As men, when it comes to bottoms we only have two options: Power and Submissive. Haha, just kidding, wrong kind of bottoms. We are talking about fashion bottoms. No, not those queeny little twinks running around Weho in their jeggings. We are talking about pants. As men, we really do only have two options when it comes to dressing on bottom: Pants and Shorts. When it comes to the work place we really only have one option, and that is why we are going to give you the guide to pants!
Options. Options. Options
Textiles make for different types of pants. Khakis, jeans, suit pants, chinos, corduroy, motorcycle, sweat and cargo. The list goes on and on and on. So, what pants are for you? If you don't know what I am talking about, let me break it down even more. The type of fabric, and the specialties added to a pant create the style of the pant. For example: Cargo Pants. Cargo pants are classified by the extra pockets on the side of the low thigh. With fashion designers creating new looks, cargos can now be found in jersey fabric (sweat pants), and even in suit pants. Motorcycle pants are usually classified by the nifty knee patch, or thigh detailing, they can come in leather, or waxed denim, and now they are coming in suit fabrics. Khakis will always be khakis for their color, and their clean presentation. The ultimate brunch pant if you ask me. So, now that you have the knowledge of cuts, rise, styles and finishes, challenge yourself when shopping next and quiz yourself!
CUTTING IT DOWN
So the cut of a pant usually refers to two different things, the leg of the pant, and the rise of the hip. TYPES OF CUTS FOR LEGS: STRAIGHT LEG : Pants with a straight, narrow leg that does not flare at the ankle. FLARED : Pants that are narrow at the knee with an extra-wide flare from calf to ankle. I don't think any man should wear these anymore. BOOT CUT : Pants that are cut to skim over the thigh and flare slightly at the lower leg, for those men with calves. TAPERED LEG : For the men with thighs pants that narrow toward the ankle. CAPRI : Pants that end anywhere between the knee and mid-calf, for those summer BBQs and beach trips. CROPPED : Pants that end at any length from the mid-calf to the ankle, for the trendier gay. RELAXED FIT : Pants that are relaxed and full from hip to ankle, great for no one. SKINNY : Snug fit through the legs and end in a small leg opening, for those who are twinks, thin, or hipster.
TYPES OF RISE FOR HIPS REGULAR | CLASSIC | TRADITIONAL : Pants that were made to start below the belly button. LOW RISE : These jeans are meant to show off your V-line on your abs, they literally usually start right above the high part of your crotch, and cut higher on the rear side. HIGH WAISTED : Pants that are cut to start at or above your bellybutton. (These use to be how all pants were cut, and make your legs look the longest. Unfortunately, if you have belly, these pants are not for you.)
Finishes on pants: this is mostly for denim. Denim has a great way of finishing pants, making them stand out from other pants. Denim can be stone washed, waxed, dip dyed or ombre. They can be distressed, or designers will even put stylish cuts, tears and rips. Regardless, all that extra detailing is referring to the finish on a pant.