On the Loose
by Jyssica Yelas
Move over slims and skinnies, loose-fitting pants are back on the block. Wear your super skinnies and risk being pegged as a city stereotype. Keep these at your waist, but give your legs a little (or a lot) of breathing room this go around.
This is a trend that is currently seen more widely in the Eastern corners of the world, but early adopters and select shops of Portland are catching on quickly. Keep an eye on the runway and on your local influencers and you’ll see that this trickle-up trend is slowly but surely making an entrance onto outfits of those who are paying attention.
Not ready to split with your fitted favorites? Don’t fret – you have time and options. Start with a relaxed trouser silhouette and get ready for your legs to feel more freedom than they remembered was possible. Don’t you remember what it felt like to wear those baggy favorites winding down the neighborhood streets on your skateboard? Don’t worry, we aren’t taking it there, but with this trend, you can choose your own adventure.
Bridge & Burn
We’ll start with a work-appropriate take on the loose fitting pant scenario. Opt for a relaxed trouser in your favorite shade, and dress them up or down with sneakers for the town or dress shoes for the office. This pair errs on the classic side of the spectrum, so you may find you have a pair sitting at the bottom of your pants drawer. Dust them off and try them on again. If it’s time for a fresh pair, we think you’ll like this pair found at Portland’s own Bridge & Burn.
Tanner Goods Catania Pants in Warm Grey
Though Tanner Goods is known for its quality leather accessories, don’t make the mistake of overlooking its menswear selection. This style will sell out fast, so be sure to go in and try them on while they’re still in stores. Track-style pants in a quality fit and fabric blend are a flattering step out of the box for the traditional man. This cut is flattering on more than one body type, and the pleats down the center dress them up just enough to offset the adjustable drawstring. This pair comes in a crop and color that are fit for every season in Portland, so you really can’t go wrong.
Henrik Vibskob Juko Pants, Machus
For those ready to fully embrace the baggy pants trend, Machus on East Burnside is your store. Whether you’re going for full blown Rick Owens in a pair of hyper-harem shorts, or going for a leg as wide as its waist, you will want quality at front of mind, and options to try on. The Henrik Vibskob Juko Pants offer an oversized leg throughout the pant, and a clever cut ending at the ankle. It’s true that navy is the new black, but if this style isn’t up your alley the store offers variations of the trends in all shapes and hues.