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Kickstart your closet with Men’s Fashion Week inspiration

DesignJames R. Sanders, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Menswear is having a major moment in the industry — so much so, it now has its own fashion week, launching today in New York.

As you eye the offerings at the first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men's, a look ahead to the Spring/Summer 2016 collections, here's how you can mix and match products from our family of brands as we catwalk into the shoulder season between summer and fall.


Print-on-print can be tricky, but the most important rule is color, color, color. It works really well when a common color brings the look together — even if it's hard to see, there has to be commonality between the two prints for the look to make sense. Think of style stars Pharrell Williams and Mark Ronson, who rock the trend perfectly.

Below from left: Men's Slim-Fit Linen-Blend Shirts from Old Navy; Seersucker tile print shirt from Gap; Slim-Fit Plaid Linen Cotton Shirt from Banana Republic.


Sweaters in the summer sound unorthodox, but designers have been turning out a lot of knitwear for those windy evenings on the beach. Especially as we start anticipating fall weather and looks, sweaters and cardigans are the perfect day-to-night segue into evening parties or right after an early-morning surf.

Below from left: Textured marl shawl cardigan from Gap; Men's Crew-Neck Sweaters from Old Navy; Surf wash sweater from Gap.


Swim trunks, in recent years, have become just as fashionable as a pair of tailored slacks. They seem simple enough, but with more interest in menswear, designers are creating better pieces and incorporating more trends from their ready-to-wear collections into their swim lines. This season, trunks are diverse enough to work at several lengths (the short-short, the medium and the longer pairs) to accommodate anyone's preference.

Below from left: Palm print beach shorts (10") from Gap; 6" Tailored Swim Short from Banana Republic; Men's Patterned Swim Trunks (6") from Old Navy.