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March 31, 2015

The New Spring Pants: Your Work Staple, Plain & Simple

Work can often be one of the trickier places to figure out what the right pants are for spring and summer. In the winter, plush wool trousers, neutral sturdy cottons in dark shades, and even corduroy pants are effortlessly work appropriate. While silhouettes are similar (check out this week’s Clothes & Conversation for the full break down), ensuring those well-fitted straight and slim silhouettes are in appropriate fabrics for the warmer months is what will keep you looking modern and ready for a day at the office. So, it’s all about lighter weight wools, cottons in paler colors and luxurious linens for the months ahead.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our favorite pant options for a night out, and Thursday for those perfectly casual pants to take your through a casual Friday and the weekend ahead. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Zanella-Super-150s-Wool-Trousers-Charcoal/prod177000046_cat50070749__/p.prod
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Zanella - Super 150s Wool Trousers
Super 150s Wool Trousers
Zanella
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For the gent who is looking for the best of class – and when it comes to work basics, we always advise to do so since they can stay in heavy rotation for a very long time - these tropical weight Italian wool pants from Zanella are the way to go. They have been making some of the world’s finest dress trousers in Vicenza, Italy for almost 60 years. The fabric feels almost like silk. It is a perfect match for all of your sport coats. And if the day doesn’t require one, these pants look great with just a pattern button up shirt. The fit is modern, not too skinny but with a narrower leg and trimmer in the seat and thigh, which is perfect for today’s modern look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-sharp-flat-front-wool-trousers/3933355 BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Wool Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Wool Trousers
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Wool Trousers
Sharp Flat Front Wool Trousers
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Hugo Boss’ contemporary fit wool flat front wool pants create a timeless professional look on any day a suit isn’t necessary. The medium blue shade reads almost like a neutral, so it will work with most of the button up shirts already in your wardrobe, but it’s a nice departure from the usual greys and navys. For the office, we like to pair them with a shirt that has a classic pattern like this Ledbury one. An important finishing touch is to always ensure you have a well-made leather belt. Simple black or brown will work with these pants. And you can go with plain toe shoes or a brogue with some attitude.
http://www.jmichaelsclothiers.com/hiltl-dayne-fit-supima-cotton-trouser.html Hiltl - Dayne Fit Supima Cotton Trouser
Hiltl - Dayne Fit Supima Cotton Trouser
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Hiltl - Dayne Fit Supima Cotton Trouser
Dayne Fit Supima Cotton Trouser
Hiltl
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One of our favorite pants – and we mean of all time here - is this Supima cotton gabardine flat front from Hiltl. Here’s a little background: Hiltl has been producing some of the world’s finest cotton pants since 1955. Cotton gabardine, first developed by Thomas Burberry (yes, that Burberry) in 1879, is a tightly woven, highly durable fabric. Put the 2 together – you’ve got yourself one great pant that you’ll be wearing for years. The famous Hiltl fit is in an ideal blend of classic and contemporary, so it will look good on every gent. The hips and leg are a bit narrower than a classic fit but not tight, and they sit at your natural waist. This stone shade is a great neutral that will go with absolutely everything, which makes it a nice pant for a gent in a morning hurry – or a gent who doesn’t want to worry too much about matching. It also comes in a few more neutrals (which can also be purchased through the ‘shop it’ button), and it’s certainly worth stocking up on these luxury pants. They’re not easy to find, so we were delighted to come upon them – especially, with free shipping.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-slim-straight-leg-chinos/3406044 AG Jeans - Slim Straight Leg Chinos
AG Jeans - Slim Straight Leg Chinos
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AG Jeans - Slim Straight Leg Chinos
Slim Straight Leg Chinos
AG Jeans
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A contemporary fit, flat front cotton twill pant has become an office staple, whether you work somewhere where the dress code is business casual all week or just on Fridays. AG offers a version that is one of our favorites – for both the fit and the fabric. While it’s available in 3 great neutrals, the deep navy is our top pick for its rich color that looks great with a pattern shirt or a solid polo for the warmer weather. For a more polished look, you can absolutely add a cotton blazer, too.
http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Pants/PRD_T1986/Del+Chino+Authentic+Fit+Pants.jsp Tommy Bahama - Del Chino Authentic Fit Pants
Tommy Bahama - Del Chino Authentic Fit Pants
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Tommy Bahama - Del Chino Authentic Fit Pants
Del Chino Authentic Fit Pants
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As an alternative to the contemporary fit we just showed you, Tommy Bahama offers a classic fit flat front chino that is just as good looking – but made for the gent that likes a bit of a looser fit and easier rise. The premium pima cotton is soft and lightweight, so they’ll hold up to a long day at the office. Our top color pick – and there are many to choose from the ‘shop it’ button – is this Greek olive color. It is a darker neutral that works with a navy blazer and any tan, olive and charcoal pattern sport coats. Of course, they look great with just a button up shirt and an optional sweater, too, which is why they will become a workhorse in your wardrobe. Stock up.
http://www.zappos.com/agave-denim-waterman-relaxed-straight-jean-in-leucadia-flex-leucadia-flex Agave - Waterman Relaxed Straight Jean
Agave - Waterman Relaxed Straight Jean
Dark wash jeans are an important element in a gent’s casual office wardrobe. And we know it isn’t always easy finding modern-looking jeans that still have a classic fit, with a little more room in the seat and thigh. Agave delivers on both counts, with these dark wash jeans. The cotton fabric has just a touch of stretch for comfort, and the dark indigo wash has been lightly sanded to create a still dark look that’s not too severe or “fashion” looking. It will go with any of the button up shirts in your closet – and really all the shirts you have, so go for it.
http://www.jbrandjeans.com/Kane_in_Dawn/pd/cl/9754/np/201/p/4024.html J Brand - Kane Jeans
J Brand - Kane Jeans
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J Brand - Kane Jeans
Kane Jeans
J Brand
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Jeans styles in a soft twill cotton are the other casual office alternative, and they are especially great for the warmer months since they are lightweight and look great with spring colors. J Brand’s grey twill has a touch of stretch and is garment dyed to create a nice even color that is a little more polished looking than a grey denim. And since they are such a neutral grey, they will work with most of the shirts, sweaters and polos that are already in your closet. Yet, they are still sophisticated enough to pair with a navy blazer or pattern sport coat, too. These are J Brand’s Kane model which is their most popular fit - modern but not skinny, an “everyman” fit.
https://bonobos.com/products/travel-jeans?color=savannah%20khaki&fit=tailored Bonobos - Travel Jeans
Bonobos - Travel Jeans
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When we’re looking a simple pair of twill jeans for the office that won’t break the bank, we look towards Bonobos. The fine cotton fabric is from Cone Mills in North Carolina, which produces great quality – J.Crew uses them for some of their premium styles, too. It is offered in four fits. Tailored is their most contemporary, and our top pick for this style. It has the narrowest leg, but it’s still not skinny. It just looks fresh and modern. Slim is a slightly easier, but still contemporary fit. And if you prefer a more classic fit, go for the Straight fit. They offer a plethora of great colors, but the Savannah Khaki color is our top pick. It’s an easy neutral that goes with most everything in your closet.
 

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