Possibly the most exciting part of a new year is that we see a series of cutting edge trends pulled straight from the streets to the catwalk. A simple snip, shave or comb can instantly transform your style by adding a fresh, modern dimension and a new air of confidence. Whether you’re looking for sleek grooming inspiration or how to work a youthful quiff, 2015 has you covered with a range of styles to suit different personalities. Taking inspiration from luxury brands such as Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang and Balenciaga, here’s a definitive guide to the trends that will take your look to the next level this year.
Related story: Long story short: the rise and rise of the man bun
The understated quiff
A modern take on a classic, this look represents masculinity in one of its best forms and was featured heavily on the London runways earlier this year. The understated quiff was spotted in autumn collections from Alexander Wang to Burberry Prorsum, which all presented a messy drawback of hair with slight volume. It’s a practical cut that requires little maintenance and transcends seasons – it’s quite regularly reinvented. As well as looking suave and timeless, this cut pairs perfectly with a tailored outfit or even streetwear. Try combing your quiff forward diagonally for a casual, windswept effect or add a side part for a more sophisticated look.
Related story: Musts for men: the 3 new grooming essentials
The textured look
This one lies somewhere between ‘I’ve just rolled out of bed’ and a nonchalant ‘I didn’t even try to look this good today’. Think of it as a collapsed quiff – short on the sides with plenty of length kept long and loose at the front. Go natural for this look, using minimal product to accentuate the organic wave or curl of the hair, allowing it to fall forward a little on the face. It’s a youthful take on texture, working well for guys with full, tousled locks and adding volume for those with fine hair.
Related story: Secret men’s business: the grooming regimes of Hollywood’s A-list
The blunt cut
Feeling adventurous? Go one step further and opt for a haircut that pushes boundaries. Balenciaga styled men with shaved sides (similar to an undercut), then left a mop of hair on top, which was characterised by a short, straight fringe kept well above the eyebrows. The contrast between the sides and top gives a hard edge and will modernise your appearance.
Related story: Bare essentials: what every man needs in their bathroom cabinet
The wet look
On a final note, keep an eye on the wet look and think sleek. This look can be adapted to suit day-to-day wear or the workplace. Models at Casely Hayford sported the wet look with an old-school rock inspiration. For this cut, keep quite a bit of length on top and the sides short, but don’t go as drastic as the 2014 favourite – the undercut. This style will require product and a wide tooth comb to pull hair back off the face while keeping a touch of volume. For day wear, ditch the shine and focus on using products that will keep your hair slick and suave.
Related story: 10 best-selling skincare buys for guys