Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fall Shopping, continued.

As I mentioned yesterday, Junya also had a couple great suggestions for how to hem your pants.

The one I thought that seemed most simple, but was also subversively brilliant, was this idea of a denim hem (the kind of hem you find on jeans) on a pair of classic wool trousers.  It’s funny, because it looks so natural – and at the same time, I don’t know if I’ve ever really seen it.  It gives the pant a really sporty feel, which raises the question – is there right kind of trouser to do it with?  I’m thinking a heavier, more tweedy fabric is the best to try it out with.

Above is a look that is again subversively simple.  The pant is finished traditionally, but the suggestion of a cuff is in reality just the pant turned up like a pair of jeans.


This isn’t something that’s going to rock the world of fashion.  But it’s something that can turn an average pair of pants into something slightly more curious.


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  1. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    September 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    That’s how architect students wear them in Sweden

  2. Elisa Eymery

    September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I’m liking the second trouser style! Makes me want to run to American Apparel and get slightly loose, navy blue or bottle green cords, and casually turn up the hem! It’s all about the sexy tomboy look this fall – amongst other things.


  3. polaroid girl

    September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Wow, I LOVE these wool trousers on the first picture! Every man should wear them in the next autumn and winter. And every man should do as well. Simply beautiful!

  4. La Perle

    September 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I just moved to Paris from San Francisco, and am thrilled with the refinery and care in which people dress here. Such a feast for the eyes!

  5. Sara

    September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Do men really have pants this tight available to them in the stores, in nubby or heavier fabrics besides denim? Other than tight-wale cords, I never see it. Wool is not a great choice for pants this tight, since you can’t wash it, it tends to get baggy in the knees and seat of the pants.

    This may be the year of the tight wool pants, that’s fine, but I just don’t know how many men have pants that are this pegged to begin with, to convert the hemlines of.

  6. Bohemain Style

    September 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Oh I love those shoes.

  7. Montreal

    September 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I bought black wool pants from Banana Republic so many years ago I can’t remeber. They have the same fit, stitch details, patch pockets and gromets as jeans and I still wear them. They should bring them back.

  8. dragon fruit

    September 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    love this, definitely a little more interesting!

  9. MadCat

    September 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I think Zegna Sport (I might be wrong) had jeans hems in wool trousers in their past winter collection. It also had jeans cut pants in traditional wool cloth. The cloth shouldn’t be too shiny or elegant. I agree with you, Scott, tweed or a “hairy” cloth looks best with this hem.

  10. Klara Roos

    September 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I Really like the shoes!

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    September 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

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  12. Piaget

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The wool in the photo is so nice, and I like the hem idea. It’s oddly natural.

  13. Hillary

    September 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I’ve never seen a pant like the top image, and I really like it!

  14. cristina

    September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    well, you don’t need to have all the pants hemmed in the same way. you have 4 or 5 great ideas on these pictures! try them all depending on the type of fabric/style of the trousers, no?

  15. Yasamin

    September 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I love any sort of philosophizing about fashion. I like both styles, but would wear the rolled pair.

  16. Parisian ShoeGals

    September 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    The first pants material, I guess wool, looks quite different and very interesting…

  17. Holly

    September 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I really like the idea of a denim-style hem on a classic wool trouser. Brilliant! Thanks for the photo inspiration

  18. monkeyshines

    September 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    timeless suede!


  19. phillip mastroianni

    September 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    the pants / shoes / socks combo in the first picture are impeccable. what show are you at?

  20. Copper Etiquette

    September 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Casual but still very stylish.
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  21. TF

    September 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Awesome pants, lovin that fabric!

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  22. Same / Same

    September 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I love the first pair. I have been looking around for something like that for a wile now. Is there anyone knowing where I can get them?

  23. Liz S.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Totally adore wool pants–always have– they are eternal in style and have earthy yet classy appeal. Tight is good–it will depend on the wool quality–which may be difficult to get these days–like so many things you may pay a fortune but not necessarily get the great quality you expect.
    Anything that quirks the traditional look of wool is worth experimenting with.

  24. talktomyshoes

    September 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    The trousers in the first pic is fantastic. I love getting the slightest glimpse of mens socks too- a little crazy but you really can tell how put together one actually is.

  25. Ceecee

    September 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Short pants? Yuk.

  26. Gabriel

    September 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    The only other pants that I know of that are hemmed like jeans are vintage Levis Sta Prest from the ’60s, which have subsequently been re-issued (and widely immitated) throughout the ’70s-’90s. However, those were a cotton/poly blend and cut more like jeans than trousers — in fact, they were the casual pants of choice of mods in England. I’ve been told that they were at some point made in wool blends, although I’ve personally never seen them first-hand.

    Seems like a great idea to hem wool (and possibly tweed) pants this way. I think they’d be quite versatile, and might blur the line between dress and casual in a really good way, opening up the creativity of the wearer.

    Love the combinations and color stories that you’ve captured here. Those suede wingtips look quite tasty!

  27. blue roses

    September 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    sometimes, a little curiosity is all we need. something to spark our neurons, curve our spine, fill us with that slight bit of moving energy.

  28. Albert

    September 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    It’s an interesting look, but a bit to sporty in my opinion. Regarding the fabric, you are probably right, you will need a heavier tweedy wool fabric.

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  29. neha

    September 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    i love those shoes, what a warm color.

  30. Sarah

    September 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Ooh, the top pants are really interesting. I love that there are little ideas in fashion still that haven’t been seen before. Considering doing that with heavier pants myself… even though I’m not a man.

    ( Fashion Battleship )

  31. Deeds

    September 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I worked for a custom tailor for a couple of years. I had a pair wool with brown houndstooth pants made from my favorite jeans a couple of years ago. Stole the idea from one of our Japanese clients/friends. It’s a cool look. Now I wish I’d done a second pair.

  32. Bridg

    September 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    love these posts.. .great to see a bit more about mens fashion! love the higher cuffs with socks look, very cute ;)

  33. Fotautomat

    September 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Absolutely adore the first shot – Alternative (or as you say, curious) lengths are the way forward!

  34. Mia Hong

    September 8, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Those socks and those shoes. (And that sweater in the second post.) Thank you so much for these “Fall Shopping” posts. They definitely made my day. Why can’t men around me dress like that? I’m thinking of dressing like this now.

  35. 2theNINES

    September 8, 2011 at 12:41 am

    the shoes kill. who makes those?

  36. Johnny the Mule

    September 8, 2011 at 1:29 am

    The floods are over.

  37. Maria Silvia F

    September 8, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Your blog is ALWAYS the best fashion blog ever. I love it. :)
    xoxo from Italy

  38. sam

    September 8, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Seriously? Looks like typical off the rack lack of details to me.
    Normally love your insight but this doesn’t feel like anything special to me.

  39. Dimitra

    September 8, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I love them. I love the wool in the first and I like how they’re folded up in the second.

  40. Luke

    September 8, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Love the colour of those shoes!

  41. Diego Montoya

    September 8, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Stop that nonsense about hems ! Classic way is the best : not too long, not too short ! attitude is more likely to detach the gentlemen from a crowd of fashion morrons wearing their pants too short …. à la Pitti way!! best, Diego

  42. jennifer

    September 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Looks just like casual but works fine.

  43. Paolo

    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Where can I find those shoes?

  44. CBC

    September 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

    all all depends on the fabric…….i do like how they look…wool the new denim

  45. Luke

    September 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

    The shoes look like Heschungs, for those interested.


    September 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Amazing shoes!

  47. Reigs

    September 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Penfield “Millwood” tweed chinos are perfect for this look.

  48. maggie

    September 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I think more important than the type of fabric, is the cut of the leg. I think they really must be pretty narrow. If they were wider, even just straight, then they would just look like “floods”. And of course it draws so much attention downward, that extra care must be taken in choosing the shoes and socks.

  49. berta

    September 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

    love the shocks!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Xênia Virginie

    September 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

  51. George S.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Nice shoes…. Nice pants. Jean hem is fine, but the length is idiotic looking…and the bottom pair looks doesn’t “suggest” a cuff, it looks just like a pair of rolled up pants. Floods are never a good look.

  52. Christina

    September 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Well, I just do not like it. Seems no matter which way you slice this “short pant, sock, and fancy shoe look” it just smacks of hipster gone wild. Even a really good looking guy would have trouble making this look sexy…but that is okay too..because sexy is not the intention…I think…

    I really believe if you have to create the verbage to describe a look it might mean it is a MISS.


    September 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I just love those pants – great fabric!

  54. marc nguyen

    September 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    i agree, the pants works because it has that jeans look (no crease, slightly tight fit) to sport a visible hem. I also think that heavy wool would make a statement… and that’s because i am dying for a pair of tweed for fall/winter… i will post my quest on my blog as soon as i lay my hand on a pair…
    marc of TwoFourEightOneNine.

  55. Malte

    September 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    where can i buy this and only this shoes?

  56. Malte

    September 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    what is the shoes name???

  57. JV

    September 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    good shoes! please, the name of the company!

  58. Sergey

    September 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  59. Jaime

    September 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

    The shoes are Junya. You can pick them up here.

  60. une chatte grise

    September 9, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Both the hem and the cuff would look great IF the pants were longer. Sigh.

    I swear, short pants are going to be the acid-washed jeans of the ’10s.

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    September 9, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I agree with christina ….

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  63. Davek

    September 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Those shoes look great and I like the idea of the first pair of pants, if they were a fraction longer.
    A more affordable option to those Junya shoes would be the Albam x Grenson here

  64. Dominik

    September 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I just don’t understand these combinations of colours. I think they look really terrible. Are you planning a kind of a guide (or maybe a mind-broadener) to mixing colours (similar to the one about pant hems, let’s say)?

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  66. Liam Hessay

    September 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Interesting idea

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    September 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Fabulous read. Thank you

  68. Lefthand Gilliam Henderson

    October 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    i’ve done that numerous times with my trousers, simply because i thought it would be cool to show the hemmed edges when turned up. i usually do it with either my slim pants or ones with a full, straight leg.

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