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?


  • August 15, 2013


    Seriously: I wouldn’t want to be a man. At least when it comes to clothing. The range of options from which they can choose is SO limited, be it the items themselves, the shapes or the colours. And every time somebody tries to bring a tiny little bit of variety into the mix. Nothing offensive, just something small like, say, a colour that’s not so common yet, everybody else starts yelling insults. It’s so sad!
    Sure the men in the pictures above could wear jeans in blue or black. But you know what that would be? Boring!

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  • August 15, 2013


    Being fair to the poll, most guys I know that wear red pants are indeed gay. Or hipsters. But it kind of upsets me how limited the guys choices are.

    Its like they can’t wear some colors without being insulted. I’m pretty sure that a lot more men would wear red pants or even purple/pink if people wouldn’t imediatly question their sexuality.
    My gay friends don’t really mind sharing their sexuality so they wear what they wont and simply ignore the stupid comments.

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  • August 15, 2013


    I think bright red pants have the potential to look silly/costumy on either gender, but not if styled right. As a rule, straight men are afraid to wear colorful or simply correctly fitted clothes because they are judged to be less masculine. This is a great shame. I’m tired of men in baggy ts, eternal jeans, and “shorts” that are comically oversized because god forbid someone suspect they have a tush and thighs.

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  • August 17, 2013


    i love men who wear red jeans or just a any litlle bit “daring” piece of cloth..

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  • August 18, 2013


    Haha, I just went to see a Muse concert last week, and the lead singer was wearing red pants!!!!! I didn’t think anything much except….yeah, wow, red pants 😉 As a lead singer, it certainly makes you stand out on stage, it looked good! Actually, my friend and I then noticed that the man standing in front of us in the crowd also had red pants….never noticed red pants until now, but the double red-pants in one evening has put them on my radar. All in all though, I thought it was a bold and brave choice! 😉

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  • August 19, 2013

    Liza Ashby

    I don’t have any negative opinions on red trousers in general….as said above, men’s options are limited enough as it is, it’s actually refreshing to see a guy wear a bright colour! of course, it depends on the cut of the trousers….but in general, I like them 🙂

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  • September 2, 2013


    What bothers me most about this is that a man being gay is considered a negative opinion.

    That said, I think red pants can look great on both men and women.

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