Trend Watch: What Men Are Wearing This Season

High fashion for the high seas.
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Fashion runways were awash in avant-garde looks for men in the spring and summer 2016 collections, each having a cruise-worthy element. Think overalls, shorter shorts, neckerchiefs, and lots of layering. If practical and comfortable is more your vacation style, here’s a rundown of the six latest trends that are wearable and fashionable for when you take to the high seas.

Cuban collar

Channel your inner 1950s Elvis with this retro look. The hallmark of this style is an open, notched collar matched with short sleeves. The more traditional, boxy cut of this shirt works with shorts or casual trousers. For a more modern aesthetic, opt for a slimmer fit, and if you’re really feeling it, go full Don Draper with the addition of a blazer.

Grey or green

Grey is a color most men already have in their wardrobe. Keep it fresh this year by adding varying shades and patterns of grey to create a cool, tone-on-tone look that’s big on texture. Prefer to stand out in a crowd? All shades of green are big this season, too. Fully commit to the look in a dark military green suit, or just dip your toe in the trend with athletic shoes in a kelly green hue.

White pants

White linen pants and chinos are a fashion “do” when paired with deep navies or pops of bright color for an eternally preppy look. You can also combine white denim with a washed-out chambray button down, and a dusty brown belt and sandals for a classic weekend look on board.

Upscale ‘athleisure’

Active wear as everyday fashion has become commonplace in casual settings. This season, look for more traditional, tailored styles in performance fabrics like nylon and Gore-Tex, with detailing that includes zippers and snaps instead of button closures. This high-low contrast allows you to pair a suit with cool sneakers and an anorak with a shirt and tie, making it easier to pack light.

Slouchy, wide-leg pants

Comfort-seekers, rejoice: it seems the skinny pant trend is fading. Instead, make sure your legs stay cool with wide-legged trousers and jeans. These roomier styles will look great paired with everything from tees to short-sleeved shirts and blazers. For the right look, aim for a pair that are slightly slouchy, to avoid too much extra fabric.

Baseball caps 2.0

We’re not talking about the faded, sweat-stained version you wear to games to support your favorite team: This new breed of caps is made from luxurious materials like linen, suede and leather. They can be worn easily with casual suits as well as weekend jeans—brim facing forward at all times, of course.

Whether you fancy yourself fashion-savvy or lean toward a lower-key look with a little edge, these six trends work great on land and at sea. All that’s left to do is choose your Royal Caribbean itinerary and pack your bags.

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