A New Breed of Sweatpants
October 14th, 2013
I wasn’t sure how the move from NYC to LA was going to affect my personal style.
For whatever reason, since moving to the West coast I’ve been experimenting with different pant shapes more than ever before, like these for example.
In NYC it was all about tailored trousers, slim chinos and rigid jeans, but out West life is much less structured, and so are the clothes.
Most recently I’ve been experimenting with this new breed of drop-crotch sweatpants.
1. Polo & Khakis, Remixed
In NYC, I’m more likely to wear a polo and khakis like this.
Out in LA things are more casual and laidback, which makes funky design details somehow easier to pull-off.
The “polo” here is a lightweight wool/cotton sweater by John Bartlett. It’s the perfect silhouette: made to fit slim but still have a little “flow”. It also has some cool subtle details like ribbing at the neckline and a scooped hem that’s longer in the back.
And, of course, these are not your typical chinos. They’re slightly drop-crotch and have elastic cuffs for a subtle “puddling” effect above the shoes.
Dressing with style, in my opinion, has a lot to do with context and culture. That’s why we’re always trying to feature a variety of people with their own points of view.
It’s fun to experience why things that were “right at home” in NYC come off a little differently here in LA. Every city has its own identity and including some of that in your presentation is part of having good style.
- Clear frame sunglasses by Vintage
- Navy polo sweater by John Bartlett
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
- Drawstring khakis by Zanerobe (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations)
- Leather espadrilles by Singh and Son
2. Leather Sweats
I’ve always loved sweatpants…after all, I was a college basketball player. I even had one of my favorite pairs tailored.
With all of these crazy Kanye interviews and sound bytes about how he invented leather jogging pants, I had to break these out.
Admittedly, this is not the most practical choice in pantalons. But fashion/style isn’t all about practicality!
Some pieces are designed to simply make you feel cool…to up your swag, to boost your cred, to get your confidence riding high…whatever you call it, it’s a psychological performance-enhancer that is undoubtedly a part of style.
A well-tailored suit has this effect for me in business settings, just as some trendy streetwear can have a similar effect in casual urban settings.
That said, these soft leather sweats are actually very comfortable. And I never have to worry about dirtying or damaging them.
Hard to go wrong with a classic pair of Nike Blazers to finish it off.
- Black/Grey shades by Matsuda Eyewear
- Black/white graphic shirt by Ami
- Grey Wool flannel shirt/jacket by Woolrich (Vintage)
- “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi
- Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother
- Black leather sweatpants by Zanerobe (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations)
- White sneakers by Nike
3. Scrunchy Cargos
Cargos have been all the rage in menswear lately, these have just a slightly more casual twist.
The patterned cashmere sweater gives the look an autumnal color palette – just a slightly more vibrant one for the Cali sun.
The “scrunchy bottom” is also a great way to show off your kicks…which is important when you’re working with some handmade suede sneakers from France.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.