Can Kanye West Bring Back XXL Pants?

Kanye West Cargo Pants

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The rapper slash designer slash free thinker did convince us big chunky sneakers were cool and that sweatpants could be worn 24/7.

With the return of supersized fits on some big name runways (Balenciaga, Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten) and fashion’s near constant infatuation with military clothes raging on, it was only a matter of time before XXL cargo pants made a comeback. Are we ready? Christian Bale and all the other dudes who never abandoned them in 2003 certainly are. Street style kings have been on the baggy cargo tip for months. Kanye West, a man who once took credit for tight pants, has also signed on.

West stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” earlier this week wearing his khaki green cargos with a boxy white T-shirt and a pair of his own desert boots. West’s gold jewelry added plenty of maybe-billionaire flavor to the at-ease military fit. And considering Ye’s style M.O. is sweats and sneakers, the whole thing demonstrated a fine amount of effort—and maybe a sneak peek at Yeezy’s new aesthetic direction (both the man and the brand).

Also, let the record show that if you’re going to wear pants with that flap in the wind and have a full break at the hem, this is exactly how you do it. Kanye West was right in choosing a pair of shoes with a substantial sole—there is nothing worse than giant pants and tiny shoes. His T-shirt was on point too. It’s roomy enough to match the cargos in spirit, but the shorter length prevents him from looking like he’s drowning in his own clothes (tucking in your t-shirt is also an option). West is also correct in embracing this look early and confidently in the trend cycle. If you’re body type has ever been described as “beefy”, you get Priority Boarding on the flight to baggy town.

All in all, we give this fit a 10 out of 10. Not that we think you need to trade out all of your slim-cut jeans for parachute cargos today. By the end of the month would be fine.

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