, they generated headlines for an internet news cycle (approximately 24 minutes), but it was definitely of the laughing-at-you, not laughing-with-you, variety. Stick to making burgers or making people close pop-up ads and leave the fashion game to the professionals. Besides, it’s never a good idea to have a Big Mac near your genitalia.
6. BAD ‘90s NOSTALGIA
We get it, the 1990s were great, with the growth of hip-hop and the birth of grunge. But not every ‘90s trend needs to be revived. Some brands, particularly, in streetwear have gone back to that well too many times and are now pulling up the icky residue that sticks to the sides of the well. Nowhere is that more true than the rebirth of JNCO. The company, which became famous for its wide-legged jeans where you could fit your entire body and another family inside one of the pant legs, announced it was making a comeback in 2015.
7. COMMON PROJECTS KNOCK-OFFS
The Common Projects Achilles is well on its way to earning a spot on the Mount Rushmore of sneakers, owing to a minimal design, premium materials, and a comfortable construction. As such, it has been ripe for imitation, and much of it isn’t flattering. With a price in excess of $400, the Achilles is far from cheap, so the idea of making something similar for a better price isn’t bad in and of itself. But oftentimes, the design is off in a subtle yet impossible to unsee way. Still that isn’t as bad as the high fashion brands that rip off the Achilles and sell their version for similarly exorbitant prices.