The common wisdom suggests that skinny silhouettes and Indian men don’t go together. Maybe it’s partially true since some of us are brought up on a Butter Chicken diet and rarely hit the gym. Many scoff that men who wear skinny pants misinterpreted the phrase “getting into her pants.” Blame it on the lean physique which men across the globe have been veering towards or the iconic menswear designer Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent‘s aesthetic – nothing spells more stylish than skinny. Hedi has time and again notoriously used stunted models on his ramp shows who look like they have been terribly malnourished. However, the sales of his collections seasons after seasons just prove the fact that skinny silhouettes continue to rule even as far as menswear goes.
Hedi rewrote a new and daring sartorial chapter in menswear dressing when he showed sharply tailored double breasted jackets with skinny denims in the 90s. Call it rocker chic, rebellious style or punk redux – skinny, textured and embellished jackets with skinny denims have outsmarted everything else on the runway over the last one decade. Belstaff, Balmain, Saint Laurent and Burberry have showcased skinny jackets with metallic accents, military inspired epaulettes and irresistible quilting embroidery.
This season Olivier Rousteing at Balmain incorporated nautical details like stripes and sailors’ appliquéd badges. His line of tweed jackets vaguely reminded one of Chanel however his take on the classic style came with metal chains, houndstooth patterns and appliquéd denim. Sharp shoulders and zipper detailing add to the racy edge of the skinny style.
A badass military inspired jacket worn with a pair of skinny jeans works great for a night out at a hip downtown restaurant. Whether it is spring or fall – a quilted leather biker jacket never goes out of style and beautifully complements the rest of the ensemble.