Skinny and slim fit pants on men: H-O-T

1st Oct
Women have been wearing skinny jeans for quite a while now. I remember looking at impossibly gorgeous women wearing skinny pants in Milan three years ago and thinking to myself that I would never go there. My "athletic" thighs just wouldn't look right, I thought, and the cheaply made pairs I first tried on in the U.S. were not made to flatter anyone. Well, I am there, and now I notice more and more men are getting there too. Bravo! I don't like skinny pants just because they are fashionable. I see everyone and her sister in a striped cotton maxi skirt, and I will never go there. I like them because they are so English horseback rider looking, so mod/punk reminiscent. Actually they are associated in my mind with all things English, and they are neat and trim to top it off. To be completely honest, I might not like them so much if everyone and his uncle were wearing them, or maybe I will get tired of them one day. But for the moment, I think they are H-O-T and want to share some fine examples of slim/skinny pants wearing. The gentleman pictured above is pastor of a church, and it would probably not be proper for me to say he looks hot. So, I will write it: H-O-T. I love the button down shirt with blazer (casual but cool), the wingtip oxford shoes with contrasting soles (very contemporary) and of course, the slim fitting jeans. Okay, my conscious is bothering me. Let's just say he looks dashing. My colleague Ryan (featured above) also looks super stylish in this suit he picked up at the Nordstrom Rack (love it!) His sartorial daring causes him to really stand out at work - perhaps revealing his southern California roots. The suit looks ultra modern with the slim fit of the trousers, and the bow tie is another fun detail. It is a refreshing twist on the necktie with classic business suit look: smart, professional and up-to-the-minute. C-arie Woodward of DapperSocietySF (pictured above) is a stylist in San Francisco. I will bet you couldn't tell! His look is simply perfection: all proportion and balance. First of all, I love the accessories of his attire: necktie, lapel pin and pocket square. They add just the right amount of spice. Once he steps indoors and removes the lovely white fedora, he will still look wonderfully stylish, thanks to these details. The tan shoes echo the color of his tie - albeit in a lighter shade - and is a much cheerier alternative to black. And last but not least, the navy blue suit is really sharp. In fact, this item should be a staple in every well dressed modern man's wardrobe. According to Dan Trepanier of TSBmen, This is your hero. Your workhorse. Your go-to. Your three days a week, but nobody really notices. - I would add, it is infinitely better if the trousers have no break (just hit the top of the shoe) and are slim fitting! This last gentleman muse shows a great way to wear your skinny jeans: rolled up. By the way, dark denim with a sport coat is usually a winner. Rolling up the jeans creates a super cool look, drawing attention to his not-so-ordinary shoes. While the cuffed skinny jeans are casual, he looks neat, trim, contemporary and cosmopolitan. It is a more European look, which I am happy to see has made it here...FINALLY!




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Trend alert: rolled up jeans.

29th Sep
Normally, I steer clear of extremely popular or trendy looks. It doesn't go with my commitment to follow a more European approach to style by purchasing only occasionally an item or two of fine quality and taking care of those I already own. In the long run this saves me tons of time which I can engage in other creative endeavors (like blogging). And on the whole, I've always valued quality over quantity. However, I am super inspired by something I am seeing a lot of in San Francisco: rolled up jeans. Yes, rolled up jeans are stylishly casual. That little cuff elevates them to a whole new level of coolness. I am always fixating on maintaining a continuous line/silhouette, and that roll at the bottom does break up the line of the leg, but there are other ways of elongating one's look, and for the cool quotient, I think it is worth exploring them. Just take a gander at these examples. The woman pictured above has no need to appear slimmer, but the dark top and dark jeans do give her an ultra slender - and by the way, classic - look. The polychromatic tote bag and colorful flats are the perfect pops of color. As a friend recent mentioned to me, it is important to limit your "pops". If your top and your shoes pop, your skirt or trousers should not, for example. Otherwise, this friend stated, you come off as "a bag of pop-rocks": not stylish. Notice how the roll at the bottom of the jeans draw attention to the flats. The woman pictured below has a larger cuff. This also works. The eye-catching necklace and white top draw the eye upward, and so, the large cuff and satiny leopard print ballerina flats act as a counterbalance by adding interest to the feet. Notice how the cuffs on her jacket sleeves also increase the cool factor. The lovely lady below demonstrates cuffed jeans in a wintergreen color with shorty boots. Rolled up jeans go oh-so-well with flats, booties or fun/sexy heels. We have a total break up of the line (of the leg) here, but this woman pulls it off. While wearing rolled up jeans, it really works best, in opinion, if there is some skin showing, don't you think? I am amazed by how closely her handbag matches the pants, but I could also see her rocking this ensemble with a multicolored handbag or one of a contrasting color: maybe reddish purple? The shorty boots below were featured in an earlier post about boots. I include the look again, because the cuff is indispensible for showing off these vintage riding boots. They are also in step with the bohemian style of the outfit. The stylish ladies pictured below show again how perfect rolled up jeans are for shorty boots. What an improvement over pants which drape over the top of the boots! And the look is flirty. As you can see above, the woman to the left is not heavy-set by any means, but neither is she a walking stick figure. Skinny pants and jeans can be harrowing for anyone who is self conscious about larger-than-model-sized hips. They not only follow the exact shape of the leg; they accentuate any wideness of the hips and butt. If you about to give up entirely on skinny pants, I would recommend trying cuffs. You can see in the picture that the cuff creates a counterbalance, providing some heaviness at the hem, as you would have with wider legged pants. The cuff also creates a visual distraction from the hips/butt area. The vividly colored sleeves on the woman to the left also create a beautiful sense of proportion and balance, don't you think? Pictured above are rolled up jeans with Ferragamo high heeled sandals. To increase the sexy/flirty factor while getting that cool effect, I find I am liking sandals or pumps that are somewhat playful or with some oomph. I tried out the look with my favorite heels: a pair of black patent leather Jimmy Choo peep toe pumps: not a match! They were too conservative/boring for this look. I also realized that a delicate heel requires a smaller cuff. The two men pictured above were attendees of a fashion/art show, and I must say they look quite dapper. The cuffs on the pants to the right draw attention to the wearer's stylishly casual shoes and definitely spice up his outfit. The jeans of the one to the left are not rolled up, but I believe that is a good thing. His cap, two-tone leather jacket, striped t-shirt under the button-down and contrasting shoes provide just the right amount of "popping". This gentleman looks great in a jacket and rolled up jeans. The cuffs draw attention to his stylish shoes with red laces. It is a nice blend of classic and contemporary. The gentleman's cuffs (shown above) are a little sloppy. It might have been helpful to iron the cuff or at least roll it more carefully so that its size were more consistent. He also illustrates a way rolled up jeans should not be worn: with socks...ever! If it weren't for these details, this man would look quite presentable. The adorable woman featured above was photographed this past summer and featured in a post on alternatives to yoga pants. Her jeans are rolled up to a capris length and contribute to a breezy, classically Parisian look. I don't think this look is as appropriate for fall and winter, but it is an interesting variation on the rolled up jeans theme. As my friend Erin describes it, the look above is "all sorts of wrong". I have to concur with him. I don't quite get why the jeans are rolled up this high. And then wIth such an enormous variety of comfort/walking shoes, there is no excuse for wearing athletic sneakers with the outfit. As we can see, rolled up jeans topically work best when they reveal just a glimpse of skin between footwear and cuff, and although they undoubtedly make for a casual look, getting too casual (at the expense of style) - with sneakers or most flip flops - ruins the effect. The footwear of choice is something which deserves to be showcased. I am super inspired and thinking I can have fun with this look. Since I already own a pair of skinny jeans, I might not have to deviate from my new habit of limiting my closet. I can simply wear them with different shoes - especially shorty boots! What are your favorite ways of wearing rolled up jeans?

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