Playing with Pant Shapes feat. Martell Campbell

June 23rd, 2014

I was cruising for cool new menswear bloggers one day and stumbled across the real life Marty Mcfly. Martell Campell, or simply “Mr Flyy“, is a London based menswear stylist and blogger with an awesome punk twist on traditional London tailoring.

“I originally came from a design background having studied graphics and textiles. I started styling for a living and subsequently began writing my own blog to showcase my projects, ideas and collaborations. I would describe my personal style as a modern mixture of vintage tailoring, as I am heavily inspired by fashions from the past. I get most of my inspiration from history books, old movies and dramas set in the late 1800s/early 1900s such as Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey, Ripper Street and Peaky Blinders.

Lately I’ve been inspired by Korean fashion, especially Korean artists. As a creative person, I find that I draw inspiration from all sorts of things…from places all over the world. My style advice to men would to be to experiment with fits, fabrics and also brands. Don’t be afraid to try new things!”

What I like most about Martell’s personal style (other than the swagger synergy between him and his sister) is that he plays with different silhouettes, which is rare in menswear. The vast majority of guys stick to one silhouette, religiously, especially when it comes to trousers. Maybe a few variations here and there, but usually always a similar shape. Are you one of those guys? Do you know your desired hem width down to the half inch?

If you haven’t experiemented with different pant shapes, I encourage you to try it. Just for fun. It can be done relatively cheaply using the good ‘ol vintage shop + tailor shop combo, and it’s incredible how drastically it can affect your overall look. Once you get a knack for pairing shapes together rather than just fabrics and colors, it can make styling much more fun.

Here Martell gives us a comparison of two different pant shapes: the wide leg and the sharp taper.

Wide Leg


I love that he put an extra large cuff on these vintage Ralph Lauren chinos, but kept the hemline short with no break. It really accentuates the width of the leg, and gives off a kind of post-war newsie feel.


Tapered Leg


On the other hand, the sharply tapered leg (in combination with the dark monochromatic palette) here gives off a more 1960’s British Mod influence.

The vintage DB jacket is actually a dark green glenplaid, too. Well played, player.


Which do you prefer? Do you experiment with pant shapes?

Please share in the comments below, and be sure to check out Mr. Flyy’s website.


Yours in style,

Articles of Style

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  • Sal

    Neither. The wide leg is too wide, and the tapered leg is too narrow. Somewhere in between would be just right.

  • TO

    Love this guy’s style. You can tell he wears very high quality clothes (probably a lot more common on his side of the pond… versus so many highly commercial brands in America- for ex. dude is definitely not wearing Gap, Banana Republic, etc.).

    Also funny is right before this post came up I had been thinking of the way I would change the uber-popular/common khaki chinos, brought on by Dan’s remark of him finding wearing tan khakis ‘boring’ at this point. The thing I was imagining was changing the silouette, pictured in my mind basically identically as done here. Fresh !

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  • Fox

    I think both looks are charming and tastefully executed. I personally have a “post-war/rugged/English gentleman” influenced style as well. I think it’s really great that it’s okay for men to be manly again (not that we couldn’t) but that it seems to have been lost for sometime. In recent years I feel as if we are final getting back to the roots of style. Top notch lads!

  • cuponoodles

    Can we please get his sister on here? Both of them are ferocious dressers.

  • Miguel

    I prefer the second look, I think those pants are just too wide but like the post says he likes to experiment and he’s influence by different cultures.

    The second outfit looks more put together.

  • dubs

    I like the modern taper more myself, but the wide leg chino look deserves it’s due. Probably excellent to show for a specialty fashion event. In any case, it’s more creative and bold than I would go, and for that I appreciate it more.

    As for the non-break hem, that is just his style (a quick browse on his site just about confirms). Martell may not be down with the rolled-pant look with boots. He can opt for, say a mid-cut Chelsea, and the non break hem (presumably) kisses the top and keeps the clean appearance he favors.

  • Sergio Arteaga

    Although I understand what is trying to be conveyed, the fact that the trousers on both are incredibly short takes away from the point that was trying to be made. I understand having no break trousers but am I the only one that feels that they are too short? Both look like trousers that just don’t fit well length wise, like if they were bought years ago and a growth spurt occurred. Unfortunately, it is accented even more on the wide leg trousers.

    • Josh

      I feel like it looks intentional on him, but I definitely see your point. I see a lot of style bloggers going way too short as of late.

    • ChrisD

      On the contrary.. if the trousers were longer they would break on the shoes, disrupting the silhouette and making the leg opening appear wider or narrower depending on how the pant leg folded. That detracts from the point being made – to offer an example of both extremes.

      I like how in the wide-leg outfit the leg still seems tapered from it’s widest point. Helps alleviate the “bell-bottom” look which my biggest pet peeve with average menswear fits in retail stores.