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Yesterday our resident Menswear expert (and newly minted BurdaStyle contributor) Peter showed you the tools you need to get started sewing menswear. He also offered up a great first project suggestion – the caftan. While you’re getting your bearings using your tailors hams and point pressers, get inspired for future projects by checking out some of my favorite menswear finds from the Spring 2011 shows in Milan.

Neon Brights
While I suggested injecting color into your Fall 2011 wardrobes, get a jump start now by trying out some of your projects in acid brights. Lemon yellow, turquoise, orange and electric blue are all fun options we saw on the runways and Summer is the perfect time to give these eye-popping hues a spin. Remember boys, color is your friend.

From left: Jil Sander (2 looks), Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein Collection
Make it: Try the Pete Tee in a neon color – an easy way to work the trend without too much commitment.

Rock the Shorts Suit
Thom Browne is the man most closely associated with the “short-pant” trend in menswear. His impeccably tailored yet quirky collections (both for his own label and for Moncler Gamme Bleu) are always highly anticipated during the men’s shows in Milan. His shorts suits for Spring were my favorite variation on the look this season and I hope to see some boys brave enough to sport this on the streets – socks optional.

All looks by Thom Browne

Other designers played with this trend as well, but in a bit slouchier, more casual way.

From left: Gant by Michael Bastian, Miharayasuhiro, Dries Van Noten

Heavy Cargo
I envy boys for many reasons – one of them being that you all can usually shove everything you need in your pockets and be done. No handbags to keep track of or try to match to your outfits. For Spring designers gave you boys even more options for personal storage, putting cargo pockets on button-ups, jackets and pants. However if I may ask, please refrain from wearing any of the following with a pair of Teva sandals or a hemp necklace.

Top to botton: Burberry, Hermes, Louis Vuitton. From left: Moncler, Miharayasuhiro, Alexander McQueen

Stripe it Rich
Stripes are a huge trend no matter what your gender. The resurgence in the nautical/French New Wave aesthetic has been on the radar for a few seasons now and is proving to be an enduring classic.

From left: Prada, Junya Watanabe (2 looks), sweaters by St. James

For a bolder look, try your stripes in brighter hues. Take inspiration from a pack of one of my childhood favorites, Fruit Stripe Gum!

From left: Jil Sander (2 looks), Prada

The Khaki Suit
Summer is no time to be sporting head-to-toe black. Lighten up and try out that suit in a khaki color, it’s a great way to give more of a laid back air to the traditional suit and tie.

From left: Canali, Hermes, Etro, Prada
Make it with our Stinchcomb Jacket and Jochen Trouser patterns.

Take Ivy
Published in the late 1960’s, forward thinking Japanese photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida’s book Take Ivy is generally considered the benchmark in the explosion of “Ivy Style” among trendy Japanese students. Out of print until just last year, it sold on Ebay for close to $1,000 before it was announced that the book would be put back in print for the moderate price of $20.

Northeastern collegiate style is something I’ve always been drawn to – hence the reason Love Story is one of my favorite movies. There’s a youthful innocence about it that is the essence of the “All-American” lifestyle.

From left: The cover of “Take Ivy”, Miharayasuhiro, Band of Outsiders, Gant by Michael Bastian

Photos from Take Ivy

Sport It
As much as I love guys in progressive, forward thinking styles, I also love a guy in a good “guys” outfit. Sometimes just a pair of great fitting jeans, a perfectly broken-in tee and a baseball jacket are as much of a sartorial turn on as a razor sharp Raf Simons suit.

Top to botton: Patrik Ervell, BurdaStyle’s Amin pattern. From left: D&G, Dries Van Noten, Trussardi 1911

What projects are you working on for Spring? Any looks you’re excited to wear this season?


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    Mar 10, 2011, 05.12 AMby outdooranimal

    I have been sewing for my husband for many years, even drafting my own patterns according to his wants and needs. I enjoyed the patterns from the Burda Men’s magazines of years ago. I still have them and use the patterns.

    I would like to see more menswear patterns in the future.

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    Mar 9, 2011, 10.50 AMby jimando

    I like the stripes and hope to see a lot more of around looks good either with jeans or smarter and although I like the idea of the shorts suit and they look good in the pictures not sure about them on me.

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    Mar 8, 2011, 07.39 PMby fabou3

    I am glad there is still a pattern company that makes fashion forward patterns for men!! I still use the Burda pattern for the short “waiters jacket”, it is my favorite and now I see its coming back!

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    Mar 7, 2011, 02.47 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I’m a huge fan of raglan sleeves on just about anything. I wonder if they are flattering for men. I’m thinking the muscular broad-shoulder ones or just the ones with small frames?

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    Mar 5, 2011, 07.38 PMby janul

    Great article! I think men look good in almost anything, unlike women ;) That long haired model is gorgeous! :)

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    Mar 5, 2011, 07.21 PMby cantare

    These are great trends and some can be simmered down a bit for less fashion-forward regions (like Colorado). I love the shorts suit and stripes, esp bc emphasis is on the broadening of the chest for men. Great article! Andrew Cardi, here I come!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 05.58 PMby fashionfreek

    Great stuff. Needing to make a few tops for my hubby. My hubby just loves black.

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    Mar 5, 2011, 03.58 PMby NuncaNunca

    This is an awesome story. I have been wanting to venture into menswear so bad and now I have some ideas about where to start. Thank you thank you!

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