I appreciate J Crew’s aesthetic but it’s not a brand for me: their main silhouette is too fitted and preppy for me, and I think they are too expensive. Apparently, I’m not alone in this thinking because the brand is struggling at the moment. That said, if I were on a desert island and only had J Crew to wear, I would be absolutely fine. But this quote, from Tom Mora, head of womenswear, made me cringe.
“I either crop my pants so you can see part of my ankle, or I roll them. Even if you have a big ankle it’s nice, because there’s something really masculine about those big, lumbering legs. I think it works for everybody.” (The Cut.)
I think I need to respond to this and say NO, MANKLES ARE NOT FOR EVERYBODY. In fact, mankles (men’s ankles on show) look terrible on 99.9% of men. As it’s summer and men might be feeling the urge to show off a bit of ankle with their cropped or rolled up pants – I’d like to remind men of a three things. Firstly – pants should end below the ankle. Secondly – if you are dying to show off mankle, then you’ll have to wear shorts (and in that case I guess you are showing off meg, not mankle), and shorts are only acceptable if they are Bermuda length or longer and are not worn in a corporate environment unless the air conditioning is broken and it is 40 degrees Celcius. Finally – short shorts are never, ever, ever ok on men unless they are bathing suits.
Enjoy the hot weather, boys!