The Drain Pipe jean has reached cult status over the years, made popular by rockers in the ’60s and the punks through the ’70s... but its origins go back as far as the 17th Century… Men’s breeches, the aristocratic grandfather of the drainpipe jean were very popular among French royalty and like many fashion trends, began to spread across other parts of Europe including the UK. During the 1800’s they resurfaced as a mark of rebellion during the French Revolution in the form of ‘pantaloon’. Fast forward over a century and slim jeans came into their own during the ‘Beatnik’ era in the 1950s. Icons of style such as Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando and Elvis were known for favouring tighter fitting trousers. Through the ’70s and ’80s, the drainpipe jean was kept simple by most brands which paved the way for personalisation as we reached the height of anarchy in the era of punk. Rips, holes, safety pins and patches became the uniform of the punk generation which saw bands such as The Ramones and later, The Cult epitomise the denim dress code in nearly every album cover and photoshoot. Decades on the drainpipe jean is cemented as a counterculture, wardrobe essential in any guys wardrobe. The fitted cut allows for freedom of movement and an array of styles to pick from.
Style Tip: Add a simple white T and plimsolls with a few turn-ups and you have a summer look that never fails. If you want to keep it classic, introduce your favourite vintage leather jacket and work boots.
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