Further 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.
By Colin Chapman | February 24th, 2009