Top spring 2010 runway trends guys should actually try

| Scene Fashion Columnist

I sometimes feel that guys are more wary of fashion trends than ladies. For this reason, I’ve decided to outline some easy spring runway trends to try out. Why should you even care what’s popular this season? Well, quite frankly, no one wants to have the same boring look forever.

1. The light blazer
If you haven’t already made the investment, consider buying a light coat to wear when it’s a little warmer than 30 degrees. Choosing one in khaki, light heather grey or navy gives you many other styling options. Fashion designer Michael Bastian sent his male models down the runway in blazers coupled with blue jeans or twill pants. Cuff the sleeves to a point just below your elbow for a more casual, relaxed look. To complete the look, wear either a cotton shirt or a casual button-down.

2. Dual chromatic outfits
Color combinations such as black and white, tan and grey, or white and peach are completely appropriate for spring and were the main themes of Viktor and Rolf’s runway collection. Afraid of looking feminine or like you spent too much time in the mirror? Keep things simple. Black shoes and a black belt look great set across crisp white pants and a white shirt, and that’s only four items. If you would rather wear a warmer palate, take a note from Hermes, whose collection was based on the color brown. Instead of black, wear brown accessories and pair them with cream pants and a shirt of the same shade.

3. The sockless trend
Hopefully that didn’t evoke the image of hot, sweaty feet—that’s definitely not the look you should be going for. In fact, many guys walked the runway in boat shoes sans socks, and I think it’s a trend worth trying out. Emporio Armani and the designers at Shipley & Halmos clothed their models in ankle-revealing pants, a look that can be achieved by slightly cuffing the hems of your trousers. The great thing about this look is that it can be done regardless of the occasion. Reminiscent of the nautical trend that appears every year, shoes without socks can be worn with suits for a business casual affair, shorts and a light shirt, or jeans and a button-down.

4. The man-trench
Think Burberry, not the local weatherman. Trench coats are not just for ladies and have the power to completely alter your mood and presence. Fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré showcased a few masculine coats, while the rest were borderline feminine. The key is to look for masculine details, such as utility pockets or military-inspired shoulder flaps. This season Burberry Prorsum updated its classic trench by using unique materials like leather and nylon, and created a new collar shape—one that lacks lapels. But you can’t really go wrong with a classic khaki trench coat. They can be worn over everything from jeans to slacks.