Menswear is getting more creative. The latest Spring/Summer 2016 menswear catwalks were some of the most inspired, varied and inspiration-rich ever, which means there’s a whole heap of fresh menswear trends and references to bone up on if you’re keen to capture the Zeitgeist, sartorially speaking, this season.

From Chinoiserie (Chinese-influenced designs) and Cuban collars, to upmarket raincoats and luxe baseball caps, we’re curated a collection of our favourite menswear pieces to take note of for SS/16….


Chinoiserie1Whether you’re already up on your Chinese-influenced designs or don’t know our Chinoiserie from your pattiserie, it’s time to Unleash the Dragon a la Sisquo. SS/16 runways were awash with silks, pyjama-style trousers, Chinese-influenced motifs (from dragons, to dragonflies and flowers), and most wearable of all: embroidered bomber jackets and souvenier (AKA Sukajan) jackets.


Cuban Collars2(Pictured: Blue Oversized Revere Collar Shirt in Eagle Print from WWYF on Etsy)
Whether or not the vogue for Cuban collars coincides coincidentally with the loosening of Cuban border restrictions or not is up for debate, but one thing’s certain – if you’re still hung up on the granddad collars of the last few seasons, it’s time to change things up and opt for the Cuban alternative. With a distinctly retro vibe, these bad boys are worn medium wide, two “pronged” and sharply pointed. Wear with a short sleeve and a bold print to nail the louche but dapper look.


Distressed Denim3(Pictured: Washed Black Ripped Spray On Skinny Jeans from Topman)
The vogue for distressed denim comes and goes, but right now it’s having a major moment thanks to its grungy, nineties credentials. Go as extreme as you dare, with bleaching, ripping, patching and general denim destruction all very much on the money.


Luxe Baseball Caps4(Pictured: Ted Baker Spenso Suede Baseball Cap from ASOS)
Forget about the deeper, streetwear-influenced snapback caps of previous seasons, this year’s Spring/Summer headwear is a shallower affair, moving back towards a classic baseball cap shape but finished in luxe materials like suede and leather. Keep the peak front and centre to clinch the look.


Raincoats5(Pictured: Stutterheim Stockholm Opal Raincoat from FarFetch)
The anorak is back. Light showers and rainy festivals are the ideal occasion to embrace the light raincoat – and there are plenty of good looking options out there this season. For real style credentials opt for a lightweight see-through or nylon coat to keep you cool and dry.
What’s your favourite SS16 trend? Will you be adopting any of the looks in our round up? What’s your take on distressed denim? Have your say in the Base London Facebook group.