Playing with Pant Shapes feat. Martell Campbell

June 23rd, 2014

I was cruising for cool new menswear bloggers one day and stumbled across the real life Marty Mcfly. Martell Campell, or simply “Mr Flyy“, is a London based menswear stylist and blogger with an awesome punk twist on traditional London tailoring.

“I originally came from a design background having studied graphics and textiles. I started styling for a living and subsequently began writing my own blog to showcase my projects, ideas and collaborations. I would describe my personal style as a modern mixture of vintage tailoring, as I am heavily inspired by fashions from the past. I get most of my inspiration from history books, old movies and dramas set in the late 1800s/early 1900s such as Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey, Ripper Street and Peaky Blinders.

Lately I’ve been inspired by Korean fashion, especially Korean artists. As a creative person, I find that I draw inspiration from all sorts of things…from places all over the world. My style advice to men would to be to experiment with fits, fabrics and also brands. Don’t be afraid to try new things!”

What I like most about Martell’s personal style (other than the swagger synergy between him and his sister) is that he plays with different silhouettes, which is rare in menswear. The vast majority of guys stick to one silhouette, religiously, especially when it comes to trousers. Maybe a few variations here and there, but usually always a similar shape. Are you one of those guys? Do you know your desired hem width down to the half inch?

If you haven’t experiemented with different pant shapes, I encourage you to try it. Just for fun. It can be done relatively cheaply using the good ‘ol vintage shop + tailor shop combo, and it’s incredible how drastically it can affect your overall look. Once you get a knack for pairing shapes together rather than just fabrics and colors, it can make styling much more fun.

Here Martell gives us a comparison of two different pant shapes: the wide leg and the sharp taper.

Wide Leg

I love that he put an extra large cuff on these vintage Ralph Lauren chinos, but kept the hemline short with no break. It really accentuates the width of the leg, and gives off a kind of post-war newsie feel.

Tapered Leg

On the other hand, the sharply tapered leg (in combination with the dark monochromatic palette) here gives off a more 1960’s British Mod influence.

The vintage DB jacket is actually a dark green glenplaid, too. Well played, player.


Which do you prefer? Do you experiment with pant shapes?

Please share in the comments below, and be sure to check out Mr. Flyy’s website.


Yours in style,

Articles of Style

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