Patterned turn-ups — turn up the pattern

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.

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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