The Future (According to Spike Jonze) is High-Waisted

Spike Jonze’s Her is set in a not-too-distant future where there are few cars, your phone’s operating system has the ability to both read and express emotions, and men’s pants are considerably high-waisted.

By high-waisted, I mean that they’re at least up to one’s navel. At first glance they’re reminiscent of the type of slacks that your grandfather would wear to putt about the house on a Sunday afternoon, but after the initial shock wears off they actually look quite… comfortable. They give Theodore Twombly (portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix) an almost dignified air, as if he’d just stepped out of a dinner party in the 1940s.

But back in 2014, men’s fashion moves at a much more glacial pace. The majority of us are still stuck on low-cut and/or skinny-cut denim and have been since the early 00’s (a place that took us many years to get to). Before that, bootcut jeans were with us a full decade. As the skinny-jean phenomenon reaches it’s peak, isn’t it perhaps time to start looking… well… a little higher?

Jenny Le, a manager at fashion mecca Opening Ceremony, seems to think so. “I do think that men’s pants, at least in the next couple of years, will maybe not go as high as the women’s, but I think they are starting to merge. There’s a real cross-pollination with the way men and women are shopping. Its already starting to cross over.” 

She added, “People are gravitating towards a more romantic old fashioned way. Not heritage, but more kind of “proper” dressing. It sounds like…


    



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