On any given day I take several rides on the subway. It is by far and away where I do my best people watching and fashion criticizing. Today I was on and off a few times, uptown, downtown and back home again: always minding the gap as diligently instructed. Lately, not just today, I have noticed what I think is a fairly newer mess of a trend.
SHORT PANTS or HIGH HEM PANTS
I do not mean long shorts or Capri pants/pedal pushers/3/4 length, or clam diggers for men( that is an entire other story of wrong doing). But pants that are just too short with a huge a gap between the shoe and the hem. I know in this day in age socks are sexy and all the rage, but I am sorry you can not wear short pants to show off your socks, I do not care how cute they are. Stop flashing those ankles bro! In fact, people will not even notice your socks, they are just going to whisper behind you back, “What is with that guy’s pants, why are they so short, he needs a good tailor.” Do you really want to be the guy people are talking about in this manner? Seriously, pants that are hemmed too short are a nightmare for you and everyone who has to look at them. Do not let your mom or whatever other amateur you have on call hem them. Shell out the extra money to have your pants tailored correctly. You can walk
into just about any dry cleaners and ask for the alteration. Hems speak volumes about a man. If they are too short you look like an uptight mess who can’t even handle getting himself and his wardrobe to a decent tailor. If they are too long then you just seem like a lazy bum who does not know how to shop for the correct size pants. Whether you wear jeans, Chinos, corduroys, dress/suit pants or what have you, make sure the hem touches the middle of your shoe please. When I was growing up you would be associated with Steve Urkel if you had your socks showing with a high hem…If you were a 90’s kid you know what I mean, if you don’t then just trust me you do not want that nerd look. Cover those ankles, short pants are not cute and rather emasculating.
“‘Tis hell to a man of spirit to be contradicted by his tailor.”
– Richard Garnett