By Liza Corsillo.
Yesterday in Las Vegas, Zac Efron road tested a new kind of suit while promoting Baywatch at CinemaCon 2017. His olive green two-piece from the designer brand EFM Engineered For Motion — which we're calling a "broken suit" — included two risky pant details: cargo pockets (!) and elastic cuffs !!). Unconventional in the suiting world to say the least, Efron's pants hail from a casual menswear lane — one that's dangerously close to sweatpants. But while they aren't suit pants per se, we have to admit they looked pretty damn good. The secret to their success is simple, and twofold: color and material. The green of his blazer is the same green as that of his pants, and the fabric is matching too. What's more, it's a crisp fabric that undercuts any potential sloppiness associated with cargos or, even worse, joggers.
When it came to styling his not-really-a-suit suit, Efron played it cool in a black T-shirt and derby lace-ups no socks. Not only does he look good, but it's weather appropriate. If ever there was a time and place to forgo a dress shirt and socks it's while promoting Baywatch in the desert.
Lest you forget, cargo pants should be handled with care. And when worn with a blazer, the same rules apply. The pockets should sit flat against your thighs and you shouldn't put anything in them that's thicker than a business card—no bulging saddlebags please. Efron's blazer and pants were clearly made as a set. But if you're attempting to wear two pieces that aren't made for each other, you'll want to differ the color slightly (nothing looks worse than colors that almost match) with tonal shades of green. And though we dig his fit, we'd recommend choosing one risky style move at a time. That said, we'd suggest trying cargos with a blazer first. Sadly, we can't all be Zac Efron.
This story originally appeared on GQ.
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