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August 4, 2009

Printed Pants

The new pants are relaxed, usually abbreviated, and are made out of colorful, print-laden fabrics that look good enough to upholster an armchair at a well-appointed gentlemen’s club.
The street style photograph that launched a thousand swoons across the blogosphere.
The subtle carrot shape on these trousers allows them to be comfortable, but still look polished.
There’s a subtle irreverence that comes with wearing printed pants, it evokes an extreme breaking away from the austere, utilitarian bottoms of school and military uniforms. The fact that printed pants usually don’t go well with most tops in your wardrobe makes them more delightfully frivolous than practical.
Dries Van Noten shorts on Dazed and Confused editor Robbie Spencer. The fabric on these shorts is incredible. Oh Dries, where do you source your sumptuous textiles?
The H&M printed pajama pants that got away.
(images from The Sartorialist, Garance Dore, men.style.com, and Buckstyle)
Here are my picks out of the patterned pantaloons e-shopping has to offer:
Have you encountered pieces of clothing that look like they smell good, even if you haven’t even smelt them yet?
These Pegleg NYC for Opening Ceremony shorts look as if they smell like weekends at the Hamptons or whatever is the nearest weekend getaway outside your city. From Opening Ceremony, available here.
The forest print is unlike anything I’ve seen before. I’d also like to give knee-length shorts a try.
Alexandre Herchcovitch forest linen shorts. From Opening Ceremony, available here.
One of the key pieces from the runway, I’d wear these rolled-up, or even cut them short, to take away some of the severity.
Alexander McQueen show stripe pants. From Oki-ni, available here.


  • naboonies
    August 4th, 2009 at 2:40 am

    The idea of prints on pants seem interesting to me, and I'd like to give it a try.

    BTW, Have you read the latest issue of Mykromag? Looks like Robbie Spencer likes your blog!!! Congratulations :)

  • John
    August 4th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Yes! Have been having the same notions about some printed trousers after seeing these fantastic shorts on Style Salvage (http://stylesalvage.blogspot.com/2009/06/possible-case-of-heat-stroke.html)

    A trip to Shepherds Bush market is in order when the new sewing machine arrives… also a great idea for a Dandy Project DIY?

  • Izzy
    August 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    john: who could resist bambi? I'd love to make this a project, but I'm afraid it won't make it in time for my flight to Boston. Besides, I still have that pending batwing jacket from you. Maybe you could throw in a pair of bambi bottoms with those? hahaha!

  • up and down town
    August 5th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    that very first picture, it kills me. i love it utterly and deeply.
    (can't decide if that's an hermes scarf or not.)

  • Isabel
    August 5th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Heck yes! I'm all for men in patterned pants.

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