The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan gives up a well summed up look at the state of the ever shrinking men’s pant. We agree fully with her, slimmer cuts are a good thing but taken to far is just well, to far. Unless you are wearing shorts we don’t want to see your ankles when you are standing up and we certainly don’t want to be able to tell if you are circumcised through your pants. If you are short it’s even more important to make sure you have the right cut. If you pants are to short and start showing off to much ankle it will only make you look shorter. And while to baggy of a cut will be unflattering, there is huge difference between slim and tight.
This is the era of ever-shrinking men’s trousers — they are tailored and shorter, tighter and shrunken, too tight and too short. And even occasionally veering into: Pitbull, exactly how are you breathing in those high-waisted white pants?
The look of menswear changes at a snail’s pace, and sometimes it takes years before a not-at-all outlandish idea trickles from the runways, which are now hosting the spring 2015 collections, to the mass market. But when a fashion idea finally reaches the vast middle ground, it tends to stay a while, putting down roots in the menswear landscape.
Thus we are deep in fashion’s equivalent of an old-growth forest — surrounded by men in aggressively tailored pants.
The ubiquity of this trend, even in offices far away from the expected crucibles of creativity, had an executive at a Maryland real estate development firm recently marveling, with some chagrin, that the men in her office were given to wearing particularly close-fitting trousers, which she described as “tight.” While that is a judgment call, it’s true that the cut of men’s pants — the more fashionable cut, that is — has gotten snugger, much snugger than what it was back when Giorgio Armani’s loose Italian tailoring defined power and President Bill Clinton was wearing roomy Donna Karan suits.
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