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So what's the alternative to jeans?

post #1 of 11
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I guess someone asked this question almost five years ago, but surely this place is smarter and cooler nowadays.

Anyway, I frequently find myself going out for lengthy walks wherein mild exercise sometimes occurs, thus prohibiting the use of traditional (or "nice") wool pants. And sometimes I wear a navy top, making jeans a no-no.

Traditional khakis are out, as I live in Manhattan, and I don't work tech support. Cargo pants are out, as it is no longer 2002. Corduroy pants don't work for me when it's warmer than 60 degrees. Et cetera.

So what pants are reasonably clean, reasonably durable, reasonably fashionable, and would work with something like this top (F'rinstance):
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post #2 of 11
Is your walk exercise focused? That looks like an active top, so active pants seem a natural pairing, though they wouldn't earn many style points. The fact that you wear a navy top shouldn't prevent you from wearing jeans though. I'm a bit confused by that. Also, some wool pants are find for mild exercise and do well in the outdoors and some khakis don't make you look like tech support (make sure you go for flat fronts...)
post #3 of 11
Just dress like Thom Browne does when he goes jogging: http://manindie.ning.com/video/2392485:Video:27
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by bobdobalina View Post
I guess someone asked this question almost five years ago, but surely this place is smarter and cooler nowadays.

Anyway, I frequently find myself going out for lengthy walks wherein mild exercise sometimes occurs, thus prohibiting the use of traditional (or "nice") wool pants. And sometimes I wear a navy top, making jeans a no-no.

Traditional khakis are out, as I live in Manhattan, and I don't work tech support. Cargo pants are out, as it is no longer 2002. Corduroy pants don't work for me when it's warmer than 60 degrees. Et cetera.

So what pants are reasonably clean, reasonably durable, reasonably fashionable, and would work with something like this top (F'rinstance):

This is a top that should be matched with track pants. Wear those and forget style.
post #5 of 11
How about some trekking/hiking trousers. Fjall Raven has very slim-fitting models and Mamut makes some nice ones as well.

http://www.fjallraven.com/Templates/...784&Menu=menu1

http://www.mammut.ch/en/productOverv...nd+Shorts.html
post #6 of 11
I'd go for matching tights and a pair of red underpants on top. Seriously, though, what's wrong with slimmer-fitting chinos? One of the guys selling Incotex on the B&S forum might be able to help you out, or if you want to go cheaper try Zara or Massimo Dutti. Yoox is good too.
post #7 of 11
Great top. Is that the Wool 4 zip top?
I'm thinking charcoal or black slacks/chinos.
post #8 of 11
I agree with Fuuma. Anything other than workout/track pants would look odd.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Is your walk exercise focused? Sort of. I'll walk through the park, doing dips and chinups at the series of kids' playgrounds, on my way to work on a weekend afternoon, for example. The fact that you wear a navy top shouldn't prevent you from wearing jeans though. I'm a bit confused by that. Too much blue. Blue on blue looks kind of stupid to me, especially when the blues are close. This is a top that should be matched with track pants. Wear those and forget style. There's got to be a middle way! Fjall Raven has very slim-fitting models and Mamut makes some nice ones as well. I agree. The price is fine but I don't know where to try them on in Manhattan. Seriously, though, what's wrong with slimmer-fitting chinos? This is just my opinion but they seem too dressy for the top. And just a teensy bit too old for me. Great top. Is that the Wool 4 zip top? I think it's the wool 2 zip top.
post #10 of 11
I think linen/cotton mix, flat-fronted trousers might be the answer to your question.

Don't disregard slim fitting flat-fronted chinos however - they are classic and will not scream tech-support unless you buy them 2 sizes too large with pleats.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by bobdobalina View Post
Seriously, though, what's wrong with slimmer-fitting chinos?
This is just my opinion but they seem too dressy for the top. And just a teensy bit too old for me.


I'm seeing a lot of trousers which look somewhere between a slim chino and a military / workwear style... check out these Incotex Red Labels, they're quite narrow-fitting:

http://fransboone.blogspot.com/2009/...l-vs-pt01.html

They're likely to be expensive, but there are sure to be variations.
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