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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Justin Theroux: I dress for winter

Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux has come to realise that appropriate men's attire should always be "winter from the waist down".

The actor is known for rocking his signature style of dark jeans and combat boots, whatever the weather.

Justin questioned the logic behind his fashion rule in a column he penned for Esquire magazine.

"A friend once shared with me an idiotic maxim: regardless of the season, a guy's attire 'should always be winter from the waist down: jeans and boots'. Chuckling, I dismissed the quote until it dawned on me that he had just described a hips-down uniform I've slavishly adhered to ever since I stopped wearing training pants," Justin joked.

"I'm the first to admit that jeans and combat boots might not always be the practical choice. Depending on whom you ask, denim was invented for either prospectors or cowboys, and seeing as I gave up wanting to be either of those things when I was six, why do I still leave my apartment ready to be dragged behind a horse? Especially when it means dragging myself through a New York summer with a clambake happening in my boots and my body maintaining the same core temperature as fondue."

Justin is often photographed walking around New York City dressed in his motorcycle leathers. He uses his method of transport as an explanation for why he always wears the same thing.

"When I was a teenager, jeans and boots were a style choice that somehow made sense, but nowadays, like toenails or knuckle hair, they seem like some masculine evolutionary remnant that I could probably stand to lose. Sure, they're useful in winter, but they become harder to justify at a pool party on the Fourth [of July, US holiday]," he pondered. "I'll frequently point to the fact that it's safer to wear jeans when I take my motorcycle for a spin, but what's my excuse the rest of the time?"

The fiancé of glamorous Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston moaned about the lack of clothing options available for men. Justin would rather be known for adopting a "winter from the waist down" style mantra than be seen in sweatpants or flip-flops.

"In fairness to me, maybe my loyalty to these jeans and boots isn't so much an endorsement of them as it is an expression of my distaste for anything else. Other options seem almost too grim to contemplate. Sweatpants? Cargo shorts? Light slacks?! Just the word slacks makes me anxious. And my boots might be functionally useless, but Teva sandals with Velcro fasteners? What's the thing with guys who wear those? I may not be panning for gold anytime soon, but are they going on a hike under a waterfall?" Justin teased.

"I guess it goes without saying that we all make sacrifices when we choose what we wear, but the 'winter from the waist down' mantra is not without merit."

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