Streetwear is such a huge trend these days that there are many different sub-trends and styles that come into play. It’s no longer a trend reserved for younger generations or skaters, but has become a day to day style worn by many. Streetwear is now a menswear trend that has forged a path within mainstream fashion and different budgets.
From the highest luxury brands such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton to your more affordable high-street retailers, the widespread popularity and reach of streetwear show that it is so much more than just hype.
But, with a trend that is so established, it can be hard to be interested in pieces that are so similar, especially a trend that has been around for a number of years. If you want to change up your wardrobe or try out a new style, here are 3 streetwear trends to get excited about this season.
Streetwear is synonymous with layering, so it’s natural that outdoor styles are forming such a huge part of the trend. Whilst the outfits worn during catwalks and those worn by keen outdoors adventurers are very different, there has been some merging in terms of styles and designers. The trend behind outdoor styles has been slowly building over the years and it is now starting to take form.
At the core of this trend is streetwear’s obsession with utility wear, technical material and performance labels. Brands such as Northface, Patagonia and Arc’teryx – brands previously associated with outdoor wear – are being repurposed and viewed as must-have streetwear designer labels.
Streetwear has long been the champion of loose, baggier fits and, in recent years, this trend has grown massively. Whilst other fashion trends and styles stick to fitted pieces and styles, there has been a definite jump towards unfitted and baggy streetwear styles.
This baggy style comes from a mixture of both American and Japanese fashion influences and the classic 90s skater styles. Hoodies and sweatshirts are now being worn a few sizes too big in order to achieve a baggier fit, whilst cropped and fitted jeans or trousers are losing way to baggier styles. T-shirts are now available in boxier, baggier styles to pair with other streetwear pieces, or to add a touch of streetwear to a more fitted look.
Fashion used to be renowned for its uncomfortable materials, designs and styles, but because it was deemed fashionable, it was no issue. Now that streetwear has come along, more and more people are choosing comfortable streetwear over fitted pieces in the latest update to the trend.
When styled with other pieces, streetwear is just as, if not more, fashionable than other trends and styles and can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. Items such as hoodies, full tracksuits, sweatshirts and sweatpants are the key comfort items that most tend to wear, but this can be mixed and styled as you’d like!
In streetwear, graphic prints is a trend that has come and gone many times over the years. Each time, a different style is focused on and this time around, graphic knitwear is the star. When it comes to streetwear, knitwear doesn’t tend to come into the trend, but in the latest style, knitwear pieces are featuring classic, retro logos, intricate designs and different colourways that are crashing onto the scene.
In terms of fashion fads, graphic knitwear is one that is showing no signs of slowing down. Big designers such as Off-White and Balenciaga are now getting in on the trend with their graphic and eye-catching designs and prints. If you’re bold enough to pull off the style, then you should keep graphic prints as a statement piece. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and paired back to really do the piece justice.
Streetwear is a trend that looks like it will be around for a number of years to come. Even as we progress through the years, streetwear always throwback to the 90s and early 00s, but the good news for 2022 is that comfortable, streetwear trends are here to stay. Even if you’re hesitant about giving up your skinny jeans, or can’t envision wearing a baggy, box fit tee, these streetwear trends are adaptable to suit everyone, no matter your fashion influence or style.