Cuffed pants are a bit of a controversial item in the world of menswear. I came to know this when my friend pointed out some cuffed pants on a guy while we were walking and said that he doesn’t understand them. I replied by telling him I liked them and had bought that exact pair of pants just the day before. Perhaps the reason why cuffed pants are so controversial is the many examples of them being worn the wrong way, or made from the wrong fabrics. Here are my tips on how to pull off this trend the right way.
First off, this is not a formal trend. I’d describe the cuffed pant trend as bridging the gap between sport wear and street wear, not street wear and formal wear. Unless your office has a casual dress code, and I don’t mean smart casual, you should keep your cuffed pants for weekend adventures and the like. My second piece of advice is to stick with neutral colours. Beige, grey and navy are all excellent choices. You don’t need to overdo it since the style of the pant itself is already unconventional. Whatever you do, avoid jeans in this style. The cuffed jeans look is trying to happen again, but it’s not going to happen, at least not right now.
As far as what to wear with cuffed pants, you can dress them up or down. To dress them up, go with a short sleeve button-down for the summer months, and in the winter switch it to a oxford shirt with a sweater overtop. If you are wanting to go with a dressed down look then a simple t-shirt will always go well. Not every kind of shoe looks great with these pants. The general rule is to not wear socks with whatever sneakers or slip-ons you wear. Another style of shoe that works well is high-tops. The trick in both cases is that these cuffed pants will show your ankles, so just be sure to be conscious of that.
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