In many ways, we’re in the midst of a great fashion being perfected: the steady removal of the restrictive, age-old conventions we have about how to dress the “right”. Consider, if you will, modest pants. In the world of menswear, trousers still popular but still divisive — but at what cost? Nowadays, pants can be huge. Pants can be weird. Pants can be anything you want.
For example, pair Celine mutilated houndstooth quần pants that actor Lee Pace wore this week to the premiere of his latest movie in New York, the sexy killer film A24. Agency Agency Agency, he teamed with a loose shirt featuring various big cats by Celine, and a pair of sleek black oxfords. (He also left his shirt almost unbuttoned… his body!)
While it’s important to note that Pace, somewhat famously, is 6 feet 5 inches tall – which can make buying pants off the shelf a somewhat frustrating pursuit and even threatening to make the piece cropped casual pants – he’s also made a few important costume moves here categorizing the aforementioned slits into the “well-cut” category. (No wonder Pace is a huge fan of Thom Brownepeople for whom men’s clothing often dismisses the concept of pants in favor of shorts and skirts.)
First, the good people at Celine — and possibly Lee’s tailors too — intended the aforementioned pair of shorts to be a bit shorter, which means just the right proportions so that the ankle-skirt looks balanced. more prompt and less cumbersome. Second, the wide, high-waisted trim hits the perfect spot between the polished and polished you want for an A24 movie premiere. And third, Lee chose a pair high bald ankle socks — because the thing is, if you’re wearing cropped pants in 2022, a significant footwear situation like high socks or boots can help keep things streamlined. (“Wearing socks” is the new “no socks.”)
Cropped pants can be difficult to pull off, and if you want that vibe above, we recommend seeing a trusted tailor to get the look you want. That said, if you want to start by dipping one toe in (high) water, you can do like Lee: try rolling your pant leg up a bit. Be it a pair of tech pleated trousers during the day, or a masculine Thom Browne suit at night, a slight pleat can keep things interesting.