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Top 100 Fashion for Men Trends of 2012

From Wild Wallpaper Lookbooks to Suit of Armor Sweaters

— January 20, 2013 — Fashion
The top fashion for men trends in 2012 showed how excessive styles could work for both sexes. Instead of opting for simplicity, designers decided to go all out when it came to menswear designs.

To celebrate the popularity of Game of Thrones, the Grey Knight Armored Hoodie gave men a chance to feel as though they were a part of this medieval series. Certain editorials such as the Buffalo Soldier Fashionisto exclusive pushed the boundaries of menwear, featuring models wearing military hats and jackets. Although this particular look was excessive, consumers can always tone down the style by just wearing a soldier-like jacket.

Our Fashion for Men Trend Report offers a deeper look into the menswear industry, and highlights various patterns in fashion that have surfaced recently.
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Popularity
Activity
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96
Celeb Playing Card Portraits
Celeb Playing Card Portraits
The Jackson Rathbone by Michael Freeby Editorial is Unexpected
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95
Oversized Flannel Frocks
Oversized Flannel Frocks
The Duckie Brown Fall/Winter 2012 Line Creates Warm Looks with Soft Lines
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94
Sleepwear-Inspired Menswear
Sleepwear-Inspired Menswear
The Domingo Rodriguez Spring/Summer 2013 Collection is Pajama-Chic
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93
90s Attire Editorials
90s Attire Editorials
The Romanovsky by Robert Binda Portrait Series is Effortlessly Cool
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92
Printed Statement Menswear
Printed Statement Menswear
The Alvin Kean Wong Designare Homme Editorial is Eye-Catching
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91
Digitized Couture Captures
Digitized Couture Captures
The Men Novembre Magazine Editorial Features Haute Styling
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90
Militant Officer Editorials
Militant Officer Editorials
The Blazej by Patryk Rosinski Portrait Series is Retro-Inspired
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89
Masculine Female Fashion
Masculine Female Fashion
The Umit Benan Spring 2013 Collection Gets Androgynous
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88
Contemporary Clothing Captures
Contemporary Clothing Captures
Alberto Saguar Shows off Some Modern Style
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87
Cutout Lookbook Collages
Cutout Lookbook Collages
The Kerem Tezgel Spring/Summer 2012 Line Offers Sporty Flair
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86
Subdued Suit Shoots
Subdued Suit Shoots
Kirt Reynolds Captures Subtle-Hued Images
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85
Creepy Moustached Catwalks
Creepy Moustached Catwalks
The Trussardi Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is '70s-Inspired
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84
Peeking Patterns Menswear
Peeking Patterns Menswear
SSAP Spring/Summer Collection is Sophisticated with Pops of Prints
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83
Debonair Suiting Campaigns
Debonair Suiting Campaigns
The J.Lindeberg Spring/Summer 2012 Advertorial Features Sleek Styles
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82
Mormon Model Captures
Mormon Model Captures
Anthony Goicolea Explores Religious Rituals in This Surreal Imagery
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81
Modernly Monochromatic Lookbooks
Modernly Monochromatic Lookbooks
The PROUDRACE Spring/Summer 2012 Line is Dangerously Dark
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80
Textured Textile Catwalks
Textured Textile Catwalks
The James Long Fall/Winter 2012 Line Layers on the Luxury
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79
Retro-Chic Style Manuals
Retro-Chic Style Manuals
The Le Blazer A La Francaise En 10 Lecons Editorial is Dapper
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78
Retro Lounging Pictorials
Retro Lounging Pictorials
The Jonatan Frenk Attitude Magazine Shoot Looks to the Past
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77
Large Logo Lookbooks
Large Logo Lookbooks
The Daniel Palillo Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Pop Culture-Inspired
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76
Haute Hunting Apparel
Haute Hunting Apparel
The Ixone Elzo Fall/Winter 2012 Line Offers Couture Camouflage
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75
Comfy Hipster Catalogs
Comfy Hipster Catalogs
The Ship­ley & Hal­mos Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Versatile
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74
Geek Chic Menswear
Geek Chic Menswear
Ryan Taylor Looks Casually Cool in 'Up On A Roof' for Carbon Copy Magazine
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73
Urban Prepster Collections
Urban Prepster Collections
The J.Crew Menswear Fall 2012 Lookbook is Sharply Dressed
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72
Hipster Desert Captures
Hipster Desert Captures
Irina Lazareanu & Werner Schreyer for Selected Spring Summer 2012 Lookbook
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71
Lazy Sunday Street Styles
Lazy Sunday Street Styles
Giacomo Cosua Captures the Best Fashion from Across the Pond
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70
Freaky Art Student Shoots
Freaky Art Student Shoots
The You Must Create SS 2012 Lookbook is Quirky Yet Endearing
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69
Structurally Sophisticated Styles
Structurally Sophisticated Styles
The Antonio Azzuolo Fall/Winter 2012 Line is Geometrically Chic
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68
Avant-Garde Utilitarian Ads
Avant-Garde Utilitarian Ads
The Dainius Bendikas Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Highly Conceptual
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67
Steamy Cabana Couple Campaigns
Steamy Cabana Couple Campaigns
The Guess Spring/Summer 2012 Shots Star Amber Heard and Silviu Tolu
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66
Cartoon Couture
Cartoon Couture
The Jeremy Scott Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Springfield Sexy
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65
Aging Rocker Editorials
Aging Rocker Editorials
The Andre Van Noord Euroman Shoot is Effortlessly Cool
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64
Audaciously Androgynous Apparel
Audaciously Androgynous Apparel
REENO Clothing Offers Postmodern Style for Men
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63
Preppy Pretty Boy Runways
Preppy Pretty Boy Runways
The Mango Fall/Winter 2012 Collection Modernizes Classic Styles
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62
High-Style Surfer Shoots
High-Style Surfer Shoots
The 'Victor' Dansk Magazine Editorial is Sportswear-Chic
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61
Luxe Blue-Tinged Editorials
Luxe Blue-Tinged Editorials
The Wish Report Brazil April 2012 Cover Shoot Stars Lais Oliveira
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60
Mixed Decade Menswear
Mixed Decade Menswear
The Robert Geller Fall/Winter 2012 Line is Stylishly Diverse
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59
Casual Attitude Ensembles
Casual Attitude Ensembles
Laid-Back Menswear in Antony Morato Spring Summer 2012 Collection
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58
Darkly Dapper Catwalks
Darkly Dapper Catwalks
The Topman Fall/Winter 2012 Line Offers Edgy and Sophisticated Looks
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57
Moustached Photographer Ads
Moustached Photographer Ads
The Le Maison Simons Spring 2012 Campaign Stars Douglas Freidman
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56
Modernly Minimalist Menswear
Modernly Minimalist Menswear
The T by Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2012 Line Makes Basic the Bomb
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55
Baroque Gentleman Fashion
Baroque Gentleman Fashion
The Dolce & Gabbana FW13 Men Collection Brings Back Middle-Age Glamor
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54
Op Art Menswear
Op Art Menswear
The MariusPetrus Spring/Summer 2013 Collection is Optically Ornate
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53
Architectural Origami Menswear
Architectural Origami Menswear
J Ryan Karsten Appears in 'Exposure' for Surface Asia #7
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52
Eccentric 80s Menswear
Eccentric 80s Menswear
The Balenciaga Spring/​Summer 2013 Collection is a Retro Throwback
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51
Urban Cultural Gangster Photography
Urban Cultural Gangster Photography
Siouxzen Kang Captures the Chief Designer of House of Malakai
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50
Luxurious Leather-Infused Lookbooks
Luxurious Leather-Infused Lookbooks
The Belstaff Fall/Winter 2012 Collection Gets Fall Style Right
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49
Interchangable Lookbooks
Interchangable Lookbooks
The McQ Spring/Summer Lookbook Features Multi-Functional Staples
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48
Silly Body-Stamped Editorials
Silly Body-Stamped Editorials
Daniel Sannwald Shoots Some Bold Inked Boys for i-D Magazine
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47
Summer Road Trip Campaigns
Summer Road Trip Campaigns
The Bershka Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook is Carefree
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46
Bejeweled Biker Couture
Bejeweled Biker Couture
The Blonds Fall/Winter 2012 Line is Fast and Furious
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45
Gagafied Menswear Editorials
Gagafied Menswear Editorials
The Mitchell Smith MR Style Hong Kong Shoot Goes Outside the Box
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44
Androgynous Model Pictorials
Androgynous Model Pictorials
This Scott Hugh Mitchell Portrait Series is Impeccably Styled
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43
Punk Frill Fashion
Punk Frill Fashion
The Latest Editorial from BULLETT Magazine Mixes Edge with Romanticism
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42
Bold Blazer-Clad Pictorials
Bold Blazer-Clad Pictorials
The Paul Kelly by Regen Chen Portrait Series is Sharply Dressed
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41
Modern Gypsy Menswear
Modern Gypsy Menswear
The Etro Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear Collection is Eccentric
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40
Structural Eyewear Campaigns
Structural Eyewear Campaigns
The Sixlee Fall/Winter Campaign is Avant-Garde and Edgy
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39
Artfully Inked Pictorials
Artfully Inked Pictorials
The Toby Leonard by Jeff Hahn Portrait Series is Darkly Dynamic
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38
Stag-Headed Model Shoots
Stag-Headed Model Shoots
The Dora Hegedus Line Gets in Touch with Nature
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37
Sandwiched Suitor Snapshots
Sandwiched Suitor Snapshots
The Just Cavalli Spring 2012 Campaign Gets Rock and Roll Spinning
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36
Pierced Punk Athletic Wear
Pierced Punk Athletic Wear
The 'Hanging Around' Sport and Street Magazine Photoshoot is Raw
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35
Space-Age Rain Gear
Space-Age Rain Gear
The Laitinen Fall/Winter Collection Puts Emphasis on Outerwear
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34
Pop Culture Couture
Pop Culture Couture
The Jeremy Scott Fall/Winter 2012 Line Will Take You Back to the '90s
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33
Monochromatic Beachy Menswear
Monochromatic Beachy Menswear
Tourne de Transmission 2013 Collection Feels Like Paradise
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32
Tattooed Tailored Styles
Tattooed Tailored Styles
Sid Magazine Premiers With This Punk Editorial
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31
Singular Pajama Playsuits
Singular Pajama Playsuits
Onepiece Makes Chilling an Ultra Urban Pastime
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30
Fruit-Hued Menswear
Fruit-Hued Menswear
The Apropos Spring/Summer Lookbook Features Contemporary Classics
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29
Comfortably Rugged Menswear
Comfortably Rugged Menswear
The Pull & Bear Spring 2012 Heritage Collection is Simply Chic
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28
Eclectic Nomad Editorials
Eclectic Nomad Editorials
The Reno Ranger SID Magazine Shoot Features Exaggerated Layering
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27
Eccentrically Constricted Editorials
Eccentrically Constricted Editorials
The Fashion Glamoholic Issue Captures Suggestive Outerwear
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26
Spec-Tacular Menswear Campaigns
Spec-Tacular Menswear Campaigns
The Dolce & Gabbana Summer Precollection is Suited Up
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25
Retro Classroom Fashion
Retro Classroom Fashion
The DSquared2 Fall 2012 Campaign is Youthful and Rebellious
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24
Futuristic Tribal Menswear
Futuristic Tribal Menswear
The Addict Fall/Winter 2012 Runway Showcases Bold Prints
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23
Sneaker-Soled Oxfords
Sneaker-Soled Oxfords
The Cole Haan Wingtip Lunargraad are the Most Comfy Dress Shoes
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22
Minimalist Hipster Catalogs
Minimalist Hipster Catalogs
The ZEM Spring/Summer 2013 Lookbook is Understated
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21
Amish-Inspired Streetwear
Amish-Inspired Streetwear
The Sandro Spring/Summer Lookbook Features Oversized Hats
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20
Clashing Pattern Pairings
Clashing Pattern Pairings
The Kit Neale Mens Autumn/Winter 2012 Preview is Vibrant and Bold
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19
Eccentric Billionaire Catwalks
Eccentric Billionaire Catwalks
The Moschino Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear Collection is Dapper
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18
Picture-Cloaked Clothing
Picture-Cloaked Clothing
The Dead Meat Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Camotastic
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17
Pink-Hued Couture Captures
Pink-Hued Couture Captures
The Rose Esquisse Factice Magazine Editorial is Avant-Garde
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16
Crisp Color-Blocked Campaigns
Crisp Color-Blocked Campaigns
The United Colors of Benetton Spring/Summer Lookbook is Preppy
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15
Ornate Blue-Haired Editorials
Ornate Blue-Haired Editorials
The Blue Blood Reflex Magazine Shoot Features Edgy Accessories
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14
Happening Hipster Earmuffs
Happening Hipster Earmuffs
The 'Hipstormossan' Ear Caps Keep Your Extremities Warm and Stylish
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13
Futuristic Lumberjack Menswear
Futuristic Lumberjack Menswear
The Asher Levine Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Utilitarian
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12
Colorfully Chic Poolside Captures
Colorfully Chic Poolside Captures
Guess by Marciano Spring Summer 2012 by Hunter & Gatti
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11
Psychedelic Editorial Collages
Psychedelic Editorial Collages
This New Photo Series from Mikael Jansson is Outlandishly Good
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10
Superhero Sweatshirts
Superhero Sweatshirts
The Power Ranger Hoodies Let Your Harness the Power of the Dinosaur
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9
River Viiperi
River Viiperi
Top Male Model of the Fashion Industry (INTERVIEW)
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8
Alluring Pirate Pictorials
Alluring Pirate Pictorials
The 'Stories From The Sea' Editorial is Artful and Avant-Garde
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7
Suit of Armor Sweaters
Suit of Armor Sweaters
The Grey Knight Armored Hoodie Harks Back to a Time of Chivalry
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6
Seaside Hipster Catalogues
Seaside Hipster Catalogues
The Wasteland Spring 2012 Lookbook is Summer-Ready
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5
Retro-Modern Menswear Shoots
Retro-Modern Menswear Shoots
The Jon Kortajarena GQ France Editorial is Sharply Dressed
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4
Punk Fashion Pictorials
Punk Fashion Pictorials
Carbon Copy Magazine's Latest Shoot Will Rock Your World
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3
Striking Samurai Photoshoots
Striking Samurai Photoshoots
The Honor Interview Magazine Editorial Marries Femininity and Power
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2
Retro Biker Portraits
Retro Biker Portraits
The Vin­nie Wool­ston Numero Hommes Editorial is Rebellious
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1
Badass Body Art Editorials
Badass Body Art Editorials
The Glorious Bastards Papercut Magazine Editorial is Heavily Inked
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