It’s a new decade and time to find a routine again. For men, will it be hitting the gym more often or making a different move like stopping by the toy store not to pick your children up toys, but one for yourself.
Here are a few trends to watch for in the office and at home for men in 2020.
Botox in the office?
Millions of Americans get cosmetic work done every year — and it isn’t just for beauty.
A study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2018 found that Botox in the US has nearly increased by 50% in the past half-decade. While almost 70% said they wanted to improve their psychological well-being by looking better, more than half (59%) said they wanted to look good at work. Although the survey was mostly comprised of women (more than 86% of respondents were women), perhaps 2020 might be the trend of seeing more men in the office trying to look their best.
In Silicon Valley, the trend has already started. The Washington Post reported about some tales in tech’s universe with men wanting to look young as a way to enhance their professional appearance by making them look more “high-energy, hard-working and on-trend.”
One plastic surgeon in San Francisco told The Washington Post that about 25% of his patients are now men working in tech.
“You’re surrounded by a lot of people who are just out of college and very ambitious, and you just feel pressure to fit in,” one Silicon Valley veteran said. “You don’t want people to assume that because you’re not in your twenties you won’t be able to work long hours and live the lifestyle necessary to be successful.”
Back to Basics
Adults like to play video games, exercise and invest in self-care routines. Now, they’re playing with Legos.
In an effort to zone out from work, stressed out adults are turning to their kids’ building blocks, according to The Washington Post.
“Adults with high-pressured jobs are telling us they’re using Lego to disconnect from the mania of the day,” Genevieve Capa Cruz, Lego’s audience marketing strategist, told The Washington Post in an article this week. “They’re looking for a relaxing, calming experience — and they like instructions because that’s what helps them be in the zone.”
Lego explained that it has started to shift some of its products in an effort to “make kits foolproof for frazzled adults” like introducing unique lines of koi fish and shark models aimed to make a “joyful creative challenge” for builders.
The 1990s are back?
Not quite — yet.
The Wall Street Journal penned a style piece pointing out some of the recent trends in men’s fashion, specifically taking a look at square-toed shoes that have long been thought of as an item of the past. As noted, at the Golden Globes those “blunt-toed dress shoes” were on full displace and now they might be making a comeback.
“After 20 years, they feel fresh again,” stylist Ian Bradley told The Journal.
Bradley advises keeping your outfit simple and if you’re thinking about bringing back the shoes, keep it calm.
“I would wear [a pair] with something super classic, like a solid crewneck knit and a straight-leg trouser or a jean.” In other words, if you want to go square, dispense with flair,” he said.