Style police: Hang loose - but not too loose

Drawstring pants are everywhere. They're cool, comfortable, unisex and versatile. But that doesn't mean you can sling them on just any old how. Heavens, no...

STYLE POLICE is never one to sneer at fashion gurus. However, this month's Harper's Bazaar have featured a love letter to "Cargo pants" and a cover shot of Bridget Hall modelling a pair by Calvin Klein. What is this hot new pant codename, "cargo"? It's the combats we've all been wearing since 1995. "Why not test drive an inexpensive pair?" suggests Harper's. While you're at it, why not really go wild and wear them with trainers?

Combats are now as mainstream as jeans. They aren't new, but they aren't going away. While we're hovering around your lower portions, it's time to talk drawstring. Apart from the parachute silk mutations, combat pants are too heavy for summer. The drawstring is a nice, relaxed alternative and it is in every collection this season. So what are we waiting for?

Well, for one thing, drawstrings are too good to be true. They are unisex, inexpensive and as comfortable as your favourite pyjamas. Marks & Spencer do them in 100 per cent linen for pounds 40. But beware. "If you have a nice, tight toned body, then fine," says Time Out fashion writer Damian Foxe. "But the more generously cut drawstring pants have a habit of sinking between your butt cheeks. It's not very attractive to see big bums wiggling under white linen."

Drawstrings are deceptive because they look so easy. On a lithe girl who can wear them pushed to hipster shape they are divine. But cinched at the waist, they do emphasise the breadth of hip and bottom. That's why it is more chic to wear them with a piece that covers the waist area.

Damian Foxe is a man who has really considered drawstring for men. "Unlike combats, which are structured, the drawstring pant doesn't have a crotch. So, again, you're in problems unless that area is covered. In the lighter colours and fabrics, natural light will shine through drawstring pants, which is fine if you have something to show off. I prefer the darker pants, particularly the glazed linen pair by Jigsaw menswear (pounds 85)."

The cardinal sin of drawstring is tucking anything in under the waistband. A generously cut T-shirt that stops at the thigh looks right, particularly if it's a viscose silky knit. Shirts for women are more tailored this season. However, a sheer big shirt gives more of an indication that there is a body beneath all that fabric.

The most successful drawstring pants have some degree of fit about them. They don't balloon from the waist like the Hindenberg. Get yourselves down to Press & Bastyan for their stone linen-mix drawstrings (pounds 95). Yes, Style Police knows you can get them for pounds 20, but these definitely don't ride up your bum.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

    Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...

    Tradewind Recruitment: Class Teacher Required ASAP In Uminster

    £120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...

    Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Director - London - £70,000

    £70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...

    Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wimbledon, SW London

    £24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...

    Day In a Page

    Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

    Greece elections

    In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
    Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

    Holocaust Memorial Day

    Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
    Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

    Magnetic north

    The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
    Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
    Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

    Front National family feud?

    Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
    Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

    Pot of gold

    Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
    10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

    From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

    While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
    Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

    'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

    Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
    DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

    The inside track on France's trial of the year

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
    As provocative now as they ever were

    Sarah Kane season

    Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
    Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

    Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

    Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
    Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

    Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

    One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
    The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

    The enemy within

    People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
    Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

    Autumn/winter menswear 2015

    The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore