There's No Right or Wrong Way to Wear Your Pants Right Now
Slim-fit, loose-fit, long, or short—it's all about what works for you.
BY Scott Christian | Aug 2, 2017 | Fashion
In the book Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011, Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist points out an interesting fact about every musical movement of the 20th century: They are all about the pants. San Francisco in '67, New York in '77, grunge, hip-hop, the abomination that is rap core—every one of those musical eras, he says, is associated with a specific style of pants. It's a fact that also highlights one enduring truth of menswear: When it comes to style, guys rarely break away from the pack.
Fortunately, that is changing.
From the runways of this past men's fashion month to the style on the streets, one clear cut trend has emerged in 2017—that, in terms of length and cut of pants, there is no real trend. From the cropped-and-wide of Todd Snyder and N. Hoolywood, to the loose-and-long of Dior Homme and Louis Vuitton, to the slim-and-tailored of Haider Ackerman and Alexander McQueen—and yes, even to the skinny jeans of Saint Laurent, Balmain, and John Elliott—men's trousers are having an "anything goes" moment.
Which is actually a very welcome change. For most of the history of men's fashion, styles— especially trouser styles—have been fairly rigid. From the breeches of our Founding Fathers, to the high-waisted trousers of the Victorians, to the varying cuts the 20th century, the one thing that could be counted on was that all men were wearing the same thing.
But now, men are getting better at finding their own voice in terms of what they wear. And, thanks primarily to the explosion of fashion over the last decade, guys have a broader range of styles to choose from. Even within specific trends, there is more range. If athletic style is your thing, you can go with skinny joggers, loose track pants, or cropped technical pants. If you prefer a tailored look, slim and no-break works just as well as long and loose. Even jeans can now be worn in a variety of cuts. The only true limit is your own level of confidence. Well, almost.
There is one caveat to this anything goes mentality with pants: Everything needs to fit properly, i.e, it needs to fit as it was designed to fit. Don't buy trousers that are two sizes too big and call them "loose." Fit is important no matter the cut you choose (watch a Cary Grant movie from the 1940s to see how baggy can still be perfectly tailored). When it comes to pants, a good fit allows everything to drape properly. That's the key to looking great no matter the cut.
OK, there is one more caveat: For the love of god, cut it out with the super skinny jeans already. No one needs to see the shape of...things through your pants.
From: Esquire US