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Fashion trends come and go, and if Spring/Summer 2018 collections are any indication, today’s trends are modern takes on what’s definitely been here before. From pairing the same hues and checkered patterns, to making your father’s not-so-hot jeans cool again, here are the top fashion trends in menswear for the warmer months:

Vertical Stripes
Stripes are back! But only vertical ones — we all know that horizontal stripes make us look larger — and only when you wear one piece of striped clothing at a time. Today, the vertical stripe has become menswear’s new go-to pattern, and you can see it on pants, shorts, jackets, shirts and even socks. For a vertical stripe ensemble that’s demure and flattering, get these Henley Stripe Luis Shorts from JOSEPH. With their refined navy and white stripes, they give off a breezy, coastal style that pairs beautifully with a casual jacket, fitted tee and white kicks. 

Dad Denim
Denim has always been instyle, but this season, it’s taking a more laid back turn. Instead of skinny or embellished jeans, spring/summer 2018 runways highlighted light wash, unfussy denim that’s dad-friendly. But don’t worry: “dad-friendly” doesn’t mean out of style. Take these Versace Stone Bleach Indigo Jeans, for example. Pair them with statement sneakers, pastel shirts and colored sunglasses for a relaxed look that really shines. 

Tonal Dressing
Keep it simple this season: stick to one color! Tonal dressing works for almost any occasion, at any time of year, and it keeps you looking effortlessly chic. This spring and summer, follow the season and opt for tones that are on the lighter side of the color spectrum—like this Cotton Coat with Darts and Tailored Cotton Trousers with Darts from COS. Just remember to wear no more than three tonal items at once. Any more and you’ve gone too far. 

Technical Jackets
Men’s outerwear is switching it up this year, opting for subdued technical jackets instead of overly-embellished, silk or suede jackets designed to make a statement. Adding a little flair to this year’s renditions, technical jackets don’t have to be boring. Find them color-blocked, in pastel shades or classically dark with pops of color, like this olive-green Oversized Technical Parka from Burberry. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to go with everything from pants, knits and trainers, to fitted tees and even “dad denim.” In fact, its versatility is one of its biggest draws. 

Checkered Patterns
Checkered pants, suit jackets and shirts have never really left the men’s fashion wear scene, but now, the motifs are getting more diverse and colorful than ever. To really make this classic pattern work, use it on jackets, sweaters or pants. Choose checkered patterns with larger or more interesting patterns, like this Gray Wool Jacket with Large Red Tiles from Dior Homme, and make sure everything else you’re wearing is solid to make sure your look isn’t too over the top.

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