Originally Posted by kmdsimpson
Well, I would say that a distressed chino is equivalent to wearing jeans to work. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion. I also think untucked polos is stretching it, if you call it "business casual". But there are varying degrees, of course. But someone like you who cares enough to even ask for advice on this site probably wants to dress a little better than the average jeans and untucked polo guy.
I had to look up the essex pant online. It does look thin and prone to wrinkles, but I think you could make it work. Will probably have to iron it each time you wash it. I would definitely vote for this over the broken-in chino.
I'd be curious to hear others' opinions, as well.
For me the Bowery pants work perfectly for business casual.
The cotton is dressier & of a better quality than Crew's other chinos. They have a slight sheen, so when they wrinkle (like ALL cotton pants do), they 'shadow' a bit which gives them a lot more character than run-of-the-mill chinos. They seem to be wearing well.
It really depends on where you work but, personally, I find the classic (as opposed to the 'urban slim') version of the Bowerys plenty slim for the office.
Crew's other chinos could probably work too, except -- again, depending on the environment -- any which are sun-faded, broken in, distressed, or in any other way artificially aged...