Fashion Polls & Debates

Red trousers on men: fashion crime?

What do you think when you see a man in red trousers? That he’s brave? Stylish? Cute? Original?

Or do you simply think the man in question must be gay… or an idiot?

men in red trousers

[Pants: ASOS]

According to a recent poll by researchers You Gov, most people will have one of the latter reactions to the sight of a man in red pants. How do they know this? Because they conducted a poll on it, obviously, asking members of the British public to share the first word that springs to mind when presented with a man in red trousers. Here’s how the British public responded:

what do you think of men in red trousers

So, most people who see a pair of red pants will think “red”, then. Not much gets past the British public, does it?

In second and third place, however, are the words “gay” and “idiot”. “Bright” and “brave” come in 4th and 5th respectively, before things take a much more negative turn, with “yuk”, “odd”, “prat” and “clown” all ranking highly. Nice.

The conclusion? Most people aren’t huge fans of red pants on men. (As for how they feel about red pants on WOMEN, meanwhile, we just don’t know. Perhaps there’ll be another poll soon to give us the answer to that. In the meantime, you might want to think carefully before wearing those red jeans you bought when they were the height of fashion last year…)

So, what do we think about this? Well, while there’s no doubt in our minds that the clothes we wear send out certain messages about us (And many people use clothing to manipulate the messages they want to send) we’re just not convinced that wearing a certain item of clothing tells you anything at all about someone’s sexual orientation, or level of intelligence. In fact, while we all have our own opinions about various items of clothing, and we’re not (And shouldn’t be) afraid to express them, those opinions revolve purely around aesthetics and personal taste: it seems pretty harsh to brand someone an “idiot” just because of their choice of pants, and as far as we’re concerned, the only thing red pants tell you about a man is that…he likes red pants.


What do you think about this? Are you surprised to find that some people have such strong reactions to this particular item of clothing, or do you agree with them?

What do you think of men in red pants?

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