Tees Shirts and Trousers 3: Drape & Minimalism

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It’s time to experiment with tees and trousers yet again, this time looking at streetwear for the inspiration.

There’s something about tailored pants that I just love.  I mean I own skinny jeans, but having slim-straight trousers with  bit of drape with a high rise that really resonate with me.  I still belive that high rise is the best way to go (even with jeans) since they make you look slimmer and elongate your legs!

We’ve explored wearing these pants before, with a striped tee and some light layering but I think its time to look at something new for inspiration.  Usually we look at vintage, but why not look at something modern?

If you’ve been on the internet, chances are you’ve seen this gentleman.

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I don’t know too much about him other than the name “Les Freres Joachim” and that he’s a French designer.  His style has always jumped out to me. It’s so simple! Tee shirt, wth some form of “dress pant”, with a coat and sneakers.  There’s something so effortlessly cool about this that I decided to do my own version of it.

My Version

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Here it is!  My take on this particular streetwear style.  I normally like mixing patterns and colors, but minimalism is good too.  Everything is is grey or black; the only saturation comes from the blue in the sneaker.

Its still similar to my “typical outfits” in that it involves a fitted torso (tee) and high rise pants. Since there isn’t a sportcoat or tie to break up the pieces, it is a much more interesting outfit even though there is the minimum amount of pieces involved.  It’s a bit slouchy and lazy, with the drape of the pants and overcoat dominating the look. A very european, streetwear look.

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Pleating.

I tucked my tee in because I don’t really own any extended ones like the inspiration. Plus I find the aesthetic of the tucked in tee to be a bit cooler, since it accentuates the legs especially if you’re wearing high rise pants.  The pants I’m wearing were the ones I wore on Black Friday. They’re made of nylon and elastane, so they’re not like traditional wool dress pants. The pants are extremely comfortable and stretchy, while still providing adequate weight to drape well, which is the key to this “streetstyle”. My pants aren’t as cropped as Joachim’s, but there is still no break, which prevents the combo from looking like a 90s dad with baggy pants and sneakers.

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Here’s the look without the coat. I still think it looks pretty damn sick.  Pretty much reminds me of this look I saw, just with the “edgier choice” of sneakers.  #streetwear am I right?

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Chunky sneakers.

Old Kenneth Cole Ulstercoat, tee from Banana Repulic, pants from Club Monaco, Onitsuka Tigers 

Conclusion

While I did enjoy making this outfit, I think its safe to say that it’s not something that I’ll being doing often.  Perhaps to make it “more my own”, I’ll wear a similar ensemble with loafers or dress shoes, to give it a sleeker edge.  I will admit that this style is pretty cool and I love it whenever I see it.  There’s something so appealing about a minimal use of colors with such simple pieces, combined in a way that utilizes drape and proportion!

Let me know what you think by commenting below!

Always a pleasure,

Ethan W.

Street x Sprezza

Photography by Scott E.  

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