What Do You Think Of The Current Trend Of Very Tight Men’s Trousers & Suit Jackets?

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    Jan 25, 2020 2:56 PM GMT
    There was something similar in the late 1950s and early ’60s. We also had neckties as narrow as table knives. Now they’ve returned, with a vengeance. Oh, and apparently wearing socks is out, too.

    I don’t think they look very flattering on most men, even young guys. Makes many look bow-legged. They remind me of teenagers who’ve outgrown their clothes but keep wearing them. Others looking like anorexic adults.

    Well, I suppose I’m prejudiced, much too old to wear that look, anyway, with a middle-age spread. But gawd, some of those trousers are like leotards. Can’t be very comfortable, I wonder how you bend down to pick something up, and they obviously can’t hold a crease. And you’d constantly be developing a “baggy knees” look from fabric stretching.

    I chalk it up to clothing designers always looking for a new style, to make your current wardrobe obsolete and promote new sales. Otherwise many men will keep wearing trousers and a suit until they fall apart. What are your thoughts on this?
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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 27, 2020 8:37 PM GMT
    I like it Bob, it bodes well for showing off the athletic, fit and well tanned body.
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    Jan 27, 2020 10:04 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    I like it Bob, it bodes well for showing off the athletic, fit and well tanned body.

    OK, although I suspect you’re speaking for yourself, being lucky enough to be in that same category. (For which I totally hate you - I hope you know that. icon_wink.gif )

    But seriously, “TANNED”? Those pics looked kinda pale to me. I didn’t see any tans there. Where does tanned come into this?

    Or maybe you’re using satire. Because deliberate tanning is now recognized as being terribly unhealthy for light-skinned people, like me. And perhaps for you?

    I remember we had the worst folk knowledge in the 1950s. We kids were told that getting a bad, skin-peeling sunburn early in summer (this was up north) was GOOD for you. Because after that you could go out in the sun all Summer and not get burned again. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Honest to God, that’s what we were told. And you only used tanning lotions like Coppertone, or Sea and Ski, if you were at the beach and wanted to come back brown. Not because it necessarily looked better, but it proved you’d had an enviable vacation to some sunny place, best if during Winter. I heard people call it a “Florida tan”.

    At over 20 years younger than me, perhaps not something you experienced yourself, you handsome Kansan. Isn’t it nice to live today when we know better?

    And BTW, that last pic above, the guy in a white suit, is the antithesis of what ***I*** think is an “athletic, fit, and well tanned body”. So I know you gotta be kidding us. Or else, do you plan to update your own wardrobe to this latest tight look yourself? icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 28, 2020 12:06 AM GMT
    What's old is new. Back to the 70s.
  • mystery905

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    Jan 28, 2020 4:23 AM GMT
    Most of the guys I see wearing this cannot pull it off. You have to have the legs for it, and can't have chicken legs.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 28, 2020 4:48 AM GMT
    Not a fan --- you have to be really thin to pull it off right. Beefy guys look ridiculous in these styles meant for very slim men
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    Jan 28, 2020 11:56 AM GMT
    mystery905 saidMost of the guys I see wearing this cannot pull it off. You have to have the legs for it, and can't have chicken legs.

    Truth... we're living in a world of obese people in skinny jeans....
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 28, 2020 1:16 PM GMT
    Bob, of course I chucked at your comment. I was speaking about my own look in that style, it really is a diversified style that goes well on me and the "tanned" part was on me. I'm careful about how I tan, but the look is far better than what I had previously, especially during the winter.

    Even though I tend to bounce in and out of RJ over the last several years, I miss forum posts like this one. Great for conversation and to chat. Glad yours was one of the first I noticed. I hope you are well and looking forward to more of your forums.
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    Jan 28, 2020 1:19 PM GMT
    Having skinny legs, despite my bicycling, is a major reason why I wouldn’t even try this style. I’m not too bad in women’s tights I’ve been told, however, the few times I’ve done drag. To avoid shaving my legs I’d cheat, and create an outfit that had black tights to hide the hair.

    But wear tight men’s trousers like these? No way. Now men can empathize with women, who’ve complained for years that their own female fashions are designed for anorexic runway models, not ordinary people.
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    Jan 28, 2020 2:48 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    Bob, of course I chucked at your comment. I was speaking about my own look in that style, it really is a diversified style that goes well on me and the "tanned" part was on me. I'm careful about how I tan, but the look is far better than what I had previously, especially during the winter.

    Even though I tend to bounce in and out of RJ over the last several years, I miss forum posts like this one. Great for conversation and to chat. Glad yours was one of the first I noticed. I hope you are well and looking forward to more of your forums.

    Well thanks, and great hearing from you! Would be nice to see you here more.

    Now, had you “chuckled” at my comment, or “chucked” as written, perhaps shorthand for upchucked? Either is OK, any reaction better than none at all, but just curious.

    To misapply an old saying to these other articles of clothing: “If the shoe fits, wear it”. So if this current look fits you, then by all means wear it. Although, like 1970s bell-bottom trousers, I wouldn’t invest too much money or closet space in it.

    I suspect this look's staying power likewise won’t be great. I had some rather expensive suits with matching bell-bottom trousers, along with lapels that reached my shoulders, and neckties as wide as bibs, that by the early 1980s I couldn’t give away, much less be seen in them myself.

    And gawd help me, I confess to having owned a polyester double-knit “leisure suit” around 1975, when they were in vogue. I think that fad only lasted for about 2 or 3 years, and then quickly disappeared without a trace, or many tears.

    At least to my credit I didn’t own a “Nehru” jacket in the mid-60s, nor wear my jackets with high turtleneck pullovers, that practically reached your jaw. Didn’t have a kaftan, either, that my super swishy, and out, college theatre professor wore when I’d visit him in his abode, also mid-70s. And remember “lounge wear”, and polyester double-knit jogging suits, with big white stripes up the legs? Well, better if you mercifully can’t.

    This is why I tend to avoid trendy fashions, and stick with more enduring conservative clothing styles. Even if they do belie my inner Liberal self and stifle my natural flamboyant tendencies. icon_wink.gif It’s also part of the perpetual penance I gave myself for that leisure suit. icon_redface.gif

    I wonder if some guys are gonna feel as foolish about THIS new style in a few years, as I’ve felt about my own past fashion faux pas? Especially those who can’t wear this skinny look as well as you do.
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    Jan 29, 2020 1:27 AM GMT
    Very popular, current young look in Hollywood, of course you must be 'fit' to wear a skinny, pants, suit and tight dress shirt



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    Jan 29, 2020 3:20 AM GMT
    Muskelprotz saidWhat's old is new. Back to the 70s.

    But should anyone who was to wear it on the 70's, be still wearing it; still?

    But like someone mowing their laws in their 30's in speedos, and thinking it still looks good in their 50's.
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    Jan 29, 2020 3:48 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]
    Bit like someone mowing their laws in their 30's in speedos, and thinking it still looks good in their 50's.[/quote]

    This look will NEVER go out of style nor look bad. I don't care what anyone says.
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    Jan 29, 2020 4:06 AM GMT
    Wombat said
    Muskelprotz saidWhat's old is new. Back to the 70s.

    But should anyone who was to wear it on the 70's, be still wearing it still?

    Bit like someone mowing their laws in their 30's in speedos, and thinking it still looks good in their 50's.

    Present day clothes horses were not around in the 70s. Fashion works that way.
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    Jan 29, 2020 8:11 PM GMT
    ElnathB saidVery popular, current young look in Hollywood, of course you must be 'fit' to wear a skinny, pants, suit and tight dress shirt



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    Those pants must be awfully difficult to take off. And the guys in the bottom photo are probably going to get blisters if they have to do any amount of walking around.
    High-school boys are now wearing skinny polyester sweatpants. (Am I even using the right terminology, and are they even called sweatpants ? My own idea of sweatpants has always been sort of loose and baggy, but with an elastic cuff at the bottom. In my day, sweatpants were only worn for running/jogging, but now kids wear them all the time to school.) I thought they looked awful when I first saw them about 3 years ago, but I've gotten used to them since. But I'd never consider wearing them myself.

    Look at Zac's fingers...........Is he trying to communicate some sort of message ?
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    Jan 29, 2020 8:14 PM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded said[quote][cite]
    Bit like someone mowing their laws in their 30's in speedos, and thinking it still looks good in their 50's.


    This look will NEVER go out of style nor look bad. I don't care what anyone says.
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    It may look good to be mowing your lawn in speedos and flipflops, but that guy is in for a rude awakening if he goes over a stone or rock. And he'd better be careful changing sparkplugs. He'd actually look just as good in dungarees and sneakers, and it would be safer.
  • Triggerman

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    Jan 29, 2020 9:04 PM GMT
    Like any style if you can work it do it. I like skinny suits no socks on guys that can pull that off. Need to be lean but more power to you if you can. I am a bit bigger built so I buy suits accordingly. If you are a heavy bear and buy the right clothes you can look hot also. Don't wear what you cant pull off. Don't follow trends that don't fit you. Find your fit and your style and rock it
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 30, 2020 6:08 PM GMT
    I've heard it said that young people adopt extreme styles of hair and clothing so that old people won't be sexually attracted to them.

    Apparently it's working...
  • neon4u

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    Jan 30, 2020 6:46 PM GMT
    Personally, I like the fitted look...even tight jeans are fun to wear! But there is a difference between fitted or tight and high cut pant legs.....for me, it's always about the suit and never about the socks. A good quality suit is expensive and shows sophistication. A pair of socks do not. That's what people are getting wrong, the suit is always ranked higher in fashion than the lowly sock.
    Plus, most people I see wearing "floods" with nice socks never consider the shoes they're wearing. They always seem too old and worn out which makes everything they're wearing look bad.
    Of importance:
    Suit #1; shirt #2 shoes #3; belt #4.....not sure where to put socks.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 30, 2020 9:19 PM GMT
    This look was championed by Thom Brown who surprisingly got his platform by designing for Brooks Brothers. Very tight suit and short trousers showing ankle. At first I didn't like it, looks like a kid who's outgrown his suit, but since moving to San Francisco where the average age is 30-something, I'm coming around. It looks modern and expressive. On slim guys. Or gym-fit guys. Emphasizes the classic "V" shape from shoulders to feet. Match it with a modern and slightly hipster haircut and it takes me back to the "mod" look of the 60's. Except in absence of color. You're right, though. Being in good shape is required. As usual, the look on the street is several degrees less extreme than, say, models or Hollywood types.

    (And I disagree with the prevailing attitude here that guys can't hold their shape into their 50's and 60's, the middle-age spread thing. It's just a matter of diet and exercise, no excuses.)
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    Feb 03, 2020 1:47 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidNot a fan --- you have to be really thin to pull it off right. Beefy guys look ridiculous in these styles meant for very slim men


    I'm 6' tall, 143#, and lean. IMO, those super skinny styles make me look way too skinny. I stick with slim cuts, but not skinny.