L iving in sunny tropical country like Malaysia has its own perks and downfalls. For instance; it’s good that we don’t have to rearrange the closet every season, but it’s also such a bummer that we are wearing summer clothes all year long. We are also lucky because aside from the occasional rain, we don’t really have to plan our lives around four different seasons, or let any part of it affect our lives. But on several circumstances when suits, ties, jackets, uniforms or boots are mandatory, things can get a little bit sticky; literally. Imagine taking the train in Armani suits or wearing head to toe equestrian riding gear in arena under the hot sun. I have to give it up to all those people who can really do it.
That brings me to those rock star wannabe who don’t seem to mind about the weather; black leather jacket (although most of them look suspiciously PVC) out and about under the 100 degree Celsius heat. And don’t let me get started on those hip-hop kids under their layers after layers of t-shirts, hoodies and bomber jackets. I was thinking to myself; are they insane?
What’s out there?
I am a sucker for trends and fashion but never even once in my life that I can compromise comfort over the idea of looking like someone who booked a wrong plane ticket. Not until recently that is. For the longest time I know that boots are in, particularly those tall, lace-up military type that really gives the rock star vibe. My jeans will definitely look awesome tucked in those really cool Kenneth Cole black boots. Boots are all over the runways of Gucci, Burberry, Prada, Y3, Pierre Hardy and they are so hot that even Dr. Martens are on revival. But unfortunately I have been putting the whole boots-thing on hold because I just feel like it’s a bit too much and it’s more suitable for the winter.
How to wear them best
Aside from that, like any other trends that hit the runway, this one can be rather tricky to emulate in real life. The boots must definitely have to be in the shade of black. But if you want to take a risk with tanned-leather and look like a lost cowboy, go ahead. The pants that you tucked in have to be skinny or at least slim cut to avoid the odds of looking like a Nazi leader. The pants shouldn’t look as if they were stuffed into the boots. Instead, they should look effortless as if you were wearing the boots in a hurry and didn’t really pay attention whether you get all of the pants inside the boots.
I’ve been going back and forth about this and I think I’ll give it a try one of these days! They are just some leather boots not some kind of bondage outfit for God sake! At least I’m a tropical country citizen who wears leather on my feet. I’m not wearing them on my sweat-drenched body like ‘some people’.
Images from GQ.com