Trends of 2011

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.

LBM 1911

The Double Breasted Blazer
The blogger-blue versions may not fare too well over the next few seasons, but there’s a lot to like here. In particular, it’s one of the rare trends that plays to barrel-chested gentlemen. With the right physique, it’s the kind of thing you can build a wardrobe on.
Rating: A+
Credit Worthiness:
A strong capacity to meet its commitments, but still susceptible to adverse changes in circumstance.

Double Monkstrap

The Double Monk
It burned bright, and it burned fast. But as the veteran Italophiles get more refined—and the younger ones get more eager—it’s only a matter of time before this gets branded as an entry-level move.
Rating: BB-
Credit Worthiness:
Less vulnerable in the near term, but faces major ongoing uncertainties in the future.

The Slim Cargo Pant
Military style never quite goes away, and given how inconspicuous we’ve managed to make the cargo pocket, there’s reason to think this one will stick around. Having said that, we don’t see anyone topping what Michael Bastian did for Dockers this year, so short of some mold-breaking design work, there may be nowhere to go but down.
Rating: BBB+
Credit Worthiness:
An adequate capacity to meet its commitments. However, adverse conditions are more likely to lead to a weakened capacity.

Navajo Print
It was a good idea—one of the original American heritage patterns, brought into the modern age—but a pattern this loud wasn’t going to last long, especially once it made it to Urban Outfitters. When you’re pulling down cease and desist letters from the Navajo Nation, it may be time to call it a day.
Rating: CCC
Credit Worthiness:
The obligor is currently vulnerable, and dependent on favorable business, financial and economic conditions to meet its commitments.

Cutaway Collar

The Cutaway Collar
This extremist version of the spread collar has been gaining ground thanks to the Run of the Mill folks. (Boggi also makes a good one.) Unlike the double monk, this one’s just getting started, so it should still be going strong by the time 2012 rolls around. Invest away.
Rating: AA
Credit Worthiness:
It’s not going anywhere.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom