Historically, the theatre provided a chance for the great and the good of society to show off the latest fashions, an expression of wealth and style and theatregoers have been dressing up in their finery for centuries. Nowadays donning your finest suit and tie for the theatre still adds to the sense of occasion and it’s a great excuse to try out the latest mens fashion trends. If you want to look sharp and on trend for your next night out at the theatre, we’ve taken a look at the latest trends for 2012 to give you some dressing up ideas.
Mix & Match Textures
A key trend for both men’s and women’s fashions this year is the mix and match of rich textures. Designers are making a return to luxurious fabrics as a contrast to today’s modern synthetic fibres and cheap throwaway fashion. Fabrics like velvet, suede and silk are key and these high quality fabrics are perfect for dressing up for a night at the theatre too. An easy way to add a touch of rich texture to men’s outfits is with a blazer. This velvet blazer (pictured) from the House of Fraser mens fashion collection is a great example, and its dark colour makes it easy to mix and match with other colours in your wardrobe.
If you really want to look smart for your evening on the town, then a classic suit is the simplest way to sharpen up your look. In recent years there has been a real trend towards skinny suits and slim fitting narrow suit cuts. This is all set to change in 2012 as designers look for a fresh twist. The biggest suit trend for the year ahead is the box cut. As the name suggests, this is a looser, wider cut of suit, with defined shoulders and strong lines that create a boxy shape. It’s also a very modern look that steers away from the retro styles that have been the mainstay of the past few years. You can take a look at the Esquire site for a prime example of the boxy new suit from the famous fashion house, Prada.