Trend report: Goodbye skinny pants

BRONWYN WILLIAMS
Last updated 10:20 23/10/2012

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Think back hard enough and you might just remember that skinny trousers haven't always been the silhouette du jour. Straight leg, and even balloonish wide leg trousers used to be all the rage.

Skinny leg pants have dominated fashion for close on a decade, but all good trends must come to an end.

"We're seeing a move away from the slim look that was coined by Christian Dior all those years ago," says Murray Crane of New Zealand menswear label Crane Brothers. "Classic menswear is really coming back in, we're seeing wider cuts and even trouser details like cuffs and pleated fronts."

Classic pleat front trousers are a star feature in Dior Homme's current winter collection, while over at Lanvin and Raf Simons trousers are simple and flat fronted, flaring out through the ankle. 

This isn't just a trend that's stuck on the runways - supermodel David Gandy and fashion designer Marc Jacobs have both been spotted in wider cut trou, and in New Zealand Crane Brothers is widening its ready-to-wear trouser cuts to better suit the new look.

You might be wedded to your skinny pants but for some men this new silhouette will be a blessing. "There are a lot of guys who don't suit ultra-skinny tailoring," Crane says. 

Will you be sorry to see the end of skinny pants?

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