Menswear's current love affair has led to a few companies doing something a little different with the insides of their trousers. That said, most companies tend to play it safe when it comes to patterns, sticking to checks or stripes. But what if I don't want checks and stripes on my jeans? What if I want flowers? Or bumblebees?
Customising your own turn-ups isn't tricky. The first step is choosing the pattern. If, however, you opt for floral, the challenge is to avoid what is affectionately known as the Simon Doonan effect.
Aware that floral patterns are a bit of a menswear minefield, I headed down to Liberty's print department where - after walking around pretending not to be as confused as I was - I eventually settled for a simple, green floral pattern on a predominantly white background. I subsequently presented my chosen fabric to my tailor who, after a few bemused looks, explained how best to adorn my turn-ups.
So, I imagine you're wondering what happened when I wore them for the first time? Nothing, that's what. Which I suppose is no bad thing, just not the reaction I expected. On the plus side (or minus, depending on your standpoint) It has induced a worrying fondness for floral prints. It's at points like this that you start to wonder whether you're a victim of that thing they call fashion...
Words by Jason Dike