Jul 17 2013
Proportion is playing a crucial role in determining the overall look of contemporary menswear today. Celebrated designers like Alexander Wang and Rick Owens helped usher elongated proportions and chic sportswear to the forefront, making them mainstream looks, a feat that can also be credited to Rei Kawakubo, Ann Demeulemeester, and Yohji Yamamoto. Their designs are catching the attention of a vast, global audience that once rejected their “radical” ideas, but now respect it and seek it even if they have to shop on international e-boutiques. Proportions continuously spark conversation and ideas for unique experimentation for those still finding their signature look that blends comfort with style.
While most men still remain hesitant to experimenting with proportion within their own personal style, a growing number of men utilize proportion to create a fresh and original take on menswear- the blending of classic tailoring and high streetwear. An untucked botton down shirt worn under a cropped jacket and paired off with wide-leg trousers make for a visually pleasing silhoutte that seem new and refreshingly innovative. Slowly but surely, men are learning that proportion play is nothing to fear and when done right can breathe new life into even the most mundane of wardrobes.
All photography by Tommy Ton for GQ.com.