Keep Short Trousers at Arms Length
Trousers have been rising up the leg again. The half-mast look only works with skinny trousers, which only work if you're skinny. And half-mast only works in the right context, as you wouldn't wear half-mast trousers as part of a wedding suit. The safe trouser length, for the standard width, is the single break - one horizontal crease at the front, with material falling about half-an-inch over the heel at the back. Less length than that and the trouser needs to narrow. More length shouldn't really be considered, as a mass of material bunched over your lovely shoes won't look good.
Know these rules and you can play with them. I was flicking through a book on British street style by Ted Polhemus the other day, whilst sipping a mug of Earl Grey, and happened on this remarkable photo of Paul Weller taken in Oxford in the early 80s. Blimey. Weller is wearing light trousers at very short length with dark shoes and socks and it bloody works. The coat looks tremendous too, which reminds me of the maxims I employ when shopping:
- Formal wear: Would the item look okay if I were an extra in a film starring Cary Grant?
- Casual wear: Would Paul Weller allow me on the back of his scooter if I turned up wearing the item?
- I need this item. Will rationalise the spending later.