Wave goodbye to zip-up flies. Button flies—we’ll see you later, too! Fastening your pants the old fashioned way is so, well, old fashioned. Instead, I’m looking to Bella Hadid for tips on how to keep my pants hiked up and locked into place. Today in Paris, in the middle of men’s fashion week, the model strolled through the streets wearing one of her signature, ’00s-inspired looks. The outfit included a pair of tinted sunglasses, a décolletage-revealing white knit polo, a pillow-print jacket, a camel suede shoulder bag, and finally, a pair of chunky dad sneakers. But the real standout piece was Hadid’s pant choice: She wore a pair of snakeskin flares in a rich yellow, recalling the color of an (organic) egg yolk. Here, the traditional fly was nowhere to be seen. Instead, her pants were secured with three pieces of metal hardware, or more specifically, a trifecta of silver shutter latches.
Yes, Hadid’s unorthodox way of fastening her pants isn’t necessarily new. There have been zippers that stretch from lower back to smack-dab across the pelvis over the past few years, courtesy of labels like Vetements and Lorod. The lace-up fly—the corset of pants, if you will—has been around for decades. (Hello Kim Kardashian West, who revived the look only a few months ago.) But I truly appreciate Hadid’s very saucy, hardware-enforced, “don’t-touch-me” approach. It’s like a chastity belt, subverted into a pair of really sexy pants. They’re so chic, you’ll want to throw the key away.