Local Menswear Connoisseurs Share This Season’s Biggest Trends

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Add a pop of color

For an effortless spring look, Caitlin Riney, owner of the Detroit menswear shop George Gregory encourages incorporating colors such as pink, mustard, and burnt orange. Tonal layering in cream, gray, and navy is another popular option for those who shy away from vibrant colors. “Guys like to look their best without putting in all the time,” Riney says. “Find yourself a great layering piece, add color somewhere — socks work, too — and make sure you have a properly fitted pair of denim or chinos.” 1422 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-285-8345; shopgeorgegregory.com

Lightweight linen suits

The full-service menswear shop Hot Sam’s Detroit has provided suits, casual wear, and tailoring to younger and older generations alike for 99 years. Hot Sam’s expects two-piece linen suits in baby blue, pink, and yellow to be a popular choice this season, no matter the guy’s age. “It’s a Detroit thang!” says Hot Sam’s Detroit marketing director Lauren Stovall. 127 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-961-6779; hotsamsdetroit.com

Clean cut: Step up your T-shirt game with Carhartt’s classic K87 Pocket Tee.

Back to basics 

For more than 130 years, Carhartt has offered durable workwear apparel and outdoor gear. The brand’s focus areas this season are technical clothing and gear with more stretch and protection, layering, and brighter color palettes, according to Scott Zimmerman, vice president of global product merchandising. These trends are reflected in items such as Carhartt’s classic K87 Pocket Tee, Active Jac, and A18 Watch Hat. 5800 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-1274; carhartt.com

Streetwear savvy

Popular streetwear brands Vlone and Bape have been top sellers at the Detroit sneaker shop Nojo Kicks, and owner Andy Beletskiy doesn’t see that trend slowing down anytime soon. Beletskiy also expects tie-dyed apparel to do well, thanks to popular streetwear designers such as Mike Amiri, who featured dyed pieces in his spring/summer 2020 collection. 1220 Library St., Detroit; 313-656-4402; nojokicks.com

Bright blazers

From finely tailored suits to made-to-order English woven ties, the Birmingham menswear store Claymore Shop embraces color in a big way. Blazers in shades of raspberry and cobalt are popular at the shop this season — perfect for more hopeful spring and summer days ahead. “The way men dress is becoming more colorful, adventurous, and less constrained by old rules and dress codes,” says J.J. Benkert, president of Claymore Shop. 90 S. Adams Road, Birmingham; 248-642-7755; claymoreshop.com

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Staple item: Make room in your wardrobe for a custom pair of Detroit Denim Co. jeans.

The perfect pair of jeans

Look for mid-rise straight-leg denim, bootcut denim, and the adult version of distressed denim as the go-tos from Detroit Denim Co. this season. But beyond the particular fit or style, owner Eric Yelsma says men are really paying attention to sustainability and the origin of their jeans. “Men are more aware of the impact of their purchasing decisions,”  Yelsma says. “Men are wanting to know more about their jeans and what is really behind them.” 2987 Franklin St., Suite B, Detroit; 313-626-9216; detroitdenim.com

Performance fabrics

Luxury menswear store Dolce Moda expects pastel colors, nautical pinstripes, and vests to catch customers’ attention this season. Apparel made of technical fabrics with four-way stretch, moisture-wicking, and quick-dry capabilities are also key for the shop. “It’s about comfort yet elegant, classic pieces,” says shop owner Jenny Ouliguian. “These pieces can be dressed up or down, from the office to dinner and cocktails.” 323 E. Maple Road,
Birmingham; 248-399-6200; dolcemoda.com