Throw away your ultra baggy jeans, because fitted and tailored clothing is the trend du jour.
The rise and fall of baggy clothes
Baggy clothing has been a statement of fashion and rebellion since the early 1990s. It was a style originally embraced by members of the underground and, later, mainstream hip-hop communities, but was copied by many men trying to emulate their icons. Apparently, the hip-hop trendsetters adopted this style from prisoners who were not allowed to wear belts and thus their pants fell lower than the waist. Why anyone would want to dress like a prisoner is a mystery! Another theory is that the style originated from youth who often had to wear hand-me-downs and thus found themselves wearing baggy or sagging pants.
But whatever reason for this style being so popular, it is no longer a fashionable option. It is not cool to wear shorts that reach your ankle anymore or pants that sag so low, you could fit a toddler inside. No-one wants to see what underwear you’re wearing – trust us!
Recently, there has been a move toward tailored and fitted clothing. This trend includes men of all sizes, although it is important to note that the aim is “fitted” and not “tight”. Aim for pants that fit loosely around the leg and then taper (even slightly) towards the end. These kinds of styles really make for a polished, more distinguished look than a baggy style and make men appear taller. Even trendy hip-hop artists like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams have embraced a more fitted shape and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a celebrity on the best-dressed lists in baggy styles.
The most important thing is to know your body type and not to go extreme when searching for styles that fit. It’s still essential that you don’t wear pants that make your nether regions scream for help or that make your legs look like sausages.
Jean buying tips
Tips to remember when buying pants: When fitting the pants, walk around the store to check comfort and then put your wallet and phone in the pockets to see if there’s space. Also sit down in the pants to see if there’s a “crack” problem. Try bringing the shoes you wear most often to the store to see where the pants fall and if they need hemming.