The 70’s are back in a big way this summer via large geometric prints, eye-popping colors, and large 70’s inspired belt buckles! Lulu’s at the W Hotel in Hoboken provided the perfect backdrop for Photographer Geoffrey Badner and I to play with all of the bold patterns and styles of the season.
The key to pulling off these types of looks is to not over-do it with the patterns, allowing your look to have a retro feel with a modern edge. Choose one key statement piece, such as David Harts yellow and black geometric blazer, or Marc Jacobs floral t-shirt, and allow the rest of the outfit to really show off this piece as opposed overwhelm it. These kind of bold statement pieces can be very intimidating to a lot of men, but done right, you will be the most stylish man in the room! (I promise!). An easy rule to follow when styling an outfit around a piece with a bold pattern is to choose one of the secondary colors in the pattern and integrate that color somewhere else into your look (for example: I paired David Harts yellow geometric blazer with a black Kooples shirt and white Vince Camuto pants). Yellow is such an overwhelming color that the black and white were really needed to tone down and modernize the look. You never want to match it exactly, as more often than not this will leave you looking like you are wearing a costume from the 1970’s, as opposed to modernizing a specific trend.
Another way to integrate this trend into your look is via accessories. I LOVE large belt buckles like the one on the Prada Belt that I paired with David Harts burgundy suit. Click here to read my article on my favorite large buckle luxury belts this season.
The final trend I focused on in this editorial was the huge trend of wearing white trainers with tailored pieces for a clean, fresh look. I LOVE these white Penguin trainers with gold accents, as well as these ones from Ted Baker. Every man should have a pair of basic white trainers in his wardrobe. They are fresh, clean, modern, and can go with pretty much anything. I LOVE how fresh white trainers look with outfits that are a bit more tailored and polished…………adding just enough of a casual, fashionable edge.