Photo: The Sartorialist
If there was one fashion trend that exemplified the decade just gone, it was skinny jeans. Back in 2004, taking cues from Hedi Slimane's offerings for Dior Homme, my friends and I used to buy the slimmest jeans available and deliver them straight to our friendly neighbourhood tailors to get them tapered on the drive home. Wearing them was a struggle (it was near impossible to get them past the ankles or over the knees), and could be dangerous – you'd be amazed by how many jocks were eager to pick a fight with us 'Emo faggots!' over our choice of pants. But here in 2011, they're no longer looking quite so attractive. The nail in the coffin for me was finding myself in Hamilton last week and noticing all those hecklers of yesteryear roaming around in their very own tapered jeans. So the question begs to be asked: what's next?
1. 1950s Stand By Me-style cuffed jeans over high top Chuck Taylors, preferably beaten to death and repaired with mismatched patches.
2. Japanese selvedge denim – buy it raw and cheap from Uniqlo or raw and expensive from every boutique brand ever created. My pick's Simon Miller (because he's a New Zealander).
3. Italian (as illustrated by The Sartorialist's photo).
Tom Ford Spring 2011.
4. Or for something a little more interesting, try trousers. Fuller cotton, linen or lightweight wool pants are perfect for summer, get 'em cropped or cuffed in your choice of colours. White a la Tom Ford, blue or beige from Junya Watanabe, or orange by Ermenegildo Zegna.
Junya Watanabe Spring 2011.
Ermenegildo Zegna Spring 2011.
Stand By Me photo from here, menswear collection photos from The Fashionisto.
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