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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