Friday, 5 August 2011

Turning the pants down? Or is it here to stay?

“ Ermm why are your pants rolled up?”

As a lot of gentlemen will know reading this, one of the huge fashion trends to evolve over the past few years has been the notion of exposing those bare ankles by notching up their trouser legs. This trend has arrived from the ever well dressed men of Italy who have been sporting this look for years. By exposing your ankles there is a sense of freedom and naughtiness that men rarely achieve with their outfits. Women have been exposing their smooth legs for years and now it is the men’s turn to fight back with a bit of ankle.

How high is too high?

Come on guys we don’t want to scare all of the women by exposing our kneecaps do we? Two or at a push three rolls should be fine. From my personal experience I tend to not live up to this rule on a night out as the more confidence gained from alcohol the more those pants go up! It can end up being a bit like a high jump competition, the more the event goes on the higher the bar gets. (The bar being trousers) See what I’m getting at?

From every major city in England, guys are rolling up there trousers. When a trend usually becomes to public or mass engaged I will tend to back away and do the opposite as individuality plays a huge part in fashion. It is important that you don’t follow the pack and follow yourself! However as the guys over in Milan have proved this style has lasted the test of time, and the fact that it just gives that extra edge to your outfit that you need. In my opinion it is here to stay. So get your fake tan at the ready and slap it on those ankles.

Variations of this trend to make it individual

Something I have been playing around with for a while now is to actually make a V shaped cut on your inside or/and outside seam of your trousers. This gives you a bit of exposure but also looks really unique and it does get noticed. If you are brave enough to cut into a pair of new trousers that you have just bought then great, however If you are not then it’s the same old pants rolling I’m afraid. Moreover another option to play about with is not roll the trousers up asymmetrically. It can look very eye-catching to just roll one leg up higher than the other. People may look at you thinking what the hell is he doing but that is the beauty of fashion. Fashion is all about pushing boundaries so get out of your comfort zone for a while and try something new.

Something else that can look great when rolling up the trousers is to wear a pair of very bright. This will draw attention to your feet and hopefully those lovely pair of shoes that you are wearing. Nothing complements this look better than a great pair of tassel loafers.

Below are some examples of this trend and some new ideas:

Bright Socks from the Tommy-Hilfiger-Spring-2011 show


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