The clichés are true: Melbourne is a city built for winter. People like to wear black. A lot. Coffee addicts are a dime a dozen. People are more interested in staying indoors than exploring the great outdoors. Whether that is in the newest tapas bar, hottest restaurant, theatre show or gallery opening, Melbournians will layer up and go out to stay in. And then there are the notable fashion trends that emerge with changing seasons…
Men’s winter fashion trends in Melbourne
One ubiquitous fashion trend in Melbourne is the Mega Scarf. A gigantic, practically towel sheet sized item, preferably made in wool or a wool/silk mix that, when wrapped around the wearer’s neck, covers up half their face. It’s a little over the top. And I own one. Because, although they are really much larger than is necessary, at least they do something for the proportions of an outfit, as opposed to the rather sad slim scarfs worn by most suits in the CBD that look like a throw back from school uniform days. Also it’s like carrying around a portable blanket – never a bad thing on a freezing winter day.
Then there is the mass beard movement that has happened in Melbourne. Not new and not restricted to Melbourne by any means – look at fashion and design magazines from Europe and the US and everyone from style hipsters and baristas to Oscar golden boy Ben Affleck have been doing a take on the lumber jack beard for some time now. And hey, I’m not against it. I think a lot of men can do the beard thing and do it well. But surely it’d time to mix it up a bit. Time to focus on the moustache or side burns perhaps? Perhaps not.
Shoes without socks is one winter fashion trend I cannot get behind. I agree loafers and light, beaten up brogues look good sans socks in the summer but when you’re wearing an overcoat and the aforementioned blanket sized scarf, it’s obviously cold enough for socks. Put some on guys – you don’t look comfortable – or cool.
Hats are one winter fashion trend I want to take off. Sure you see the occasional gent with a trilby and more often a flat cap, but nowhere near enough. In a city with such inclement weather, hats are a not only a good idea from the style point of view but also a practical one. You don’t need to be wearing an old fashion matching three piece suit either, fedoras look good with contemporary clothes too, you just need put the look together with eye on fabric, cut and proportion.
That’s my thoughts on men’s style trends but I’d like to know what you think! All for the beard? To hat or not to hat? Hit me up and let me know in the comments below.