CW – you’re right, in the UK knickers means underpants, but we’d probably call these knickerbockers or pedal-pushers. I had a pair of burgundy velvet ones when I was a nipper that I loved. Like many commentators on here, I’m not sure about the shoes. My usual war cry here is, “I’d have gone for a brogue…”
schmasculine / schmeminine .. does it matter? Fashion is about pushing boundaries.. women have adopted menswear details for decades now and in bygone days menswear was completely over the top in details that we would now consider only suitable for womens’ wear (ie. embroidery, lace, silk). Its always changing, that’s what makes it great and that’s why it makes it onto this website (i would assume).
Plus-fours can be a great alternative to shorts. i just bought some in white linen from a vintage store. i love the way this gentleman has put together his outfit so he looks contemporary and a bit quirky. he looks cool, and i like his shoes, too!
Always great to see men pushing boundaries. So what if he's wearing female (inspired) attire. He owns his look and that's all that matters. It's certainly a look I like to achieve and it's much better than the boring combat shorts and t-shirts I see guys wearing all the time!