Pants in Boots

by Matt Kettman

There’s a slow wave of poor taste crashing over Europe and the East Coast as we speak, and it comes in the form of women’s pants tucked into gaudy boots. I first spotted the breaking trend in London in February — though its origin is probably more southeasterly, in such fashion hubs as Milan and Paris, where stylish hipstresses sported the tightest jeans whose lower reaches were hidden behind the ugliest, most obnoxious boots ever. (Boots-wise, it seemed that the fashionable goal was to have the tallest with the most tassels, ties, and other unnecessary contraptions.) When I told my Spanish friend in a London pub about my aversion to the technique, she scoffed, warning me that it was all over Europe and that we’d be next. Ever since, the pants-in-boots crime has been popping up on L.A. runways, New York City sidewalks, and even, occasionally, on State Street.

But as a trend-spotting male, I’m here to warn you ladies: Don’t do it — don’t tuck those perfectly fine pants into boots (the more tasseled of which ought to be covered up anyway). We aren’t in the snow, you’re not about to ride dressage, and pants are supposed to go on the outside. End of story.

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