Men in fashionable cities like New York, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo are getting creative with their pant length. Ray Smith from The Wall Street Journal wrote an article today discussing the trend of fashion forward men wearing their trousers rolled-up or more dramatically, hemmed short. Walking around New York, I have noticed the trend popping up everywhere. It is especially apparent with the Top-Sider wearing (Blucher Mocs in the winter) ironic preppy guys. I personally been wearing a pair of A.P.C. jeans rolled-up for the past year or so. Partially born out of necessity and slightly for fashion’s sake, the practice is a subtle way to give your outfit a little twist. The roots of the cropped-pants look inevitably goes back to Mr. Thom Browne. It seems to me men are taking Mr. Browne’s influence to heart, although in a slightly less exaggerated way.
My thoughts on the trend as quoted in Ray Smith’s WSJ article:
“Fans of the flood point out that it’s practical in warm weather, like rolling up sleeves on a long-sleeved shirt. Michael Williams, a New York-based menswear publicist, says higher pants also show off one’s shoes and unique details on the underside of rolled-up pants.”
A look from the SS09 Engineered Garments look book shows pants rolled.
All photos from The Sartorialist except for the Engineered Garments one. That is theirs.