We’ve covered women’s pre-Fall collections from December and January, but we totally skipped Spring 2014 men’s collections. We’re flashing back to our favorite looks for men from June’s runway shows.
Miuccia Prada almost always includes a bold pop of color in her designs. Her Spring 2014 men’s ready-to-wear had a sultry, tropical theme, with floral print shirts and lightweight trousers. To make the trend easier to wear, limit tropical prints to a fun tie or just the breast pocket of a solid color shirt. This collection reminded me of West Side Story and 1940s island hopping. Take essential patterns like the Stinchcomb and Men’s Summer Shirt and add a pocket square, silky fabric, or generously cut trousers like Jochen.
I don’t know about the men in your life, but I’ll probably be taking more inspiration for myself from the Saint Laurent Spring 2014 show. These pants were tight, a look that I am totally fine with but would hesitate to sew for a man without being asked very specifically. To steal the shape for yourself, go for leather trousers in Petite, regular, or Plus sizes. The skinny jackets are a good shape for men and women. Try the latest Men’s Blazer with its skinny lapels or Ehren for men, or the similarly shaped Blazer with Deep Lapels for women.
Burberry’s Spring 2014 collection, with the exception of some whimsical polka dotted infinity scarves and wide boatnecks on knit sweaters, was full of wearable pieces. Only pops of emerald and bright red made this show loud. Get inspired to make classic trenches and slacks, and add a bold sweater underneath. You could whip up an Osman Tie in cobalt satin to spice up a jacket he already owns.
Sewing for men can be so much fun. It’s less of a time commitment than knitting, so you can start a project without fear that you’re dooming the relationship (the sweater curse is real, folks). Just take a look at Meg’s latest projects for men. Coming up with creative designs that are subtle enough for men to wear is a fun challenge, especially for stitchers that love color and texture!
Check out tomorrow’s web seminar on tailoring for more advice. Our course on Sewing Men’s Apparel: Suit Alterations shows you everything you need to know about tailoring a men’s suit. Learn how to fit and mark alterations, hem trousers with the blind or cuff hem, adjust trouser waists, and alter sleeve length. Men’s suits should always fit perfectly. Now yours always will!