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Guys, tight ain’t always right

Published: 
Monday, August 4, 2014
Elsa would be proud of comedian and actor Russell Brand, as his skinny jeans have no pleats and folds and extra pockets as if he’s trying to hide an AK47.

Listen closely. I am with Nikki Crosby on this one, guys: the tapered look is not for everyone. 

Even on fellas who have long, elegant muscles and have eaten more lettuce than doughnuts, it can look silly—as if you borrowed your little brother’s clothes.

This is Nikki on the radio: “Because tight clothes in, all kinda fat man wearing tight pants. Steups. And dey want to talk about women? Ay, fellas, we could still see your belly.’’

The pendulum has swung again. Instead of wearing clothes two sizes too big, men are now sucking it up for skinny pants and fitted shirts and jackets. Sheesh! Guys were wearing “gunmouth’’ pants in the ’70s, and the style was not new then either.

In one of my favourite movies, Beau Brummell, Stewart Granger, as the bon vivant who becomes the BFF of Prince George (Peter Ustinov), stuns his friends by appearing at a party in “drainpipe trousers,” instead of breeches and stockings, which every other 18th-century English gentleman was still wearing. Brummell, in real life, was quite the arbiter of men’s fashion, and pioneered the understated look. His other eccentricities included bathing every day.

Elvis Presley shock-rocked the world in drainpipe jeans, essential to his famous “bad boy” look of the ’50s. Then Hollywood ’60s stars, such as the impeccable Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and the epiphanous Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, popularised the slim, no-frills grey suit with a plain crisp white shirt and thin dark tie. “Classic bad-ass,” the TSB Men style blog calls the pared-down look.