Pull your trousers up!

Sagging trouser trend

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Look away!

Known as ‘sagging’, it’s been banned in some places, rock stars have been thrown off flights because of it, and even Barack Obama has had his say on the issue!

To many of us, it’s a mens trouser fashion disaster, to some it’s downright offensive, but why do they do it, and why hasn’t this fad ‘bottomed’ out by now?

Here we take a look at the saggy trouser brigade – and their penchant for pulling their pants down.

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Go go gadget trousers and other wearable tech

Wearable tech

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Combine the two!

Integrating cutting edge technology into clothes and jewellery sounds like the work of top secret boffin ‘Q’ of James Bond fame. But today, technology has never been more wearable.

Here we’ve scoured the Internet for some of most innovative products coming, or about to come to the market.

They don’t explode, burn their way through steel doors or in any other way, help secret agents foil the plots of dastardly megalomaniacs – but they will keep you entertained, and connected in ways never before possible…

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Men, get the right trousers this winter

Bad weather, last minute Christmas shopping and escalating heating bills are some of winter’s main annoyances.

But whilst we can’t control gas prices, we can give advice on what to wear when it’s chucking it down and freezing cold.

So swot up on which mens trousers to wear this winter, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Thermal trousers

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Trust us, they’re thermal

Staying warm is a certainty with thermal trousers. Some options even have a windproof fleece lining, while others feature a lining designed to capture warm air.

Staying warm needn’t mean your trouser choice has to change either. Mens thermal trousers are available in many styles including jeans, suit trousers and chinos.

For some, thermal trousers can be too warm. But for lovers of the outdoors, particularly walkers, they are a winter staple.

Waterproof trousers

Bear Grylls filming Man Vs. Wild. Patagonia, Argentina

If Bear Grylls wears them, so should youFlickr

Green fingered folk know that a garden still needs attention in the winter. Waterproof trousers allow you to tend to your garden in the colder months, so preparing for the spring can be done without soggy legs.

Any type of trouser can be worn underneath waterproofs, but ideally wear a pair that have a high cotton or wool content. Trousers made with man made fabrics won’t breathe as well, making you hot and sweaty.

Cord trousers

Needle Cords Stack Colourful

So bright, you can save on your lighting

Corduroy is made with a high concentration of cotton yarn stitched onto a backer. Due to this extra fabric, cord trousers are a hardwearing option that can cope with the winter.

The dullness of winter can often get people down, in fact some poor folk get SAD. But with mens cord trousers, there are bright myriad shades available. Plum, claret or vibrant emerald will stop the dark days from being dull.

As well as being colourful and hard wearing, cord trousers are highly breathable because of their high cotton content.

Moleskin trousers

James Bond moleskin trousers

So hardwearing, Bond wears them
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Just like cord, moleskin trousers are hard-wearing, breathable and come in an array of colours.

Unlike cord however, they do not have the signature ridges, but instead a brush like texture akin to suede. And don’t worry, moleskin fabric is made without harming any cute soil dwelling critters.

Moleskin is so durable and hard-wearing, that the West German Army used it for their uniforms for over thirty years. And if it was good enough for marching through the Cold War then it is good enough for winter.

Whatever trousers you choose for the winter, just remember that cotton is breathable and waterproof trousers let you wear almost anything! But if you’re still worried about the heating bill, then add thermal trousers to your last minute shopping list.

Should you wear red trousers?

In a recent survey, participants were shown a man in red trousers and were asked to say the first thing that came to mind.

The results highlighted their controversial status and raised the question: should a mean ever wear red trousers.

Lots of men in red trousers landscape

All the red trousers
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But with cool hipsters and society’s “elite” championing the questionable hue, we wonder if there a case to be made for red trousers?

Why shouldn’t you wear red trousers?

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Oh baby you look like a moron!
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Because the survey said so! 46% of those questioned in the YouGov survey, didn’t like red men’s trousers. 120 people said “red” on seeing a picture, which doesn’t show a lot. But the third most used word was “idiot” (44) and “prat” (27) wasn’t far behind.

But if it’s your fear of being labelled posh that stops you donning your red trousers, fear no more! Whilst you might [italics]think[italics] people associate red trousers with posh folk playing golf, you’re wrong. Posh was only the 35th most submitted word

What is certain, however, is many find red too bright for the world of muted menswear.Lisa Armstrong, fashion editor of the Daily Telegraph says, “It’s very hard to wear them and not look like a giant chilli pepper.”

Why should you wear red trousers?

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Will Smith looking fresh in red
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Hipsters are often the source of experimental fashion trends, so for them, red trousers are just a stylish staple. But what about the rest of us?

You’re never too old to have fun with fashion, so we think everyone should try the red trouser trend. It’s a refreshingly bold change from the usual grey, black and navy menswear offerings and will help spice up your winter wardrobe. But if red is too bold for you, go for orange instead – a surefire hit for AW13.

If you needed further proof that red trousers can be fashionable, then look at this Pinterest board.

Red trousers you can wear

Red chinos

The soft casual red trouser look

Chinos are the number one option for red trouser wearers, and are surprisingly versatile. For a day in the country, wear with a tweed jacket and a checked shirt. And if people see that as “elite” then remind them that the survey proved red trousers aren’t just for posh people.

Slim fit red chinos work with a t-shirt for general casual wear. But for those that don’t like slim fitting clothes, wear straight leg chinos, with a casual tucked in shirt.

Red trousers are undoubtedly divisive. Like Marmite you either love them or hate them. Hipsters love them, 46% of the UK hate them. But if you ask us, red trousers look great, as long as you’re name isn’t Justin Bieber.

Why do postmen always wear shorts?

The rain has come, the chill is upon us and the shorts have been packed away. Unless, of course, you are a postman.

Rain, hail and even snow cannot deter the hardiest of postmen from wearing their shorts.

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The famous frosty postbox
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So why does the posty keep showing off his knobbly knees, even when the rest of us are shivering away in thermal long johns?

The history of the uniform

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The famous “knock”
Source: The British Postal Museum and Archive

Postmen haven’t always worn shorts. Traditionally, delivery workers, wore trousers. Just like today, red hues dominated the uniform, but things were a bit more formal back in 1973 and posties had to wear a scarlet tailcoat every day!

The first instance of lighter attire for postal workers wasn’t until 1896, when they were given a summer hat. Shorts were still nowhere to be seen.

In humid India, postal workers did wear khaki, but in 2004 opted for red and blue, like UK postal workers. But unlike UK postal workers of today, who have worn shorts since the 1940s, Indian postmen wear trousers.

Comfort

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An unnamed shareholder in shorts
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Walking 10 miles over 6 ½ hours is thirsty work, and would make even the fittest athlete sweat. To stop getting so hot on their rounds, postmen wear shorts. And while mens trousers with a high cotton content are breathable, they still aren’t as airy as shorts.

Postman have to walk those 10 miles even in the winter, so they still get hot from all that exercise. Even if it’s sub zero and snowing!

Safety trousers

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Essential for the British weather <

Men like to compete to show how tough they are, but the big bosses don’t seem to think their postmen are that tough at all. Well at least not as tough as these people.

In Cheltenham, postal workers were banned from wearing shorts, after one slipped in icy conditions and grazed his leg. A pair of mens cord trousers may well have limited the damage, but better ice and snow treads would be even better.

The postmen in question were not happy with the attempt to ban trousers. Luckily the “ban” was lifted when the snow and ice thawed.

From the posty’s mouth

Postman Pat in named chair

Ready for your interview Mr Pat?
Source: Tennant News

To find out why postmen always wear shorts, we spoke to Leicestershire postman, Lewis Morrish.

He said “It’s not for a bet or any macho reason, but I just prefer it. When it rains I don’t have wet trousers chafing my legs, and I put on waterproof leggings if the forecast is bad.”

Shorts wearer yes, but trousers aren’t a complete no-go-area for Lewis, “I only really wear long trousers if it turns icy and slippery after snow – I don’t want to fall over and cut my knees!”

So like in Cheltenham there is a risk of injury, but is there any reason not to wear shorts? Well Lewis said, “There is nothing showing in my original contract BUT shorts are available as a catalogue item so by a logical conclusion, shorts can be worn and it doesn’t stipulate that these can only be worn on suitable occasions.”

“Basically, we have a choice!”

The Royal Mail has come a long way since 1793, when summer hats were revolutionary. And though its slightly more perilous to wear shorts in the winter, it seems that posties just find it comfier. And if you believe our postman, then there is no competition aspect to it…honest.

Give me a break – the length of men’s trousers

Michael Jackson was famous for wearing trousers that showed his socks. You might think the half masted look is a little odd, but for the moon-walking superstar, peculiar was normal.

But how should mens trousers be worn? Full break, half break or no break at all? Let’s find out.

What are breaks?

Primer trouser breaks

Because life is hard, and sometimes trousers need a break
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The break is where the bottom of your trouser meets your shoe, creating a fold in the cloth. A quarter break, or a half break is where there is less of a fold, but still a noticeable kink.

Longer trousers mean more than one fold or break. Go too long and your trousers will look like they don’t fit.

When there is no break, the bottom of the trouser sits perfectly at the top of the shoe around the ankle.

Suit trousers

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Suiting simplicity
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If it’s time for that business meeting, then you need to make sure your suit trousers touch the top of your shoes. A full break is fine, but a half or quarter break looks better.

To make sure they are the right length, look at the back of the shoe. This will take some flexibility, a mirror, or a friend. The leg of the trouser should stop just over half way down the back of the shoe.

One man famous for his socks, hasn’t quite got his break options correct. Channel 4 news reader, Jon Snow has taken the ‘no break’ thing to new levels.

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Breaking the rules for Help the Heroes
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Chino

Chinos with one break

Anyone afraid of red trousers?

Chinos are a versatile classic, perfect for a stroll at the weekend, and similarly suitable for the boardroom

For formal occasions, chinos should be worn with no break. As they have a loose fit, a full break will ruin the line of the trousers and deter from the smartening effect of formal shoes.

When keeping things casual with standard fit chinos, a full break will help exude relaxed vibes. To really show the shape of slim fitting chinos, wear with no break at all.

Jeans

Light Stonewash Thermal Jeans

I bet you can’t tell they are thermal jeans?

Most of us wear jeans for casual occasions, whether traditional denim, the alternative of moleskin, or lightweight cotton options. But though there are several different fabric to choose from, it’s important to get the break correct.

With no break your socks are always on show, so make sure they aren’t embarrassing ones. The safer option is to go for a half break – suitably casual, without looking too long.

When jeans are too long, with more than one break, you run the risk of soggy, frayed, disheveled hems.

Cords

Green cords with a break

Booting in the cords

Cords are hardwearing and come in an abundance of colours, but it’s important to know how to wear them.

Mens cord trousers are often worn as part of a casual country outfit. A full break is too casual for the heritage look. A simple half break will sit perfectly with a pair of comfy winter boots and similarly well with country brogues.

Cords and brogues

Kicking it in the brogues
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Michael Jackson was able to get away without a break, but for the rest of us, there are rules to follow. First, learn the breaks and then learn which one you need for your trousers. Get this wrong and you will look a bit peculiar, but get it right, and you’ll be the most stylish gent around.

Extreme needs for thermal trousers

It was Alfred Wainwright who said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

While this may be true for most situations, there are places where the weather is so severe that no matter what you wear, the elements are bound to come out on top.

Pack your sandals, shorts, thermal trousers and perhaps even a windproof umbrella – as we embark on an extreme weather tour of the world.

Coldest

Oymyakon

It’s cold up north
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Slip your feet into ice skates, or strap on your snowshoes – you’ll need them in the coldest inhabited place on earth. The isolated Russian village of Oymyakon has a population of just 472 – not surprising given its shiver inducing, monthly mean temperature of -46°C.

It’s not just the villagers of Oymyakon, who have it tough. Inhabitants of the Canadian research facility ‘Eureka’ spend the whole year dressed in thermal trousers and super warm coats. With the world’s lowest annual mean temperature of -19.7°C, stepping outside in your jeans and sweater can be fatal.

For a more accessible chilly city, try Winnipeg. The Manitoban capital is dubbed “Winter-peg”, as temperatures rarely reach double figures even in the summer. Once in 1879 the thermometer fell to a bone chilling -47.8°C!

Hottest

Dallol, Ethiopia

Not your usual tourist trap
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Many of us like to escape the gloom of the British winter. So if you like to wear your shorts and t-shirt in winter, how about a holiday to Dallol in Ethiopia? The town is a little short on tourist facilities, but it’s consistently sunny. Between 1960 and 1966, the mean daily temperature was 41.1°C, making it on average, the hottest town on earth.

Even the most dedicated sun worshiper would think twice about rolling out their towel in Death Valley. The record temperature there is 56.7°C, which in a place where people run marathons and visit for tourism, is really something.

Unlike Dallol and Death valley, no one has ever lived in the Lut desert of Iran. This is hardly surprising given the temperature there has reached 71°C – the highest ever recorded.

Windiest

Wellington wind

It’s windy down south
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Chicago is called the “windy city” but it’s nothing compared to Wellington. The New Zealand capital once recorded a wind speed of 248km/h. Certainly not weather for a sun hat.

Wellington is built on the edge of the Cook Strait. There, a gap in the mountain range running the length of the North and South islands creates a wind funnel that accelerates the air blowing through it. The effect is strongest on the Wellington side, making this one of the most windy cities on earth.

Wellingtonians must be very fond of windy weather – the shape of the capital’s Westpac Stadium, aka the Cake Tin, creates a vortex – was that by accident or design? So if you go and watch the All Blacks play, you may wish to take a windproof umbrella.

Wettest

Bathing in the rain

Bathing in the rain
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Here in Britain we get out and about despite the rain – donning our waxed jackets and rubber wellingtons to fend off precipitation. But in some places, you may just want to stay inside.

Separated by just 10 miles, inhabitants of the Indian towns of Cherrapunj and Mawsnyram must fight over the title for wettest place on earth. In June and July you can expect 120 inches of rain there, more than double the UK annual average of 45 inches.

Driest

San Pedro de Atacama

Not a hose in sight
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Jump into moon boots and visit the Mars coloured sand of San Pedro de Atacama. Chile’s Atacama desert is the driest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop flip-flop wearing backpackers from visiting.

Due to the minuscule 15 mm of annual rainfall, there’s a 3 minute shower limit. So you have to wash your hair quickly, or everyone goes thirsty.

If you do decide to visit the Chilean desert, don’t forget to pack something warm to wear. Daytime temperatures maybe scorching, but at night, the mercury can fall to -10°C.

Humid

Singapore Humidity

A muggy night over Singapore
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Find yourself a time machine and head back to 1922 Libya. If the statistics recorded at the time are correct, the temperature soared to a scorching 57°C with 100% humidity. Dehumidifiers would do you no good here.

Can’t get your hands on a time machine but still want to get hot and sweaty? With an average annual humidity of 84.2%, you could try Singapore. In Singapore’s popular tourist spots and streets you’re sure to swelter, but if you feel a bit faint, there’s many air-conditioned shops and restaurants in which to retreat.

Do you know of any more extreme weather locations we might have missed?

Mens trousers you should never wear

So, you’ve got some jeans and some smart trousers and maybe a pair of jogging bottoms or two — but it feels like there’s room for something new in your wardrobe.

Somebody might have inspired you to go for something a bit alternative and daring, but this is where you need to pull back and go easy. There are some men’s trousers you should never wear.

Chaps

Chaps: Only if your Clint Eastwood

Chaps: Only if your Clint Eastwood
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Clint Eastwood and John Wayne are two of the toughest, meanest cowboys to grace our screens and it’s hard not to be inspired by the gun-swirling, horse-riding outlaws in their chaps.

But hold it right there, Mister!

Step down from the horse, which you don’t own, get back in your house, which isn’t in the Western Frontier and take off those chaps unless you’re a cowboy.

If you walk around 21st Century Britain in chaps, people will simply think you’re on a gay fancy dress outing (which you might be, in which case: enjoy!).

PVC

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop
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Bare-chested and clad in tight and transparent PVC trousers, Iggy Pop is the Peter Pan of the rock world. With his trademark Lust for Life, he continues to fire out the hits and moves.

But before you listen to his CD and recall how good he looks (in a man to man kind of way) in those transparent PVC trousers: just don’t go there.

Iggy Pop is not a man who can be imitated. You would probably turn heads, but not in a good way.

Lycra

For cyclists and gymnasts ONLY

For cyclists and gymnasts ONLY
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After the 2012 London Olympics, once-fringe sports like cycling and gymnastics have suddenly become mainstream. Armchair fans have been inspired to have a go — their first stop being to buy some sporty men’s trousers.

But slow down there.

Lycra trousers may look good on toned athletes like Louis Smith and Mark Cavendish, but they’re the professionals. Just beware of how tight you go with your trousers — tightness may protect you against physical injury, but not massive embarrassment.

Imagine if your boss or your dad saw you doing squat thrusts in the park…

Skin-tight red jeans

Look at me! I'm wearing red trousers!

Look at me! I’m wearing red trousers!
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Since One Direction first appeared on the X Factor, a boy band renaissance has been sweeping the UK music scene. These young men own quite an impressive range of men’s trousers.

Their skin-tight jeans in shades of bright red are proving very popular with fans.

But before you go raiding your sister’s wardrobe for tiny jeans and start to cut off the blood supply to your legs, you’ll need to know something:

If you’re a teenager and in a boy band, you can get away with wearing most things. If you’re not, you will end up looking stupid and struggling to walk.

Snakeskin

Outback fashion

Outback fashion
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Men of the desert, bounty hunters and eccentric poker players are the type of men that wear snakeskin trousers.

These men could track a guinea pig through the bush faster than it takes you to make a microwave dinner.

Cork-dangling headwear and snakeskin trousers is not a good look in the middle of Wigan. You’re much better off playing it safe when shopping for new men’s trousers.

The Wrong Trousers

As Wallace and Grommit discovered, wearing the ‘wrong trousers’ can be more than a fashion faux pas. But it appears young men continue to ignore this cautionary trouser tale.

Mens trousers have come on leaps and bounds, and we’re eager to embrace coloured chinos and skinnier fits with open arms (or rather, legs). We do, however, draw the line at sequined leggings…

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Sequin leggings are never OK. Unless you are in a pantomime.
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There is no denying fluro leggings are questionable, especially when combined with a matching do.
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A pop of cobalt blue is fine, this however…
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On occasion, we like ankle grazers. Just not when teamed with every other hipster item under the sun.
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We wouldn’t normally question Versace, but these spray on leathers have pushed us over the edge!
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Electric blue. Leopard print. Harem. Just no, we’re afraid.
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This is the reason you stop wearing dungarees when you stop being a toddler.
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Technically a skirt doesn’t qualify as trousers, but we thought it was too good to leave out.
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Well, these are at least zany if nothing else.
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If you don’t want to look like you’ve been caught short of the toilet, avoid harem pants at all cost.
Source: The Urban Gent

floral

This is too much floral, even for a spring themed soiree.
Source: A view from the shade

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Unless your name is Simon Cowell, avoid these like the plague.
Source: Lifestyle Hunters

Mens trousers James Bond would never wear

James Bond has never been more stylish than he is today. His suit selections in Skyfall really were top notch.

It’s a pity the British public doesn’t always live up to the high standard set by our favourite fictional spy. Here to help you avoid a fashion faux pas, is our guide to trousers for men that James Bond would (mostly) never wear.

Red trousers

Guilty of bad trouser choice
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The much maligned choice of the British upper crust. Red trousers have never been more popular with certain sections of society. Fleshy faced, round middled, braying toffs love them. We wonder why?

James Bond would never wear something so brash, so bawdy, so silly. If you have a tendency to wear red – or worse – pink trousers – you need to buck up. Bond wouldn’t give you the time of day.

Leather trousers

Leather trousers – fit for a King?
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Leather is for shoes, belts and gloves for assassins with a licence to kill. Unless your name is Slash, we suggest you refrain from draping your legs with dead cow. As far as James Bond goes, the creak of tanned hide would rule out a stealthy approach.

As far as you’re concerned, leather trousers make you look like an ageing metal enthusiast, with all of the vices but none of the talent of an actual rocker. If you’re a cowboy – please ignore this tirade.

Gangster hipsters

Criminal fashion
Source: Sodahead

The current trend for bottom revealing hipsters originates in America. Death row inmates have their belts removed so they can’t top themselves, so they have little choice but to wear their trousers slung low.

The same can not be said for the cool kids who seek to imitate such criminal fashion. James Bond in hipsters? Don’t be daft.

Tracksuit bottoms

Tracksuit trousers – ASBO chic?
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The clue to their purpose lies in the name. Tracksuit. For wearing at the track (running, not dog). The current trend for grown men wandering the streets looking like they just got out of bed is alarming to say the least.

James Bond would be appalled. Is he risking life and limb in the service of his country so that you can limp about the place looking sloppy? If you wear a tracksuit, either go for a run, or go and get changed.

Lycra Shorts

Do you look good in Lycra? Really?
Source: Ride in

James Bond takes his fitness seriously. So should you. He wouldn’t think twice about donning a bit of lycra if appropriate. In this case, the tables are turned.

We’re not saying don’t wear lycra – but before you pull on the stretchy stuff, ask yourself the following question. Do I have the sort of physique that turns heads…or the sort that turns stomachs?