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TRANS/FORM-ers: These New Proportions Are Next Level

27 Sep 2017

While a new Transformers film hit theatres this past summer, another type of transformer—one for your wardrobe—hit the runway and the street. Say hello to the Trans/Form trend, a style direction that's resizing and redesigning basics, creating sartorial staples in fresh proportions. Think longline pieces, boxy tees, wide legs, drop-shoulders, and minimalist mock necks with dimensions that are dramatically different from what's already hanging in your closet. 

When it comes to colour, the trend tends to stick to neutrals, understated and hushed hues with hints of black and white. For extra sophistication, you'll sometimes see cosmetic colour combos (millennial pink, anyone?) slipped in. Why so simplistic? Keeping the colour and styling more minimalist helps us navigate these new shapes and lets them make the most visual impact.

Speaking of navigating new proportions, we're getting a helping hand from Simons' menswear buyers and designers this season. Our Le 31 department has taken the guesswork out of getting the trend right by creating an on-point edit of pieces that they've designed and handpicked the details for, making it easy to embrace this new direction in men's fashion. Their interpretation of the trend's key elements provides you with fashion-forward options, quality, and a flawless fit, all at a great value. 

The Evolution of an Alternative Aesthetic

Trans/Form is a trend that Simons’ menswear buyers have been following on the runway for a few years now. Each season, it develops further and further and gets reinterpreted in new ways. Seeing what is commercially popular, designers try to take fashion in a different direction. Since skinnies and slim fits have been the dominating design for quite some time, fashion’s finest have begun playing around with proportion, opting for what’s oversized, boxy, and wide. They’ve started an evolution towards an alternative aethetic. 

Rick Owens comes to mind as one of the pioneers of this ultra progressive style, having taken his pieces to great lengths (literally) on the runway. He first stretched shirts and tees to resemble tunics, and then started adding fabric to the blazers and jackets that topped them. Finally, he turned his focus to widening the width of bottoms.

When Simons' buyers began spotting similar styles on street style icons and famous fashion bloggers, it was official. This wasn't just a fad—proportion play was here to stay.

Why the Trend’s Taking Off 

For many men, comfort is a key factor in their fashion choices. Commercially, slim is in. But since the oversized options of the Trans/Form trend are much more comfy and less restrictive than skinnier styles, they are quickly gaining ground.

The trend really resonates with a younger crowd and lends itself more easily to casual settings where you can forego the rules of a formal dress code. However, with their innovative take on the conventional suit, our designers at Le 31 show that the trend can touch on tailoring in order to offer alternative options for the office.

In lieu of a suit jacket, they've created a bomber in traditional blazer fabric, as well as matching pants, complete with pleats for added volume (and comfort). Bored of your business shirt? Look no further than Le 31's minimalist mock-neck hybrid with a hidden shoulder  placket to instantly look dapper at your desk.
 

The Ways to Wear It

Just want to dip your toe into the Trans/Form trend? Test it out by incorporating one element into your outfit. The easiest way is with a top that's either drop-shoulder or longline, like Le 31's striking twin striped tunic. Then, balance things out on bottom with a slim-fitting pant to keep the emphasis on top. 

Once you're confident enough to take Trans/Form to the next level, try layering a turtleneck under an oversized top or our Rick Owens-inspired workwear jumpsuit. True pros of putting together pieces in new proportions might be bold enough to experiment with our oversized pleated pant. It's a little harder to master, but here's a tip: Tuck in the top so you're able to see the waist and how you've perfected playing with proportions.

Ready to try your hand at the Trans/Form trend?
Get some style inspiration from our lookbook here.