By YOU DEQIAN
Fashion & Style Correspondent
SHANGHAI (China Daily Show) – What’s blue, baggy and taking the Chinese fashion world by storm? Stability pants, that’s what!
That is the verdict of the Young Amateur Chinese Fashion Review Fifth Annual Readers’ Survey, which this week voted the loose-fitting cargo pantaloons – typically strutted by streetwise security guards – the year’s Most Authoritative Apparel.
Survey respondents roundly
Young Amateur chief editor He Yang endorsed the vote, adding: “Navy harem-style rompers are the very essence of security chic.”
The stylish new look has been largely credited to the nation’s slacks-sporting security staff.
“Their nouveau-sheik look not
While rarely seen abroad, the blue britches are a regular sight on modern Chinese city streets.
According to nine-year-old fashion guru ‘Awesome’ Meng, the pants can be spotted “wherever you find
As the 18th Party Congress approaches in November, members of the public are finding the look both comfortable and reassuring.
“Thank God they’re on our
Wearers typically accessorize the newly fashionable Sino-stride look with pencil-resistant camouflage
“But this year,” Meng advises, “command maximum respect with a grayish latex stick, casually
China has a long history of
“It’s a clear homage to the vintage ‘Hammer Pants,’ which rocked the 1980s Western world during a time of spiraling inflation and widespread student massacres for China.”
In recent years, a loss of confidence in traditional socialist
Yet stability pants are
“Khaki is tacky,” explains Boss
And Hong disagrees with those who say that China needs urgent fashion reform.
“China is developing and we
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Everything you wanted to know about stability pants but were disinclined to really ask:
- The loose trousers are especially popular with lanky 17-year-old rural men, who often accessorize the garment with pimples, a walkie-talkie and a well-read copy of yesterday’s Beijing Evening News.
- The pants should properly be worn baggily, with a tight belt, to create a ‘For The Win’ look that says, ‘I just inherited these trousers from an older guy who died.’
- Incorporate them into beachwear! Pair your stability pants with a Korean-inspired khaki singlet – then flaunt that autumn look at Beidahe. That’s some Gangnam Style!
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