More trouser options: joggers and (gulp) the drop crotch sweatpant

joggers.jpgFurther to my post about new trouser shapes yesterday, the drop crotch has definitely arrived. East London was awash with them at the weekend (mostly looking ace) and a quick search of the interweb reveals that Oak – New York’s directional boutique/web store – have sold out of the now-cult Corpus drop crotch sweatpants a couple of times over.

It’s not a look that will appeal to all – the harem shape is easier for women to carry off – glammed up with a shimmery fabric, a bit of gathering and some heels. For us guys, there’s a risk that you’ll look like you’re wearing a big nappy under those sweatpants. I can feel an Alexis Petridis piece in The Guardian mag coming on..


Thinking more positively, an alternative is simply a pair of slim-fitting jogging pants, epitomised by this recent Sartorialist post. Go for something narrow, in a minimum of a decent-quality 100% cotton fleece, but even better in jersey or (swoon) cashmere. Combine with a tailored blazer or a leather bike jacket and hi-tops or leather ankle boots. You need a bit of solidity to counter the bag, this really isn’t an homage to council-estate sloppiness and arse-crack display.

Images: Left, The Sartorialist, Right (top) American Apparel, (bottom) Corpus at Men’s Rag

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Colin ChapmanMore trouser options: joggers and (gulp) the drop crotch sweatpant