When Hipsters go to Work?
My idea of comfy is a three piece suit with a high collar shirt and slim Chelsea boots, so my internal swagger was understandably thrown off when I first laid eyes on the Michael Kors Fall 2014 menswear line. It was just so… casual! So Hip(ster) But, then I got to thinking , can a look that includes an unstructured knitted rasta toque (sans the Jamaican stripes), effortless slouchy dress pants and socks on feet firmly implanted in a Birkenstock style sandal *cringe*… be luxurious?
Aside from the fact that every red light went off in my head when I saw the footwear combo… I must admit… I saw the appeal of the “I take my suit off after work” mentality and looked a little deeper into the fabrications to find out if it was a collection fit for Sport Check, or worthy of the boardroom. Suede jogging pants, double faced cashmere jumpers and super lux knit sweat pants… the opulent fitness attire went on and on. Layering luxurious fabrics is a new trend and wearing a pant that has a drawstring is another. Both will be strong for Fall 2014 and not just because Kors said so. Balmain was a prime example of a house that went the way of the drawstring and intended for hyper-styled ready for anything young men who opt for comfort AND style.
Does this mean sweat pants are in style? Not necessarily. I think that if you’re wearing cashmere sweats you probably are in a log cabin, in the alps and are far enough from civilization that you’re safe. Or, as Kors himself said to Style.com (here):
I have a feeling someone in Dubai will actually work out in these.
So gym… or log cabin, the lux knit pant will unlikely make its way into high society mainstream style unless of course… It’s made of suede, or another outerwear material.
Personally my vendetta against sweats wars on (as does my socks and sandals rant), however… I am swayed by waists with a drawstring and beautiful textiles. So, by all means bring on the boiled wool’s, leathers and high twist gabardine to make my street worthy comfy’s.
Images courtesy of Michael Kors