The past few decades have progressively re-energize, if not revolutionized, both menswear and men’s relationships with their own visual identity. Today’s man is his own man. He chooses his personal style and hones his image, going classic or grunge in appearance, hipster or sleek in vibe, or adopting an urban street look or cowboy fashion swagger.Retrospectively, gay men used to lead the greater menswear trends a good decade in advance of the mainstream. Remember the sculpted hairless physique in the 1990’s? The 70’s “porno chic” hyper butch look? But such is not the case anymore.
Recently, facial hair has become de rigeur with hipsters and regular Joes alike, as well as fashion models and editorials. Just what does this penchant for facial hair signify?With the cowboy fashion bandwagon comes its favorite fur:SHEARLING. This noble and ancient fur treatment has experienced a bold renaissance across the past five fall/winter collections, rising to the forefront of fashion and helping to re-energize designers with endless creative possibilities.
The indigo shirt is this summer’s hottest trend, denim jeans are worn at the workplace nowadays, and bandana scarves are slowly gaining momentum. Next might be large belts for men and cowboy boots for everyone.Shearling is its own champion, outlasting trends and influences and keeping retailers happy.