So often, we find ourselves showcasing monochrome minimalism, leaving our outerwear with the job of adding a final statement touch to our getups. But, although less common, focusing your ‘fit around your trousers can produce strong results. Here are six guys who know how to nail dressing from the trousers up.
STYLISH GUYS IN COOL TROUSERS
By Sam Higgins, 3 December 2016
Tyler, The Creator
When talking statement trousers, there’s no better place to start than with Tyler, The Creator. Never shy of expressing eccentricity through his sartorial choices, the Odd Future frontman’s colourful cuts and patterned pieces have become legend. Instead of splashing bold prints across his shirts, Tyler makes sure his ‘fit boasts a neutral palette to allow his trousers to pop with colour. Here, for example, he keeps things white and beige up top and allows his trews to do the talking with their vibrant light blue and flame-laden print.
Considering his black hoodie and red Vans here, it’d be easy for Compton rapper YG to just throw on some staple skinny jeans or get cosy and casual in a pair of simple black joggers. But no, the rapper gave his look a contemporary update, tackling the patterned pants with the same nonchalant attitude as he would rapping 16 bars. And the black and white striped design was equally as hard-hitting as his rhymes, packing a stylish punch that cuts through the surrounding tones to complete a criminally good outfit.
When making a statement with your bottoms, it’s not just about loud prints or lavish embellishment. It can be as simple as taking the plunge with a bright hue, as Wiz Khalifa did here, strolling through LAX in a pair of pink Palace joggers. Of course – as Kanye informed us – Wiz only wears cool pants, so he knows that when you're doing statement trews, it’s all about keeping your surrounding steez as simple as possible. An all-white trio of cap, tee and Converse like his should do the job nicely.
DIY denim has thrived in 2016, with patches, illustration and all forms of embellishment adorning jeans and jackets to bring a one-of-a-kind touch to your getup. For a kingpin of stylish dressing like Kanye West, that doesn’t mean attacking your jeans with a Sharpie. It means enlisting his friend (and Balmain head honcho) Olivier Rousteing to cover his skinny, light-wash jeans in hand-stitched beading. And Ye made sure the prized pair was the centre of attention, with a low-key, textured, navy sweatshirt and a pair of grey Yeezy Boosts.
At times, we have to take Bieber’s outfits with a pinch of salt. But when he puts his mind to it, the singer can make even fresh-out-of-bed, lounge-around-on-the-sofa attire look stylish. Here, naturally, Biebs didn’t dress up for a trip to bowling – he instead kept his ‘fit neutral by pairing a longline white tee with a camel hoodie, which allowed his patterned white joggers from the Playboy x Supreme collaboration to make a subtle statement.
Sure, his outfit may be a flurry of florals, but in contrasting the size of the patterns on his green shirt and skinny jeans, A$AP’s denim and its arty embellishment commanded all attention. After further suppressing the loud prints with a pair of white Stan Smiths, his statement shirt suddenly wasn’t so much of statement and, instead, became the more pared-back pattern in his flowery ‘fit.