Supreme’s SS19 lookbook arrived just ahead of the first drop a few weeks ago, with apparel, accessories and everything else in between making up the extensive offering. Branded Band-Aids, anyone?
Modeled by pro-skater and regular collaborator Sean Pablo, the new gear was showcased in a variety of ways, some of the looks more adventurous than others. As always, there was a lot to pick apart, and many style cues to take forward into warm weather season.
Find our five takeaways below.
1. Loud fleeces and bold pants
It’s not a stretch to describe the fleece jacket as the number one menswear trend in the world right now. Whether it’s a Patagonia Snap-T or something a little more upmarket courtesy of Kapital or Sandy Liang, style-savvy dudes across the globe are uniting to reclaim the toasty staple back from uncool dads and even uncooler startup bros.
A fleece jacket is the quintessential layering piece, but it’s also a capable standalone option, too. Bold designs, like the retro wolves motif seen above look great when paired with colorful joggers, giving off a vibe that’s edgy and flamboyant, with an ice-cool insouciance that says, “yes, look at me, I didn’t even have to try when getting dressed this morning.”
It’s simple, brick-proof and cozy as hell. What’s not to love?
2. Leather jackets and sneakers
It’s one of modern menswear’s true tragedies that the leather jacket is still, in many quarters, exclusively associated with crotch-hugging jeans and Chelsea boots. Sure, when the Hedi Slimane look is done well, it’s undeniably great, but there’s a versatility to the bad-boy favorite that’s often overlooked. You don’t always have to go full rock ‘n’ roll mode to wear one.
Above, Supreme pairs its latest blazer-style jacket with red track pants and an Oakland Raiders tee. It’s a two-in-one look that can be easily manipulated depending on your choice of footwear. For relaxed daytime shopping, go trainers. For more formal nighttime activities, go loafers. Easy.
3. Cardigan szn
Winter is over in Europe and spring has sprung. But before you go filling up ice cube trays with reckless abandon, just remember that seasonal shifts necessitate some wardrobe tweaks. Namely, those fleeces we talked about a couple of entries ago will have to be soon packed awa.
Fortunately, cardigan season is here and they are amazing, as proven by the fact they’ve been around for literally hundreds of years. They’re kinda like the fleece’s little, slightly more lightweight, brother, and are perfect for slinging on during the summer nights when things get chillier after the sun goes down. If you’re asking my opinion, the heavier the better, like this mohair version from Our Legacy that’s akin to being bear-hugged by some kind of benevolent yeti.
Remember, cardigans are conservative by their very nature, so don’t be shy when it comes to mixing up sizing, colors and prints, like Supreme did in its inclusion of the piece in the Spring/Summer 2019 lookbook. Wear it open to show off what you’re wearing underneath, and make a further statement by wearing a loud T-shirt such as the leopard print Haines staple seen above. If you prefer something more smart-casual, the likes of Acne do thinner, preppier versions.
4. Buy a casual suit right now
First thing’s first, Supreme’s suiting game might low-key be the best in the business — think back to this dark green ensemble that Tyler, The Creator nailed last year.
Worn with Vans, Converse, Common Projects or even a loafer, the suit can measure up to any kind of engagement. The bolder the color the better, which will demonstrate your willingness to flex while still working with a conservative menswear classic. At first, wearing a suit in a casual context might feel a little odd, but then, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
For an even punkier look, try accessorizing with some badges and jewelry. If you want to smarten up, then swap out the graphic T-shirt for a plain white basic. A tucked in shirt with a loose button at the top, tucked in with a belt also looks great, too.
5. Cycling shirts are in
Cycling shorts were one of the biggest trends for women in 2018. Thanks to Supreme, might cycling shirts be next?
Alexander Wang has already released his take on the performancewear piece with adidas, but the New York brand has gone a step further, linking up with historical Italian brand Castelli. It’s athleisure at its most extreme, but the lightweight, breathable fabric makes the jerseys an ideal choice for the hot summer weather.
Supreme has taken the unorthodox step of styling the sports shirt with a gentlemanly mac, yet it somehow works. The lesson here is don’t be afraid to go high and low with your looks, even if doing so might feel a little jarring initially.
If you don’t fancy cycling gear and find the fit a little too skinny, a soccer shirt would work equally as effective.