Just as with contemporary women's fashion, it seems like when it comes to once well-established rules like men's pants length, tradition has been cast aside in favorof...just about anything.
You see highwater hems everywhere (at fashion shows at least, and frequently here in New York City). They aren't just for clam diggers anymore.
There are a zillion websites that address the men's pants hem length issue and most of them lean toward the traditional: the pants should “break
where your pants fall on your shoes, creating a horizontal crease in the
fabric across the front of your pant leg" (this according to Askmen.com) But obviously there's no clear consensus anymore or it wouldn't be an issue in the first place.
It seems that if you're wearing your pants with sneakers or with a desert boot type shoe, a shorter pants length looks sportier. For business attire, it's better to err on the side of tradition.
I'm hemming my pants tonight and I'm leaning toward this:
Yes? No? Maybe?
Whatever I decide, I won't be pressing a sharp crease in the hem, just in case I change my mind. I have to see how the pants look with the jacket, which I haven't even started yet.
Friends, is this short-enough-to-show-your-ankle fad (trend?) best left for rail thin, six-foot European models and the under-twenty-five set? Can a quinquagenarian carry this off without looking ridiculous?
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