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Chelsea boots are a wardrobe must-have for men looking to add some casual edge to an everyday suit. But if you’re used to wearing regular old lace-ups with your tailoring, you might hem and haw (pun very much intended) over the proper pants fit with this new footwear. Enter actor Dev Patel who nailed the stylish combination yesterday at his New York City Times Talk with Nicole Kidman. Patel wore a slim navy suit and tonal admiral blue shirt paired with black leather Chealsea boots. His socks were a light gray with subtle floral details—exactly the kind of low-key design touch we like to see punctuating a minimal suited look. This is the look you should copy for first dates, business casual offices, dinner at your in-laws, or (if you’re famous like Patel) a red carpet event.
Chelsea boots get their inspiration from mod British fashion of the ’60s (think early Beatles). So you should try to approximate the same vibe with the fit of your pants too. To pull this off, take your pants and your new boots to the tailor. You want the hem to hit right at the top of the foot. And if you plan on wearing these pants with more than just Chelsea boots, bring that pair of shoes as well and ask your tailor to find a hem that will work for both. As far as the silhouette goes, reach for a pair that are slim from your hips all the way down to your ankles—no extra fabric flapping in the breeze, please. Otherwise your shoes will get lost in there.
Don’t forget that when you sit down people will see your socks. So make like Dev and pull on a pair of trouser socks with cool—yet subtle—details.
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