Bonobos: the alternative to skinny jeans

As my inaugural post, I thought I’d cover the fashion staple for all hipsters: the skinny jeans.

Every bonafide hipster sports this “ultra-slim, glued-to-your-skin denim that makes it look like you’ve been shopping in your girlfriend’s closet.

I do not own a pair of skinny jeans. Although they are a crucial element in the hipster uniform, I simply cannot condone packing one’s balls in what amounts to fabric saran wrap. I am a firm believer in “form meets function”, and I simply cannot see how the act of constricting oneself with these male leggings allows one to do so.

I do, however, applaud the virtues of form-fitting clothing. Mainstream fashion has reverted from the baggy, low-riding days of the 90s back to the classic tailored looks of the 60s – form-fitting clothing that sits at the waist, outlines the legs, and cuts at the ankle. Pants that gently frame the ass (for the ladies) but have enough give to wear and work comfortably through the day – divine.

No one does this better, in my opinion, than Bonobos.

We started Bonobos to solve a simple problem: men’s pants just don’t fit well. They’re either too tight to be comfortable or too baggy to look good. But by innovating in a few key areas, we’ve developed a fit that actually looks and feels great for a wide variety of men. – www.bonobos.com

True to their word, Bonobos pants fit really well. The majority of the pants in my wardrobe are from Bonobos. They fit well, wear comfortably, and, most importantly, they make me look damn sexy. As an added bonus, most of their styles sport a different lining that can be found in the pockets and along the waistband, giving the pants some additional flair and character.

The great thing about Bonobos is that they come in a variety of fabrics. Personally, I have never been too fond of wearing jeans (sooo mainstream). With Bonobos I am able to get the same great fit and cut in corduroy, cotton, dress cotton (style at the office is always in fashion), and yes, denim. For those hot summer days, they also carry a great selection of shorts (cut just above the knee, obviously).

In closing, I turn to Sachin Bhola at AskMen.com to summarize the moral of this story:

There is still takeaway value in the skinny jeans for men movement. Since most North American men tend to wear their clothes on the larger side of the fit continuum, the message here is to slim down. Not slim down to a legging-like jean, but to wear slim, straight-cut jeans. – Sachin Bhola, AskMen.com

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