Britain’s class-conscious public have voiced their dislike of men in red trousers, associating them with elitism and garish buffoonery, according to a recent survey.
Just under half the respondents (46 percent) to a survey released by market research firm YouGov said they do not like men in red trousers.
“Gentlemen be warned. Wearing red trousers will not win you many admirers,” YouGov said in an article about the sartorial study on their Web site.
Words such as “idiot,” “odd” and “clown” sprang to the minds of respondents when confronted with the sight of a man sporting red trousers, YouGov said.
British Esquire magazine’s Senior Fashion Editor Gareth Scourfield said that although continental men in France and Italy have been getting away with colourful clothes for years, Britons tended to be more reserved. “I think the problem is it has a connotation as a rich man’s casual wear,” he said.
Class-ridden connotations for RTs, as they are known to aficionados, are hard to shake off in a country where privileged people are often mocked as “toffs.”