A lot of new ideas arrived on the menswear scene this past year, but as we cast our gaze forward to 2012, we only see a few of them lasting through the next twelve months. So to let you know what you can safely count on wearing a year from now, we've rated some of the most discussed tricks in the book on a simple AAA-to-D scale (with apologies to Standard & Poors). If you want a credit rating for your double monks, look no further.
The Navajo look is usually a pretty advanced move, but Opening Ceremony just released one of the more accessible items in the whole trend: socks. (Hat tip.) They’re also our favorite of the growing crop of loud socks, in part because they’ve got more to them than just bright colors. Think of them as one more reason to keep your trousers cuffed.
For instance, pulling off a massive geometric pattern without seeming like an extra in a Metropolis remake.
This denim piece in CHCM caught our eye for its post-Navajo chops, but actually wearing the thing should take quite a bit of preparation. We suggest a khaki cotton blazer and some neutral pants—possibly with a roll or two. Do it right, and you’ll have the futurist-cowboy all to yourself.
[This polo] from Japan’s Neighborhood takes an unusually direct approach to the Navajo look, taking one of the busier patterns and splashing it all over a loose collared polo shirt. It might be a bit more than we bargained for on its own—the eye can only take so much—but enough neutral layering might do the trick.
The Navajo look has been building steam for a while now, even if you won’t be able to get your hands on most of it before Fall ’09. These jackets from April77 and Rogues Gallery are only the beginning.