There were a few key themes that ran throughout this year’s SS20 Paris Fashion Week, and relaxed tailoring was unquestionably one of them. The return of tailoring has been a hot topic at Highsnobiety for a while now but it was on this year’s runway that the trend was truly palpable.
UNDERCOVER’s SS20 show saw the brand step away from streetwear, showcasing dark formal pieces and plenty of open necklines. Tailored trousers lined up against graphic textiles and oversized shirts in a laidback but sophisticated approach to dressing smart.
With fashion houses and streetwear brands alike following suit, this trend is not to be ignored. For those who want to get ahead of next summer’s look, we’ve picked out some choice pieces that will help you do formal more informally.
Scroll on to shop our relaxed tailoring selections, and get ahead of the trend.
Gone are the days when blazer choice meant black, gray, or blue. As we saw during the Paris shows, a more avant-garde top piece can be a good place to start when it comes to relaxed tailoring. Dries Van Noten has the out-there covered with a geometric piece with peaked lapel collar. A more utilitarian selection from Bonne Suits features an adjustable belt, to help you find your perfect fit.
We’ve seen shirts that give a little more leeway make a big comeback over recent months, and the camp collar is certainly having a moment. The short-sleeve poplin shirt from St-Henri, available exclusively at SSENSE, is a prime example of a more generous cut.
Relaxed tailoring is all about the meeting of comfort and style, and this is key in the pants department. Ashley Marc Hovelle’s waffle trousers embody this softer (literally) approach to menswear, in a waffle pique fabric that allows better airflow.