Ziggy Chen / Bottoms

Bottoms often define the context of an outfit. Ranging on a spectrum from simple blue jeans to flowing pleated maxi skirts, they have the power to alter perceptions of any ensemble. A shirt worn one day with light washed jeans may feel casual and breezy, but when paired with a pair of pleated trousers the same shirt may be elevated to the status of fancy dress. It is a truly fascinating relationship, perhaps due in part to the fact that bottoms are among the first garments to collect stains and dirt. As such, it is important to consider the bottom, and what it says, if anything.