Men no longer want to wear a suit and tie; this is the new masculine elegance | Entertainment | The USA Print

Marvin Gaye was one of the most intelligent and politically vindictive artists of the 20th century.  He dressed up to be.

Seven years ago Barney’s New York conducted a survey among its male customers with the aim of understanding how they made purchasing decisions. Most said they wanted to dress “correctly” in any environment. Without intending it, those who tried to solve a hypothetical mystery ended up confirming that the consumer had internalized the principles on which they had built their business, based on the idea of ​​the existence of a good taste. The department stores, which closed in 2020 after 97 years of business, were in fact outlived by those principles.

For years it has been relied on that there is only one suitable formula for showing up for everyday appointments or important occasions in the same way that it is naturally assumed that underpants come in packs of two and socks in packs of three. That the shirts are sport or dress, that chino pants are wild or that tailoring has to be rigorously boring, and that to cover the need that may arise at any given time for each one of them, all you have to do is go to the department with your name.

The man is more willing to break with the landscape of fashion firms that seems too flat

Seen from afar, the landscape of men’s fashion brands seems too flat to correspond to an industry on the rise: throughout this year the market is expected to grow by 5.7% compared to 2.89% for women’s. Is a business that according to Euromonitor International will reach 547.9 billion dollars in 2026 sustained by consumers who, in short, dress almost the same? Not quite.

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A look around is enough to appreciate that after a long time (the first drastic change in style experienced by men occurred with the so-called “great masculine resignation” in the 19th century, when they reduced the expression of wealth in their clothes to a minimum to relegate the role of loudspeaker of status to the wardrobe of his women, and the second would arrive in the eighties represented by the Casual Friday) something is changing. The man is more willing to experiment, to have fun and, of course, to use clothes to express his ideas.

Marvin Gaye was one of the most intelligent and politically demanding artists of the 20th century. He dressed up to be.

Jim Britt

Enter Harry Styles. Styles in a two-piece suit with a tight waist touched by a flower of disproportionate dimensions signed by Harris Reed for Nina Ricci. Styles in a see-through Gucci blouse. Styles in a low-cut sequin jumpsuit from EgonLab. Each of his appearances and the latest Saint Laurent men’s collections prove that the adjective “sexy” can be applied to men in the same way that until now it has only been applied to women.

The 29-year-old Briton, yes, has been showered with criticism that has little to do with his sense of taste. His look, which comfortably crosses the boundaries of what has traditionally been considered men’s or women’s clothing, and his use of symbols queer have raised suspicions of queerbaitingthat is, of wanting to win the support of the LQTBIQ+ public without ever having stated that they belong to that community.

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Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons recover pieces from the children's wardrobe

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons recover pieces from the children’s wardrobe

Monica Feudi

He is not the only artist who has decided to turn his stylistic choices into a banner of advanced thinking. Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, began by getting a manicure, continued in gender-fluid fashion, and even kissed a dancer during his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Coming from a reggaeton singer, a markedly heteronormative genre, it’s a clear sign of progress.

To ignore archaic masculinity, it is not necessary to wear a skirt like Brad Pitt at the premiere of Bullet Train in Los Angeles or Oscar Isaac in the one of moonknight in London. Matty Healy, leader of the band The 1975, wears Beatles-esque suits as he sings “I thought we were fighting but it looks like I was gaslighting you.” Nothing is more modern than understanding the difference between arguing and manipulating.

The singer Matty Healy, leader of The 1975, has become an icon for his lyrics

The singer Matty Healy, leader of The 1975, has become an icon for his lyrics

Scott Dudelson

Thimothée Chalamet, Steve Lacy or Lucien Laviscount are also part of the group of men who are changing the rules of etiquette. For them it is the Vichy check aprons by Prada, the overskirts by Dries van Noten or the pink suits by Zegna. They are all heirs to figures like Bowie or Marvin Gaye and, to a certain extent, to universally accepted style icons like Steve McQueen or Paul Newman. They all have one thing in common. They are (or were) always comfortable in their clothes. And that’s the only thing that makes a look the right choice.

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