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Herringbone Linen Trousers
Bensol
Sold by: Nordstrom

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If you are a regular reader, you know we are big fans of linen. (And if you’re not, welcome!) It is a wonderfully comfortable natural fabric in warm weather and it has a crisp, cool look – even with the wrinkles, which just add to its mystic so let them be. Every gent needs a proper pair in his wardrobe. Bensol’s flat front model, made in Italy, has a herringbone weave that makes the natural linen color a perfect option for the office or a summer evening night out. The fit is modern but far from skinny. Wear it with a linen solid or pattern button up shirt. Add a blue linen blazer for a complete polished look.
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03/31/2015

Why Do You Need New Pants for Spring? We’ll Tell ‘Ya

There are a couple things to know to make sure your pants aren’t looking dated. We can look at this like an inverted triangle. For the most part (the widest portion of the triangle), your closet should be filled with slimmer pants that have straight legs. We are not talking about skinny pants - that’s not our style - but pants have certainly gotten leaner. Your pants should skim your legs without having a lot of excess folding and drape. The good news is that it’s really flattering for gents of all shapes. If you’re long and lean, it’s a no-brainer. And if you’re not, this is the kind of fit that helps you look like you are. Tip, gents: excess fabric and an over-sized fit do not conceal anything – it’s only sloppy looking. Just like we are fans of good quality fabrics that will last, we are fans of the proper fit. (And having a tailor you can go to when needed, is must-have.) OK, so that makes up most of the triangle. And what’s in the pointy portion? Two things. 1. Pants with athletic inspiration. This is a trend that continues from fall. In spring and summer, it’s an ideal time to partake by having a great pair of casual pants that have that jogger feel…without the look of your high school sweats. 2. We’re going to confuse you now by saying that pants with pleats and a more fluid leg are starting to pop up in the fashion world again. If you are a gent who never gave up his pleats, well, you can finally get an update. For everyone else, this is high fashion and that’s how we’ll treat it – with a cool sartorial nod. No matter the shape, it’s time to put away the heavier wools of winter and focus on spring and summer fabrics. Lightweight wools for work, linen for a night out, or cotton for a casual weekend are necessities. We can play with a little color, too.

Take a look at a few of our favorites here, and then head over to Fashion Finds, to see more of our favorites for work, after 5, and casual dressing. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Italian-Wool-Pants-Pearl-Gray/prod164860084_cat50070749__/p.prod
Peter Millar - Italian Wool Pants
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Peter Millar - Italian Wool Pants
Italian Wool Pants
Peter Millar
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Pearl grey is one of the trending colors of the season, so updating your dress pants with this color will modernize your wardrobe. Peter Millar’s classic fit pants are made from a beautiful wool from Italy’s renowned Loro Piana mill. This is top quality, so they’ll wear really well. And with all of the light colored summer sport coats, seasonal solid and patter button up shirts, and simple white linens of the season, you’ll get plenty of use out of them.
http://www.zappos.com/ag-adriano-goldschmied-graduate-tailored-leg-sueded-stretch-twill-in-sulfur-shadow-grey-sulfur-shadow-grey
AG Jeans - Graduate Tailored Leg Sueded Stretch Twill Pants
Sticking with the popularity of grey, it looks just as good in a pair of jeans. But these aren’t ordinary jeans. Instead of denim, AG is using the softest sueded twill, so they are ideal for the warmer months – lightweight and super comfortable. You can dress them up with a sport coat and tie, or a simple patterned button up shirt for the office. You can dress them down with a t-shirt and cotton hoodie sweater. This model (the Graduate) has a relaxed waist and thigh along with a modern leg, so it is an updated fit that is also really versatile. These are sure to become one of your favorite summer pants.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27genesis%27-slim-fit%2C-super-110-italian-virgin-wool-dress-pants-/hbna50287252.html
BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Italian Virgin Wool Dress Pants
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Italian Virgin Wool Dress Pants
Genesis Italian Virgin Wool Dress Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss
Sold by: Hugo Boss

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We know many gents would wear their jeans every day, if they could. But when you need a more polished and professional look, these flat front wool pants from Hugo Boss are for you. The fit is contemporary and similar to your trimmer fit jeans, so you’ll still feel like yourself. And the fabric is super 110’s virgin wool from Italy’s famous Reda mill, which means it’s high quality and really comfortable. The dark navy color will even remind you of your dark wash jeans. There’s a lot of versatility here, so you can pair them with a pattern sport coat, a sweater or a pattern button up shirt. Add a black or brown lace up oxford shoe to complete the look.
http://www.josephabboud.com/mens-suits-clothing/pants/duxbury-charcoal-gray-modern-fit-dress-slacks-285D285E17#pgp
Joseph Abboud - Duxbury Charcoal Gray Modern Fit Dress Slacks
A staple in any gent’s wardrobe is a timeless flat front wool pair of pants in charcoal grey. They go with sport coats, sweaters of any weight and button up shirts for a polished look that will take you to the office and straight out to dinner. Joseph Abboud’s pair is made of luxury Italian wool that is lightweight and comfortable – perfect for the warmer months. The pant is lined to the knee, which is a really nice touch, especially on those humid days. The fit is Abboud’s modern version, which is not skinny but trimmer than a classic fit, making them the ideal choice to update your wardrobe.
https://bonobos.com/products/premium-denim-selvedge?color=resin%20tumble%20wash
Bonobos - Flatiron Selvage Denim Jeans
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Bonobos - Flatiron Selvage Denim Jeans
Selvedge denim (denim woven on antique looms for a non-distressed look that will break in as you wear them, and just get better with age) continues to be an important look for the season, and Bonobos has a version that is just right – whether you are trying a pair for the first time or you are a collector. The premium fabric is from North Carolina and has the same look of those expensive Japanese denims that are out there, but at a more affordable price. The Bonobos Slim model is our top pick in this style. It’s great contemporary fit – not as lean as their Tailored fit, and not as relaxed as their Straight fit. It is offered in all 3 fits though, so you have your pick. In the end, you’ll have a versatile pair of updated jeans that go with most everything in your wardrobe, so dress them up for dinner with a sport shirt or add a t-shirt for a casual day.
https://bonobos.com/products/french-terry-sweatpant?color=navy&fit=slim
Bonobos - NoMad French Terry Sweatpant
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Bonobos - NoMad French Terry Sweatpant
Another option from Bonobos – we can’t help it, the brand started with pants, and there’s no denying the fit is great and the price is just as good. With athletic inspirations firmly rooted in our fashions these days, sweats have become acceptable again. But not all sweats – dismiss those thoughts of your father’s sweatpants or your high school sweatpants. These have the same modern proportions as regular pants, with a narrower leg and a rise that sits on your natural waist. The combination of a contemporary fit and the dark color can actually replace your jeans for a casual day – yes, you can even wear these outside of the house, they are that good looking. The all cotton French terry is soft and plush, while the side-entry and back pockets add full functionality and give them the look of more substantial pants. Wear them with a t-shirt, sweater or button up shirt. Add a cool pair sneakers or casual flip flops to complete the outfit.
 

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